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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.

One Daily Scheduled Flight Ex Townsville

Townsville Airport to Orpheus – departing 2pm, arriving 2.30pm

Orpheus to Townsville Airport – departing 2.30pm, arriving 3pm

$345 per person (one way) – until 31 March 2021

$350 per person (one way) – from 1 April 2021

There will be no charge for infants under three years of age when seated on the lap of an adult passenger. Children aged 3+ years will be charged at the ‘per person’ rate as for safety reasons they require their own seat.

Private Helicopter Charter Ex Townsville

If the daily scheduled flight is fully booked on your preferred dates of travel, or if the scheduled timings do not coincide with your itinerary, a private helicopter charter may be arranged at an additional cost (subject to availability):

$1,190 (2 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)

$2,400 (up to 6 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)

*Private helicopter charters ex Cairns or other nearby destinations can be arranged (POA)

Helicopter Booking Process

All helicopter payments are made through Northern Escape Collection on behalf of Nautilus Aviation. Prior to booking any domestic flights to/from Townsville, please contact Northern Escape Collection Reservations on +61 (0)7 4777 7377 or email reservations@northernescape.com.au to:

  1. Secure  your Orpheus Island Lodge accommodation
  2. Provide individual body weights of all guests travelling to Orpheus Island Lodge by completing this form
  3. Helicopter transfers will only be confirmed by Nautilus Aviation once accurate individual guest weights (kg) are provided. If guest weights are not supplied at the time of booking, an upgrade cost for a private charter may apply
  4. Orpheus Island Lodge recommends that domestic flights are booked AFTER accommodation and helicopter transfers are confirmed

To view our Terms & Conditions, click here.

Townsville Helicopter Check In

Helicopter check-in time is 45 minutes prior to your helicopter departure time at the Nautilus Aviation desk located within Townsville Airport, at the far end of the Arrivals baggage carousel. Here you will be met by a Nautilus Aviation pilot.

Your body and bag weight will be measured at the time of check-in to document accurate weights prior to your helicopter flight as a regulation of standard aviation safety policy. You will then be transferred to the Nautilus Aviation hangar where your flight will depart from.

Guests arriving into Townsville Airport by car, please park in the long-term car park and enter the airport terminal.

If your domestic flight arrives into Townsville Airport early and you wish to pass the time outdoors, consider making your own way to The Strand for a coffee or a stroll along the waterfront. The Strand is a 10 minute Taxi/Uber from Townsville Airport. Please remember to return to Townsville Airport 45 minutes prior to your helicopter departure time for check-in.

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.

Cairns Helicopter Check In

Arriving by domestic flight ex Cairns – for any guests arriving into Cairns Airport on a domestic flight, you will be met at the baggage carousel; look for a welcome board with your surname noted. You will then be transferred to the Nautilus Aviation Cairns hangar in General Aviation.

Arriving by international flight ex Cairns  – for any guests arriving into Cairns Airport on an international flight, once you clear customs walk through the arrivals door and look for a welcome board with your surname noted. You will then be transferred to the Nautilus Aviation Cairns hangar in General Aviation.

For any guests making their own way to the Nautilus Aviation Cairns hangar, the address is: Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, General Aviation Aeroglen QLD 4870. Please meet at the hangar no later than 45 minutes prior to our helicopter departure time.

Your body and bag weight will be measured at the time of check-in to document accurate weights prior to your helicopter flight as a regulation of standard aviation safety policy.

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.

Helicopter Luggage Restrictions

Due to safety requirements and space restrictions on the helicopters, all passengers are restricted to a maximum of 15kg baggage in total per person. Your 15kgs includes all handbags, camera bags and luggage, with all baggage weighed upon check-in. Soft duffle or cabin bags are required as they best fit in the helicopter storage compartment (no hard base or suitcases please). Due to space limitations please do not bring one large bag between two guests.

In some instances, the pilot may ask you to re-pack into a supplied soft duffle bag if your luggage is too large. Rest assured, we can safely store any excess luggage or hard cases at our hangar for collection upon your return. To assist, Orpheus Island Lodge offers a complimentary laundry service for all our guests while staying on the island (unfortunately dry cleaning is not available).

Should a passenger’s body weight have a variance of more than 10% from their initial provided weight at time of booking, Nautilus Aviation Pty Ltd reserve the right to upgrade to a private helicopter charter if required, at an additional cost.

Orpheus Reservations

Hours (Brisbane, Australia GMT)

Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

+61 (0)7 4777 7377

reservations@northernescape.com.au