Nautilus Aviation

Multiple Locations

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

With a team of highly-trained pilots with an unrivaled 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

Other Information

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

Our Tours

Secluded Sandy Cay Picnic

Imagine.... just you, your private helicopter and your footprints on your own secluded island set in the middle of the Coral Sea, with just the sound of gentle lapping waves for company. Experience Vlasoff Cay, an isolated coral sand cay with pure white sand surrounded by aqua blue sea and coral gardens. You'll be equipped with some of life's essentials - a gourmet picnic hamper complete with sparkling wine, snorkeling gear, beach umbrella, picnic blanket and cushions. After two hours in this secluded paradise, you'll enjoy another reef scenic flight back to your life as you once knew it.

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$649 $649
30 Minute Rainforest Scenic Flight

Explore ancient rainforest covered mountain ranges and valleys only minutes from the centre of Cairns. Soar over the majestic Lake Morris, up through the Barron Gorge and Falls to Kuranda, view world heritage listed rainforest then drop down to sweep along the tropical coastline and northern beaches to Cairns City. Only by helicopter can the scale of these ancient rainforests, waterfalls and their pristine beauty be truly understood. The memory of this flight will stay with you forever.

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$399 $399
Fly/Cruise Half Day Tour - Down Under Cruise and Dive

Take to the air over Cairns for a spectacular helicopter flight viewing the rainforest covered mountains before flying over the azure Coral Sea and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Sweep over Coral Gardens, Sand Cays and see marine life as you land at the Outer Reef helipad to join Down Under Cruises for lunch and an afternoon of snorkelling. Scuba diving, either for the beginner or experienced diver, is also available for those keen to view the coral from beneath the sea. Enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Cairns with live entertainment, complimentary glass of wine, cheese and a tropical fruit platter.

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$329 $329
Cruise and Fly (Full Day) Sunlover

Enjoy a full day on the Great Barrier Reef, combine your Reef cruise with an exhilarating return helicopter flight. Four hours aboard the pontoon exploring the pristine Moore Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Complimentary snorkel equipment, touch tank and optional extras including scuba diving, guided snorkelling safari and seawalker helmet diving.

On the return, take to the air for a spectacular helicopter journey over the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef before returning to Cairns.

Departs - approximately 9.30 am
Concludes - approximately 3.30pm

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$459 $459
Fly and Cruise (Half Day) Sunlover

Take to the air for a spectacular helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Coral gardens, sand cays and sight marine life from high above before landing on an outer reef helipad where you will be met by Sunlover Reef cruises. Explore the pristine Moore Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Complimentary snorkel equipment, semi - submersible, underwater observatory, touch tank and optional extras including scuba diving, guided snorkelling safari and seawalker helmet diving.

Departs - approximately 10.25am
Concludes - 5.00pm

Your trip includes four hours at the reef, tropical buffet lunch including seafood, hot dishes, salads and tropical fruit, guided coral viewing from their semi-submersible, on-board touch tank to experience unique marine life, all snorkelling equipment and expert instruction.

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$459 $459
30 Minute Reef Scenic Flight

Take off from the lush city of Cairns, over the mountain clad ranges and head out to the Coral Sea, where the size and majesty of the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef can only be truly appreciated from the air. Take in its splendour as you fly over the famous sights such as enormous Arlington Reef, the Jewel of the Sea, Green Island and isolated Upolu Sand Cay. Bring your camera for this wonderful experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!

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$399 $399
Cairns In a Day - Kuranda, A Full Day Package

Ideal for visitors, who wish to make the most of their stay in Cairns. Enjoy a scenic and historical train journey, with informative commentary through the Barron Gorge, to the famous Kuranda Village and Markets. Depart Kuranda on Skyrail, you'll glide over seven and half kilometres of pristine World Heritage listed Rainforest, suspended high above the lush tropical canopy. Transfer to the Heliport for an awesome helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef to the exclusive pontoon at North Hastings Reef. Enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling or Scuba diving, either for the beginner or experience diver. Cruise back to Cairns with live entertainment, cheese platter and a complimentary glass of wine.

