11 epic luxury helicopter experiences in Queensland
There are certain times in life when you catch a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, or you’re able to bust out your best (and totally relevant to the situation) Arnie impression. Climbing aboard a helicopter is one of those times.
Feel like a high roller with one of these luxury helicopter experiences, from flitting between vineyards to soaring over Heart Reef in the Whitsundays, and reeling in a marlin on a private trip to Cape York.
Get to da chopper!
Chopper & vines
Have you ever been on a wine tasting tour and thought to yourself, gosh, this would be so much easier if we had the chopper? Yeah, us too!
Pterodactyl Helicopters’ Total Indulgence Country Wine Tour will sweep you off your feet for a day of wine tasting and a long boozy lunch. Take your pick of boutique wineries surrounding the Ipswich and Scenic Rim regions, and don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine from each one to keep!
Not really a wine connoisseur? Try their country pub crawl package instead.
Fly & snorkel
Being pressed for time while you’re in the Whitsundays is never any fun. While the flight over Heart Reef is about as iconic as they come, Heli Taxi recently launched a new fly and snorkel package which takes things one step further.
Practice your best James Bond as you’re whisked out to a private pontoon at Knuckle Reef to snorkel over the world’s largest real-life aquarium or take a spin in the semi-submersible, then top it off with a glass of sparkling wine and picnic on the sundeck. Oh, you’ll also see that great big love heart on your way back too!
Private island picnic
There are secluded beaches, and then there are REALLY secluded beaches. Charter a helicopter with Nautilus Aviation from Townsville to stake a claim on Havannah Island (never heard of it? Neither had we!) for the day. After you’ve had your fill of gourmet picnic hamper treats, snorkel the fringing reef before flying back to reality.
Bravely go where no(t many) fishermen have gone before, choppering into some of the country’s most remote (read: EPIC) fishing spots. You’ll fly over beautiful, rugged terrain and locate untouched lagoons, rivers and beaches just begging for your baited hooks.
There’s no roughing it on this day trip, with all equipment, bait, tackle, gourmet picnic lunch, beers and wine part of the service.
Catch a heli fishing tour from Townsville or Cairns, or go all out with a custom-built Cape York fishing adventure with Nautilus Aviation.
Chopper over Carnarvon Gorge
When there are cattle stations larger than some small European countries, getting high is the only way to take in the vastness of our great southern land. Heli Central offer 10-40-minute scenic flights over Carnarvon National Park that take you deep into the wilderness of Moolayember Gorge to wave g’day to the Three Sisters, Woolpack rock formations, and deep narrow gorges.
As you fly over the farming country of Arcadia Valley and water lily-strewn Lake Nuga Nuga, you’ll be pinching yourself you never did this sooner.
Seeing the deep chasms and beautiful sandstone wilderness of Cobbold Gorge via heli is up there when it comes to natural wonders, but take the scenic flight one step further with a spot of gem fossicking at Agate Creek while you’re there.
Cobbold Gorge Tours will organise everything you need for your mini archaeological adventure.
If you’ve ever wanted to tee off at three iconic golf courses in one day, this is your chance.
A heli golf charter with Nautilus Aviation will drop you right into the action on Paradise Palms Golf Course in Palm Cove, Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course in Port Douglas, then up to the remote Cooktown Gold Links. Nine holes at each course, clubs, golf carts, meals and drinks at the Lions Dens Hotel near Cooktown are all included. Bucks trip, anyone?
If your budget doesn’t stretch to a sleepover, you can still take a half-day trip to Orpheus Island to scoot off in your own motorised dinghy to a private beach for a chef-prepared picnic before snorkelling straight off the beach. After your three-hour taste tester, you’ll be whisked back to the mainland over the Palm Island archipelago for those final Insta snaps. #highroller
Heli whale spotting & dolphin feeding
Whale watching tours are epic in themselves, but one-up those boats and get the best seat in the house on a whale spotting flight from Tangalooma and Moreton Island with V2Squared Helicopters (available between June – September).
Surf not working for you at your local break? ABC Heli based on the Gold Coast will pretty much put together any kind of itinerary you wish.
So if that means chasing waves from Snapper Rocks all the way up to this elusive break on the Great Barrier Reef, so be it! Gives a whole new meaning to the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari”, don’t you think?
Australian outback experience
You think cracking a whip and horse riding is the ultimate outback experience? Well, Nautilus Aviation make it the ultimate luxe outback experience. On your scenic flight, you’ll be hit with the total vastness and remoteness of this part of Australia, and have a bird’s eye view of Mount Mulligan (which is roughly 10 times the size of Uluru).
Land at Mount Mulligan Station to get down and dirty, Aussie outback style. Go on a 4WD tour, help muster some cattle, go mountain bike riding, and check out the gold mining ruins. Top it off with a dip in a swimming hole and a gourmet picnic lunch (sparkling wine included).