Tasmania by Air: Scenic Flights and Helicopters

Experience some of the best places of Tasmania by air.

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Osborne Helitours - Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
Image thanks to: Paul Hoelen

Par Avion Helicopters - Bruny Island Hopper Tour
Image thanks to: Matt Glastonbury

Par Avion Helicopters - Bruny Island Hopper tour
Image thanks to: Matt Glastonbury

Osborne Helitours - Stanley and the Tarkine Coast
Image thanks to: Paul Hoelen

Par Avion Wilderness Tours
Image thanks to: Stuart London

Prion Bay
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Dennis Harding

Par Avion Helicopters - East Coast Picnic or Oyster Shed
Image thanks to: Matt Glastonbury

Tasmania by Air: Scenic Flights and Helicopters

Tasmania is packed with the world’s most beautiful scenery and it is all captured on an island of manageable size. You can drive clear across it in just a few hours experiencing towering alpine landscapes with dolerite peaks, rainforest gorges full of wild rivers and sandy beaches covered in hot dunes. So, just imagine how much you can see from the air.

Australia’s island state is also committed to protecting its natural landscapes and some of Tassie’s national parks aren’t even accessible by vehicle. If you do not want to trek through the bush, you’ll have to marvel at the landscape from above. And you’ll be gazing at lands that are untouched by human hands. Below are some of the best places to experience by air.

Wineglass Bay

Hiking to Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park can be tough, but you’re rewarded with crystal clear waters, towering cliffs, a white sand beach and lichen-coloured rocky shores. But even if you hike all the way out to the lookout, you won’t be able to make out the wineglass shape of the bay. You’ll be able to drink in all of its glory from above without all the effort.

Bruny Island

Par Avion Helicopters - Bruny Island Hopper tour - Tasmania, AustraliaThe south end of Bruny Island is where you’ll find South Bruny National Park. Marked by towering dolerite sea cliffs, this stretch of rugged land is all the more impressive from the air. Look in the waters off the southern shore for migrating Southern Right Whales cruising by the remains of two old whaling stations. Image thanks to Matt Glastonbury.

Maria Island

Thousands flock to the east coast town of Orford for the summer for the laid back atmosphere, beautiful beaches, world-class diving and stunning views of Maria Island. But you can get a better view of this stunning island from the air as you fly over white sand beaches and remarkably blue water.

Tasman Peninsula

Osborne Helitours: Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, AustraliaKnown for its geological features, the Tasman Peninsula is attached to mainland Tasmania by a 100-metre wide stretch of sand called a “Neck.” Marvel at the Tessellated Pavement, Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen rock formations from above. Imagethanks to Paul Hoelen.

 

Gordon River

The Gordon River winds through some of the most remote reaches of Tasmania. It’s a wild river and much of it is inaccessible by car or foot. Take to the air to see where no human has ever set foot.

Hobart and Derwent River

Aerial view of Hobart (Sandy Bay), Tasmania, AustraliaHobart is a picturesque city on the southern coast of Tasmania. On its eastern edge, you’ll find the mighty River Derwent. The dramatic helicopter ride down the river reveals the stunning landscape beyond. Image thanks to Events Tasmania and Alastair Bett.

 

Tamar Valley

The Tamar River carves a valley in northern Tasmania. The water feeds abundant farmlands that are used to grow cold climate grapes. These vineyards, breathtaking from the air, produce some of the world’s best wines.

The Nut

Osborne Helitours: Stanley and the Tarkine Coast - Tasmania, AustraliaA massive volcanic plug, The Nut rises defiantly out of the ocean at the small peninsula town of Stanley. It marks the edge of the Rocky Shore National Park, an area covered in wildflowers year round. Watch for little blue penguins in the waters near The Nut. Image thanks to Paul Hoelen.

Port Davey

This small port is on the southwest tip of the island and features a small airstrip. It is used to drop off intrepid nature walkers on their way into Southwest National Park. This area of Tasmania is inaccessible by car so you’ll be touring some of the most remote lands on planet earth. Image thanks to Courtesy of Par Avion Wilderness Tours.

Different Modes of Air Transport

There are all sorts of ways to see Tasmania from the sky. Of course, there are scenic flights available from Launceston, Devonport and Hobart, but you’ll also find a small airstrip in the west coast town of Zeehan where you can board a plane for Port Davey. The helicopter and air balloon are other viable options for eco-tourism.

But adventure-seekers can flock to places like the Tasman Peninsula for hang gliding at Pirates Bay. Or you can get a thrill by parasailing the pristine waters surrounding the island.

