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How To Get To Mount Mulligan - Queensland's Outback Lodge
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Getting to Mt Mulligan Lodge

Getting There


Access to Mt Mulligan Lodge is via a 35min helicopter journey from Cairns, providing sweeping aerial views of the 180 million year old Daintree Rainforest, the lush Atherton Tablelands and the rugged terrain that surrounds the majestic Mount Mulligan itself.

One Daily Scheduled Flight Ex Cairns

Cairns to Mt Mulligan – departing 2pm, arriving 2.35pm

Mt Mulligan to Cairns – departing 2.35pm, arriving 3.10pm

Up until 31 March 2022 $350 per person (one way)

From 1 April 2022 $400 per person (one way)

There will be no charge for infants under three years of age when seated on the lap of an adult passenger. Children aged 3+ years will be charged at the ‘per person’ rate as for safety reasons they require their own seat.

Private Helicopter Charter Ex Cairns

If the daily scheduled flight is fully booked on your preferred dates of travel, or if the scheduled timings do not coincide with your itinerary, a private helicopter charter may be arranged at an additional cost (subject to availability):

$1,190 (2 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)

$2,845 (up to 6 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)

*Private helicopter charters ex Townsville, Port Douglas, Daintree or other nearby destinations can be arranged (POA)


Mt Mulligan Lodge can also be accessed by road; a 2.5 to 3 hour 4WD adventure 160km north-west of Cairns. Due to the challenging nature of the road to Mount Mulligan, which is unsealed past Dimbulah, guests will require a 4WD vehicle. Click here to view driving instructions to Mt Mulligan Lodge.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There can be road closures on the drive to Mount Mulligan in the wet season. Mt Mulligan Lodge recommends booking helicopter charters for transfers during this period in the event of any road closures.


Should you not be experienced at driving a 4WD on unsealed roads, we can arrange a private road transfer for you using a local transfer company.

  • Airport/Hotel (Cairns) to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 2 to 4 passengers, $900 one way until 31 March 2022, then $960 from 1 April 2022
  • Airport/Hotel (Cairns) to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 4 to 6 passengers, $1,200 one way
  • Airport/Hotel (Cairns) to Mt Mulligan Lodge – up to 11 passengers, $1,800 one way
  • Daintree Ecolodge to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 2 to 4 passengers, $1,800 one way
  • Other pick-up and drop-off locations will be quoted upon application

Please contact Northern Escape Collection’s Reservations Department for private road transfer availability and bookings.

Transfer Booking Process

All third party transfers to Mt Mulligan Lodge are made through Northern Escape Collection. Prior to booking any domestic or international flights to/from Cairns, please contact Northern Escape Collection Reservations on +61 (0)7 4777 7377 or email to:

  1. Secure your Mt Mulligan Lodge accommodation
  2. Provide information of all guests transferring to Mt Mulligan Lodge by completing this form
  3. Helicopter transfers will only be confirmed by Nautilus Aviation once accurate individual guest weights (kg) are provided. If guest weights are not supplied at the time of booking, an upgrade cost for a private charter may apply
  4. Mt Mulligan Lodge recommends that domestic and international flights are booked AFTER accommodation and transfers are confirmed

To view our Terms & Conditions, click here.

Cairns Helicopter Check In

Arriving by domestic flight ex Cairns – for any guests arriving at Cairns Airport on a domestic flight, you will be greeted at the Macchinetta Cafe located outside Arrivals T2 (Domestic) 45 minutes prior to your helicopter departure time. You will then be transferred to the Nautilus Aviation Cairns hangar located in General Aviation. Please note that we require your flight details in advance to arrange your terminal transfers.

Arriving by international flight ex Cairns  – for any guests arriving at Cairns Airport on an international flight, once you clear customs walk through the arrivals door and look for a welcome board with your surname noted. You will then be transferred to the Nautilus Aviation Cairns hangar located in General Aviation.

For any guests making their own way to the Nautilus Aviation Cairns hangar, the address is: Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, General Aviation Aeroglen QLD 4870. Please meet at the hangar no later than 45 minutes prior to our helicopter departure time.

Your body and bag weight will be measured at the time of check-in to document accurate weights prior to your helicopter flight as a regulation of standard aviation safety policy. You will then be transferred to the helicopter hangar where your flight will depart from.

If your domestic or international flight is delayed or cancelled on the day of your helicopter departure, please contact Nautilus Aviation on +61 (0)7 4034 9000.

Helicopter Luggage Restrictions

Due to safety requirements and space restrictions on the helicopters, all passengers are restricted to a maximum of 15kg baggage in total per person. Your 15kgs includes all handbags, camera bags and luggage, with all baggage weighed upon check-in. Soft duffle or cabin bags are required as they best fit in the helicopter storage compartment (no hard base or suitcases please). Due to space limitations please do not bring one large bag between two guests.

In some instances, the pilot may ask you to re-pack into a supplied soft duffle bag if your luggage is too large. Rest assured, we can safely store any excess luggage or hard cases at our hangar for collection upon your return. To assist, Mt Mulligan Lodge offers a complimentary laundry service for all our guests while staying at our outback oasis (unfortunately dry cleaning is not available).

Should a passenger’s body weight have a variance of more than 10% from their initial provided weight at time of booking, Nautilus Aviation Pty Ltd reserve the right to upgrade to a private helicopter charter if required, at an additional cost.

Mt Mulligan Lodge Reservations

Hours (Brisbane, Australia AEST)

Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

+61 (0)7 4777 7377