African safaris may be off the cards for now but the remote townships, desert landscapes and that beacon of the outback, the Australian pub, are awaiting a new aerial tour into the outback.
In a maximum group of 10 and flying more than 4000 kilometres in a privately charted Cessna Caravan, this journey takes in eight pubs that have long been a humble but welcome sight in places of isolation and times of hardship.
Stops include Tibooburra, NSW, and the Family Hotel with its Clifton Pugh mural in the bar from the 1960s and the William Creek Hotel with a front bar adorned with memorabilia left by travellers from around the world.
There's a lunch stop at the licensed Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta, but the ultimate arrival is reserved for the Birdsville Hotel where the plane will taxi to the front door.
The tour takes in the Simpson Desert and its largest sand dune Big Red, Lake Eyre, modern geoglyph Marree Man with a height of more than four kilometres, the Flinders Ranges and Broken Hill's interactive Flying Doctors Museum.
The five-day trip features a stay at the heritage listed two-storey sandstone Marree Hotel at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks.
Departing Sydney on October 8 the tour costs from $7750 a person and includes all accommodation and meals. The beer is on you.
Further trips are scheduled for June 17, 2021 and July 1, 2021 and private group departures are possible. Phone (02) 9327 0666, see classicsafaricompany.com.au