Outback Helicopter Tour


Morning or afternoon half day outback helicopter tour that departs Port Douglas and visit the historic Tyrconnell mine, deep in the Australian Outback. Minimum two passengers. Includes lunch, historic tour, gold panning demonstration.

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Outback Helicopter Tour

Leave the tropical rainforest of Port Douglas behind you on this outback helicopter tour and experience the unique historic culture of the gold-mining boom in the Australian bush.

on your outback helicopter tour you will fly to the Tyrconnell mine. The Tyrconnell mine is south of Mount Mulligan – site of Australia’s worst mining disaster. Mount Mulligan was named after the Irish explorer who discovered the Hodgkinson gold fields. At first the miners thought that the Hodgkinson field would be like the Palmer – alluvial gold and really easy to pan. Instead, the Hodgkinson was a reefing gold field. The gold was locked up in the quartz. The quartz rock had to be dug out with explosives like gunpowder, then loaded on carts to be taken to the crushing mill. The mill would pound the rocks to sand in order to get out the gold. The crushing mill was located at the Tyrconnell mine. Of course to get the gold this way meant the miners wasted a lot of time. The miners arriving on the Hodgkinson goldfield were so disappointed that they wanted to lynch Mulligan!

While visiting the historic Tyrconnell Gold Mine on your outback helicopter tour be captivated by more stories of this once booming mining community with a guided tour.

Your outback helicopter tour also includes a demonstration of the 120 year old quartz crushing machine in operation as well as a gold panning demonstration.

An outback helicopter tour to this area also offers the opportunity for birdwatching, with around 50 species of birds common to the region.

The outback helicopter tour includes: complimentary accommodation transfers, a truly spectacular scenic flight, fully guided mine tour, gold panning demonstration, lunch with refreshments. Morning or afternoon departures are available for this half day outback helicopter tour.

The outback helicopter tour will run with a minimum of two people, but can take up to six passengers. Port Douglas Reef Charters can assist you with a number of scenic helicopter flights available.


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