British International Helicopters operate from Cornwall to the Silly Isle.
for a recent trip report.
"Ansett dropped its Helicopter services for 737-200's"
Not exactly. The S61's were replaced by a boat which connected to the air srip on Hamilton Island, to which Ansett operated B732's
It was an inresting operation. the helicopter was based in the town of Prosapine, the closest airport to the islands, but most pax arrived by DC9/B727 at Mackay, about a 100 miles south. So the heli would position empty to Hayman, then fly to Mackay, via Daydream, South Mole & Long Islands, this was for pax from these islands not Hayman. It would then return non stop to Hayman and then non stop to Mackay, with Hayman pax.
At Mackay pax were exchanged with the jets, the heli returned non stop to Hayman with Hayman pax, then returned to Mackay non stop to pick up pax for the other islands, ending back at Hayman. The last leg of the day was then a ferry back to Prosapine.
One little known perk, sold only thru the Ansett office in Prosapine was a $5 ticket (1973) that entittlred you to travel to Hayman on the early morning ferry, spend the day as a guest at the resort, incl lunch, then fly back on the late afternoon return ferry. Best value ticket I ever purchased, about $500 worth of flying, resort usage and food for $5!!!