Situated amidst the crystal clear waters of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus is an unspoilt tropical paradise stretching across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline and comprising 1,368 hectares of pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage-listed Marine Park. The island is fringed by pristine coral reefs, creating a haven for snorkelling and diving. Fishing expeditions, private cruises and dinghy adventures are also on offer.

Daily Scheduled Helicopter Transfers ex Townsville

Easily accessible from Townsville Airport, enjoy a 30 minute helicopter transfer over the picturesque coral-studded sea to Orpheus. Flight times to/from Orpheus are noted below:

Townsville to Orpheus – departing 2pm, arriving 2.30pm

Orpheus to Townsville – departing 2.30pm, arriving 3pm

Pricing as of 1 April 2018 $295 per person (one way). Children under 3 years fly free.

The Nautilus Aviation check-in desk is located within Townsville Airport, next to the baggage carousel. Please meet at the check-in desk no later than 45 minutes prior to your scheduled helicopter departure time.

Daily Scheduled Helicopter Transfers ex Cairns

Easily accessible from Cairns Airport, enjoy a 1.5 hour helicopter transfer over the picturesque coral-studded sea, and the spectacular Hinchinbrook Island to Orpheus.

Cairns to Orpheus – departing 11am, arriving 12.30pm

Orpheus to Cairns – departing 12.30pm, arriving 1.45pm

Pricing as of 1 April 2018 $725 per person (one way). Children under 3 years fly free.

Domestic and International passengers arriving into Cairns Airport will be met at the baggage carousel by a friendly member of the Nautilus Aviation team. Keep an eye out for a Nautilus Aviation sign which notes your surname.

For any guests making their own way to the Nautilus Aviation hangar, the address is:

Hangar 9, Bush Pilot’s Ave, General Aviation, Aeroglen QLD.

Daily Scheduled Helicopter transfers are subject to availability and payload restrictions, a Private Helicopter Charter may be required – please contact Orpheus Reservations for details.

All helicopter transfer payments are made through Orpheus, on behalf of Nautilus Aviation. Prior to booking your domestic flights to/from Townsville or Cairns, please contact Orpheus Reservations on +61 (0)7 4777 7377 or email reservations@orpheus.com.au to:

  • To book your laid-back luxury accommodation
  • To book your helicopter transfers to/from Orpheus 
  • Your helicopter transfers will only be confirmed once your individual weights (kg) are provided

Passengers are restricted to one small bag, to a maximum of 15kg in total. Duffle or cabin bags are preferred as they are easier to load in the helicopter boot (no hard or rigid cases). Should you have excess luggage, please advise the pilot as it can be safely stored whilst you are on Orpheus. Be aware that in some instances the pilot may ask you to re-pack into a supplied duffle bag if your luggage is too large!

If your domestic or international flight is delayed or cancelled on the day of your helicopter departure, please contact Nautilus Aviation on 07 4034 9000.

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