Located amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus is a secluded island stretching across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline and comprising 1,368 hectares of pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage-listed Marine Park.

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 $275 per adult or; $140 per child 0-11 years (one way)  

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 20 minutes prior to your scheduled helicopter departure time.

Helicopter Transfers ex Cairns

Easily accessible from Cairns Airport, enjoy a 1 hour helicopter transfer over the picturesque coral-studded sea, and the spectacular Hinchinbrook Island to Orpheus!

Cairns to Orpheus - departing 11am, arriving 12pm

Orpheus to Cairns - departing 12pm, arriving 1pm

Pricing $550 per adult or; $275 per child 0-11 years (one way)  

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 those guests making their own way to Cairns, our Reservations Department will discuss a meeting point at the time of booking.  

All helicopter transfers are booked through Orpheus only. Prior to booking your domestic flights to/from Townsville or Cairns, please contact reservations on +61 (0)7 4777 7377 or email reservations@orpheus.com.au to:

  • Confirm your Orpheus reservation
  • Lock in your helicopter transfer on your preferred dates of travel.

Passengers are restricted to one small bag, to a maximum of 15kg in total; duffle bags are preferred as they are easier to load in the helicopter. Should you have excess luggage, please advise the pilot as it can be stored safely whilst you are on Orpheus. Be aware that in some instances we may ask you to re-pack into a duffle bag if your bag does not fit in the helicopter. 

If your domestic flight is delayed or cancelled on the day of your helicopter transfer, please contact Aaron Finn (Chief Pilot) on 0427 002 387.

Terms & conditions apply to the scenic flights, click for more information.