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 26 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation has 29 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Port Douglas, 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'.
With two world heritage listed areas on their 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!
The tour begins on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway, discovering the living colour and natural beauty of rainforest millions of years old. From the picturesque destination of Kuranda Village, glide just metres above the rainforest canopy with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, before descending through the canopy and transferring to Cairns for a spectacular scenic flight with Nautilus Aviation over coral-studded sea to Great Adventures ‘Great Barrier Reef Adventure’ at either Norman or Moore Reef.
With approximately 2.5 hours at the Outer Reef with Great Adventures, their spacious activity platform makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water.
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!
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.
For a once in a lifetime experience, combine your scenic flight with an exclusive getaway to your own piece of paradise. Feel the thrill of flying over the picturesque coral-studded sea before landing on Vlasoff Cay (departing Cairns) - a pristine sand cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Relax on the pure white sand, beach comb for treasures, lay in the shallow crystal waters or snorkel straight off the cay and discover the magic of the underwater world. The experience is complete with a gourmet picnic hamper, sparkling wine and snorkelling equipment.
Day 1 – Start your journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway where you’ll meander through pristine rainforest, rugged mountains and cascading waterfalls to the pretty village of Kuranda. Spend the day wandering around the unique township and exploring the markets. Join the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide over World Heritage-listed rainforest before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the lush rainforest. Enjoy stops along the way as you alight and explore the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge and Falls from a network of boardwalks at varying levels.
Day 2 – For an extraordinary day on the Great Barrier Reef, combine your Down Under Cruise and Dive outer reef cruise with an exhilarating return helicopter flight by Nautilus Aviation. Onboard ‘Evolution’, spend five hours exploring two stunning outer reef destinations, each with their own unique coral formations and diverse marine species. The package includes an Aussie barbecue lunch, snorkelling out on the reef. On the return, take to the air for a spectacular helicopter journey over the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Sweep over coral gardens and sand cays, and see marine life from high above before returning to Cairns.
An inspiring tour combining spectacular views of North Queensland’s coastline and a cultural experience with a local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal tour guide in the Daintree. The only place on earth where two World Heritage Listed sites are side by side – where rainforest and reef meet!
Learn about the unique environment and the different foods and medicines utilised from nature – even sample some bush tucker and try traditional hunting practices. The return flight will amaze with views of heritage-listed rainforest, jagged coastline, picturesque Palm Cove, Port Douglas and the emerald Daintree.
Beyond the Tablelands and over outback terrain, be transported 160 kilometres west of Cairns to one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, Mt Mulligan Station. A working cattle station rich in Australian and Dreamtime history, you will first be welcomed by the breathtaking 18 kilometre sandstone ridge that is Mt Mulligan. Larger than Uluru, its majestic beauty is Mother Nature at her best.
Mined for coal, panned for gold and farmed for cattle, guest experiences include ATV guided tours of the old township, historic cemetery and mine ruins, plus a stop at the historical Tyrconnell Mine. Built in 1876, Tyrconnell was the most famous mine at the centre of the Hodgkinson Goldfield.
Mt Mulligan Station is now home to five star, Mt Mulligan Lodge. Here, guests will enjoy lunch at the property plus access to the pool, kayaks, paddleboards and fishing equipment to cast for Australian Barramundi.
Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef from above, with an exhilarating helicopter flight over picturesque reef systems and up close on board luxury vessel, Evolution. Be treated to an Aussie barbecue lunch and snorkelling to discover the mysteries of the underwater world. Scuba diving for beginners and experienced divers, along with a coral viewing from the semi-submersible are available on board at an extra cost.
Begin your journey onboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, discovering the living colour and natural beauty of rainforest millions of years old. From the picturesque destination of Kuranda Village, glide just metres above the rainforest canopy with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, before descending through the canopy layers and transferring to Cairns for a spectacular helicopter flight with Nautilus Aviation over the coral-studded sea to join Down Under Cruise and Dive at Hastings Reef.
