Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1993. With bases in Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and Horn Island their fleet is one of the largest and most versatile in north Australia.
With a team of highly-trained pilots with an unrivalled amount of experience and knowledge of north Queensland and the Northern Territory, Nautilus Aviation will ensure your journey is one that you will always remember.
Nautilus Aviation works in partnership with a number of the regions top tourism operators, enabling them to make your visit to north Queensland or the northern Territyory extra special. We operate a range of piston and turbine-powered helicopters, allowing us to tailor our service to the needs of our clients.
As a commitment to our industry and clients, we are constantly reinvesting in our business and we currently own 26 top-of-the-range helicopters. Executive-style fit-outs, air-conditioning, in-flight audio entertainment systems and leather interiors are just some of the features of our expansive fleet. Nautilus Aviation is equipped to ensure absolute comfort in any setting, for any operation.
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Enjoy the beauty of Darwin flying along the spectacular city coastline to the Northern Beaches viewing the cliffs of Nightcliff and Casuarina Beach, as well as the pockets of monsoon forest and extensive mangrove communities. The return voyage from the relaxed coastal residential town of Mandorah (located adjacent to Darwin), encompasses panoramic views of the city presenting an exceptional perspective of this diverse region.Family Friendly Non Smoking
Attracting over 1,000 anglers each year, the Full Day HeliFish is our most popular tour! Flying over impressive Top End landscapes, our fishing guides/pilots target the mighty Barramundi, Salmon, Mangrove Jack and other species. Departing at 8 am, enjoy approximately 2 hours of flight time and 6 hours of fishing at up to 5 different locations chosen daily.
Exclusive fishing is made possible by permits to locations including the untouched floodplains of the Daly River and Anson Bay’s coastal creeks and estuaries. More than just fishing – this tour is a photographers dream! Expect to see vast floodplains teeming with wildlife, rivers, wetlands, billabongs, sandy beaches and magnificent coastal red cliffs. Photo opportunities of water birds, crocodiles, wild boars, water buffaloes and other surprises are second to none!
The flight home can even include a swim at a secluded waterfall or stop at an iconic pub to celebrate catching that ‘big one’ with a ‘cold one’! Helifish uses top quality lures and equipment from Wilson Fishing. Anglers are welcome to bring their own equipment. The Full Day Helifish will exceed expectations and is an adventure one will saviour forever!Family Friendly Non Smoking
Departing from Darwin, enjoy a special 60-minute return scenic flight taking in the beauty of Litchfield’s treasures: Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Sandy Creek Falls, Florence Falls and The Lost City! The return flight is also a treat. Take in the impressive sights of the Magnetic Termite Mounds and Darwin’s main water supply, the Darwin River Dam, holding half the volume of Sydney Harbour.Family Friendly Non Smoking
Seeing Kakadu from a helicopter is one of the best ways to experience its many magical attractions in just one day! Instead of spending 6 hours travelling by road, spend only 3 hours flying by helicopter, taking in many spectacular landscapes along the way – with various stops for photo opportunities.
Departing from Darwin, enjoy a scenic flight to Kakadu flying over the Adelaide River and its floodplains plus the Mary River National Park. Marvel at Kakadu’s famous wetlands and gorges – including Ubirr. Next stop is Jabiru. Here, enjoy a stop at Cooinda for lunch and a Yellow Water Cruise operated by Kakadu Tourism. The flight home includes views of the pristine wetlands of the Mary River and Corroboree Billabong.Family Friendly Non Smoking
Spectacular is the word! This tour combines sweeping views of the wetlands and river systems by helicopter and up-close views of prehistoric jumping crocodiles. Enjoy a cruise on the scenic Adelaide River and see the powerful natural jumping ability of the Australian Saltwater Crocodile. With experienced guides, visitors will learn more about these magnificent creatures in their own natural habitat. This very popular cruise is suitable for all ages. A one hour drive from Darwin, but why drive when you can fly!
Operators collaborated with are The Original Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises & Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises.Family Friendly Non Smoking
Pilot your own scenic flight! With a pre-flight briefing and one of our highly experienced instructors by your side, the sky really is ‘your’ playground! A once in a lifetime opportunity for 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.
