Kangaroo Island tourism will soar to new heights with the launch of helicopter joy flights this spring.
From September, Heli Experiences will offer flights from Hanson Bay, each one showcasing the region’s most spectacular views to visitors.
This exciting venture will be the first permanent helicopter touring operation on Kangaroo Island and has received approval from South Australia’s Environment Protection Authority and under the federal Environment and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
Heli Experiences managing director Guy Maine said the company was thrilled to be preparing for its first flight in South Australia.
“We are delighted to be working on Kangaroo Island, a destination that offers so much to travellers,” Mr Maine said.
“Interest in the island continues to build and we encourage anyone contemplating a visit to this pristine spot to consider exploring it from the air.”
South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) Destination Development general manager Nick Jones said the agency was keen to work with the best operators nationally to develop sustainable tourism experiences that capitalised on the state’s significant natural assets.
“This company is recognised as the best in its field and was the first aviation firm in Australia to complete a full environmental impact assessment through the Commonwealth EPBC process,” Mr Jones said.
“We are delighted that an operator of this calibre will be based on Kangaroo Island and are confident it will contribute to growth in visitor numbers while remaining environmentally sensitive.”
The SATC hosted Heli Experiences in 2009 through its Best of Breed investor familiarisation program, which matches Australia’s best tourism operators with South Australian opportunities.
The company – part of the Experiences Group – also offers helicopter joy flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Mr Maine said one helicopter would be based at Hanson Bay initially, with journeys from Kangaroo Island to other South Australian attractions to be investigated in the medium term.
Flights will take in Kangaroo Island highlights such as Cape Borda Lighthouse, Admirals Arch, Snelling Beach and Vivonne Bay.
In late February the SATC launched the Let Yourself Go campaign for Kangaroo Island, which aims to highlight the region’s unrivalled assets to residents of the eastern states.
Positive results already generated by the campaign include a 127 per cent increase in searches for Kangaroo Island on www.southaustralia.com.
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