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Sky-High Adventures: Top 15 Darwin Helicopter Tours For 2024

Craving a bucket-list adventure through the iconic landscapes of Darwin? Book a seat on one of the region’s top-rated helicopter tours! 

From the stunning landscapes at Crab Claw Island to the lush waterfalls and winding gorges of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, there’s no better way to experience the beauty of the Top End than from the skies above. These Darwin helicopter tours will take your next NT visit to new heights, with many featuring add-ons like heli fishing, swimming, pub crawling, and boat rides.

Top-Rated Helicopter Tours

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Litchfield Fly & Swim

Litchfield Fly & Swim

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departs: 9:00 am and 1:30 pm

Discover the wonders of Litchfield National Park from a new perspective on one of the park’s best helicopter tours – Litchfield Fly & Swim! Departing from Darwin, you’ll glide over iconic waterfalls before landing at Sandy Creek Falls. Then, you’ll dive into the inviting rock pools or simply soak up the serenity of this natural oasis. This is a sought-after private Top End experience and a perfect tour for proposals or anniversaries. The 3-hour adventure offers two departure times daily, and bookings must be made in advance with at least 48 hours’ notice.

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Litchfield Waterfall Tour

Duration: 3 Hours (approx.) Explore Darwin and Litchfield National Park from above on the Litchfield Waterfall Tour. Marvel at Darwin City, the stunning coastline, and Aboriginal lands before landing at Crab Claw Island Resort for drinks. Admire Finniss River Wetlands and iconic falls like Tolmer, Wangi, and Florence, ending with refreshments at Darwin River Tavern.

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Litchfield Waterfall Tour
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Heli Pub Crawl

Heli Pub Crawl

Experience the best of the outback on this helicopter tour. Visit iconic watering holes, encounter unique wildlife, and enjoy a cold beer at each pub stop. It’s perfect for groups, so gather your mates for a Top End adventure!

Heli Pub Crawl – 3 Pubs Options 1 & 2

  • Tour Duration – 4 Hours
  • Schedule: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm OR 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Approx 40 minutes at each pub

Heli Pub Crawl – 3 Pubs Options 3 & 4

  • Tour Duration – 3.5 Hours
  • Schedule: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm OR 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Approx 40 minutes at each pub

Heli Pub Crawl – 5 Pubs

  • Tour Duration – 7 hours
  • Schedule: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Approx. 1 hour at each pub
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The Best Darwin Helicopter Tours

Darwin’s Big Day Out

Darwin’s Big Day Out is one of the best Darwin helicopter tours. In addition to flying over Litchfield National Park, this 7-hour tour includes Heli Fishing, the Jumping Crocodiles cruise, and Goat Island. Best of all, there are four options to tailor your adventure to your preferences and budget. 

Option 1 & 2

  • Flight Time: 2-2.2 hours (approx.)
  • Highlights: Heli Fishing or Jumping Crocs, Goat Island Lodge, and Crab Claw Island Resort.

Option 3 & 4

  • Flight Time: 2.5-2.7 hours (approx.)
  • Highlights: Litchfield National Park Waterfalls, Heli Fishing, Goat Island Lodge, and Crab Claw Island Resort.

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Darwin's Big Day Out Helicopter Tour
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Darwin Cyclone Helicopter Tour

Darwin Cyclone

Experience the adventure of soaring 1,000 feet above Australia’s northern capital on one of the top-rated Darwin helicopter tours. This flight highlights the tropical city and the landscapes beyond. 

Book Darwin Cyclone 10 Minutes

Book Darwin Cyclone 20 Minutes

Book Darwin Cyclone 30 Minutes

Above and Beyond

Duration: 40 Minutes (approx.)

Experience the best of the Northern Territory with the Above and Beyond Darwin City and Harbour helicopter tour. Glide over the breathtaking Cox Peninsula coastline, spotting turtles, crocodiles, and sharks in the azure waters against white sandy beaches and red rock cliffs. See the Charles Point lighthouse and magnetic termite mounds as you fly by, then journey back to Darwin via Mandorah and the crocodile breeding grounds of Talc Head.

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Above and Beyond Helicopter Tour

Top-Rated Fishing & Helicopter Tours

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Heli Fishing

Heli Fishing

Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)

Join an epic fishing expedition with one of the best helicopter tours in Litchfield National Park. On the Heli Fishing tour, you’ll explore remote fishing spots teeming with Barramundi. It’s tailored for both beginners and seasoned anglers, with packages that include rods and tackle. Replenish your energy with provided refreshments, snacks, and for full-day trips, a satisfying lunch. Experience the thrill of reeling in iconic fish against the backdrop of Darwin’s stunning natural landscapes. 

