1. How did Cape Crawford get it’s name?
Named after Lindsay Crawford, one of the first drovers that discovered the Lost City in 1880. Unlike the name implies it is not beside the ocean. The cape it situated on the Northern end of the Abner escarpment, seen during the scenic flight to the Lost City.
2. How did the Lost City get it’s name?
Named by Dennis Watson, the first Savannah Guide to begin tours in this region. His perception of these towering pillars was seen as City Skyscrapers.
3. How old are the rocks?
1.4 billion years in the making, this geological formation is one of the oldest in the world. Ayers Rock is only half its age at 700 million years, no fossils will be found in this sandstone.
4. What are these rocks made of?
Consisting of 97% silica sand called Abner Sandstone. The outer crust holding this sand together is a combination of iron, silica, calcite, lichens, and manganese. In this instance iron is the most dominant mineral.
5. Who’s land is the Lost City on?
Owned by Mt Isa Mine, the pastoral lease is owned by Colinta Holdings. McAthur River Station is a viable cattle operation running approximately 15,000 head of purebred Brahman cattle. The Lost City covers an area of approximately 8 square kilometers. McArthur River Station is 4329 square kilometers.
6. What type of Helicopter are you using?
At present we are using a Robinson R44 owned by Airborne Solutions. It seats three people plus the pilot, everyone has a window seat giving optimum photo oportunities for all. This helicopter is perfectly suited for this type of tour.
7. How long do the tours last?
The Lost City scenic flight is a 30-minute experience. The Lost City ground tour is approximately 2 hours in length.
The Poppy’s Pools tour is for 2 hours. If you drive yourself you can stay as long as you like. You can even stay overnight if you choose to.
The Vanderlin Island tour is an all day tour.
8. How long does the season go for?
Starting in April, depending on the wet season, going through to the end of October.
Eventually more tourists will travel the Northern section of Australia in the wet season enabling us to operate 12 months of the year.