Sports and Adventures
Welcome to Whitsunday Tigermoth Adventures
The most unique and exciting way to see the beautiful Whitsundays. Join us on a heart racing aerobatic flight in front of the township of Airlie Beach.
Or for the more faint hearted relish in the wind in your hair as you see the Whitsunday region from the open air cockpit of the DH-82A Tiger Moth.
The wind in your hair as it whistles through the rigging wires of the wings is part of the romance and nostalgia of flying in a Vintage Tiger Moth bi-plane. The old Gipsy Major engine purrs along as we dance with the clouds in an aircraft which some regard as the ballerina of the skies.
The DH-82A Tiger Moth was designed and built by De Havilland and was first flown at Stag Lane Airfield England in 1931, just 28 years after the Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Only 8,800 were built with a small number still flying today which is testament to the extreme reliability of this aircraft. It is fully aerobatic as the flying surfaces are made of timber and fabric “rag & tube”. Pilots who flew these aircraft were, and are still known as “stick & rudder” pilots. Unlike modern aircraft with sophisticated trim and stable flight design, the Tiger Moth is a true “seat of the pants” flying experience.
VH-ARU was shipped in pieces from England and assembled in Melbourne in 1940. The Gipsy Major engine was built under license by General Motors Holden. It was first registered by the Royal Australian Air Force as A17-237 and was used as a training aircraft. After the war, VH-ARU was sold to a crop dusting company in Western Australia.
Since then it has had 2 other private collector owners and was rebuilt in 1997.
Whitsunday Tiger Moth Adventures bought the plane in 2006 where it now sees its days taking people on flights over the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Tiger Experience 10 min – $125.00
This flight is designed for those intrepid aviators who would like to experience flight in a vintage Bi-Plane. But not only that… we take you over Daydream Island and show you the township of Airlie Beach.
Happy Bay 20 min – $145.00
From Shute Harbour we fly down to Happy Bay taking in the views of the rugged coastline, rain forest, beaches and the resorts of Long Island. From Long Island we track to Daydream Island via South Molle and then on to the township of Airlie Beach.
Whitehaven Tour 40 min – $235.00
This is our most popular scenic flight taking in the best of what the Whitsunday’s has to offer. From Shute Harbour we fly past Daydream and South Molle Islands to Gulnare Inlet. Flying over Whitsunday Island we take in the spectacular shifting sands of Hill Inlet. From here we start our descent for a fly over the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach (a great photo opportunity). Climbing back to 1500ft it’s then on to Hamilton Island and Long Island where we track along the rocky coastline. Flying over the the Conway National Park, we decend for a fly over of Airlie Beach township before our return to Shute Harbour.
Whitsunday Tour 60 min – $360.00
Departing Shute Harbour we fly over Daydream Island and the islands of the Molle Group. We then track direct to Langford Reef where we start our decent to 500 ft as we fly past Hayman Island. It’s then onto the northern end of Hook Island where we fly over the crystal clear waters and vibrant corals of Butterfly, Luncheon and Manta Ray Bays… without doubt, the best snorkelling in the Whitsunday Islands. We then fly down the rugged coastline of Hook and Whitsunday Islands. At Tongue Point the rugged coastline gives way to beautiful sands of Hill Inlet and the white silica sands of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world; White Haven Beach. From here we follow the route of the Whitehaven Tour.
SPECIAL – Aerobatic 10min tour $145.00