Cobbold Gorge scenic helicopter tours provide our guests with the amazing opportunity to view not only the gorge, but the spectacular savannah landscape from above. They’re available in a range of set packages and durations, or we can customise a flight for you. So, what are they like? We’re pleased to provide this review, from a recent customer who enjoyed a 15-minute Sandstone Discovery scenic helicopter flight.
“Taking off into the golden light of pre-sunset, it was amazing to see the landscape quickly open up beneath us. It’s a vast country, covered with trees and criss-crossed with unsealed roads and cattle tracks. You instantly get a new perspective of this truly pioneering country, still largely untamed and untouched. Soon we were gliding over the Hampstead Sandstone. From above, the markings are striking and unworldly. Almost like a lunar landscape and vastly different from what I was expecting or envisaged, having done the Cobbold Gorge Tour earlier in the day.
The sandstone is criss-crossed with deep fractures, which were caused by movement along the Robertson Fault line. There are two types of bedding visible, large and generally horizontal beds, which contain smaller inclined layers within them known as cross-bedding. The cross-beds are typical of those formed in rivers and streams. While the sandstone is undoubtedly the dominant feature from the air, it’s pocketed with trees and other vegetation which varies across the steep inclines and down into deep ravines. It’s an ancient landscape and one can only imagine the difficulties in traversing this country, during present cattle-grazing and prior mining and exploration activities.
The pilot provides commentary throughout the Cobbold Gorge scenic helicopter tour, through headsets with a microphone for two-way communication. He is engaging and informative and lets us know we’re moving to trace the origins of Cobbold Gorge and follow its pathway as it winds through the sandstone. From above, you get a unique perspective on its scale and an understanding of why this natural treasure was left ‘undiscovered’ for so many years. Lying almost hidden, within the labyrinth of the Hampstead Sandstone. The rocks below almost seem to glow, bouncing back the golden rays of the last light of the day.
From the gorge, we track back along the Robertson River and Agate Creek, before doing a loop of Cobbold Village and coming back to land. For a 15-minute flight, the Cobbold Gorge scenic helicopter tour packs a lot of punch and covers more than 80 square kilometres. We enjoyed this as a family of three, two adults and a 6-year old who had the time of his life. The pilot was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The landscape was timeless and to see it above, provided a truly unique perspective on the terrain of the gulf savannah, and respect for those who roam amongst it.”
Cobbold Gorge Tours and Village offer a range of scenic helicopter tours or talk to us about tailoring something especially for you.
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