Tip of Australia Scenic Flight
TIP OF AUSTRALIA SCENIC FLIGHT
DEPARTING HORN OR THURSDAY ISLAND
Departing from either Horn Island or Thursday Island, in the heart of the Torres Strait, take a stunning 40-minute scenic helicopter flight to the northernmost point of the Australian mainland, the iconic Tip of Australia.
Much of the regions 274 Islands are virtually untouched, spreading like stepping stones through the strikingly turquoise waters of the Arafura sea which separates Tropical North Queensland from the untamed jungles of Papua New Guinea.
From our unique aerial perspective view deserted white beaches, low lying wetlands, volcanic rainforest covered peaks and seasonal waterfalls that flow out to fringing reefs bathed in warm tropical waters that teem with wildlife.
Chance sightings include dugongs, dolphins, sea turtles, giant marlin and the largest reptile in the world, the Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile, a ferocious and expert hunter that can reach 6m in length and weigh over 1000kg. Between July-September keep an eye out for migrating humpback whales that visit from the northernmost fringes of the Great Barrier Reef that lie to the east.
In the late 19th century this region was a bustling pearling hub with hundreds of ships and divers based here – more than 600 Japanese divers are buried in Thursday Islands heritage-listed cemetery.
Your pilot will point out numerous landmarks including one of Australia’s oldest military fortifications, Green Hill Fort, built in 1891; two remaining pearl farms visible at Friday and Roko Islands; shipwrecks; an abandoned gold mine; World War II bunkers and gun placements plus a monument to Captain James Cook who landed here in 1770.
This visually spectacular and historically significant experience is a must do when visiting the Torres Strait or Northern Peninsula region.
Tour pricing is for flights from / return to either Horn Island or Thursday Island.
Passengers at Horn Island will be met by our pilot at the terminal, while Thursday Island guests will need to make their own way to our landing site at Sadies Beach.
Guests at other locations such as Seisia, Punsand Bay, Roko Island or other, please contact us for pricing and meeting point.
THE NAUTILUS AVIATION DIFFERENCE
Compared to fixed wing aircraft, our helicopters have enhanced maneuverability and are fitted with oversized viewing windows creating a premium scenic flight experience. Your pilot can easily adjust speed, altitude and direction of travel in response to wildlife sightings or other points of interest while ensuring passengers on both sides of the aircraft receive equal chance to capture that perfect photo opportunity.
All guests are supplied with headsets fitted with voice activated microphones to enjoy the live inflight commentary and allow conversation directly with your pilot and other passengers.
YOUR TORRES STRAIT CONNECTION
The Nautilus Aviation base is conveniently located at Horn Island (Ngurapai) airport, gateway to the Torres Strait and greater Northern Peninsula Area, and only a short hop to Thursday Island.
Operating across the Torres Strait our location provides direct connectivity for passengers on scheduled QantasLink & Skytrans services as well as private charter flights.
Please note: Thursday Island departure shown. Also available ex Horn Island and other locations on request. Actual flight path may differ due to adverse weather conditions. Photo opportunity of Cruise Ship subject to Cruise Ship schedules.
40 MINUTE TIP OF AUSTRALIA SCENIC FLIGHT
Depart Horn or Thursday Island: on demand
From $499pp (minimum 2 passengers)Book Now
40 minute helicopter scenic flight
WHAT TO BRING
- Hat, sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
- Horn Island Passengers – please wait for your pilot in the terminal building.
- Thursday Island passengers – please make your own way to the Sadies Beach Helicopter Landing site no less than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Parking available on site. Transfers to / from Sadies Beach Landing Site may be available via Strait Experiences P: 0475 949 220
- All helicopter pricing is per seat, independent of age.
- Infants aged 0-2 years can fly free of charge on the lap of a parent or guardian with a maximum of 1 infant per flight (as per CASA regulations).
- Passengers 3 years and older must occupy their own seat.
- Payload limits apply to all aircraft. Accurate individual passenger body weights are required at time of booking.
- Maximum individual seat weight limit of 130kg applies.