North Queensland’s First Golf Heli-Tour Launched

Cairns, QLD, Australia – ( April 12, 2012

North Queensland's First Golf Heli-Tour Launched

Golf by air: From left, Michael Gabour, Radio Port Douglas, Murray Wenzel, The Cairns Post, Des Shearer, Director of Golf, ParadisePalms, Cameron Walton, Port Douglas Catering and Events and Bradley King, Chief Pilot, Skysafari

For keen golfers wanting a taste of adventure, Skysafari, in conjunction with Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club have created the ultimate day tour.

Taking in three of North Queensland’s courses, golfers will travel by helicopter to experience breathtaking views and 27 holes of golf at Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club, Sea Temple Port Douglas and Cooktown Golf Links at Walker Bay.

Guests will take to the skies from either Port Douglas or Cairns airfields, and flown in a state-of-the-art, five-seater, R66 Robinson Helicopter, to play nine holes of golf on three distinctly different courses.

Des Shearer, the Director of Golf at Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club, described the experience as “extraordinary”.

He said that he “has never seen North Queensland in that way. There are waterfalls that are absolutely breathtaking and we even saw a manta-ray and bull sharks around the Great Barrier Reef from the helicopter”.

“The best thing is we got to see all this in between doing something we love, playing golf”.

“There were moments while playing the Cooktown Links that you could have been mistaken for being at La Perouse’s NSW Golf Club, one of the top 5 courses in Australia.

I had to remind myself that I was in remote areas of Cooktown”.

Skysafari, together with Paradise Palms has made the perfect combination to showcase this amazing part of the world, where the rainforest meets the reef.

Based on a minimum group of three passengers, the day tour is fully inclusive and priced at $1440 per person.  Terms and conditions apply.

Inclusions as follows:

•    Return rainforest and Coral Coast helicopter scenic flight transfers
•    Direct landing access to 3 unique courses
•    Nine holes of Golf at each course
•    Complimentary motorised golf carts, twin share
•    Complimentary club hire if required
•    Gourmet meals and refreshments
•    Apres drinks at iconic Lions Den Hotel near Cooktown
•    Departing from Cairns or Port Douglas

To book, email:  or call (07) 4059 9932




7:00am   – Depart airfield
7:30am   – Land at Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club
7:45am   – Tee off for first 9 Hole of Golf
10:15am – Depart Paradise Palms
10:45am – Land at Sea Temple Golf Course Port Douglas
11:00am – Tee off for second 9 Holes of Golf
13:30pm – Depart Sea Temple Golf Course Port Douglas
2:00pm  – Land at Cooktown Golf Links at Walkers Bay
2:15pm  –  Tee off for final 9 Hole of Golf
4:15pm  –  Depart Cooktown Links Golf Course
4:15pm  –  Land for Aprés drinks at the Lions Den Hotel
5:00pm –  Depart Lions Den Hotel
5:30pm –  Arrive at initial airfield


About Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club
Paradise Palms is a championship 18 hole golf course designed by Graham Marsh and Ross Watson.

Constantly ranked as one of Australia’s best and most challenging courses, Paradise Palms offers a combination of sweeping fairways, snaking creeks, six lakes, narrow undulating greens and 94 bunkers.


About Sea Temple Resort and Spa Port Douglas
Crafted by the internationally acclaimed Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett, Architects, this championship “links” course provides a special challenge for golfers of all levels.

A central rainforest wetland, rich undulating fairways and spectacular mountain views combine to offer a fantastic golfing experience.


About Cooktown Golf Links at Walker Bay
Constructed on a natural sand belt the course is built in the tropical bush that borders Walker Bay and the Annan River.

Located beside Monkhouse Point with the imposing Mount Cook as a constant backdrop, the natural beauty of the surrounds make this links-type country course a must for golf adventurers and holidaymakers alike.



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