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$496 $496
Cairns In a Day - Skydive, A Full Day Package

Feeling adventurous? Then start the day by leaping into the sky from 11,000 feet for 30 seconds of freefall and feel the rush of a tandem skydive, with views of Cairns, World Heritage Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Travel to your jump heights in Australia's fastest Skydive plan, the Cresco 750. Choose from a wide variety of video/photo/DVD options. Transfer to the Heliport for an awesome flight over the Great Barrier Reef to the exclusive pontoon at North Hastings Reef. Enjoy lunch and then snorkelling out on the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving, either for the beginner or experience diver, is also available. Upgrade to 14,000 feet skydives available for double the freefall time and one-minute total of adrenalin.

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$650 $650
Cairns In a Day - Horseback Riding, A Full Day Package

Ideal for visitors, who love the great outdoors! Spend the morning taking a horseback ride through the tropical landscapes of Kuranda, over rainforest mountains and bubbling creeks. Transfer to the Heliport for an awesome flight over the Great Barrier Reef to the exclusive pontoon at North Hastings Reef. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and before you enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling. Scuba diving, either for the beginner or experience diver, is also available at an additional cost. Cruise back to Cairns with live music, cheese platter and a complimentary glass of wine.

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$489 $489
Cairns In a Day - ATV, A Full Day Package

Ideal for visitors, who love some adventure! Spend the morning taking a quad bike ride through the tropical rainforest, over creeks and mountain ranges. Transfer to the heliport for an awesome flight over the Great Barrier Reef to the heli pontoon at North Hastings Reef. Enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling, followed by a barbecue lunch all included in the package. Scuba diving, either for the beginner or experience diver, is also available. Cruise back to Cairns with live entertainment, cheese platter and a complimentary glass of wine.

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$489 $489
Cruise/Fly Full Day Tour - Down Under Cruise and Dive

Your day begins with a fast boat cruise to the Great Barrier Reef onboard Down Under Cruises. Spend five hours exploring two incredible reef destinations, each with its own unique coral formations and variety of marine species. Enjoy a tropical barbecue lunch and snorkelling . As an optional extra, there is ample time to experience up to three scuba dives for either the beginner or advanced diver. Your special day concludes with an exciting helicopter flight over five reef systems and pristine sand cays before arriving back in Cairns at 3.30pm.

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$379 $379
60 Minute Reef and Rainforest Scenic Flight

With two world heritage listed areas on our doorstep, take in the awesome magnitude and grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest on this amazing flight. See famous sites such as Green Island, Arlington Reef and Vlasoff Cay before heading over the Northern Beaches, Double Island and Palm Cove. Glide high above the lush tropical canopy of pristine rainforest, Kuranda, the Barron Gorge, Stoney Creek Falls and Copperlode Dam before returning to Cairns. Tropical North Queensland is diverse in nature and offers attributes that can only be fully appreciated from the air!

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$690 $690
Fly/Fly - Sunlover

Experience the Great Barrier Reef from the skies. As you are flown over the stunning reefs as you make your way towards an outer reef pontoon at Moore Reef. Once you arrive enjoy a barque lunch followed by some snorkelling. Scuba diving for the novice and experienced diver is also available. On your return flight take a different route highlighting the vastness and incredible colours of the Great Barrier Reef and pure white sand cays set in aque blue seas.

Departing from Cairns: 11.25am
Arriving back in Cairns: 3.30pm

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$818 $818
Cairns in Two days  - Kuranda

For visitors that aren't pressed for time and want to experience as much as possible while in Cairns. On your first day journey through world heritage listed rain-forest aboard the historical Kuranda Scenic Rail. Spend the day exploring Kuranda before making the Skyrail journey of gliding over the rainforest.

Kuranda upgrade option: enhance y;our experience with an additional trip to RainForestation. Experience a 45 minute rainforest tour. Followed by a buffet lunch and a Dreamtime walk where you will learn about indigenous culture.

Day two prepare yourself for an extraordinary day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise to two stunning outer reef destinations aboard Evolution and enjoy a barbecue lunch and snorkelling. On your return to Cairns experience a spectacular helicopter flight over the Reef.

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$516 $516
Experience the Daintree

Take off from Cairns and enjoy a scenic flight over heritage-listed rainforest and jagged north Queensland coastline before reaching the emerald Daintree. Spend the morning with a local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal tour guide learning about the environment and different foods and medicines. Sample some bush tucker while collecting shellfish and try aboriginal hunting practices. Relax in the cool pristine freshwater Village for lunch and cool beverage before flying back to Cairns.