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Heli Fish Pub Crawl

Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)

Discover the ultimate combo: a thrilling fishing expedition and exploring Litchfield National Park on the Heli Fish Pub Crawl. You’ll set off on the hunt for Barramundi, exploring secluded spots home to prized catches. After reeling in the big ones, you will unwind at three local spots: Noonamah Tavern, Goat Island Lodge, and Darwin River Tavern. Your package includes all the gear you need, plus refreshments and snacks. Don’t miss this chance to experience birds-eye views and the best of the Top End’s fishing in one tour!

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Heli Fish Pub Crawl

Best Northern Territory Helicopter Tours

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Crab Claw Island Helicopter Tour

Crab Claw Island

Hop on a thrilling helicopter tour to Crab Claw Island. Soar 1,500 feet high over Bynoe Harbour, then descend to 500 feet for a glimpse of the WWII Wirraway airplane wreck. 

Depending on the duration of your tour, you may also see:

  • Dum in Mirrie Island
  • Blue Hole (teeming with sea turtles and other marine life)
  • Vutlee Vengeance (WWII airplane wreck)
  • Dundee Beach
  • Wetlands Sweets Lagoon
  • Matt Wright’s Top End Safari Camp

Book 6-Minute Crab Claw Island Tour

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Book 30-Minute Crab Claw Island Tour

Book 45-Minute Crab Claw Island Tour

Dundee Beach

This thrilling helicopter tour to Dundee Beach. From Tahlee Inlet, explore Dum In Mirrie Island and the vibrant marine life at Blue Hole. Witness history at the Vultee Vengeance WWII wreck, then glide back along the picturesque Dundee Beach coastline via Paterson Point. 

Book 15-Minute Dundee Beach Tour

Book 30-Minute Dundee Beach Tour

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Dundee Beach Helicopter Tour

Helicopter Tours in Kakadu National Park

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Kakadu Day Tour

Kakadu Day Tour

Tour Duration: 7 Hours (approx.) Skip the lengthy road trips; travel nearly 700km in comfort and style! One of the best Darwin helicopter tours, the Kakadu Day Tour soars into the heart of Kakadu National Park, uncovering ancient rock art sites inaccessible by most. Enjoy impressive views of the wildlife-rich floodplains and 600-foot escarpments with cascading waterfalls. Touch down for lunch at Gagadju Lodge Cooinda before a 1.5-hour Yellow Water Cruise. 

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Kakadu Waterfall Tour

  • Flight Time – 3.2 Hours 
  • Tour Duration – 6 Hours 
  • Departure – 8:00 am or 10:30 am 
Explore Kakadu National Park via the Kakadu Waterfall Tour helicopter adventure from Darwin. You’ll have the chance to marvel at Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Koolpin Gorge, and more, all within 3.2 hours. If you want to witness the falls in their full glory – be sure to book during the wet season (November to April)! You can also add a Yellow Water Cruise to spot crocs and diverse birdlife.

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Kakadu Waterfall Tour

Top-Rated Boating & Helicopter Tours

Top End Safari Camp Day Tour

Duration: 4 Hours (approx.) Experience the ultimate adventure with the Top End Safari Camp Day Tour. Fly high above Litchfield’s floodplains, then join an exhilarating airboat ride. Soak up the nature views while cruising Sweets Lagoon aboard the ‘Cyclone Creek’ vessel while enjoying a hearty meal. 

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Top End Safari Camp Day Tour
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Wetlands Wilderness Experience 

Wetlands Wilderness Experience 

Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)

Experience the beauty of Litchfield National Park from above on the Wetlands Wilderness Experience. Fly over Adelaide and Mary River floodplains to see diverse wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles, water buffalo, wallabies, and more. Whether with doors on or off, the views are simply spectacular. 

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Flying Crocs

Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)

Flying Crocs is one of the region’s most thrilling helicopter tours over Litchfield National Park. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of wildlife-rich wetlands from above before landing at the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise in Darwin. Enjoy three hours of heart-pounding adventure, observing these powerful reptiles in their natural habitat. 

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Flying Crocs

So there you have it—the most thrilling helicopter tours in Darwin and in other regions in the Northern Territory. Are you ready to join a helicopter tour? Comment below with which tour you want to book!

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