What to do

Tasmania by Air: Scenic Flights and Helicopters

Bruny Island Private Scenic Tour - includes helicopter flight and lunch

Bruny Island

Sitting just off mainland Tasmania, Bruny Island is a peaceful oasis where time seems to stand still. Home to relatively untouched rugged landscapes, beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and an abundance of local wildlife, this day tour is sure to impress.

This full day tour includes a private tour, flight and lunch. You will be picked up at your hotel and drive to Kettering where you will catch a ferry across to Bruny island, from there you will travel to Adventure Bay stopping along the way to take a stroll through the South Bruny National Park, home to the famous Fluted Cape and much of the local wildlife, including curious White Wallabies and stopping for lunch.

After lunch you will return to Hobart on your scenic flight. Taking off, you will have the chance to see Bruny Island from the air and get a glimpse of Storm Bay and Tasman Island, before flying up the Derwent River. See the Tasman Bridge and city sites before landing at Cambridge airport. From here you will be returned to your Hobart accommodation by private transfer.

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AU$720

Day Tour - Flight and lunch

AU$720

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MONA Gallery Tour Hobart - includes scenic helicopter flight

Hobart’s Art & Fine Wine including scenic helicopter flight

AU$1220

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20Min Scenic Helicopter Flight

Flight will take you from Cambridge Airport past Seven Mile Beach towards the western shore and onto Hobart city. Take in the magic city and kunanyi / Mt Wellington, the Tasman Bridge, the River Derwent.

AU$175

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Sea Cliffs and Convicts helicopter flight

Tasman Peninsula - Port Arthur

What better way is there to see the highlights of the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur. An aerial view of the historic Port Arthur site and a lap around Cape Hauy - one of the famous 'Three Capes' of Tasman National Park.

AU$145

15 Minute Helicopter Tour

AU$145

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The Maria Island Guided Walk - Flight Option

Maria Island National Park

A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without visiting Maria Island. There are 2 options of accessing the island, by ferry or by our scenic charter flight. This tour option is our flight option.

AU$1995

1 Day Walking Tour

AU$1995

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Learn to Fly Experience

Hobart

Take the controls of a Cessna 172, as you get the fly a real aeroplane. Guided by your experienced flight instructor, you can taxi the aeroplane, takeoff, and conduct basic maneuvers all while seeing Hobart and surrounds from the air!

AU$249

30 Minute Flight Lesson

AU$249

30 Minute Flight Lesson

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Saffire Helicopter Transfer (1-6 Pax)

Hobart to Saffire

One-way Transfer Helicopter (max 4 guests) Hobart to Saffire or Saffire to Hobart

AU$3300

One-way Transfer Helicopter

AU$3300

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Pumphouse Point Helicopter Transfer (1-2 Pax)

Hobart to Pumphouse Point

One-way Transfer Helicopter (max 2 guests) Hobart to Pumphouse Point or Pumphouse Point to Hobart

AU$1800

One-way Transfer Helicopter

AU$1800

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Hobart City Scenic (Aeroplane)

Hobart

Have you seen our city from the air yet? If you think the view from Mount Wellington is spectacular, try it from an aeroplane!

AU$149

30 Minute Scenic Flight

AU$149

30 Minute Scenic Flight

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Saffire Transfer Twin Engine Plane (1-6 Pax)

Hobart to Saffire

One-way Transfer plane (max 6 guests) Hobart to Saffire or Saffire to Hobart

AU$2250

One-way Transfer Plane

AU$2250

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Saffire Transfer Single Engine Plane (1-4 Pax)

Hobart to Saffire

One-way Transfer plane (max 4 guests) Hobart to Saffire or Saffire to Hobart

AU$1250

One-way Transfer Plane

AU$1250

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Where to Stay

Tasmania by Air: Scenic Flights and Helicopters

Saffire Freycinet

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the bay, this luxury hotel is 4.2 km from Freycinet National Park and within 10 km of Freycinet Marine Farm and Wineglass Bay. Coles Bay is 7.6 km away.
This smoke-free hotel features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and a health club. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free valet parking are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a conference center, and massage/treatment rooms.
All 20 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. Guests can enjoy deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include furnished balconies, living rooms, and LCD TVs.

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Islington Hotel

South Hobart - South East

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury guesthouse is within 2 km of Australian Army Museum Tasmania and Cascade Brewery. Salamanca Market and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are also within 5 km.

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The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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