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$1050 $1050
Australian Outback Experience

Take an amazing scenic helicopter flight out over some of the far north Queensland's untouched terrain to Tyconnell mining town for a tour of the historical gold mines. Land at Mount Mulligan Station, a 28,000 hectare working cattle station, where you can help muster cattle, go mountain bike riding, bush walking, swimming in the beautiful water holes or just explore the homestead and nearby mining ruin. You will soon realise why it is on the most stunning areas of Australia to experience.

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$1050 $1050
10 Minute Scenic Flight - Townsville City

Showcasing the vast and contrasting views of the Townsville region, this flight gives you a true layout of the city and its spectacular landmarks. You will be able to get an amazing views of Castle Hill, the Strand, Townsville Port and the Ross River are among the many eye-catching feature of this flight.

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$130 $130
60 Minute Scenic flight - Palm Island

The Palm Island archipelago is a magnificent jewel in the crown of the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing it from the air is the only way to gain true appreciation of its wonder and beauty. On take off you will enjoy a extraordinary view of Magnetic Island before tracking towards the Coral Sea and following the trail of small islands leading to Palm Island's splendid shores. Circling the island's rugged coastline reveals the fringing reef that makes this island one of the most prized assets of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
On the final leg of your journey, enjoy the views of Townsville's city and Port districts, the Strand and Castle Hill.

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$690 $690
45 Minute Cape Cleveland and Bowling Green Bay

Share some local history with a scenic flight to Cape Cleveland Lighthouse. Perched high on the wind-beaten cliff face, the lighthouse was built in 1879 and marks the northern-most point of Cap Cleveland and the entrance to Cleveland Bay. Following the coastline to reveal the wet lands of Bowling Green Bay National Park, this flight takes in some of the region's most spectacular scenery before returning to Townsville.

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$499 $499
90 Minute Hinchinbrook Island

A flight around Hinchinbrook Island, Australia's largest island National Park, is spectacularly punctuated by abrupt headlands, waterfalls, secluded sandy coves, mangrove-lined estuaries and dense rainforest. Explore this prehistoric paradise from the air and marvel at the sheer beauty that Hinchinbrook has to offer; the scenery is unmatched anywhere else on the North Queensland coastline. The out bound flight will take you over the picturesque Palm Island archipelago and its fringing reefs. Experience the natural beauty of this part of the Great Barrier Marine Park before tracking to Hinchinbrook Island and returning to Townsville via the stunning tropical coastline.

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$950 $950
Orpheus Island

Spoil yourself and visit Orpheus, a secluded island lodge located 30 minutes by helicopter from Townsville. At Orpheus heliport you will be greeted by the friendly island staff and, following a refreshing cocktail, you can whisk yourself away on a motorised dinghy to your very own private beach. Indulge in a chief-prepared gourmet picnic hamper complete with refreshments, in absolute isolation.

After lunch grab your snorkel and explore the mystical coral gardens and discover all the brightly coloured tropical fish of this underwater world. After a serene three hours, you'll enjoy another flight over the Palm Island archipelago and return to the life as you once knew it!

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$950 $950
Heli Fishing - Townsville

Whether you're an experienced or novice angler, this fishing adventure will take you to new heights! Explore some of far North Queensland's most elusive fishing locations, accessible only by helicopter. See the beauty of some of far North Queensland's untouched terrain from the air as you locate lagoons and rivers full of fishing potential.

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$890 $890
Wild River Run

Come and take off with Nautilus Aviation and view the magnificent Jacky Jacky estuarine system which follows the coast north through the Albany Passage. You will also get the chance to explore from the air the historic Somerest before continuing over white sand coves for a unique perspective of the tip.

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$499 $499
Torres Tour

What better way to fully appreciate the maze of reef and islands that make up this stunning region then to wing your way over the Torres Strait flying over Horn, Thursday, Hammond, Goodes and P.O.W islands. This flight will add a whole new dimension to your Cape York experience.

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$499 $499
Western Adventures

Soak up the breath-taking scenery of the Western coastline as you take off from Horn Island and fly over Crabb Island keeping an eye out for crocodiles, sharks, dugong and turtles (if you are lucky). On your flight home fly over the historic Possession Island where Captain Cook planted the flag and compare his voyage to yours.

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$499 $499
Island Discovery

Come and explore all the beautiful islands of the Torres Strait from the air! You will fly over the picturesque Thursday island. See the historic World War Two ruins on the Goods Island, the stone church of Hammond Island and return over Horn Island with its gold mining quarry before returning to like as you once knew it.

