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Nautilus Aviation

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Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1993. With bases in Cairns,Townsville, Horn Island, Weipa, Mt Isa and Darwin their fleet is one of the largest and most versatile in Northern Australia.

With a team of highly-trained pilots with an unrivalled amount of experience and knowledge of north Queensland and the Northern Territory, Nautilus Aviation will ensure your journey is one that you will always remember.

Nautilus Aviation works in partnership with a number of the regions top tourism operators, enabling them to make your visit to north Queensland or the northern Territory extra special. They operate a range of piston and turbine-powered helicopters, allowing them to tailor their service to the needs of their clients.

As a commitment to their industry and clients, they are constantly reinvesting in their business and they currently own 23 top-of-the-range helicopters. Executive-style fit-outs, air-conditioning, in-flight audio entertainment systems and leather interiors are just some of the features of their expansive fleet. Nautilus Aviation is equipped to ensure absolute comfort in any setting, for any operation.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

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Camooweal Caves National Park

Camooweal, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
Wide expanses of Mitchell grass plains and spinifex woodland are protected in this park on the Barkly Tableland, a peaceful stopover for weary travellers. The park features caves and sinkholes that were formed when water percolated through 500 million year-old layers of soluble dolomite creating caverns linked by vertical shafts up to 75 metres deep. Relax and refresh at this pleasant stopover on the Barkly Highway. Take the short 70 metre return walk to the Little Nowranie Cave entrance or the 220 metre return track to the Great Nowranie Cave. Be extremely cautious around the edges of the sinkholes. The caves are not accessible to visitors. Camp in a remote bush setting at Nowranie Waterhole camping area. Look for a variety of birds including waterbirds and woodland species at different times of the year. RIde your mountain bike or trail bike on the park's internal roads and firebreaks.

Mount Whitfield Conservation Park

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
The rainforest-clad slopes of the Whitfield Range form a dramatic backdrop to Cairns, offering bushwalking opportunities close to the city. Walking tracks through Mount Whitfield Conservation Park climb through shady rainforest gullies and dry open forest and grasslands with cycads to the top of Mount Lumley Hill. Enjoy the short but steep 1.5 kilometre Red Arrow circuit walk through rainforest up to a lookout with views scenic views over the Cairns coastline. Add the more demanding Blue Arrow circuit for a 6.6 kilometre (four to five hour) walk, with an optional 400 metre sidetrack to a lookout at Mount Lumley Hill (325 metres), offering expansive views to the Cairns hinterland and out to Green Island. Picnic at the lookout between your circuit walks. Look for mound-building brush-turkeys, orange-footed scrubfowl and graceful honeyeaters .

Boulia to Cloncurry Scenic Drive

Duchess, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
This scenic drive is a pleasant alternative route between Cloncurry and Boulia. Pass through Malbon (the junction for the Kuridala-Selwyn railway) and the old town sites of Kuridala and Selwyn. Stop in at Duchess where only the hotel remains in this once-busy railway and mining town. Follow in the footsteps of Burke and Wills to the marked tree. This once was a Cobb and Co route for travellers of yesteryear. The road is approximately 340 kilometres long and will take approximately one day to complete. This road is only suitable for high clearance vehicles.
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This exceptional park features spectacular gorge country, including the lush oasis of Lawn Hill Gorge, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. One of Queensland's most scenic national parks, it is home to abundant and diverse wildlife. The Riversleigh fossil deposits, part of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte) World Heritage Area, are among the richest and most extensive in the world. Bush camp in the gorge's popular camping area. Paddle a canoe through the mirror-like waters of the gorge and look for birds such as purple-crowned fairy-wrens and crimson finches along the creek edge, and turtles in the creek. Explore the gorge and sandstone ridges on one of the many walking tracks of varying length and difficulty. Find out about the Aboriginal heritage of the gorge and the Dreamtime story of Boodjamulla. Travel to Riversleigh to discover ancient yet amazingly well-preserved fossils of turtles, birds and mammals on the Riversleigh Fossil trail.

Lawn Hill Circuit

Lawn Hill, Burke Area
Free Entry
This circuit travels through a variety of differing landscapes through the heart of the Gulf Savannah. Discover hidden oases where pandanus palms and giant paperbarks border crystal clear waters. Rare fossils of long-extinct species are scattered throughout the awe inspiring geology. Remnants of aboriginal tradition express the ancient connection these people have with the land. Sites of pioneering heritage can also be visited. Canoeing along Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park is a definite highlight of this trip. The trip is approximately 570 kilometres long and will take approximately five days to complete (this includes a couple of days at Lawn Hill National Park). Some of the river crossings require car and passes through private property.

