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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.

Return costs ex Cairns are $700* per adult.

When travelling to Mt Mulligan, passengers are restricted to one small bag, to a maximum weight of 15kgs in total. Soft duffle bags are required. If you arrive with a structured suitcase, there are duffle bags on-site for you to re-pack your luggage into.

Excess luggage can be safely stored whilst you are at Mt Mulligan.

Daily scheduled helicopter transfers are subject to availability and payload restrictions, a private helicopter charter may be required. Some transfer flights may be limited to 130kg per seat. We are able to arrange another helicopter for flights requiring more than this, however a surcharge might apply.


$350* per person (one way).

Children under 3 years fly free.

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

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


Mt Mulligan Lodge can also be accessed by road; a 2.5 to 3 hour 4WD adventure 160km north-west of Cairns.

Additional information – there can be road closures to Mt Mulligan Lodge during the peak of the wet season from January to March. We recommend that guests book helicopter transfers during this period to avoid any road closures. Due to the challenging nature of the road to Mount Mulligan, unsealed past Dimbulah, we also suggest booking a private car transfer unless you are experienced at driving a 4WD vehicle. Click here for self-drive instructions to Mt Mulligan Lodge.

We offer three options for private land transfers ex Cairns & surrounds:

  • Private 4WD limousine – 2 to 4 pax, $900 each way ex Cairns
  • Private Mercedes Sprinter 4WD – up to 11 pax, $1,800 each way ex Cairns
  • Private 4WD bus – up to 12 pax, $2,000 each way ex Cairns
  • Other pick-up and drop-off locations will be quoted upon application


All helicopter transfer payments are made through Mt Mulligan Lodge, on behalf of Nautilus Aviation. Prior to booking your domestic flights or international flights to/from Cairns, please contact Northern Escape Collection Reservations on +61 (0)7 4777 7377 or email reservations@northernescape.com.au.

Your helicopter transfers will only be confirmed once your individual weights (kg) are provided. If guest weights are not supplied at time of transfer quote, an upgrade cost for a private charter or larger helicopter may apply.

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.

To view our Terms & Conditions, click here.

Mt Mulligan Lodge Reservations

Hours (Brisbane, Australia GMT)

Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

+61 (0)7 4777 7377