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How To Get To Orpheus Island

Getting There

Access to Orpheus is via a 30min helicopter journey from Townsville over the picturesque coral-studded sea.

Return costs ex Townsville are $690 per adult.

When travelling to Orpheus, passengers are restricted to one small bag, to a maximum weight of 15kgs in total. Soft duffle bags are required. If you arrive with a structured suitcase, there are duffle bags on-site for you to re-pack your luggage into.

Excess luggage can be safely stored whilst you are on Orpheus.

Daily scheduled helicopter transfers are subject to availability and payload restrictions, a private helicopter charter may be required. Some transfer flights may be limited to 130kg per seat. We are able to arrange another helicopter for flights requiring more than this, however a surcharge might apply.

Ex Townsville

$345 per person (one way). Children under 3 years fly free.

Townsville to Orpheus – departing 2pm, arriving 2.30pm

Orpheus to Townsville – departing 2.30pm, arriving 3pm

Guests travelling to Townsville from another destination can check in at the Nautilus Aviation desk which 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.

Bookings and Payment

All helicopter transfer payments are made through Orpheus, on behalf of Nautilus Aviation. Prior to booking your domestic flights to/from Townsville, please contact Northern Escape Collection Reservations on +61 (0)7 4777 7377 or email

Your helicopter transfers will only be confirmed once your individual weights (kg) are provided. If guest weights are not supplied at time of transfer quote, an upgrade cost for a private charter or larger helicopter may apply.

If your domestic or international flight is delayed or cancelled on the day of your helicopter departure, please contact Nautilus Aviation on +61 (0)7 4034 9000.

To view our Terms & Conditions, click here.

Orpheus Reservations

Hours (Brisbane, Australia GMT)

Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

+61 (0)7 4777 7377