Riversleigh Fossil Fields

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone. The Riversleigh section, which covers 10,000 hectares, is located in the southern section of Boodjamulla National Park in north-west Queensland. Naracoorte can be found over 2,000 kilometres away in South Australia. The Riversleigh fossil deposits are among the richest and most extensive in the world, with some fossils dating back 15 to 25 million years. The site provides exceptional examples of mammalian assemblages in a continent whose mammal evolutionary history has been the most isolated and most distinctive in the world. It includes the first records of many groups of living mammals, such as marsupial moles and feather-tailed possums, as well as other unique and extinct species such as the 'marsupial lion'. The area open to the public was one of the first fossil deposits found, and gives visitors an opportunity to view many fossilised mammals and reptiles first hand.

Combo Conservation Park

Kynuna, McKinlay Area
Free Entry
Combo Conservation Park protects a string of semi-permanent waterholes along the Diamantina River in Queensland’s outback. They are said to have been the poet A B (Banjo) Paterson's inspiration for Waltzing Matilda, Australia's most popular folk song. The waterholes marked one of seven Cobb & Co stops on the Winton to Kynuna route. Today, Combo offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a picturesque, quiet area, relatively unchanged since Paterson visited in 1895. The holes along the river are a refuge for wildlife, especially numerous bird species. Enjoy a bush picnic under the coolibah trees that grace the banks of the river. See the stone-pitched overshot weir built by Chinese labourers more than 100 years ago.
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Take a step back in time and be blown away by the Southern Hemispheres largest collection of armoured vehicles and artillery, The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is conveniently located next to Skyrail and Tjapukai. On display daily, discover genuine pieces of history including captured items from World War I and II, Northern Africa and the Pacific. Vehicles, weaponry and artillery you usually only get to see in the movies, all in one convenient location, right here in the Far North! To add some excitement to your day, come along for an army style Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) Ride adventure. Their custom fitted APC seats 10 passengers and has a turret on top to replicate the look of a tank but with comfort design to suit all, rides available on site daily at 11am and 2pm. The perfect experience for the whole family, exhibits, APC rides, kids corner, our retail store plus loads more to come throughout the year! The downstairs shooting gallery allows people over 12 years of age to experience what its like to shoot real military and sporting rifles. At an unbeatable price, come and visit them sometime soon for the experience with a bang!

Ballara Heritage Trail

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
The Ballara Heritage Trail is a Four Wheel Drive historical adventure 60 kilometres east of Mount Isa and 60 kilometres west of Cloncurry. The track will lead you to the three major historic mining towns in the area - Bulonga, Ballara and Hightville. All three sprang to life in the early 1900s and then disappeared just as quickly soon after WW1. Copper was the mainstay of their existence, just as the great mines of the region are today. The tracks will take you into the heart of the Argylla Ranges, past spectacular formations formed millennia ago, and perhaps reveal wildlife endemic to this area only. Following on from the track to Ballara, this track also takes you to an impressive rock formation and falls known as Fountain Springs; beautiful and picturesque spot to stop for a cup of tea and a swim in the warmer months. The track can be difficult in places, particularly after rains. Be sure to heed the warnings provided, respect the sanctity of the sites and remember you are on private property. A detailed map and brochure can be obtained from the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre. Explore and enjoy.

Flecker Botanic Gardens

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Welcome to Flecker Botanic Gardens, the only wet tropic botanic gardens in Australia. At Flecker Botanic Gardens, the collections reflect their tropical diversity, with plants from the steamy jungles of South East Asia, South America and Africa easily adapting to the warm, wet climate of Cairns. These gardens have a fairytale-like feel for many plant collectors, with the most outstanding flowering and foliage plants arranged in natural landscape style. Situated on Collins Avenue only four kilometres from the Cairns City Centre, the gardens comprise of three main areas: Flecker Botanic Gardens - main botanic collection, Orchid House, The Fernery and aboriginal Plant Use Garden. There is also the award winning Botanic Gardens Restaurant Cafe open for breakfast and lunch. Centenary Lakes - has the wonderful rainforest boardwalk, Amazon Pond Lilies, native fruit trees, ample bird life, Freshwater Lake and Saltwater Lake with the occasional crocodile siting. Mount Whitfield Conservation Park - the famous red and blue arrow hiking tracks with stunning views over Cairns and Trinity Inlet, where you can spot the occasional scrub turkey and orange footed scrub hen. The Cairns Botanic Garden can be found on Collins Avenue, Edge Hill.
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