If you’re after a helicopter experience that is tailored to your individual tastes and needs then take off in style with Captain Mike and arrive like an A-list celebrity
Less than 45 minutes’ drive West of Brisbane, in a seemingly different world on the fringe of the D’Aguilar National Park and nestled in the forests close to the stunning Lake Manchester, lives a family of pterodactyls who regularly take to the skies over the surrounding region. Make no mistake though, this is no prehistoric event, rather a thoroughly modern aviation experience.
As Chief Pilot Mike Jarvis (or Captain Mike as you will come to know him by) explains with infectious enthusiasm, Pterodactyl Helicopters offers much more than your average scenic helicopter ride. Sure, they offer breathtaking scenic flights but what you get here is a customised experience that can incorporate anything from wine tours and romantic restaurant visits to group experiences flying you and your friends to a fun-packed afternoon of paintballing.
If all you’re after is to experience the thrill of a helicopter ride and a pub lunch then that’s fine, too. The pilots know this region like the back of their hands and after lifting off to mind blowing views as far as the Great Dividing Range, Captain Mike flies down low, tightly following the Brisbane River providing interesting historical insights along the way. Touching down at the Bottletree Hotel country pub in nearby Glamorgan Vale, it’s hard not to feel like a bit of a celebrity as the local folk stop and stare as you are welcomed by the friendly staff. A cold drink and a good old fashioned pub lunch complement this experience nicely and the Bottletree Hotel doesn’t disappoint.
Visitors to the Brisbane/Ipswich region can take advantage of the wealth of local knowledge and local business contacts that the Pterodactyl team have built over the years, and if you’re fortunate enough to live locally well why not get picked up from your own backyard and get flown to your wedding venue or graduation ceremony. Captain Mike and his team of experienced pilots and meticulously maintained helicopters will work with you and your budget to ensure you get a helicopter experience all your own.
By Crystal Patel
t: 07 3201 0005
a: 479 Lake Manchester Rd, Kholo, Brisbane, QLD 4306