Wine region takes tourism to the sky
A new tourism venture will fly tourists on one-day return trips from the Swan River to Margaret River for winery tours and sightseeing.
Tour operator Swan River Seaplanes will fly groups of 12 tourists at low altitude over the WA coast, landing at Margaret River airstrip in a trial of the business expected to be reviewed mid- year. Top Drop Tours owner Chris O’Hare will run the tours, saying the venture adds to Margaret River’s tourism appeal.
“We think it’s just going to tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people,” he said.
“It’s about showcasing Margaret River at its best, not at its most.”
Mr O’Hare said the flights would show tourists Elizabeth Quay, Kings Park, Sugarloaf Rock, and Cape Naturaliste. Premier Colin Barnett attended the first take-off in Perth on Monday and said it added to Perth’s growing list of attractions.
“For those who are time-poor or just want to experience a bit of luxury . . . Swan River Seaplanes is a unique offering that I’m sure will prove very popular,” he said.
Tickets for the tours cost $795 a person, with wine tours and lunch included.
Top Drop Tours owners Chris and Kerry O'Hare with pilot Mel Taylor, South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty, and Swan River Seaplanes owner Troy Thomas.