With over two hours onboard the Down Under Cruise and Dive luxury vessel, Evolution, complete your day with an Aussie barbecue lunch and snorkel (introduction/certified dive additional) and return cruise with a complimentary glass of wine and cheese.
Discover one of the great natural wonders of the world with a helicopter scenic flight and Sunlover Reef Cruises! Sunlover Reef Cruises operates a fast, air-conditioned catamaran to a large pontoon (floating platform) located at pristine Moore Reef, approximately 40 kilometres from Cairns. On board, enjoy complimentary snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boat, semi-submersible, underwater observatory, touch tank and optional extras including scuba diving, guided snorkelling safari and sea walker helmet diving.
Cairns-based 'HeliFish' offers full-day fishing adventures flying over impressive landscapes to target anything from the mighty Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Salmon to Gaint Trevally, Mackerel and Coral Trout!
HeliFish is more than just fishing - it's a photographers dream! Expect to see sandy beaches, rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. The flight home can even include a stop on a secluded sand cay to celebrate landing the big one, with a cold one!
Specialising in helicopter fishing tours, the tours are flexible to suit personal requests, fishing skill and groups of all sizes!
Discover the iconic Great Barrier Reef combining an awe-inspiring helicopter flight with a Great Adventures outer reef day experience. The spacious activity platform moored on the spectacular outer reef makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water. With options to transfer to and from the platform by helicopter (and cruise the other) or take to the sky on a joy flights, you will have the best seat to witness this natural wonder.
Tour Upgrade: Combine your Great Adventures experience with a morning at beautiful Green Island - a 6,000-year-old coral cay complete with its own unique rainforest.
The only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with its own rainforest, Green Island is a destination that offers the unique opportunity to discover both its Reef and Rainforest. Complete with helicopter arrival, complimentary island based activities and a return cruise to Cairns, this package is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef island adventure.
Already Travelling to Green Island? A helicopter scenic flight adds a spectacular glimpse o the sheer size and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to your day. Sights include views of Green Island, Arlington Reef and on low tide, Vlassof and Upolu Sand Cay.
Tour Upgrade: Combine your Green Island experience with Great Adventures 'Great Barrier Reef Adventure' cruise.
Nautilus Aviation and Quicksilver's iconic Outer Reef Cruise create an ultimate reef experience to the renowned Agincourt Reef - a beautiful reef lagoon located on the very edge of Australia's continental shelf. From the spacious activity platform, the widest range of inclusive and optional activities are available to discover this stunning reef world from above and below.
Helicopter scenic transfers to and from the platform plus joy flights provide the most spectacular views of this jewel-like ribbon reef with spectacular coral formations, clear outer reef waters n many shades of blue and if you're lucky, sea turtles, manta rays, dugongs and even whales!
Unique, breathtaking and totally immersive, this is the ultimate Reef and Rainforest experience.
Commencing with a spectacular reef-scenic helicopter flight, marvel at the vibrant colours and sheer expanse of the Great Barrier Reefs thriving coral gardens before touching down in the heart of the oldest continually existing wet tropical rainforest on earth – the Daintree National Park.
Your day includes morning tea; tropical barbecue lunch set amongst the rainforest; one-hour Daintree River Cruise; Alexandra Range Lookout; elevated boardwalk tour; refreshing rainforest swim; exotic fruit tasting, Billy Tea and Damper and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation beach – where Rainforest meets the Reef.
A truly magical location, only accessible by helicopter. Soar along the magnificent coastline from Port Douglas and over the lush rainforest of the Daintree National Park towards Cape Tribulation.
The coastline flight sets the scene with rivers and creeks and the imposing Mossman Gorge gives way to your very own private waterfall hideaway nestled amongst the ancient tribal lands of the Kuku Yalanji people. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural spa bath. Indulge in a glass of champagne while your pilot lays out a delicious picnic lunch.
Pilot your own scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef! With a pre-flight briefing and one of their highly experienced instructors by your side, the sky really is 'your' playground!
A once in a lifetime opportunity or the start of a career as a helicopter pilot, the total amount of flight time experience within this product can be counted as part of your qualification - a qualification you can pursue with Nautilus Aviation!
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