Esperance Air-Sea-land Package Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions and Enquiries:
1. How much does the package cost?
Extra Child: AU$435pp
Infant: AU$25 (infant must sit on adult’s lap)
Family: AU$1935 (2 adults, 2 children)
("Child" rate applies to children aged under 15 years of age)
("Infant" rate applies to children aged under 2 years of age that can sit on an adult's lap in the aircraft)
2. Are there discounts for pensioners?
Pensioners are charged at the Seniors rate as above
3. Is there a minimum age for passengers?
No, there is no minimum age. Children under 2 years of age are $25 if they sit on their parent’s lap. Ear muffs will be provided for children under 7 years of age.
4. How long does each activity take?
The duration of the Lake Hillier Scenic flight is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes
The Esperance Islands boat cruise takes approximately 3.5 hours
The Esperance Eco Discovery half day 4x4 tour takes approximately 4 hours.
5. How do I book a ticket?
You can book online HERE. You will be charged a 10% deposit when you place the booking, and the remainder will be charged when you receive confirmation of the booking from us.
6. How else can I book?
The best way is online HERE however if you are having trouble, you can free-call one of our friendly staff members at Scenic Flight Booker on 1800-951251 from within Australia, 0800-001003 from within NZ they can book this over the phone for you. Please ensure you have passenger names, weights and credit card details handy.
7. What times are available?
Flights Depart Esperance Airport at 9am, 1130am, and 2pm, 7 days a week.
Island Boat Cruises Depart Taylor Street Jetty in Esperance at 9am sharp.
Eco Discovery 4x4 Tours Depart Esperance at 9am daily from your accommodation.
Please check in no later than 15 minutes prior to departure time.
8. What if I am the only person booked.
We require a minimum of 2 passengers for the flights and 4x4 tours to go ahead and 10 for the Island boat cruise. We will endeavour to book other passengers on with you but if this is not possible we will be in contact to make alternative arrangements. We recommend that if you are a solo traveller, you be flexible with your availability to take tours to give us the best chance of joining you to an existing group. When you make your booking, we recommend putting in the notes what dates you will be staying in Esperance.
9. How high does the plane fly?
Approx 1000-1500 feet (303-455m)
10. Do you offer helicopter tours?
No, there are no helicopter operators based in Esperance.
12. What is the best time of day to fly
Any time is a good time to see Lake Hillier and the Recherche Archipelago however morning is usually less windy and therefore the best flying conditions.
14. If my flight is cancelled due to bad weather, will I get my money back?
If the pilot deems the scenic flight unable to proceed due to unsatisfactory weather conditions, you can either transfer your flight to another time or day, or alternatively, receive a full refund.
15. What will I see on the flight?
Departing Esperance airport aboard your modern aircraft, with a window seat for every passenger, the flight will begin with a short transit over some of Australia’s most productive Broadacre Arable land, to the Esperance town and Port. Flying across Esperance Bay past Frenchman’s Peak and over the Cape Le Grand National Park, you will be struck by the stunning beauty of the region. Certified by Geoscience Australia, Lucky Bay boasts the whitest sand in Australia. Contrasted with the stunningly clear Turquoise waters, you can see every reef, sandbar, shark, and even whales between July and October.
Your flight will continue onward through the Recherche Archipelago to the unique Middle Island with its world renowned Pink Lake Hillier. The vibrant colour of the lake is permanent, and does not alter even when the water is taken in a container. The pink colour is considered to be due to the presence of the organism Dunaliella salina.
From Middle Island and Lake Hillier, you will return to Esperance Airport via more spectacular scenery and stunning coastal vistas.
16. Will I see whales on this flight?
There is only a small window of opportunity throughout the year to see whales on the WA coast. Usually between June and October, Humpback, Southern Right and Blue Whales make their way along Esperance’s coast in their annual migration, from the food-rich Southern Ocean to the warm breeding grounds on the north Kimberley coast. The best time to observe these gentle giants of the ocean is at midday, when the sun is directly overhead.
17. Can you land on Middle Island?
You can’t land on any of the Recherche Archipelago Islands, including Middle Island.
18. Where does my flight depart from?
Scenic flights depart from Esperance Airport – 19km out of the city on the Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy, Gibson. Passengers are required to check in at the terminal no later than 15 minutes prior to departure time. The check-in desk is near the baggage carousel in the Esperance Airport Terminal, next to the car rental counters. CLICK HERE for google map directions
19. Can you drive to Lake Hillier?
No, Lake Hillier is on Middle Island, about 150km from Esperance, so the only way to access its beauty is by plane or boat.
20. Is Pink Lake the same as Lake Hillier?
No, this is a common misconception. Pink Lake, also known as Spencer Lake, located 3km west of Esperance, has not been pink in over 10 years. Lake Hillier is a saline lake on the edge of Middle Island, only accessible by plane and boat, known for its vibrant bubblegum pink colour all year round. If you have seen a spectacular picture of a pink lake, it’s usually Lake Hillier!
21. Is Lake Hillier always Pink?
Yes, Lake Hillier maintains its pink shade year round.
22. Why is Lake Hillier Pink?
Lake Hillier’s colour is the result of high salinity combined with the presence of a salt-loving algae species known as Dunaliella salina and pink bacteria known as halobacteria. Learn more about Lake Hillier HERE
23. Can I open the window during flight to take photos?
If you wish to open the window of the aircraft during your scenic flight to take photos, you will need to contact us to arrange a private charter of the whole aircraft as we cannot open them with other passengers on board. Please fill out the enquiry form below to request a private aircraft charter.
24. Will I get a window seat?
Yes, every passenger gets a seat next to one of the aircraft’s large viewing windows.
25. Can the door be taken off during flight to take photos?
26. Can the door be opened during flight to take photos?
27. What should I take with me on the flight?
Any filming equipment you wish to use, and we recommend sunglasses.
28. What should I wear?
We recommend dressing in comfortable clothing, preferably with closed in shoes and bringing a pair of sunglasses.
29. I am in a wheelchair; can I still go on the flight?
Yes, the pilot will assist you to get into the aircraft providing you have sufficient upper body strength to manoeuvre yourself into your seat.
30. Are the aircraft equipped with safety features?
Yes. All Esperance scenic flight planes are fitted with safety equipment such as lifejackets, EPIRBS and GPS tracking devices. The Gippsland GA-8 aircraft also meets the latest FAR-23 aircraft certification safety standards, the only aircraft in the world of its class to do so!!
31. Will there be commentary during my scenic flight?
Yes, commentary will be provided throughout your scenic flight by your knowledgeable pilot. Please feel free to ask him any questions along the way. There are also information cards on board in English and Mandarin for you to read more details about the sights as you fly past them.
32. Will the Island Cruise go to Middle Island?
No. The Esperance Island Cruise takes you around the bays and Islands of Esperance. Middle Island is approximately 150km from Esperance and would take far too long to access by boat.
If you have any additional questions that we have not covered above, please fill out the contact form below.