Come and share a true memory-of-a-lifetime experience with us today!
Paradise Seaplanes is proud to offer adventure flights in our historic Wilga warbird. If beauty is a machine perfect for the job, she’s the most beautiful aircraft in the world! She was designed for observation, and there is no better observation platform anywhere. Stable, smooth and comfortable with a cockpit wrapped in glass, you are immersed in the experience of floating over some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
TripAdvisor ranks us in the top 10% of experiences WORLDWIDE. Here are some of the reasons why:
•This Seaplane is Amazing! – This is not an ordinary joy flight. This is an Adventure Flight - the Wilga 80 is perfectly designed for reconnaissance, has more glass than a helicopter and excels at flying low and slow.
•It's Unique! – This is the ONLY Wilga 80 seaplane in the southern hemisphere. It is also certified to fly with DOORS OFF, offering the opportunity to experience the amazing rush of flight with nothing between you and the environment! This optional extra is a must for those who want a one-of-a-kind adventure.
•Take off from Maroochy River! – With no airport in sight, prepare for a incredible, stealthy take-off across the crystal waters of the Maroochy and soar into the air for an unmatched warbird experience! You can imagine you are Maroochy's famous black swan!
•It's the Sunshine Coast! – One of the most diverse and picturesque places in Queensland, is really best observed from the air. Our reconnaissance missions in this specially-designed aircraft fly over amazing way points: from beautiful national parks from Noosa to Double Island Point to the north, to the Glass House Mountains and Pumicestone Passage at Bribie Island in the south.
Flights are customised for your own personal adventure.
•It's a memory to last your lifetime! – These intimate adventures cater to two or three passengers and are meant for sharing. With photo books and gift vouchers, you can make someone's day last forever. As one passenger put it, "WORDS JUST CAN'T DESCRIBE THE AWESOMENESS!"
•You're in safe hands. – Our experienced, passionate seaplane pilots and sturdy, rugged Wilga 80 with its powerful 9-cylinder radial engine, make this amazing adventure what it is.
Join us today for an experience of a lifetime!
The pricing on all of our flights, with the exception of the River Dash, is based on a minimum of two fares. (Max: 3 passengers)
You can purchase Gift Vouchers for one person, but there needs to be two fares when booking.
Single fares can apply for our STANDBY list and will be matched on appropriate flights. Please call for assistance to book your flight.
Passengers can NOT be socially distanced on the aircraft. We adhere strictly to our approved COVID-SAFE policy.
SUNSHINE COAST ADVENTURE
$249 per person
MAROOCHY RIVER ADVENTURE
NOOSA RIVER ADVENTURE
$175 per person
$325 per person
Take off from paradise at the Maroochy River, taxiing in the spray of warm waters, sweep along the Mooloolaba beach, circle over Point Cartwright and return to Maroochydore.
One of our most popular flights - follows the Maroochy River to ocean, soars south over the Mooloolaba harbour and follows the beautiful coastline to Caloundra then returns to gently touch down on the crystal clear waters of the Maroochy River.
Fly north for our Noosa Adventure. Take off, follow the Maroochy River to the coast, then bank slowly north over Mudjimba Island, follow the beaches past Mt Coolum, over Noosa National Park and biosphere to Noosa River and return. Truly breathtaking.
NOOSA TO GLASSHOUSE MTNS
$599 per person
SURF PATROL ADVENTURE
DOUBLE ISLAND ADVENTURE
$575 per person
$699 per person
The Big Beach Watch: This adventure takes in the entire Sunshine Coast from Noosa to Caloundra! Take off from Maroochy River, then bank slowly north and follow the beaches to Noosa Heads National Park, circle over Noosa Village and return along the beautiful coastline southward, all the way to Caloundra and the north end of Bribie Island and Pumicestone Passage Marine Park. Return to touch down on Maroochy River.
Please note: Max combined passenger weight is limited to 175kg for this flight.
Coast to Hinterland Experience - Enjoy a low-level reconnaissance flight along the beaches from Maroochy River to Noosa Heads, climbing to 1500 feet for the journey toward the Glass House Mountains. Experience the sensation of floating past these majestic volcanic plugs and glorious Hinterland. Return to Maroochy for a water landing like the dreamtime black swans.
