Nautilus Aviation – Cairns

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Nautilus Aviation is a privately owned and operated, proven helicopter specialist with over 25 years flying experience and has grown to become one of Australia’s premier helicopter operators. Today our network of bases spans Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Darwin and Torres Strait (Horn Island).

Nautilus Aviation has built an outstanding reputation based on the quality and diversity of our fleet of helicopters and our commitment to the safety of all passengers and personnel at all times.

We pride ourselves on our customer service from the delivery of commercial air work, pilot training and chartered flights all while working in partnership with a number of top tourism operators to deliver leisure experiences over some of the iconic natural landscapes of Northern Australia.

Facilities

Service Types

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Air, Helicopter and Balloon Tours Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Sports Tours Walking and Biking Tours

Activities

Boating Scuba Diving Snorkelling Swimming

Fitness

Basic Moderate

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available

Membership

Australian Tourism Export Council International Cruise Council of Australasia Queensland Tourism Industry Council Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

Accreditation

ATEC COVID Ready/ WTTC Safe Travels Stamp COVID Safe ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia

Services

$699

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!

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$890

Join for one of Australia’s most unique and enviable heli-golfing experiences!

Departing Cairns, enjoy an exhilarating 20 minute scenic flight along the regions picturesque tropical coastline including views over the quaint seaside village of Palm Cove, neighbouring Double Island and famous 4-Mile Beach before a VIP landing in the majestic grounds of the Mirage Country Club, Port Douglas.

Designed by five time British Open winner Peter Thomson, together with renowned architect Michael Wolveridge, this challenging 18 hole (6200m) course is rated one of the country’s finest resort courses, consisting of 6 x par 3’s, 6 x par 4’s and 6 x par 5’s.

Boasting lush tropical gardens and trademark aquatic driving range this slice of golfing paradise lies between the sparkling waters of the coral sea and the lush mountain backdrop of the Daintree Rainforest.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resorts Feast Restaurant set within the heart of the resort amongst two hectares of sparkling blue lagoons and surrounding palm trees.

After lunch you will join your scenic flight back to Cairns.

Disabled Access

$849

The signature experience in Cairns and the ultimate escape!

Departing Cairns in your private charter helicopter, soak in breathtaking aerial views extending from the tropical rainforest clad coastline and across the azure waters of the Coral Sea before an exhilarating touchdown on idyllic Vlasoff Cay, a jewel in the heart of Australia’s World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef.

For the next 2 hours you can leave the world behind. Relax in the shallows, enjoy the sand between your toes or snorkel the pristine coral reef waters surrounding this secluded tropical paradise.

A gourmet picnic hamper* with sparkling wine served under your private beach umbrella tops off this unique, once in a lifetime experience!

*Please advise any allergies or dietary requirements at the time of booking

Vlasoff Cay is a public sand cay and as such can not be reserved. On the rare occasion it is occupied on your arrival they will not be permitted to land and passengers will receive an extended reef scenic flight including views of Arlington Reef (one of the largest continuous reef systems in the marine park) before landing at Green Island for snorkelling and lunch.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $320 to $715

Nautilus Aviation have partnered with Down Under Cruise & Dive to deliver you the complete Great Barrier Reef Experience, from above and below the water.

Upgrade your cruise to or from the reef to a scenic helicopter flight providing reduced travel time and a unique aerial perspective that showcases the vibrant hues and sheer expanse of the reefs thriving coral gardens – an opportunity not to be missed! See below for all flight options.

Down Under Cruise & Dive are a local family run business operating quality dive and snorkel trips from Cairns for over 30 years.

Delivering the perfect mix of professionalism, service and fun, guests travel aboard the luxurious 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, with up to 5 hours split over two unique Outer Reef locations chosen for their exceptional coral density and prolific marine life.

Snorkel, Scuba Dive, join a Semi-Submersible tour with live commentary from a marine expert or take advantage of Evolution’s extensive lounging areas to simply relax or soak up some tropical sun.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $382 to $912

Nautilus Aviation have partnered with Sunlover Reef Cruises to deliver you the complete Great Barrier Reef experience, from above and below the water.

Upgrade your cruise to or from the reef to a scenic helicopter flight providing reduced travel time and a unique aerial perspective that showcases the vibrant hues and sheer expanse of the reefs thriving coral gardens – an opportunity not to be missed!

With up to 4 hours at the reef, guests can enjoy an extensive range of in-water and dry activities with something for all ages, activity levels and swimming abilities.

Pontoon facilities include ample undercover seating, freshwater rinse showers, changing rooms and a spacious sundeck with lounges. This family-friendly day ticks all the boxes and also includes the only theme park style waterslide at the reef – the popular Sunlover Sunslide!

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $439 to $915

Nautilus Aviation have partnered with Great Adventures to deliver you the complete Great Barrier Reef Experience, from above and below the water.

Upgrade your cruise to or from the reef to a scenic helicopter flight providing reduced travel time and a unique aerial perspective that showcases the vibrant hues and sheer expanse of the reefs thriving coral gardens – an opportunity not to be missed!

Located off Cairns, just 90 minutes by fast catamaran or 25 minutes by scenic helicopter, the Great Adventures Outer Reef activity platform is a stable, all-weather base allowing visitors to explore the reef in comfort.