Enjoy the beauty of Darwin flying along the spectacular city coastline to the Northern Beaches viewing the cliffs of Nightcliff and Casuarina Beach, as well as the pockets of monsoon forest and extensive mangroves. The return voyage from the relaxed coastal area of Hope Inlet encompasses panoramic views of the city and presents an exceptional perspective of this diverse region. On a clear day, the coastline of Gunn Point with views of both the Vernon Islands and Melville Island in the distance.Family Friendly Non Smoking
Nautilus Aviation is proud to partner with Wildlands Wetlands Safaris to offer scenic helicopter flights to and from the Mary River Wetlands where you will enjoy an exhilarating, sensory-filled airboat adventure and safari cruise!
The world-class Mary River Wetlands are a photographer’s paradise! Teeming with wildlife – and specifically, the highest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere – is a must-do experience! The highly qualified and passionate guides of Wildlands Safaris will take you on an unrivalled tour of Australia’s largest wetland system.
From the helicopter gain a true appreciation of the size and beauty of the wetlands and from the airboat and safari cruise, close views of crocodiles, colourful flora and a myriad of native wildlife including wallabies, jabirus, sea eagles, kites, kingfishers, brolgas, buffaloes and jacanas.
The Mary River system is an 80-minute drive east of Darwin along the famous Arnhem Highway. However, by helicopter, arrive at Corroboree Billabong after a 30-minute scenic flight (60 minutes round trip).Non Smoking
Take a tour on the ‘wild’ side and enjoy an iconic Jumping Crocodile Cruise, an exhilarating, sensory-filled airboat adventure and a door-to-door landing for lunch at a local outback watering hole of a different nature, the Noonamah Tavern!
This tour provides unforgettable up-close views of the famed ‘jumping’ Australian Salt Water Crocodile on the Adelaide River and on Mary River Wetlands, the airboat makes it possible for up-close views of colourful flora and a myriad of native wildlife including wallabies, jabirus, sea eagles, kites, kingfishers, brolgas, buffaloes, jacanas and from safe distances, crocodiles! Your experienced tour guide is available to answer your questions about the wildlife and ecosystem throughout the tour.
In custom-built vessels, offering comfort and safety, this tour is both exciting and educational! Gliding across seemingly endless floodplains in an airboat and viewing ‘jumping’ crocodiles in their own habitats is one not to be missed!
On this tour, you will arrive at four different kinds of watering holes where you will share a tale and beverage (or two) with the local publicans. Flying by helicopter, this pub-crawl, not only offers spectacular sights of the Top End, but also has you arrive with your own rock star landing at a selection of Darwin’s handpicked iconic pubs!Non Smoking
Looking for a tour that offers a true ‘taste’ of the Territorian lifestyle? Complete with a Half Day HeliFish and door-to-door landings at four handpicked iconic pubs, this tour is for you! Hook yourself a mighty Barra, soak up the local atmosphere with publicans and patrons PLUS enjoy a birds-eye view of impressive landscapes including floodplains with expansive wildlife, mangroves, and termite mounds – sightings of pigs, buffalo and crocodiles are not uncommon!
Departing from Darwin, enjoy the same sights as per the special 60-minute scenic flight over Litchfield National Park’s treasures with a landing at a private waterfall on top of Litchfield National Park! Here, enjoy a quick getaway complete with swim and light lunch – perfect for couples and families and those wanting the perfect spot to pop ‘the’ question!
The scenic flight takes in the beauty of Litchfield’s treasures: Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Sandy Creek Falls, Florence Falls and The Lost City! The return flight is also a treat. Take in the impressive sights of the Magnetic Termite Mounds and Darwin’s main water supply, the Darwin River Dam, holding half the volume of Sydney HarbourFamily Friendly Non Smoking
The Half Day HeliFish will have you hooked with full-on fishing in half the time! Enjoy over an hour of flight time flying alongside the isolated coastline, rivers and billabongs and approximately three hours of fishing in up to three different locations depending on tides, weather and time of day. Fishing from clear banks in creeks and estuaries close to the coast offers great access to popular species including (and not limited to) Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Salmon. Complete the day with a landing at the Noonamah Tavern and soak up the local atmosphere.Family Friendly Non Smoking
An airboat Safari with Wildlands and private helicopter transfers is a truly unique experience that takes you into privately owned areas that no one else can access. Gliding across seemingly endless floodplains of the Mary River Wetlands Systems discover a vast array of native wildlife and amazing flora. Each tour is complete with experienced pilots and tour guides.