About Fargher Air Safaris

From the Flinders to the Channel Country Fargher Air Safari from Outback Australia’s #1 Culinary Destination.

Following the extraordinary rainfall events in western Queensland, Birdsville has experienced one of its biggest floods in decades, currently cut by road with residents living a ‘desert island existence’ due to the huge volume of water moving down the Diamantina River into the Channel Country. Innamincka residents have also welcomed the floodwaters filling waterholes along the way to the wetlands of the Cooper Creek, Coongie Lakes, a significant breeding ground for water birds

Local beef producers have gone from a 7 year drought to a one-in-40 year flood –  their delight is measured as they empathise with their counterparts further north who have suffered the disaster & devastation of stock losses due to the floods, having painstakingly nursed their cattle through an 8-year drought.

Once the floodwaters subside and access roads are reopened a boost to the outback economy will be welcomed with a significant increase in travellers to witness the extraordinary transformation of the former parched Channel Country to a vast carpet of emerald green.

The Prairie Hotel  is offering private charter packages providing an opportunity to view the enormity of the Queensland floodwaters as they move through the Channel Country into South Australian catchment areas.

To enable us to share with you nature’s current extraordinary outback phenomenon, the Prairie Hotel has been able to confirm the services of local pilot & pastoralist, Ian Fargher who spends much of his time providing cattle mustering services to beef producers. Ian is currently enduring drought himself in the Flinders Ranges, so will welcome the diversion to share with you his vast local knowledge & experiences gained through his life in the region as a 4th generation local pastoralist.

Our exclusive package offers passengers the opportunity to fly over Lake Eyre landing in Birdsville for lunch @ the Birdsville Hotel or Bakery. The homeward flight path will divert for an overnight  in Innamincka allowing time to soak up the heritage of this outback outpost. Time & weather permitting a 4WD Tour will be available following the steps of our pioneers , visiting the Burke & Wills graves & the Dig Tree . The bonus of a Cooper Creek Cruise will be offered if flood conditions permit.

470 kms north of Adelaide, Parachilna is one of the most accessible & conveniently located bases for an ultimate Lake Eyre & beyond “Safari” launch. See some of the most unique and varied countryside in the world and return to a great meal, a comfortable bed and the hospitality of the hotel.

Parachilna, population 4, is where the desert meets the Flinders Ranges & is home to Australia’s hip & most awarded Outback Hotel. The Prairie Hotel is an eco-luxury experience offering guests a unique perspective of Outback life with contemporary urban style.

Fargher Air Safaris have designed a spectacular flight itinerary , ‘From the Flinders to the Channel Country exclusive to the Prairie Hotel. A flight with Fargher Air on a customised private charter itinerary over this ruggedly beautiful and vast landscape is unforgettable.

Fargher Air/Prairie Hotel accommodation & flight packages offer a great option for those without a 4WD or those preferring not to traverse the unsealed roads.

There is no-one better to fly with than a local who can add stories to the vision. Fargher Air pilots have a wealth of local knowledge & many stories about the people, the flora, fauna & geology that make up this amazing ancient landscape.

Weather permitting & at your pilot’s discretion you will enjoy your safari from low altitude. Flying between 500 – 1000 feet provides ultimate viewing & appreciation of the landscape & birdlife, enhanced by your pilot’s informed inflight conversation – each aircraft is equipped with personalised headsets ensuring an ease of interactive conversation during your Lake Eyre Channel Country Safari. All passengers get a window seat & all aircraft are high winged , a great advantage for visibility & photography.

Fargher Air Safari packages are exclusive to guests of the Prairie Hotel.

Flying in a Cessna 206, your aircraft is equipped with personalised headsets ensuring an ease of interactive conversation during your Lake Eyre & beyond Safari All passengers get a window seat & all aircraft are high winged , a great advantage for photography.

Tours are subject to weather conditions and pilot discretion.