Opera in the Outback Air Adventure - departing September 2021

Cruise Express

Australian owned and operated

Icons of the Outback Air Adventure

16-19 September 2021 - 4 days



Join our exclusive tour by private aircraft and journey through the skies to some of Australia’s most magnificent and remote outback highlights!

Embrace the art of travel in style and comfort avoiding the hassle of commercial airports and flying direct to our destinations aboard our private ATR-72-500 aircraft which provides the ideal way of outback flightseeing.

Escorted by Cruise Express Director, Hardy Schneider, experience Australia’s incredibly diverse outback and breathtaking rugged landscapes.

You are ensured the highest levels of service and comfort in the air and on the ground from the moment you depart – a wondrous opportunity to embrace the soul, sounds and spirit of the Outback!


16 - 19 September 2021

AIRCRAFT – Travel aboard our private ATR72-500 aircraft which provides the ideal way of outback flightseeing and reaching remote places on direct flights. Whilst configured with 68 Economy class seats, this journey will take off with just 44 travellers plus a carefully selected crew. Ideal for outback sightseeing with wings positioned above the windows for optimal viewing. Onboard, refreshments and beverages served throughout the flights.

BROKEN HILL – this outback oasis will offer an enlightening and insightful visit. Australia’s first Heritage Listed city combines a long mining history with an evolving modern art culture.

SCENIC ‘FLIGHTSEEING’ – the best way to see some of our iconic landmarks is by air. View the enigmatic Marree Man and the ever changing landscapes of Australia’s largest salt lake, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre). It is in nature’s hands whether Australia’s largest river basin will be in flood but it will offer amazing views, regardless. Enjoy the magnificent and awe inspiring views of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on the ultimate flightseeing adventure.

COOBER PEDY – this unique Australian outback town is famous for its rich opal reserves and the ingenious underground building designs of the locals.

ULURU – flying in and out of Australia’s spiritual heart couldn’t be any easier or more breathtaking. Enjoy the Sounds of Silence dinner, tour Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), meet the local Anangu peoples and be immersed in the history and culture of this area.

ULURU OPERA – A unique highlight will be an exclusive Opera Australia gala concert in the Field of Light at Uluru – the breathtaking art installation of illuminating slow-changing colours by renowned artist Bruce Munro. Opera Australia’s finest singers will perform as the sun sets over the desert, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. This will be a night to remember.

LONGREACH – Australia’s ‘heart of the outback’ town is rich in character and history.



  • Broken Hill sightseeing including Line of Load Memorial, Big Picture Art Gallery, Sulphide Street Railway Museum
  • Scenic flying over Marree Man, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • 1 night Coober Pedy at the Desert Cave Hotel (option to stay in an underground Cave room*) (Light B, L, D)


  • Coober Pedy sightseeing including the Umoona Mine Museum, Golf Course, Moon Planes, Dog Fence and the Serbian Underground Church
  • Scenic flying over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • 2 nights Ayers Rock at the Sails in the Desert Hotel
  • Sounds of Silence dinner (B, L, D)


  • Morning Uluru base exploration with refreshments
  • Walpa Gorge tour and walk
  • Pre Opera Dinner with a selection of wines & beers
  • Exclusive concert with some of Opera Australia’s finest singers performing under the stars amongst the stunning Field of Light art installation in Uluru. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra, this concert is set in a uniquely Australian setting.
  • Spellbinding colours of Field of Light in Uluru (B, D)


  • Longreach visit includes the Qantas Founders Museum (B, L, LD)


  • Expert local guides providing insightful commentary throughout the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages included with dinners and on flights
  • All taxes & fees
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Express Tour Director

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LD=Light Dinner, D=Dinner

Tour Fares

from $6,490* pp twin share in a Superior Room (Uluru)

from $6,990* pp twin share in a Terrace Room (Uluru)

Solo Fares are on request

Your Tour Director

Hardy Schneider

Born in Germany, Hardy began exploring the world aged 16 with early travels through Europe and Asia. He moved to Sydney in 1981 and soon decided to embrace his passion for travel. With over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Hardy became a founding Director of Cruise Express in 2001 and has escorted groups for more than two decades to all corners of the globe. Hardy enjoys classical music and has taken groups to Vienna, Mastrich and to the Opera in Verona. With his happy, friendly and extremely competent knowledge, he has made countless friends along the way.

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Icons of the Outback Air Adventure - September 2021

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*A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is required at time of booking. Final non-refundable payment is due no later than 65 days (14 July 2021) prior to travel. *Special Promotion- when booking with a group of 4 or more, save $1,000 per group. This promotion is valid for new bookings only, is not combinable with any other promotion and is valid for a limited time. New South Wales residents are eligible for up to $100 discount per couple. Ask one of our Travel Specialists for more details, T&Cs apply* If Cruise Express is forced to cancel the trip due to COVID 19 related reasons, for all fully paid bookings, Cruise Express will issue a future travel credit (less any applicable cancellation fees) for use on alternate Cruise Express operated rail or air trips. HEALTH: Passengers should be in good health and able to walk moderate distances to fully participate and experience the sightseeing opportunities of this touring package. All passengers are required to acknowledge that they are in reasonable health, are considered to be fit to travel, and are not travelling contrary to any medical advice. Cruise Express reserves the right to remove a passenger from the tour if their health or fitness interferes with any other passenger’s experiences or the day to day running of the tour. In this instance our normal cancellation terms and conditions will apply. For the health and safety of all passengers and staff on tour any illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted unless passengers can provide a negative Covid19 test result within the past 72 hours. Should any passenger feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise the Tour Director and contact Healthline, then visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital as soon as practicable. To return to the tour they must be deemed fit and well to participate fully, obtaining and providing a written medical clearance, not just a negative Covid19 test. Any costs incurred will be at the passenger's own expense. If the Australian Government imposes travel restrictions that impact our ability to deliver the travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable cancellation fees. If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers. Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that Cruise Express may have incurred on passengers' behalf (eg. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate passengers to their home city or nearest airport, etc is required). Any remaining refunds will be credited to passengers. If a passenger tests positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on tour and supporting documentation (eg. a positive Covid19 test) is provided, Cruise Express will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers. Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that Cruise Express may have incurred on the passenger's behalf (eg. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport, etc is required). Any remaining refunds will be credited to the passenger. *This tour departs from Melbourne. For Brisbane departures, please contact us for further details. Transfers to and from Melbourne airport are not included. *Cave rooms at the Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy are limited, subject to availability at the time of booking and will be allocated on a first in, first served basis. Flight schedule: Flight times are set by the air operator and may be subject to change pending circumstances and/or events outside our control. In some instances, the itinerary and sightseeing may be impacted due to these changes and Cruise Express reserves the right to amend any aspect of the itinerary at any time should it be deemed necessary.

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