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Wonder of the World - Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights

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    Pass By: Helitours North Queensland, Cairns, Queensland Australia

    Your tour begins with VIP hotel pick-up, where you'll be met at your accommodation and driven directly to our helipad. After a short safety briefing and helicopter orientation, you'll be flying sky high towards the spectacular ecosystem that is the Great Barrier Reef.

    Pass By: Fitzroy Island National Park, Fitzroy Island, Queensland 4871 Australia

    [45min & 60min flight only]

    Taking off from Cairns we head south-west over Trinity Inlet and the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah, to fly over Fitzroy Island. Fitzroy is 30km from Cairns and is largely protected as a national park. The island itself has towering mountain peaks, coastal mangroves and open woodlands and is stunning to see from the air.

    Pass By: Green Island, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

    You'll soon discover why the Reef is a must see from the air as we fly over the famous Green Island, the only Great Barrier Reef island to have true rainforest growing on it. During the flight your experienced pilot will be in constant communication, pointing out significant landmarks and providing expert commentary. Keep your eyes peeled for marine turtles that are often seen in the seagrass beds surrounding the island.

    Pass By: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

    Continuing north-east you'll enjoy dazzling views of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, comprised of thousands of individual coral reefs which when seen from above are bright patches sitting amongst the glittering blue waters of the Coral Sea. Home to an abundance of marine life, it's not uncommon to spot a manta ray or maybe even a migrating whale, depending on the time of your visit.

    Pass By: Upolu Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Green Island, Queensland 4871 Australia

    As we swing back and commence our return to Cairns, we’ll pass over Upolo Cay, which is a part of the Arlington Reef system in the Great Barrier Reef. This is a relatively young sand cay that started its life as a sand bank. Although it’s growing in size all the time, Upolo Cay can sometimes be completely submerged, pending the time of day and year, but even when underwater will stand out as a brilliant white against the azure blue of the Coral Sea.

    Pass By: Barron Gorge National Park, Queensland Australia

    [60min flight only]

    Finish your 60min tour with exhilarating views of Barron Gorge National Park, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. The lush, green landscape below is marked with steep gorges, rugged peaks and tumbling waterfalls and will leave you with lasting memories of the Reef and the Rainforest.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cairns Airport - General Aviation Terminal, Royal Flying Doctor St, Aeroglen QLD 4870, Australia

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up from all accommodation in Cairns City and Northern Beaches is included. Pickup from Palm Cove and Port Douglas available at an additional cost. Please contact us if your hotel is not included to arrange your transfers.


    • Cairns Airport, Airport Ave, Aeroglen, Queensland 4870 Australia

    Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Yorkeys Knob (pick-up at Yorkey's Knob Boating Club)
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel transfers within Cairns and Northern Beaches
    • In-flight commentary from your expert pilot
    • Hotel transfers from Palm Cove ($20 per person) and Port Douglas ($70 per person)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, all passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variance greater than 10% may incur 100% cancellation fee.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 September 2019

    Just had an amazing flight over the Barrier Reef, Grant our pilot gave us an exception view of the little cay. Highlight of our trip, celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Raelee M
    helitoursnq, Guest Relations Manager at Helitours North Queensland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi Raelee, thank you for your feedback and for choosing Heli Tours NQ. Happy Anniversary! We are glad we could be a part of the celebrations. Hope to see you in the air again soon. Warm regards, Georgie & the HTNQ team

    Reviewed 26 January 2019

    A highlight of our recent trip to Australia and New Zealand was our Barrier Reef helicopter flight operated by Helitours NQ; what an amazing experience. Our 30 minute flight (which was closer to 40 minutes) was so exciting and we saw so much - several...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Larry L
    HelitoursNQ, General Manager at Helitours North Queensland, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2019

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We strive to give our guests the best possible experience and we are really happy to hear you enjoyed yours. We hope to fly with you again in the future! All the best, Matt & The Helitours NQ...More

    Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

    This was the highlight of our three week excursion throughout Australia! Georgie was delightful to coordinate with to get a last minute flight for the day. She picked us up at our hotel and took us back afterwards. Delightful conversation and we felt like we...More

    Thank T3832SDemilyw
    HelitoursNQ, Manager at Helitours North Queensland, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2018

    Thanks so much for your kind feedback Emily & Chris, we had a wonderful time flying and chatting with you! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you in the air again in the future. Wishing you a...More

    Reviewed 15 October 2018

    If you are going to Cairns, you absolutely have to see the coral reef from the sky and to book your flight with Helitours North Queensland. The two pilots are friendly, welcoming and at your service and they will do everything they can to make...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    5  Thank AMLCOM
    HelitoursNQ, Manager at Helitours North Queensland, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2018

    Thank you for your kind feedback, we had a great time flying with you and are so glad you had a positive experience. We hope to see you again next time! All the best, Matt & The Helitours Team

    Reviewed 6 March 2018

    Fantastic day spent with Matt and our pilot Ben! Professional, effjcient, reassuring AND accomodating! There are differt helicopter tours, but I chose "HeliTours" because there was not one negative review. The flight was smooth, comnentary was enlightening and the scenery was mind blowing. Such a...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    1  Thank Teresa D
    HelitoursNQ, Manager at Helitours North Queensland, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2018

    Thank you for your kind feedback Teresa, we are very happy to hear that you had a good experience with us. We hope to fly with you again! All the best, Matt & The Helitours Team

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