Nautilus Aviation

Multiple Locations

For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps.

With over 24 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation has over 25 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Townsville and Horn Island), the Northern Territory and New South Wales. Now also proudly operating Sydney’s ‘Westpac Surf Life Saver Rescue Helicopters’, Nautilus Aviation is one of the largest General Aviation helicopter company in Australia.

Departing daily, in Queensland guests can jump on board a scenic flight, enjoy a reef and rainforest day package, escape to a secluded sand cay, cast a line with HeliFish, design a tour of their own or, for the more adventurous, take the controls and fly themselves!

The sky is no longer the limit, it’s your new playground! Fly with Nautilus Aviation and 'Experience the Difference'.

Our tours

10 Minute City Scenic

Showcasing the vast and contrasting views of the Townsville region, this flight gives you a true layout of the city and its landmarks. Spectacular views of Castle Hill, the Strand, Townsville Port and the Ross River are among the many eye-catching features of this flight.

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$130 $130
30 Minute Magnetic Island Scenic Flight

Rise above the waters of the Coral Sea and take in the stunning scenery of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island, an area that can only be truly appreciated from the air. Watch as rugged cliffs give way to the island's dense National Park rainforests and blend into the stunning secluded bays that encase this island playground. The return voyage to Townsville encompasses panoramic views of the city, Townsville Port, Castle Hill, the Ross River and the Strand, offering you an exceptional perspective of this diverse region.

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$399.00 $399.00
45 Minute Cape Cleveland and Bowling Green Bay Scenic Flight

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 Cape Cleveland and the entrance to Cleveland Bay. Following the Coastline to reveal the wetlands of Bowling Green Bay National Park, this flight takes in some of the region's most spectacular scenery before returning to Townsville with panoramic views of all the largest city in North Queensland has to offer.

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$499.00 $499.00

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 a true appreciation of its wonder and beauty. On take-off you will enjoy an extraordinary vista 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 reefs that make this island one of the most prized assets of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The return leg of your journey offers views of Townsville's city and post districts, the Strand and Castle Hill.

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$690.00 $690.00

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. Their outbound 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. Be sure to bring your camera for memories you'll cherish forever.

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$950.00 $950.00
Orpheus Experience

Spoil yourself and visit Orpheus, a secluded island lodge located just 30 minutes by helicopter from Townsville. At the Orpheus heliport, you will be greeted by the friendly island staff and, following a refreshing fruit cocktail, take your own dinghy or be taken in our custom built drop off boat to your very own secluded beach.

Beach comb and indulge in a chef-prepared gourmet picnic hamper, complete with refreshments, in absolute isolation. After lunch, snorkel straight off the beach into pellucid blue-green waters and discover the mystical coral gardens and 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 life as you once knew it!

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$950.00 $950.00

Need an escape? How about an exclusive experience, on your own piece of paradise? Havannah Island, the southernmost island from Palm Island, is waiting for you!

In absolute seclusion, relax on the sand, beach comb for treasures or snorkel straight off the beach and discover the underwater world of the island's fringing reef. A gourmet picnic hamper, complete with sparkling wine or beer, beach umbrella, blanket and cushions, completes your five-star shipwreck experience.

The journey to and from is also a delight. In your own private helicopter, feel the thrill of flying over a collection of islands including Rattlesnake Island, Herald Island and Acheron Island.

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$695.00 $695.00
Ultimate Ride Package - Magnetic Island

Combine your love of horse-riding and the open skies with this unique package. Experience two types of horsepower - first flying in a helicopter over the stunning scenery of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island and then Saddleback, riding through native bushland to a pristine beach. The tour is even complete with an optional bareback ride straight into the ocean - a truly breathtaking experience swimming with your horse! At the tours completion, guests can remain on the island to disover all of its treasure. Sea Link departs Magnetic Island every hour.

*There are weight restrictions for this product. Maximum weight is 95 kilograms.

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$350.00 $350.00

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Magnetic Island Dive Site

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Magnetic Island is a popular destination off Townsville for day trips or an extended stay. The island has many sheltered bays that are great to snorkel or dive, as they have a surprising amount of coral and some great marine life.

South Townsville

Townsville City, Townsville Area
When the sun goes down, South Townsville's Palmer Street comes alive! Following the river, this after-hours hot spot is brimming with groovy cafes, lively pubs and fine dining restaurants, sophisticated cocktail bars and hip hotels.

Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Enjoy the secluded beaches framed by rocky headlands, coastal woodlands bordering seasonal wetlands, and deep-water lagoons that make this park special. Summer rains transform the park into an immense wetland, attracting large flocks of waterbirds The walking and mountain biking trails, ranging from short easy walks to cross-country mountain bike rides, are a popular nature escape—and lots of heart-pumping fun—close to the city of Townsville Hike across Many Peak Range, enjoy expansive island views while riding the Under the Radar mountain bike trail or walk the trail to enjoy a picnic on secluded Shelley Beach.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Escape to a tropical island paradise surrounded by secluded bays, golden beaches and activities to excite everyone. With 23 beaches and bays and just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise within a thriving community.

Castle Hill

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville - a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day!

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.

The Strand

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Immerse yourself in the Townsville way of life and discover The Strand, Townsville's thriving beach foreshore! With a relaxed, yet energetic vibe, The Strand is bursting with activities to excite the whole family.

Townsville North Queensland

Townsville City, Townsville Area
The best holidays are the ones that leave you feeling energised and alive. Townsville North Queensland gives you that feeling with a collection of destinations and attractions to spark everyone's curiosity.

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.

Queens Gardens

North Ward, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Established in 1870, Queens Gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in Townsville. Covering four hectares, the gardens are a lush green oasis set against the dramatic pink granite monolith of Castle Hill, offering a quiet, cool retreat from the nearby city centre.
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