Our major fleet base, maintenance and administration services are located in Kununurra, the northern gateway to the Kimberley.  From Kununurra most common destinations can be reached in just 1 and 2 hours flying time. Other bases include Broome and Halls Creek.

In every direction we fly over some of the most unique and spectacular landscapes to grace our continent. Every journey is an experience!

Kununurra is also serviced daily by jets from Perth, Broome and Darwin, and is a convenient hub for travel through the entire Kimberley region, and across the border into the Victoria River Region of the Northern Territory. Our hospitality is legendary, with accommodation venues to suit every expectation and budget, and dining options to match.

Shoal Air also operates seasonally and permanently from a number of remote bases, subject to demand and client needs.  We have extraordinary capabilities in support of remote base operations, including satellite communications and fleet tracking, bulk fuel assets, maintenance support, and exceptional aircrew meticulously trained, supervised and supported.


Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi) from the border with the Northern Territory. Kununurra was initiated to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Kununurra is the largest town in Western Australia north of Broome, with the closest town being Wyndham, 100 kilometres (62 mi) away.

The town is situated in among the scenic hills and ranges of the far north-east Kimberley region, having an abundance of fresh water, conserved by the Ord River Diversion dam and the main Ord River Dam. The tropical agriculture crops grown in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) have changed over the years. Tourism and mining have also become important to the local economy.


Broome, also known as Rubibi by the Yawuru people, is a coastal pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 2,046 km (1,271 mi) north of Perth.

The town recorded a population of 14,660 in the 2021 census.

It is the largest town in the Kimberley region.

Drysdale River Station

Top stop for all travellers to the North Kimberley. Offering something for everyone, including scenic flights for 30 years. Owned by the same family since 1985 what started as just a pastoral operation has grown to include offering all that travellers may need or want.  What was just a cattle station has now been split into three separate operations, still all working together to complement each other. 

Drysdale River Station has reverted to being only a cattle station and is no longer involved with tourism operations. 

Drysdale River Roadhouse operates and provides all tourism services. 

Drysdale River Flight Centre offers scenic flights and great day trips to the Mitchell Falls. Each 'dry season' planes are based at Drysdale early May to late August.

Visit Drysdale River Station