Nullarbor-based pilot Josh Bennett enjoying special West Coast perspective

NULLARBOR FLIGHTS: Josh Bennett has been taking in the Great Australian Bight and Nullarbor during his time based on the West Coast with Chinta Air. Picture: Supplied
NULLARBOR FLIGHTS: Josh Bennett has been taking in the Great Australian Bight and Nullarbor during his time based on the West Coast with Chinta Air. Picture: Supplied

Few could argue that Josh Bennett has not enjoyed some breathtaking scenery at work of late.

For the past two months the outback pilot has learned a great amount about southern right whales in his current role with outback air charter company Chinta Air.

Mr Bennett has been based at the Nullarbor Roadhouse since June and has offered scenic flights over the Great Australian Bight Marine Park, with passengers looking for the southern right whales that visit the region each winter during their migration.

This year there has been about 150 whales spotted.

“I am really enjoying my time on the Nullarbor,” Mr Bennett said.

“The scenery is just stunning, and to be able to see the whales and the Bunda Cliffs every day is incredible. 

“It’s a bit different to KI (Kangaroo Island), that’s for sure.”

Mr Bennett is currently flying a single engine Cessna which can carry up to three passengers.

Every passenger gets a window seat with unobstructed views of the passing scenery and when not flying over the marine park Mr Bennett is jetting across the Nullarbor, taking passengers to remote communities such as Forrest, just inside the Western Australia border.

Mr Bennett said he fell in love with flying after his first flight from Melbourne to Adelaide.

“The feeling of getting pushed back in your seat on take off and watching the world get smaller as you climb away, it doesn’t get any better.”

Mr Bennett will be located at the Nullarbor Roadhouse until the end of September, then will have a brief time in the Flinders Ranges before relocating to run Chinta Air operations at Kangaroo Island for the summer.

While there he will be conducting scenic flights and offering an air taxi service to other South Australian destinations such as Port Lincoln, Goolwa, Adelaide and the Flinders Ranges.

Likened to being Uber in the air, the air taxi services depart on the date and time of the passenger’s request.

“I am really looking forward to being able to fly people around the island – although there is not one actual icon to look at, the scenery is pretty amazing,” Mr Bennett said.

“It’s certainly worth a look.”