1. Who will I be flying with?
Your booking has been made with Kingfisher Tours, a subsidiary and trading name of Shoal Air Pty Ltd.
Shoal Air provides the aircraft and the aircrew for your flight, and is fully licensed and certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to provide air charter services in Australia.
2. What aircraft will I be flying in?
Our scenic tour fleet of aircraft include 5 pax seat Cessna 210, and 6/7 seat Cessna 207 and GA8 Airvan types. These aircraft are ideal for scenic tours as they are high wing for maximum visibility, very stable and comfortable. With 2 abreast seating all passengers enjoy a window view. Specific aircraft types can be requested and we will do our best to cater to your needs however this is always subject to availability. Twin engines are available upon request.
3. What do I need to bring on my tour?
Purnululu and Purnululu+Cockburns Explorer: All you need to bring along is your camera! Water is provided on board as well as minties to help with any ear discomfort.
Mitchell Falls Explorer: Morning tea is provided. Please just bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes.
Please note that the Falls are 20km from the airfield and any short walks will be limited to the vicinity of the airfield.
King George Falls and Wandjina Explorer: Lunch is provided so please just bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes if you wish to explore your surroundings upon landing.
4. Do I receive in depth commentary during my flight?
All Kingfisher scenic flights include a detailed commentary by your pilot. Most aircraft are fitted with 2-way communication headsets enabling in flight conversation and the opportunity to ask questions.
5. What else is included in the cost of my tour?
Included in your tour seat price is
- Coach pick-up and return to your Kununurra accommodation, and ground transfers at any enroute destinations.
- Chilled bottled water, Minties and Refresher Towels available on board.
- An information booklet outlining the tour route and further in depth information about the natural and man-made features seen along the way.
- Friendly and helpful staff. Ask us anything about anything in the East Kimberley and we’ll guarantee a (usually correct) answer!!
- Local promotional goodies and giveaways which vary through the season.
- All coastal and waterfall Explorer tours also include light refreshments, morning tea, and lunch as noted in the detailed tour descriptions.
6. Why are there minimum passenger requirements on some tours and what do they mean?
Our longer scenic tours are available on a minimum seat sale basis. We need to operate a sustainable business and we can only do that if there are a minimum of 4 seat sales on each flight. This is often not a problem in the middle of the Dry Season. We maintain a “wait list” and will endeavour to find other interested parties so the tour can go ahead.
Our most popular Purnululu Explorer tour has no minimum passenger requirements.
7. How can I be prepared for motion sickness?
Passengers who are prone to motion sickness may consider taking travel sickness medication prior to the flight. Kwells tablets are available from the local Pharmacy and have proven to be very effective. Please read the label and use only as directed.
8. What happens to my booking if there is any unfavourable weather?
Is this occurs, especially if you have booked during the wet season, we will try our best to still fly at the scheduled time however if there are safety concerns and restricted viewing conditions we work around you and either delay or bring forward your flight where possible. All cancellations made by Kingfisher Tours will be fully refunded. Adverse weather is not usually a problem in the Dry Season from April to September.
9. Why do I need to provide my weight?
There are legal and safety requirements regarding the operating weight of an aircraft. For small aircraft it is essential that accurate weight information on all passengers and baggage is obtained, and your pilot may request that all passengers are carry-ons are weighed prior to the flight. If inaccurate weights are provided then this may lead to delay and inconvenience as we may need to reconfigure aircraft and seating arrangements.
10. Will I get a window seat?
Yes, you are guaranteed a window seat in any of our scenic tour high winged aircraft.
11. How high will we fly?
We generally fly at around 2500 feet (approx 800m) to maintain good visibility. This does vary depending on what you would like to see, vision obstacles (smoke etc), and any air turbulence encountered.
12. Any tips for taking good photographs?
Yes. Do not rest your camera against the window or other aircraft structure as the vibrations and reflections will surely ruin your photo. Use a fast shutter speed as depth-of-field is not really a problem at altitiude. We also highly recommend a UV filter for your camera, to reduce the effect of any atmospheric haze and smoke.
13. Can I take a scenic flight if I’m pregnant?
There are no legal restrictions regarding this and many pregnant women have enjoyed our flights. Our cabins are not pressurised and on scenic flights we generally do not fly above 5,000 feet. If in any doubt, consult your doctor before you fly.
14. How long do we spend flying over the Bungles?
We fly a set pattern over the Bungle Bungle Ranges for around 20 minutes. We orbit over the spectacular beehive formations on the eastern side of Purnululu National Park before heading west to explore some amazing deep gorges and gullies. Here we exit the park and track towards the Argyle Diamond Mine. Due to other aircraft traffic we cannot deviate from this standard pattern.