Nautilus Aviation: helicopter tour specialist

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Flying in state-of-the-art aircraft with highly trained and knowledgeable pilots, Nautilus Aviation guests are taken on a journey to remember, witnessing the vast size and sheer beauty of the region. With breathtaking inflight views, luxury facilities and first-class service, a Nautilus Aviation experience is second to none.

With flights departing daily, guests can enjoy scenic trips of various durations over the world’s oldest living rainforest and largest coral reef system, escape to a private sand cay complete with catered picnic and snorkelling equipment, cast a line with HeliFish (recognised in Tourism Australia’s ‘Best of Fishing’ program) or, for the more adventurous, take the controls and fly beside a trained instructor. Half- and full-day reef packages that combine a cruise and helicopter ride are also available.


Since its humble beginnings in 1993, Nautilus Aviation has grown to over 80 staff and, as at November 2017, a fleet of 27 state-of-the-art piston and turbine powered helicopters across its bases in Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. Not known to many, Nautilus Aviation proudly began operating the Sydney and Moruya Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters in July 2017.

To many locals, Nautilus Aviation is known as the company with the ‘red helicopters’. Nautilus Aviation houses a fleet of luxurious red Airbus helicopters. Seating up to seven passengers in a single aircraft, they offer forward-facing leather seats, air-conditioning, state-of-the-art safety systems and wide-open cockpits for uninterrupted views. A standout feature of the H120 and H130 is the Fenestron tail rotor – an enclosed tail rotor, making them the quietest helicopters on the market and perfect for younger and more sensitive ears. What’s more, the aircraft are in a family of best-selling helicopters in their class and are unmatched by any other helicopter provider in the locations where Nautilus Aviation is based.


In December 2017, the fleet expanded to include two brand new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters for Tourism purposes. Valued at over $3 million, these aircraft were the first of their type to be delivered within the Asia-Pacific region.

The company’s impressive fleet enables Nautilus Aviation to provide a premium service across all areas of operation – tourism, VIP transfers, aerial, commercial and industry work.  The variety of aircraft, an impeccable safety record and partnerships with a number of the region’s top tourism operators all make it possible for Nautilus Aviation to deliver unrivalled experiences for local families and visitors for any occasion and group size.

Nautilus Aviation’s touring program provides opportunities to experience the breathtaking beauty of Cairns, the wonders of Great Barrier Reef, the rich hinterland of Townsville or the vast azure coloured waters of the Torres Strait. Guests can also choose from a wide variety of packaged tours combining helicopters, cruise boats, horse riding, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) bikes, bungy jumping and even a train and cable cart ride.


Reef: experience the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, from a unique viewpoint. Sweeping over coral gardens and sand cays, see marine life from above and below when landing on outer reef helipads to join a cruise boat for the day, or enjoy a private picnic on a secluded sand cay and/or island!

Adrenaline: indulge your inner adrenaline junkie by combining an exhilarating helicopter flight over the reef with either a thrilling bungy jump or an ATV ride through the rainforest.

Daintree and the Australian outback: take to the skies and explore the pristine World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest or the hidden gorges and remote swimming holes of outback Queensland – including the historical gold mining town of Tyrconnell.

Fishing: specialising in helicopter fishing tours, the dual trained pilots/fishing guides fly over impressive landscapes to target the mighty barramundi, mangrove jack and salmon to giant trevally, mackerel and coral trout. A photographer’s dream – expect to see sandy beaches, rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef!


You fly: considering a career as a helicopter pilot or interested in taking the controls? Now you can! With a pre-flight briefing and a highly experienced instructor by your side, you can pilot your own scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef!

Whether you’re looking for family fun, a romantic escape or a way to impress, Nautilus Aviation has many touring options. Your memorable journey can even be personalised with stopovers and destinations of your choice. This year, tick a helicopter adventure off your bucket list and ‘Experience the Difference’ with Nautilus Aviation. The sky is no longer your limit; it’s your playground!


Cairns Base
Hangar 9, Bush Pilots Avenue,
General Aviation, Aeroglen 4870
Tel: +617 4034 9000

Townsville Base
Hangar 15, Gypsy Moth Court,
Townsville Airport, Garbutt 4814
Tel: +617 4725 6056

Horn Island Base
Airport Road, Horn Island Airport
Tel: +617 4034 9000


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