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Gooney Bird Flights To King Island

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 05:27 -- Alastair

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive, one of a kind experience, Gooney Bird flights to King Island is a perfect choice. Fly with us to King Island on the DC-3, our vintage WWII converted aircraft.

The DC-3 is a World War II aircraft born in the 1940s. Our plane flew from new with the RAAF, endured action in two war zones, and then came to us in 1989. The DC-3 has been operating with us for almost 30 years. It’s now widely known as ‘Melbourne’s Gooney Bird’. It’s been completely refitted with ex-airbus seats, insulation for noise reduction, modern avionics, a luxurious flight lounge, toilet facilities, and a galley. Light refreshments and snack served inflight.

So, where is King Island? King Island is a Tasmanian island located in the Bass Strait. This incredible flight to King Island leaves once per week, departing from the heart of Essendon. Over the course of an hour you’ll fly past the city skyline, Port Phillip Bay, through The Heads and then on to King Island. Once you arrive you’ll climb aboard a bus to our chosen restaurant for a relaxed 3 course lunch overlooking King Island scenery. 

After, you will enjoy a tour of the Currie area. You’ll learn about the kelp farms, King Island Beef, Crayfish and cheese. You will be tempted when you visit iconic King Island Cheese Shop for a cheese tasting before you return to the airport to fly home.

You are welcome to purchase and bring cheeses home.

Flying a historic airplane, safety is one of our highest priorities during this experience. The plane is maintained to the same standards as those required by both domestic and international airlines. Our pilots and flight attendants also have to meet those standards. Not only that, but we have one of the most experienced flight engineers in the field. He knows the DC-3 like the back of his hand. So rest assured, you’re in safe hands. 

With only 3-4 of these planes left existing in Australia, this is a unique adventure not to be missed.

Sample of the lunch menu:


Thai Beef Salad with Roasted Cashews gf

Chilli Plum Prawns served with rice and hollandaise on the side

Scallops served with cucumber, cherry tomato and red onion salad gf,

Warm Green Vegetables - Vegetarian/Vegan


 King Island Porterhouse Steak on confit potatoes,tender stem broccoli and honey jus gf,

Classic Fish & Chips with salad and tartare sauce,

Local Cheddar stuffed chicken breast on wilted greens, mash potato and garlic cream sauce gf.

Creamy mushroom Fettuccini Carbonara with garlic and parmesan cheese -  Vegetarian


Pannacotta of the day with Chocolate Shards gf, 

Chocolate Mousse

Sticky Date Pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream,

Fresh Fruit Plate (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Drinks:  Drinks purchased on the Island are at the customers expense.

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Available Dates:  2023

November    19th

December     10th,   17th

Available Dates 2024

February  4th, 11th, 25th

March  10th, 17th, 

April  7th,  21st