Newsletter December 2011


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Kirkhope Aviation Newsletter 2011



Hi all,
The 2011 year is almost over and we are all one year older!. We just would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and successful New Year and to also update you with a brief commentary for 2011 and our plans for 2012.

The year 2011:

Lake Eyre trips:
For those of you who went to Lake Eyre this year we did 33 trips, with only one cancelled due aircraft availability. This makes a total of about 100 trips overs the last 3 seasons. Quite remarkable and from the feedback all enjoyed it. (see the many testimonials on the new website). Cyclone Yasi finished up as a rain depression with significant rain between Alice Springs and Lake Eyre and for the third year in a row  Lake Eyre had significant water in it. The Cooper Creek flowed into the Lake for the second year running and the South Lake also had early water from local rain, however this had evaporated by mid-season. We discovered a rockery of approx. 500 pelicans just west of Coongie Lakes and it proved a highlight when it was smooth enough to go down low. The Dig Tree strip, was under water for months in the early part of the season and then needed repairs at the south west end, so we didn’t land there this year. Muloorina has been a highlight again and  on most days, we had lunch out at the edge of the Lake and it was a great experience for all concerned, including the pilots! As an alternative to Muloorina we did a number of boat tours on the Cooper just upstream from the Birdsville track. This was also a wonderful experience with Peter’s  “yarns” as well as seeing up close the diversity of bird life. We did a number of helicopter transfers to the Cooper Creek from Etadunna Station which also were a highlight.

Our new aircraft:
We purchased a new Super Kingair B200 turbine pressurised aircraft this year. We flew it out from Florida via Greenland, Iceland and Europe in March…quite an experience. It was used a few times on Lake Eyre tours this year and was very successful. Other flights included an 8 day Kimberley trip. This was a stunning trip going to places like Kimberley Coastal Camp, Faraway Bay, Mornington wilderness and the Bungle Bungles in only 8 days. Whilst it will continue to be used for some touring, it’s main use will be for corporate/government charter and if anyone has any contacts in this area, we would be pleased to pass on some information. Word of mouth seems to be the best way of promotion .
 New Website and Facebook:
We have created a new website. kirkhope aviation website .It is the same name/url as before. We think it is more modern and hopefully easier to use. It will also have connections to those social pages like Facebook, Linkedin and Google+. We just need to learn how to use these new links, however we anticipate that particularly for any Facebook users this will be a timely way of getting the latest information/trip specials out there. If you have any comments on the site we would be pleased to hear them.
So we’re now on Facebook – click on the link at the top of the website to visit our new page and then don’t forget to click on the ‘Like’ button at the top of the Facebook page…………….or …Join us on Facebook .
LinkedIn is also a button on the top corner of our website…or….Join us on Linkedin

Other charters:

We did quite a few charters for other organisations including the State government, the AFL, many corporate businesses and some international clients. All these were successful and we hope this continues. 

The year 2012

We are planning more Lake Eyre Basin trips next year. We have scheduled multiple trips  from March to July at this stage and expect that they will go ahead even if we don’t get massive rains up north again. Over the past 3 years, these 3 day trips have been very successful and a great introduction to the diversity of the outback, regardless of the level of water in Lake Eyre.

We are very keen to promote 4 day tours to Lake Gairdner in the Gawler Ranges which would include 2 nights at the terrific “Kangaluna” Bush camp, a visit to the huge salt Lake of Lake Gairdner, a swim with the sea lions at Streaky Bay and a night on Kangaroo Island. We have had great feedback on these trips over previous years. One of these has been scheduled for Easter and we will arrange more. This is a great alternative for those who have done the three day Lake Eyre trip.

We intend to schedule at least two 12 day Kimberley trips, most likely in May and July, however most of the larger trips will be arranged on demand.

Check the website for dates of scheduled trips see
It’s also possible to check specific tour pages like the Lake Eyre page for detailed dates etc …see

Once again, if you are interested in tours or charters please look at the website and then send an enquiry form to us. If you use facebook….please click the Like button. If you have any comments, news or photos you wish to share please feel free to do so..

We look forward to taking you on future trips and or charters during 2012. Have a great Christmas and New Year

Tony Kirkhope and Keith Siler



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Kirkhope Aviation Pty Ltd, 8 Kasouka Rd,
Camberwell 3124, Tel: 61 3 98824236
E-mail: [email protected]