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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

  • Guaranteed window seats for stunning aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Live on-board commentary ensures you don’t miss anything
  • Multiple departures throughout the day: choose a time that suits you
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
The Whitsunday Islands, comprising 74 islands fringed by gorgeous beaches and located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, are Queensland’s quintessential tropical paradise. On this tour, experience the breadth and beauty of the islands, and incredible views of the reef, from above on a 1-hour scenic flight.
What to Expect

Begin your adventure with pickup from your Airlie Beach hotel and a short transfer to Whitsunday Airport. Arrive early for the flight briefing and to meet your pilot, then take your guaranteed window seat inside the high-wing aircraft and prepare for takeoff.

Once airborne, soar over the Coral Sea, gazing out over the reefs, islands, and cays that make up the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef. Listen as your pilot points out memorable landmarks such as Hill Inlet, Heart Reef, and Whitehaven Beach, one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. From your lofty vantage point, you will have a dramatic bird’s-eye view as you glide over Daydream Island and swoop low over Shute Harbour.

On the 1-hour flight, fly over the entire expanse of the Whitsunday Islands, including Hook Island, Hayman Island, Hamilton Island, and Whitsunday Island, as well as Hook Reef and Hardy Reef.

When you touch down back at Whitsunday Airport, a driver awaits to take your back to your Airlie Beach hotel.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Best experience!!

I booked the reef and scenic flight for my partner and I while in Airlie and I couldn’t recommend it enough. The flight itself was a great experience and we could see the Great Barrier Reef from above. On top of that the GSL Aviation...More

Thank Chantal B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have travelled to 6 out of the 7 continents and seem many spectacular sights both natural and man made but in my opinion the Great Barrier Reef is the best so far. This was an excellent trip, with a good commentary and included all...More

Thank IvorO
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
If someone who is claustrophobic & afraid of heights can do it, so can you!

I’m both of the above and in my late 60’s. Before we booked this I looked very carefully at all the info but mainly the size of the planes. I love flying but only in big aeroplanes, not 8 seaters! My first flight 40 years...More

Thank Shirley61281
Reviewed 1 week ago
Spectacular trip, amazing views

Excellent trip - knowledgeable pilot. We saw all the sights and islands and all the reefs including the heart reef. Plane drove round in a circle around the different reefs etc so everyone got a good view and all the pics they wanted. Only downfall...More

Thank kirstyandmatthew15
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A must do in Airlie beach!

This is the only place to see the heart reef from above, and it really is a heart! The reef looks EXACTLY like it does in the pictures. There is no need for ANY filters at all, its ridiculous how stunning the reef is from...More

Thank L L
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