Fly over The Silt Jetties then head towards Paynesville and Raymond Island and back to the airfield.

Gippsland Lakes and Paynesville have a unique character, defined by the presence of the Mitchell River Silt Jetties just off the mainland. These naturally formed silt banks run for over 8 kilometres, making them the second largest silt jetties in the entire world, and the longest in the southern hemisphere.

Depart from the airfield heading west towards The Silt Jetties then onto Paynesville and Raymond Island.

Type Indicative prices

Priced per person, 3 years and over. All flights are subject to a minimum of two passengers. Our standard helicopters have a maximum passenger weight of 130 kilograms. One infant under the age of 3 may be carried on an adult lap free of charge.

Days of operation:
  • Full Experience: 30-35 minutes. Flight Time: 18 minutes approximately. Depart: Lakes Entrance Airfield, East Gippsland. Book: Online (preferred), by phone or email.

Tour highlights:
  • The Entrance
    The natural entrance to the lakes was unreliable and often dangerous. After much agitation, work began in 1872 to cut an artificial entrance, west of the natural entrance. Work on the "New Entrance" proceeded slowly and in 1876 was abandoned. Sir John Coode, renowned harbour engineer, advised on improvements but work did not resume until the early 1880s. In 1889, the new entrance was prematurely opened when a severe storm broke through the remaining sand hills. The natural entrance quickly silted up.
  • The Silt Jetties
    The Mitchell River Silt Jetties are an unusually long, thin landform in the Gippsland Lakes region in Victoria, Australia. A type of digitate delta, they have been formed over thousands of years by sediment deposition from the Mitchell River during periods of low water flow and subsequent wash-through during periods of high water flow. The long narrow banks of silt thus formed extend more than eight kilometres east into Lake King. The south bank is navigable by car from Eagle Point through to the very easternmost tip at Point Dawson. The Silt Jetties have been eroding since the early 1900s, soon after the permanent entrance to the Gippsland Lakes introduced sea water that killed protective shoreline vegetation. In 1919 a break cut through the northern Silt Jetty and by 1970 their land area was reduced by 45 percent. Works are being undertaken to preserve them. Farming on the jetties has ended and they are used for recreation. The jetties are listed on the Register of the National Estate.

Lakes Entrance Helicopters is a premier provider of helicopter services in the East Gippsland region offering a range of Scenic Flights, Heli-Experiences, Charters and tailored helicopter services for events and special occasions.

The focus is for the whole engagement from start to finish to be the best possible experience to make your time enjoyable, memorable and totally amazing.

The small dedicated team are passionate, professional and friendly. They pride themselves in going above and beyond to make your flight unique, informative and personable resulting in unparalleled memories.

Lakes Entrance Helicopters fly a large number of “Bucket List” passengers who share in the awesomeness of the experience. The thrill for first time flyers is wonderful and rewarding to see especially when captured with photos to reminisce and share with family and friends. They have world class views of vast unique inland waterways showcasing Victoria's own backyard.

Safety is paramount in everything they do — from maintaining their helicopters at the highest possible safety levels to briefing passengers. Lakes Entrance Helicopters are proud of their continued zero incident reputation.

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2965 Princes Highway, Kalimna West, Victoria, 3909

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