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Nautilus Aviation

Operating out of Cairns, Darwin and Townsville, Nautilus Aviation provides guests with an outstanding range of experiences around Australia.

Nautilus have a fleet of Bell 206, Bell 206L, Bell 407 and Robinson 44 helicopters, all branded in Nautilus’ signature red. With over 20 helicopters at their disposal, and an impeccable safety record, Nautilus are exceptional at delivering scenic helicopter flights, transfers and heli-fishing expeditions.

Ensuring that their clients receive the highest service standards, Nautilus boast the most modern and well-appointed fleet in Australia’s Northern regions. Each of their 23 luxury helicopters are the height of luxury, with executive style fit outs, air-conditioning, in-flight audio entertainment systems and leather interiors.

Beginning in 1993, Nautilus Aviation started from a historical World War 2 hangar in Townsville airport, and has continued to grow from strength to strength since. Working across both the Northern Territory and Queensland, Nautilus aviation offer a range of charter options to suit discerning guests. As one of the largest and most versatile fleets in the region, Nautilus provide commercial services, corporate charters, scenic flights and memorable experiences to their clientele.

Their modern and luxuriously appointed fleet is well-equipped to transport any number of passengers to key destinations around the Northern Australia. The reliability of the helicopters, and the exceptional local knowledge of Nautilus’ pilots also allows for private charters out to some of the most remote and iconic outback destinations in the Northern Territory and Queensland.


Cairns is the wonderful combination of quaint resort town and relaxing, ambient tropical paradise. Located in Far North Tropical Queensland, Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city invites you to explore the endless activities on offer. The majority of the available city accommodation is within walking distance to the main selection of incredible bars, cafes, restaurants and the esplanade shopping precinct.


Darwin is famous in Australia for its laid-back lifestyle, Darwin is the perfect destination to relax and unwind. With the Dry Season bringing perfect weather, May to October is the best time to visit. It is the gateway to the Arnhem Land, Kakadu and Litchfield regions and is perfect to include at the beginning and end of your regional adventures. A fantastic mix of traditional indigenous culture and modern Australian culture, with over 50 nationalities making up its 10,000-person population. This has created an incredible hub of diverse dining options, with many influenced by Asian flavours.


Townsville is a quaint coastal city in Northern Eastern Australia, surrounded by lush tropical landscapes and exuding a tropical escape atmosphere. Townsville’s greatest asset is the incredible proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and many of the incredible tropical islands scattered around this region.

Scenic Flights

Nautilus Aviation offer a variety of scenic flight options throughout Cairns, Darwin and Townsville. Discover the beauty and varied landscapes in these destinations from your vantage point in the sky. Positioned between two of the world’s most iconic environmental features, Cairns is perfectly positioned for you to experience an outstanding flight scenic flight options out over the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Darwin city is a contrasting tapestry of colours, with burnt orange landscapes in stark contrast to the azure blue of the ocean and the lush greenery found in this semi-tropical destination. A scenic flight is the best way to see the uniqueness of this iconic locale.

Exclusive Getaways

Enjoy a private getaway, journeying to your own piece of paradise. Nautilus Aviation’s exclusive getaways invite guests to combine the best of both worlds; journeying to remote and spectacular destinations and enjoying a first-class view of the landscapes that surround it. Spend the day relaxing in private serenity on a sand cay in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef, swimming in turquoise waters and wandering the ivory sands. Enjoy a picnic by the beach before returning to Cairns by helicopter. Enjoy a heli-fishing adventure out of Darwin, visiting some of the most splendid remote locations in the Northern Territory. View untouched wilderness and try your luck at catching one of the many fantastic fish species to be found. Venture out to Mount Mulligan to enjoy an authentic historical outback experience. Discover life on a working cattle station, visit the coal mines for which the township was built, uncovering the raw and rugged beauty of Outback Queensland.

Full Day Tours

Uncover the iconic with Nautilus’ range of full day experiences. Whether departing from Cairns, Darwin or Townsville, Nautilus can provide access to some of Australia’s most lauded destinations. Spend the day exploring the underwater treasures found on the Great Barrier Reef, discovering the vibrant marine life that calls this region home. Fly out to the Northern Territory’s Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, immersing yourself in culture and ancient landscapes.

Nautilus Aviation operate all year round out of Cairns, Darwin and Townsville. Helicopters can be chartered year-round in each of the respective states.

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