Nautilus Aviation – Townsville

Air, Helicopter and Balloon Tours

Nautilus Aviation is a privately owned and operated, proven helicopter specialist with over 25 years of flying experience and has grown to become one of Australia’s premier helicopter operators. Today their network of base 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 its fleet of helicopters and our commitment to the safety of all passengers and personnel at all times.

Nautilus Aviation pride itself on their 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.


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Air, Helicopter and Balloon Tours Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours


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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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This diverse 45 minute flight combines the major highlights of our 30 minute Magnetic Island scenic with an extension to the heritage-listed Cape Cleveland Lighthouse (circa 1879).

From the southern entrance to Cleveland Bay we hug a 40km stretch of biologically diverse low lying coastal plain with numerous rivers, creeks, freshwater wetlands, beaches, mangrove estuaries, saltpans and coastal swamps. Your eagle eyed pilot will be on the lookout for any wildlife along the way including the infamous Saltwater Crocodile!

Tracking back to base, we fly past the mouth of the Ross River as it flows down from the foothills of the Hervey and Mount Stuarts ranges, past the Quayside Terminal, the Strand and the Townsville city skyline, dominated by the landmark 286 metre (928ft) pink Granite monolith known as Castle Hill (Cootharinga).

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Situated just off the coastline northwest of Townsville, The Palm Island group is a visually spectacular archipelago of 13 individual tropical islands that deliver one of the most photogenic scenic flight experiences in the region.

Only one island in the group, Great Palm Island, has a significant population of permanent residents, the rest apart from a luxury tourist resort on Orpheus Island, are uninhabited.

Standing out like gems in the strikingly turquoise waters of the Coral Sea each island is uniquely different with small bays and sandy beaches, surrounded by a network of spectacular coral reefs showcasing every hue of blue and green imaginable.

As we return to base, enjoy sweeping views over Magnetic Island and the city of Townsville.

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The most comprehensive scenic flight experience in the region, combining all the incredible highlights of our 60 minute Palm Island Group Scenic Flight plus a circuit of Australia’s largest Island National Park, Hinchinbrook Island.

Visible from afar, the islands mountainous backbone has weathered into spectacular jagged peaks, reaching 1142m (3746ft) at their highest point, being the often mist-covered summit of Mount Bowen.

From here, seasonal creeks descend into stunning waterfalls (Mulligan and Zoe Falls) or in other areas through the islands rainforest and open woodland forming abundant estuaries flowing out to sea.

The views around Hinchinbrook are spectacularly punctuated by abrupt headlands giving way to countless secluded coves and pristine sandy beaches which stretch along much of the islands eastern shoreline.

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Need an escape? How about an exclusive helicopter experience to your own piece of paradise?!

Travelling by private charter helicopter, enjoy breathtaking views on route to Havannah Island, a jewel in the sea, located on the southernmost point of the stunning Palm Island Group archipelago.

Following a beach landing the next 2 hours is yours to relax in the shallows, enjoy a stroll along the beach and the sand between your toes or snorkel the islands pristine waters and shallow fringing reef.

A gourmet picnic hamper with sparkling wine served under your private beach umbrella tops off this 5-star shipwreck experience.

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Departing Townsville, enjoy an exhilarating scenic flight followed by a luxurious small group sailing experience showcasing spectacular Magnetic Island.

Your flight departs over Townsville’s waterfront and picturesque Cleveland Bay before taking in the pristine beaches, turquoise waters and fringing reefs that surround this laid back island paradise.

On touchdown at Magnetic Island, join the team at Pilgrim Sailing for a cruise to one of the islands many secluded bays. While at anchor enjoy time to swim, take a tender ride to shore, relax on the giant inflatable mat or simply chill out onboard and soak in the laid back ambience. A delicious seafood lunch is provided along with a selection of complimentary beverages including organic wines and local craft beers.

This magical day out concludes with a short ferry ride back to Townsville.

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