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 30 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 12.30pm

Orpheus to Cairns – departing 12.30pm, arriving 1.45pm

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 any guests making their own way to the Nautilus Aviation hangar, the address is Hangar 9, Bush Pilot’s Ave, General Aviation, Aeroglen QLD. ├é┬áPlease meet at the hangar no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled helicopter departure time.

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 or cabin bags are preferred as they are easier to load in the helicopter boot). 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 Nautilus Aviation duffle bag if your luggage is too large!

If your domestic flight is delayed or cancelled on the day of your helicopter transfer, please contact Nautilus Aviation on 07 4725 6056 (Townsville office) or 07 4034 9000 (Cairns office).

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