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Townsville Helicopter Flights: Things You Need to Know - Your Ultimate Guide

admin on November 20th, 2023

Discover the best answers to your questions about helicopter flights in Townsville, including trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island.

When it comes to exploring the beauty of Townsville and its surrounding wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island, nothing quite compares to the breathtaking views from a scenic helicopter flight. In this comprehensive guide, we'll address the most frequently asked questions about helicopter flights in Townsville, ensuring you have all the information you need to make the most of your adventure.

What Will I See on My Townsville Helicopter Flight?

Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of Townsville, the Great Barrier Reef, and Magnetic Island from the sky. Helicopter flights provide an unparalleled view of these iconic landmarks, allowing you to experience them like never before. We fly low over the reefs and islands enabling you to capture these dramatic views up close. When we see some marine life, we can circle or hover to get a closer look. There are various scenic helicopter flight options from both Townsville and Magnetic Island for you to choose from. These flights range from a 15-minute city sights tour, to 30-, 45-, 60- & 90-minute flights that take passengers out across the Great Barrier Reef and her islands. For a true adventure or a romantic getaway book our Havannah Island escape or our 9 islands scenic flight that incorporates a 45-minute beach landing. There are over 12 scenic helicopter tours from Townsville so choose the one that suits your timing, your bucket list, and your budget.

How Long is the Typical Duration for Townsville Helicopter Rides?

As above our helicopter tours in Townsville offer various durations to suit your preferences. Whether you're looking for a short introductory flight or a more extended exploration, we have options ranging from 15 minutes to 90 minutes or more on a request basis.

3. Are There Weight and Age Restrictions for Townsville Helicopter Flights?

For safety reasons, weight restrictions are in place. Please check each one of our scenic flight terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of these restrictions. The fleet of helicopters ranges from Robinson R22’s & R44’s and weight restrictions range from 109kg to 136kg dependant on the number of passengers and the flight distance. The AS350 Squirrel is the bigger helicopter and weights are calculated on the actual tour and the number of passengers. All guests must be truthful about their weights and no refunds are given if you exceed the weight restrictions.  Additionally, we may have age restrictions for young children, please see the terms and conditions on each helicopter flight. If you are still unsure contact one of our Barrier Reef Australia flight specialists for more specific details.

4. What Should I Wear On A Helicopter Ride?

Comfort is key, so dress in comfortable clothing. Remember the rotors will produce a lot of wind so make sure your hair is tied back, and your dress or shirt can be held down. Don't forget to bring sunglasses and sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun's glare. Depending on the season, consider a light jacket or sweater for added comfort during the flight. Do not bring any heavy bags as weight limits apply, so leave handbags at home and just bring a small shoulder bag that you can strap across your body.

5. Is There a Preferred Time of Day for Townsville Helicopter Flights?

The best time for a scenic helicopter flight often depends on your preferences. Morning flights normally offer calm winds and excellent lighting, while evening flights treat you to a mesmerizing sunset. The helicopter flight schedules can change throughout the year to accommodate the different tides and seasons. If the cruise ships are in town, we are continually conducting take offs and landings at all times of the day for the cruise ship passenger to enjoy some Townsville shore tours. Click the availability button on the helicopter ride that states "Live Availabilty" in the green banner, go through tthe booking process and it will reveal the flight times. 

6. How Safe Are Helicopter Rides?

Your safety is the helicopter tour companies’ top priority. Experienced pilots, regular aircraft maintenance, and thorough safety briefings ensure a safe and enjoyable flight experience. Helicopter flights in Australia are governed by CASA and as an example, for every 50 hours of operation in a R44 it is serviced and inspected by a CASA approved and authorised engineer.

7. How to Book Helicopter Flights in Townsville?

Booking your Townsville helicopter flight is easy. View these pages on Barrier Reef Australia to select the details on available options and convenient online reservations. Look at the helicopter flights that say the words “Live Availability “on the green banner under each tour. If there is no green band, then those flights are on request basis only. Alternatively, you can reach our flight crew directly by phone for personalized assistance.

Experience the beauty of Townsville, the Great Barrier Reef, and Magnetic Island like never before with a scenic helicopter flight. Whether you're searching for Townsville helicopter flights, scenic tours of the Great Barrier Reef, or adventures around Magnetic Island, we're here to provide you with an unforgettable aerial experience. Book your journey today and embark on a breathtaking adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.


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