Please note: Max combined passenger weight is limited to 175kg for this flight.
The Ultimate Experience. For those who want to really utilise the Wilga for what it was designed for; take off with us from Maroochy River, then north to follow the beaches past Noosa and along the spectacular Great Sandy National Park to Double Island Point. You get a brilliant vantage of Rainbow Beach and the unique towering sand hills. Return to Sunshine Coast to touch down on Maroochy River.
Please note: Max combined passenger weight is limited to 165kg for this flight.
APPROX FLIGHT PATHS
Choose DOORS OFF, a PHOTO BOOK as a perfect memento, a LUXURY PICNIC, OR ask us about customising a flight for you!
5x7 20page Soft Cover
8x11 20page Hard Cover
$50 per flight
Call for prices and ideas
Touch the sky: Choose DOORS OFF as an extra with any flight for a flat rate of $50 per flight (not per passenger)! This experience is FULL ON - wind, noise, nothing between you and the outside... it is AWESOME!
How to Book: Select your flight, then select the 'doors off' option, or decide and pay on the day!
Relive your experience again and again with our beautiful, customised photo books.
We start with amazing professional photos of our aircraft and your adventure, add interesting stories and facts about the area and top it off with pictures of YOU!
"The photo book was great because I could share my adventure with everyone!"- David H.
How to Buy: Purchase the photo book when you select and book your flight, OR decide and pay on the day!
Extras. We provide options to make your special event or occasion even better. See our Romantic Picnic Package, or simply add extras like luxury picnic packages with decadent platterboxes, photographers or musicians; banner tow fly by, or Rolls Royce transfer to your flight...
The sky is the limit! If there is something else we can do to make your historic Warbird Adventure even more memorable, just ask.
How to Book: Call us with questions. Our suppliers need at least a few days notice.
ENJOY THE ONLY WILGA 80 WARBIRD ON FLOATS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
& THE MOST SUSTAINABLE WAY TO SEE THE SUNSHINE COAST
Wilga 80 Seaplane: Designed in the 1950's as an observation aircraft, this historic plane is perfect for the job. It is stable, slow and boasts better-than-helicopter views! Plus, it is certified to fly with the Doors Off!
Built in Poland, this is one of the few Wilga 80's on floats in the world, and is the only one in Australia. Not only that, this is your only opportunity for a seaplane adventure in Queensland between Gladstone and Port Macquarie!
A Total Adventure: The fabulous thing about a Seaplane is that it opens up a world where no-one else can go. There is no need for airports or runways, just water. No other type of aircraft lets you look down, pick a likely spot on the river and touch down as gracefully as a seabird. (Well, ‘graceful’ like a black swan, not like a pelican!)
We Take 3: We fly with a minimum of two passengers, or up to three, with the maximum combined passenger weight limited to 200kg. Your flight is a personal and memorable experience.
(Please note - Children fly at Adult prices.)
Never Too Old: Our oldest passenger to date has been 99 years of age with the youngest being two years old. As long as you are 15kg or more, are relatively mobile and can operate our lifevest, you can fly with us.
Passengers will get their feet wet, and need to climb a couple of rungs to get into the aircraft. There is no disability access to the river, but ask us how we can assist.
Our Pilots: With thousands of hours up their sleeves, you can rest assured you are in safe hands. These guys have a wealth of experience and love what they do. Our crew endeavours to make you feel like a V.I.P. from beginning to end.
Sustainable you say? Yes! Did you know that float planes are considered the MOST environmentally friendly means of accessing remote areas in wildernesses throughout the world. That's because they don't require roads to access, do not exhaust pollutants into the water, and because their propulsion system is above the water, it doesn't damage sea life.
AND, our aircraft is carbon-neutral!
Bookings are encouraged to avoid disappointment.
What we will ask you:
Which Flight? What Day? How many Passengers? What are their weights? Your mobile contact number?
TripAdvisor #1 THING TO DO in Maroochydore – rated top 10% of Activities in the WORLD - Traveller's Choice!
Operating Hours: We fly THURSDAY – MONDAY, 9AM–3PM.
Address: Find us during operating hours at our marquee by Maroochy River, 142 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore.
Parking is available. Map.
Phone: Call us 7 days, 6am-8pm. 0437 719 088
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