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Nautilus Aviation

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.

  • Information

    Accreditation

    • ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
  • Tours

    10 minute Scenic Flight

    This flight gives you a true layout of the city, its history and landmarks pre and post-World War II and Cyclone Tracy.

    20 minute Scenic Flight

    Before landing, view the two modern gas processing plants located within Darwin Harbour's industrial area - one being the Icthy's Project, the largest project the Japanese have commissioned outside of Japan. Motorsport enthusiasts, will also be spoilt with a view of Hidden Valley Motorsport Complex - the home of Australia's V8 Supercars Championship Series.

    30 Minute Scenic Flight

    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.

    45 Minute Scenic Flight

    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.

    60 Minute Scenic - Litchfield National Park

    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.

    Gunbalanya - West Arnhem Land

    A truly magical location with spectacular landscapes and timeless culture.


    The day begins sky high, immersed in a Top End sunrise witnessing morning rays awaken the vast landscape below. After your helicopter flight, enter a world of authentic traditional culture spanning thousands of years.


    Welcomed by Traditional Owner and personal tour guide, Mr Gabby Gumurdul, guests experience a traditional smoking ceremony and a visit to the Injalak Arts Centre. Here, Traditional art can be purchased direct from artists and guests begin their must do tour to 'Injalak Hill' - a superb sandstone monolith home to outstanding ancient rock art galleries.


    *Guests have the option to enjoy a private guided experience of Injalak Hill, complete with art centre tour and painting/weaving demonstrations. Rock Art Tours not available Sundays and public holidays.


    On the return to Darwin, be treated to majestic panoramic views of floodplains and towering escarpments.

    Heli Pub Crawl – 4 Pubs

    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.

    HELIFISH – Full Day

    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.

    HELIFISH – Half Day

    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.

    HeliFish Pub Crawl – 3 Pub Crawl & Helifish

    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.

    Kakadu National Park

    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.

    Litchfield Private Waterfall Getaway

    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 Harbour

    Mary River Wetlands - Discovery

    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).

    Mary River Wetlands – Airboat Safari

    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.

    Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise

    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.

    Territory Wildlife Park

    Set on 1,000 hectares of beautiful bushland, enjoy three distinct habitats, a Birds of Prey display, an aquarium, aviaries and a nocturnal house to view animals that can only be seen at night. All sights are not to be missed and animals that can only be seen at night. All sights are not to be missed and are connected by shuttle trains and walking paths for ease of access.


    Departing from Charles Darwin National Park, the direct helicopter transfer reduces road travel to the Park by more than 60minutes return.

    True Territory Tour - The Triple T

    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.

    You Fly

    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.

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