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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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$51 - 210
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests. Spanning seven and a half kilometres in the Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides just metres over the canopy, its comfortable six-person gondola cabins providing spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands.

Daintree Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$32 - 35
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$9.50 - 9.50
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while getting lost in its enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage.

Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park

Daintree, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Cape Tribulation, in Daintree National Park, is famed for steep rainforested mountains sweeping down to long sandy beaches and turquoise coastal waters. One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, this park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the coastal waters are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Cooktown

Cooktown, Cook Area
With bitumen all the way along the 330 kilometre inland Mulligan Highway from Cairns, Cooktown is easy to get to. If you want a more adventurous route, go four wheel-driving along the coastal Bloomfield Track crossing rivers and creeks through World Heritage-listed rainforest and join the highway at the mysterious pile of rocks known as Black Mountain.

Mackay Cay

Cape Tribulation, Douglas Area
The snow white sand and the crystal clear waters of Mackay Cay act as the ultimate holiday backdrop. As a small sand island approximately fifty kilometers from Port Douglas, Mackay Cay is located on the north west corner of the Mackay Reef.

The Point Dive Site

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
The Point is a dive site on Agincourt Reef No.4, off Port Douglas, that both divers and snorkelers will love. For the snorkeler or the inexperienced diver there are fabulous coral gardens in the shallow lagoon, in depths from 1 metre to 8 metres.

Jorgey's Patch Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Accessible on a day trip from Cairns, Jorgey’s Patch features a variety of terrains for divers to explore, including bommies, ridges, gutters and ledges. In depths between 10 and 25 metres divers will find an abundance of reef fish on this reef, including fusiliers, angelfish, wrasses, anemonefish and rock cods.

Barron Gorge National Park

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
Free Entry
Rugged rainforest-clad mountains and gorges, tumbling waterfalls, varied wildlife, easy access and a fascinating history make Barron Gorge National Park one of Queensland’s most popular parks. The park extends from the coastal lowlands (Lake Placid) to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland (near Kuranda), and lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Tijou Reef Dive Site

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Tijou Reef is located at the southern end of the Far Northern Reefs, so is often the first or last dive site explored on an expedition to this remote area. The sheltered western side of Tijou Reef is dotted with coral bommies and coral gardens that offer wonderful diving in depths to 30 metres.
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