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$399 $399
The Whole Experience

For the ultimate indulgence, cross the azure waters of the Torres Strait to view the most northerly point of Australia. As you then cruise on past Thursday Island with its historic fort, World War Two ramparts on Goods Island and Hammond Island's quaint stone church before returning over Friday Island and Prince of Wales.

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$850 $850
Torres Strait Heli Fishing

Nautilus Aviation heli-fishing charters are tailored to your fishing requirements. Imagine having your own helicopter and experienced pilot to take you fishing in places inaccessible by any other means and, if time is limited, a half day's fishing in the remote coastal estuaries could be the highlight of your stay. Includes gourmet lunch, bait and tackle. Whether you are an experienced or novice angler, this fishing adventure will take you to new fishing heights. Explore some of the far north's most exclusive fishing locations. Activities include fishing, sightseeing, crocodile-spotting or just walking along an isolated beach where the only footprints will be your own.

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$890 $890
Ultimate Ride Package - Magnetic Island

Take the Ultimate Ride experience and see stunning scenery of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island via a 10 minute helicopter flight before landing at Horseshoe Bay Ranch where you will then saddle up for trek on horseback through Australian bush land to a pristine beach to experience the sensation of horse riding bareback into the ocean. Upon your return you will then be transferred to the cruise terminal for a leisurely cruise back to Townsville.

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$270 $270
Half Day Mustering Experience - Townsville

Get the Ultimate cowboy experience with the half day muster. Begin the day with your flight from their Townsville base and enjoy all the beautiful sites as you make your way to Woodstock Trail Rides. When you arrive you will be greeted by the staff at Woodstock who will then take you and introduce you to the horses you will be riding for the day.

Enjoy all the scenery and wildlife as you make your way through the bush and learn all about mustering cattle on horseback. You will then break for lunch before making your way back to the helicopter and fly back to reality.

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$695 $695

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Rollingstone Park

Rollingstone, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Pitch your tent and relax by the freshwater creek at Rollingstone Park. With a free designated tent and vehicle camping area, this is a great spot for a weekend getaway and cool down in the freshwater swimming area.

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.

Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
The park's wildlife viewing areas and walking and mountain bike trails offer a range of nature-based recreation activities close to the centre of Townsville. The park features deep-water lagoons and seasonal wetlands, coastal woodlands and vine thickets, and sheltered beaches fringed by rocky headlands.

Dalrymple National Park

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland, are features of this park in the Charters Towers area. Mount Keelbottom rises 130 metres above the surrounding plain and part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found in the park.

Mount Elliot, Bowling Green Bay National Park

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Rugged mountains rise abruptly from the wetlands, saltpans and mangroves of the coastal plain, south of Townsville, in the Mount Eliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park. Mount Elliot reaches a height of 1,210 metres, jutting out of the surrounding coastal plain and dominating the landscape, and Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls.

Magnetic Island National Park

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Rocky granite headlands and towering hoop pines stand sentinel over tranquil sandy bays on this rugged, mountainous island covered with open eucalypt woodlands and surrounded by coral reefs. The island is easily accessible from Townsville and is noted for its abundant wildlife and varied history.

Fishing at Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Magnetic Island is an angler's dream with a catch virtually guaranteed! Sit back, throw in a line and enjoy the rush of reeling in your latest bite. What a catch it can be; 22-pound Coral Trout and 44-pound Spanish Mackerel are among the trophies happy fishermen have taken home.

Picnic Bay

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
With a sweeping beach, tranquil setting and the iconic jetty, Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island is a spectacular location to enjoy a relaxing swim, beachside dining or a spot of fishing on the jetty. Snorkel and explore the abundant marine life of Picnic Bay or see what you can spot from above while taking a stroll along the jetty.

Pipers Lookout

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Embrace magnificent views of vast blue skies and boundless green scenery from Pipers Lookout. To get there travel up Hervey Range Road from Thuringowa Central, past the suburbs of Rangewood and Rupertswood to find Piper's Lookout near the top of the Range.

Pelorus Island

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Pelorus Island, located 800 metres north of Orpheus Island in the Palms Island group is an untouched, pristine environment accessible by private boat or on a dive tour. Pelorus Island offers spectacular fringing reefs accessible straight off the beach, which make for a remarkable snorkel or dive experience.
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