Pterodactyl Helicopters

Multiple Locations

Spice up your visit to Ipswich with a thrilling tour of a lifetime courtesy of an unforgettable Pterodactyl Helicopters experience. Just imagine the excitement as you lift off, with friendly Captain Mike Jarvis taking you over the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Logan and Redlands regions.

Choose from adrenaline-charged offers, such as the Helicopter River Run - a low level flight winding along the Brisbane River - or combine dining out or a trip to a winery with the Pterodactyl experience. Packages include the Wine Tour to several local boutique wineries with lunch provided, and the Country Pub Crawl where you drop in to authentic Aussie pubs to sample the beer and have some great tucker. Now, that's travelling in style!

Why not impress your partner with a romantic lunch at Spicers Hidden Vale or the historic Woodlands of Marburg? Or get a large group together for an adventure helicopter tour? With the ideal flying conditions in and around Ipswich, Pterodactyl is the perfect way to take in a birds' eye view of the historical city and its picturesque surrounds. A special time is between September and November for the purple beauty of flowering Jacarandas

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  • Car park

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

Our Tours

Helicopter Wine Tours

There are many excellent wineries dotted across greater Ipswich, the Scenic Rim, and Somerset Region of Queensland. Some of the best are hidden away and hard to find unless you know where to look. Why travel by car or coach – think helicopter!

Getting there is half the fun!

They have hand-picked some of the region’s best boutique wineries to show you by helicopter. Their experienced pilots will fly you in comfort while you sit back in the helicopter, relax and enjoy breathtaking views matched by premium quality wines served by the region’s finest wine-makers. Lunch will be provided and you can select a bottle of wine from each winery to take home.

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$740 $1195
Country Pub Crawl by Helicopter

Their wine tours by helicopter are a real hoot, but what if you don't like wine? Try a tour of three to five of the best country pubs in the region stopping for a beer at each pub and a great pub lunch at one. Pubs include: Sundowner Saloon, Dugandan Hotel, Royal Hotel Harrisville, Mulgowie Hotel, Peak Pub and Porters Plainland Tavern. They only choose great pubs and each trip's selection of pubs will be a surprise!

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$940 $940
Flying Food Safari

Food, wine, beer the staple of Australian life. Being able to put the right beverage with a particular meal is a fine art and when you get it right it’s simply magic. In this region they are not starved for choice when it comes to great food, interesting wines and out of the ordinary beers.

Now imagine if you could sample a range of different food experiences, expertly matched with the right wine or beer all in one day! To top it off, everything is produced locally from local farms, boutique wineries and breweries. These interesting places are spread out, so using traditional transport would limit you to only one or two. How cool would it be to do six in the same day?

Impossible by car, but not by helicopter.

Each location is special and the trip between venues features view of undulating plains, lakes and the beautiful mountains of the greater Brisbane region.

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$1350 $1350

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Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
It's not often you get an unspoiled natural wonderland in the heart of a city but Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve in Ipswich Central is an idyllic environmental gem. Once you descend the walking tracks amid huge native trees, you completely forget that you're just a few minutes away from the city's main streets. It's a popular place for bird watchers, with owls, kookaburras, wrens, finches and others making their homes there. Just head up to the white water tower on Denmark Hill overlooking the Central Business District and you'll find this hideaway for nature lovers. You can take the five-storey staircase to the top of the tower first for a spectacular vista then have your choice of walking circuits that range from 200 to 800 metres. It's a relaxing walk down to the picnic area where you venture into Triassic Park, complete with a Stegosaurus structure protecting the dinosaur footprints and fossil displays that have been found there. Like many other attractions in Ipswich, Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve has a prolific history. Established as a reserve in the 1880s, it sits above closed-off mine tunnels, with part of the walking trails following the former coal-skip tramway.
Free Entry
Located only 6 kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District, the Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve is an oasis in the suburbs and home to many water birds that live in and around the Quarry Pond. The reserve is a great place for bird-watching, especially along the aptly named Willy Wagtail Circuit, and the Tom Craik Lookout is perfect for viewing the planes taking off and landing at the Amberley RAAF Base. Picnic spots including picnic shelters, a playground, toilets and nearby parking the Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve an ideal location for a day in the bush.

Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve

Chuwar, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
A wonderful way to cool down and enjoy the great outdoors in Ipswich is at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve. The crossing is a low-lying bridge that crosses the Brisbane River in the suburb of Chuwar, and this long-time favourite with locals and visitors has all you need for a relaxing day out for all ages. Although Colleges Crossing has been severely damaged by floods in recent years, each time it's bounced back bigger and better, meaning that many of the facilities are fairly new. This includes a nature-based children's playground covered by shade sails with equipment such as a fort, musical wall, spinning seats, tree log tunnel and frog sculptures. There's a lake for fishing and kayaking, and while it's advised not to take the full plunge for a swim, you can enjoy paddling in the shallows and skimming stones. The large, grassed area has plenty of room for sports and there are also bike/scooter paths and walking tracks. After all that exertion, sit back and enjoy the treats served at the café with beautiful views of the river, or bring your own picnic or barbecue to enjoy at the sheltered tables.

Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve

Blackstone, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
From culture-rich mining heritage to adrenalin-fuelled downhill mountain biking, Castle Hill is a unique place and offers an experience unlike anything else in the region. With over 15 International Mountain Biking Association rated mountain bike trails ranging from easy to very difficult, Castle Hill is suitable for riders of all abilities and is cemented as an iconic riding destination in Ipswich. Castle Hill caters for all levels of mountain bike riders, but is best known for its technical single trails which can challenge even experienced riders. Mountain bikers can choose a ride to suit their fitness, ability and time available. Although the distances are not long, the hilly terrain and style of trails means that you have to work for every kilometre of your ride. Riders can choose from trails like the gently rolling Blackleg Gully Circuit up to the more advanced rollercoaster-style trail, the Inca. For those wanting to discover the Reserves historical significance, take a walk along the Lewis Thomas Historical Trail. Explore the coal mining history of the reserve as you pass open mine tunnels, hand-dug mine shafts and relics of the imposing three storey “Castle” which once towered over Blackstone.

Greater Springfield

Springfield, Ipswich Area
Locals in nearby Brisbane know that Greater Springfield in Ipswich has much to offer, and visitors would do well to check out its numerous drawcards. Tee off on the ‘must play’ Greg Norman-designed golf course at Brookwater Golf and Country Club; have a picnic, rainforest walk and a dip in the Orion Lagoon at the huge parklands of Robelle Domain; or head to the various shopping precincts. The Greater Springfield area includes the Ipswich suburbs of Springfield Central, Springfield Lakes, Brookwater, Augustine Heights, Spring Mountain and Springfield. Greater Springfield is the only fully master-planned city in Australia other than Canberra. As well as having a growing reputation for exciting business, retail and leisure developments, it’s attracting many new residents each year. It is home to prestigious private schools, the University of Southern Queensland, and has precincts centred around health, wellness and information technology. You can stay centrally in the Springfield Lakes Hotel to explore the rapidly growing area over more than a day, and it’s just a 20-minute drive to Ipswich Central and about half an hour to the Brisbane Central Business District.

Ipswich

Ipswich Area
Ipswich as a tourist destination has much to offer visitors who want to savour a rich heritage and cultural activities, have some adrenalin-charged adventure, bask in the great outdoors or attend some of Queensland’s biggest events. It’s all here in the thriving provincial city just 40 minutes’ drive from Brisbane City. Renowned for its beautiful sprawling homes and public buildings with historical significance, Ipswich has some wonderful heritage trail tours so you can explore the city and beyond. The region is also rich with picturesque natural areas where you can walk, hike or bike, with tracks suitable for any skill level. And make sure you pop in to the award-winning Ipswich Art Gallery and The Workshops Rail Museum. If you’re up for a physical challenge or fast thrills, Ipswich has all sorts of experiences on offer, whether it’s to get behind the wheel of a race-prepared V8, as a passenger in a purpose-built rail dragster, or hitting the clouds with a hot air balloon or helicopter flight. Then there are the major annual sell-out events such as CMC Rocks Queensland, Winternationals and V8 Supercars motorsport events, and Ipswich Cup horse race. You’re certainly spoilt for choice!
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