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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Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Seaway is the most popular shore diving site in Queensland, and is found at the mouth of the Nerang River at Southport. There are several different areas that can be dived at The Seaway, with the Short Pipe and Sand Pipe area the most popular, and the easiest to access.

Pine Ridge Conservation Park

Runaway Bay, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
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Southport

Southport, Gold Coast Area
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Coomera

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Hope Island

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Jacobs Well

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Named for its natural freshwater waterhole, thirsty travellers have been visiting Jacobs Well since the mid 1800s. Situated near the mouth of the Pimpama River on the edge of a pristine waterway peppered with uninhabited islands, Jacobs Well is a haven for fishermen and boat enthusiasts alike.

Gold Coast Oceanway

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
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Oxenford

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Talinga Retreat

South Stradbroke, Gold Coast Area
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Biggera Waters

Biggera Waters, Gold Coast Area
Beautiful Biggera Creek lent this suburb its name which is famous for its heritage-listed "land's end" site, but there is nothing final about a visit here. Those searching for a sedate spot in the northern part of the coast will adore a trip here, opposite the bustling Broadwater and the sizzling Gold Coast Spit and across from Wavebreak Island.
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