Whatever your age, swimming ability or activity level there is something for everyone at Great Adventures.

You won’t go hungry either with morning & afternoon tea plus a hot and cold buffet lunch included in the day. Dine in comfort aboard the air-conditioned catamaran or pull up a lounge on the upper sundeck and soak up the tropical ambience.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$504

Located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, just a 45 minute boat ride from Cairns or 20 minutes by scenic helicopter, Green Island is an accessible island paradise. Surrounded by reef filled with diverse marine life Green Island is unique being the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with its own rainforest.

Laze on the beach, swim, dive, snorkel, take a walk in the rainforest, ride the Glass Bottom Boat or relax poolside and take advantage of the Islands resort facilities – you will be spoilt for choice on this full or half day experience.

For the ultimate once in a lifetime experience, skip the boat ride and travel in style with a breath taking Reef-Scenic helicopter transfer! 10 & 15 minute scenic flights are also available from our island based heli pad. Only from this unique aerial perspective can the vibrant hues of the islands fringing reef, emerald green rainforest and glistening white beaches be truly appreciated – a photo opportunity not to be missed!

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$399

A scenic helicopter flight over the reef is an opportunity not to be missed! You will be amazed by the stunning blue and green hues of these pristine coral sea waters and their thriving coral gardens. This flight includes incredible photo opportunities of picturesque Green Island, Arlington Reef and Upolu Sand Cay.

Many of the larger marine species can be most easily spotted from the air. Inflight sightings have included Sea Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Dugong and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul-Sep) during their annual migration from Antarctica, stopping by briefly to give birth and raise their calves in our warm tropical waters.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $1050 to $1200

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.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$399

A scenic helicopter flight over the reef is an opportunity not to be missed! You will be amazed by the stunning blue and green hues of these pristine coral sea waters and their thriving coral gardens, home to the greatest concentration of life anywhere on the planet.

Departing over Port Douglas and famous 4-Mile Beach, enjoy picture-perfect views of stunning Low Isles, comprised of two coral cay islands, 55 acres of fringing reef and a famous lighthouse (circa 1878).

Many of the larger marine species are most easily spotted from the air. As we continue out over Batt Reef, join your eagle-eyed pilot in the search for Sea Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Dugong and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul-Sep). Do not forget your camera!

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$699

Their most epic scenic flight experience in Port Douglas!

From the lush rainforest covered peaks, seasonal waterfalls and ancient waterways of the Daintree National Park to the premium outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef this flight combines all the highlights from our shorter duration Reef & Rainforest scenic flights into one awe-inspiring 60 minute adventure!

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$499

A scenic helicopter flight over the reef is an opportunity not to be missed! You will be amazed by the stunning blue and green hues of these pristine coral sea waters and their thriving coral gardens, home to the greatest concentration of life anywhere on the planet.

Departing over Port Douglas and famous 4-Mile Beach, enjoy picture-perfect views of stunning Low Isles, comprised of two coral cay islands, 55 acres of fringing reef and a famous lighthouse (circa 1878).

Many of the larger marine species are most easily spotted from the air. As we continue out over Batt Reef, join your eagle-eyed pilot in the search for Sea Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Dugong and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul-Sep). Do not forget your camera!

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$399

This flight showcases the lush rainforest covered mountains of Mossman and Syndicate at the southern end of the Daintree National Park. Fly over the small sugar farming community of Mossman with views of the Mossman River (crocodile habitat) and through the famous Mossman Gorge.

The traditional home of the Kuku Yalanji people for over 50,000 years, this area boasts steep ravines, hidden seasonal waterfalls and towering rainforest peaks.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

$849

One of the most brag-worthy experiences in Port Douglas and the ultimate escape!

Departing Port Douglas in your private charter helicopter, soak in breathtaking aerial views extending from the tropical rainforest clad coastline and across the azure waters of the Coral Sea before an exhilarating touchdown on idyllic Undine Cay, a jewel in the heart of Australia’s World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef.

For the next 2 hours you can leave the world behind. Relax in the shallows, enjoy the sand between your toes or snorkel the pristine coral reef waters surrounding this secluded tropical paradise.

A gourmet picnic hamper* with sparkling wine served under your private beach umbrella tops off this unique, once in a lifetime experience!

*Please advise any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking

Undine Cay is a public Sand Cay and as such can not be reserved. On the rare occasion, it is occupied on our arrival we will not be permitted to land and will continue on an extended reef-scenic flight to an alternate secluded beach. Unfortunately, being a coastal location, snorkelling would not be possible.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

From $597 to $1015

Nautilus Aviation have partnered with Quicksilver to deliver you the complete Great Barrier Reef experience, from above and below the water.

Upgrade your cruise to or from the reef to a scenic helicopter flight providing reduced travel time and a unique aerial perspective that showcases the vibrant hues and sheer expanse of the reefs thriving coral gardens – an opportunity not to be missed!

Quicksilvers high speed wavepiercer catamaran will transport you in spacious comfort to their stable, all-weather reef activity platform on renowned Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef located on the very edge of Australia’s continental shelf. Here, clear ocean waters encourage rich coral growth that in turn supports a myriad of spectacular marine life.

Floating like an island in the Coral Sea, the spacious dual level platform is the perfect base from which to explore the reef, no matter your age, swimming ability or activity level.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly

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