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Darwin helicopter tours – tickets, prices, timings

Darwin is an Australian city that hosts a beautiful coastline and several popular landmarks.

As the gateway to the Kakadu National Park and Top End’s wonders, the city promises tourists a great time.

Darwin helicopter tours offer the most fascinating opportunity to experience and relish the richness of Australia’s northern frontier.

This article covers everything you need to know before booking a Darwin helicopter tour.

30-Minute Darwin Helicopter Tour

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Buckle up for the most exciting combination of sightseeing and adventure on one ride.

This 30-minute helicopter ride over Darwin will take you over its prominent landmarks, like Mindil Beach and the Waterfront Precinct.

The aerial views of the city’s coastline are sure to make your day brighter.

The northern beaches, the Niightcliff, and the extensive Casuarina Beach, surrounded by rainforest and mangrove woodlands, are some of the highlights of this tour.

Take in the phenomenal beauty of Hope Inlet and Darwin City and harbor from the luxury of a chopper.

As the tour allows up to four people onboard, you can enjoy the experience comfortably.

Departure and end point: 557 Stuart Hwy, Winnellie NT 0820, Australia. Get directions

Note: Please make your own way to the Aviation Heritage Museum, 557 Stuart Highway Winnellie, Bus #5 or #8 from the city. Taxi approx US$25.

Cost of the tour (3+ years): US$299 per person

Kakadu Cruise and Katherine Gorge helicopter ride

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This 10-hour private tour gives will take you to the Nitmiluk and Kakadu National Parks.

Experience the remote and untouched corners of Kakadu inaccessible by road.

Set off from Darwin to the spectacular Katherine Gorge and see the prominent landmarks of the city en route.

Arrive at the gorge to explore the 13 gorges of the attraction for about half an hour.

Make your way to the Kakadu National Park for a boat cruise to get the lay of the land of the wonderful attraction.

Witness the Mary and Adelaide rivers on your way back.

You will be in the safe hands of an expert guide who will narrate the significance and facts about all the sites you cover.

Departure and end point: Darwin International Airport, Kookaburra Air Darwin, 3 Lois Lane Darwin International Airport, Eaton NT 0820, Australia. Get directions

Cost of the tour (3+ years): A$1,800 per person

Darwin helicopter ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip

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Set off on a 7-hour adventure-packed day out with the Darwin helicopter ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip.

Take it to the skies from Darwin and soak in the 360-degree views of the Top End Flood plains.

Touch down to feast on lip-smacking authentic local cuisine with a gourmet BBQ brunch on a pontoon boat.

Experience the adrenaline pumping as you interact and feed the rescue crocodiles caught by Matt Wright.

Be fascinated by the local wildlife and spot birds and buffalo on your boat ride.

Stay hydrated with complimentary refreshments like cordial, water, tea, and coffee.

You can also choose the package offering hotel transfers at the same price.

Departure and end point: Fog, Bay Road, Bynoe NT 0822, Australia. Get directions

Note: Meet at the Top End Safari Camp, located in the Peninsular Way region. It is northwest of the Litchfield National Park and approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Darwin via the Cox Peninsular and Fogg Bay Roads. To get there, follow Stuart Highway South, past Noonamah. Turn right onto Cox Peninsula Road and head towards Berry Springs. Turn left onto Fog Bay Road for 33 kilometers 6.5km past sand palms) Turn left onto a dirt track with the ‘Top End Safari Camp’ sign. Follow the dirt track for 7 kilometers. Continue straight through the gate and follow the fence line and signage to the allocated car parks.

Cost of the tour

Adult ticket (15+ years): US$327 per person
Child ticket (2 to 14 years): US$294 per person


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What to expect

Departure point 

The heliports for Darwin helicopter rides are near public transportation.

The tours end back at the meeting point.

There are multiple take-offs daily, so book early to get your preferred time slot.

Timings of the air tours

Darwin heli rides have a fixed-time take-off.

The 30-minute Darwin Helicopter Tour takes off at 8 am, 8.30 am, 5 pm, and 5.30 pm daily.

The Kakadu Cruise and Katherine Gorge helicopter ride departs at 6.30 am every day.

The Darwin helicopter ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip runs at 8.30 am, Monday to Thursday.

Ticket Exclusions

Gratuities are not included in your Darwin heli flight tickets.

These tours also exclude any personal expenses you incur during the trip.

Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable helicopter rides over Darwin.

A minimum of two passengers are required on these tours, failing which, they will be canceled.

Most Darwin helicopter flights are not wheelchair accessible.

You will need to purchase a Kakadu National Park Pass before entering Kakadu (not included in the ticket price).

You are advised to carry comfortable clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen. towel, reusable water bottle, swimwear, and a hat for the Darwin helicopter ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip.

No other animals except service animals are allowed onboard.

Infants must be seated in the caregivers’ laps throughout the flight.

You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

A valid passport or ID card is required.

Flight times are approximate subject to weather conditions.

Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

Accessibility to the tours

The 30-Minute Darwin heli tour is completely accessible to guests with disabilities.

The aircraft, transportation, and surfaces are completely wheelchair accessible, preventing any inconvenience for the guests.

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before your tour date. 

If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, a 100% percent cancellation fee is applicable.

No changes are allowed within 24 hours of the experience’s start time.

Helicopter tours require good weather. 

If the tour is canceled due to poor weather or non-fulfillment of the minimum number of passengers, you may be offered a different date or a full refund.

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