Arrivals & Departures How to see the South West from above this summer

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Get a new perspective by seeing the South West from the air, with options including scenic seaplane and helicopter adventures.

Skip the drive on your next trip to Margaret River and fly instead: Swan River Seaplanes has expanded its offerings to include luxurious three and four-day Margaret River Retreat packages in partnership with the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort. 

Along with flights and accommodation, the package includes guided tastings at local wineries, gourmet meals and more, and costs from $1895 per person. 

Other new options are day tours to the Pinnacles including an ADAMS guided coach tour from Perth to Cervantes and the Pinnacles with morning tea at Yanchep Inn, lunch at the Lobster Shack and a scenic seaplane flight back to Perth, landing on the water near Elizabeth Quay. It costs $595 per person. 

There's also a Rottnest day tour with a return scenic seaplane flight from the Swan River to Rotto, morning tea and lunch at Hotel Rottnest and touring on the island. It's $395 per person and, during November, children aged two to 12 tour for free (when travelling with one paying adult per child). 

Another aerial option in the South West is a helicopter adventure with Scenic Helicopters, which recently kicked off its Margaret River heli tours for the season. 

Among the options is a Helifishing Down South outing and a Wine Tour by Air, which includes a tailored flight to visit your favourite wineries, with prices from $375 per person. 

There's also a Beach Romance package including a flight to a secluded beach with a gourmet picnic hamper and sparking wine, from $395 per person. Or, for a taste of the region from above, there are flights starting from 10 minutes in length, from $100 per person. 

There are also longer scenic flights taking in the Cape to Cape coast and lighthouses, allowing you to spot local landmarks such as Bunker Bay, Moses Rock and the Blackwood River. 

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