Nautilus Aviation adds the ‘wow factor’ to any itinerary! 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 breath-taking inflight views, luxury facilities and first-class service, a Nautilus Aviation experience is second to none.
With flights departing daily, guests can enjoy scenic flights 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 combining a landing on a floating pontoon in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef to join a cruise boat for the day are also available.
Since its humble beginnings, Nautilus Aviation has grown to a fleet of 26 modern helicopters, operates from three separate bases in Queensland, has expanded interstate to the Northern Territory and won the internationally contested contract to operate the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters in Sydney. Today, as one of the largest general aviation helicopter companies in Australia, Nautilus Aviation is recognised for its fleet (in size, type and age), attainment of highly contested contracts and complex industry audits and an impeccable 25 years’ incident-free safety record – all unmatched in the company’s areas of operation.
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 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 unique to Nautilus Aviation within its locations of operation.
The company’s impressive fleet of 26 diverse helicopters enables Nautilus Aviation to provide a premium service across all areas of operation – tourism, VIP transfers, aerial, commercial and industry work. Nautilus Aviation was also the first company in the Asia-Pacific region to add two new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to its fleet.
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, ATV bikes, bungy jumping and even a train and cable cart ride.
Reef: 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 either a secluded sand cay and/or island!
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.
HeliFish: Specialising in helicopter fishing tours, the dual trained pilots/fishing guides fly over impressive landscapes to target the mighty Barramundi and other species. 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, 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. 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!
Base Locations: Cairns (Head Office) | Townsville | Horn Island
Head Office: Hangar 9, Bush Pilots Avenue, General Aviation, Aeroglen 4870
Tel: +617 4034 9000
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