Lake Hillier-Middle Island scenic flight Frequently asked questions
Scenic flight bookings that are cancelled more than 7 days before departure will be refunded in full. No-shows or cancellations less than 7 days before departure will not be refunded.
Flights that are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances including but not limited to weather that cannot be rescheduled will be refunded in full.
Frequently Asked Questions and Enquiries:
1. How much does the flight cost?
Adult - $370, Child - $310, Infants - FREE
("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 Adult rate for scenic flights in Esperance.
3. Is there a minimum age for passengers?
No, there is no minimum age. Children under 2 years of age are free if they sit on their parent’s lap. Ear muffs will be provided for children under 7 years of age.
4. How long does the flight take?
The duration of the flight is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
5. How do I book a seat on the flight?
The best way to book is via our online booking system HERE. Simply select when you would like to fly from the calendar, enter the passenger details, and pay online through the secure online portal
6. I’m having trouble booking online. How else can I book?
If you are having trouble booking your scenic flights online, you can free-call one of our friendly staff members at Scenic Flight Booker on 1800-951251 and 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 the flights available?
Flights Depart Esperance Airport on an as-requested basis, 7 days a week.
8. What if I am the only person on the flight?
We require a minimum of 2 passengers for the flight to go ahead. We will endeavor to book other passengers on the flight with you or if you wish to pay for an extra seat we are happy to fly with one passenger.
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?
Click Here for Flight for Details. When you are ready, you can then select your preferred date and time and book online.
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?
No. However, the door can be opened during flight if you charter the whole aircraft, please contact us using the enquiry form below or phone 1800-951251 to arrange
26. Can the door be opened during flight to take photos?
Not on a standard scenic flight, however, if this is something you wish to do, you will need to contact us to charter out the whole aircraft. Please contact us using the enquiry form below or phone 1800-951251 to arrange
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.