Discover the sights of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforests on a 60 minute scenic helicopter flight departing from either Cairns or Port Douglas.
There’s no better way to experience the diverse and breath taking landscape of Tropical North Queensland than up high in a helicopter.
This is a perfect helicopter scenic flight for cruise ship passengers coming into Yorkeys Knob, Cairns and Port Douglas.
Soar above rainforest covered mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls, palm tree lined coastal beach, tropical islands, coral cays, swirling Great Barrier Reef coral formations and an abundance of marine life.
From the lush green rainforest canopies to the azure blue and aqua waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the photo opportunities are endless.
Your helicopter scenic flight tour begins with a pick up from your accommodation in Cairns, Palm Cove or Cairns Northern Beaches before making your way to the Cairns waterfront helicopter pad.
Alternatively, you can check in at the Great Barrier Reef Helicopters office by Marlin Marina at Cairns Esplanade.
Transfers from the domestic and international terminals at Cairns Airport may also available upon request.
Upon checking in, you will be greeted by your friendly and experienced helicopter Pilot for a pre departure briefing.
As you board the helicopter you will provided with a headset to receive local commentary and interesting facts on the Tropical North Queensland regions features.
Your helicopter scenic flight from Cairns will have you taking in the sights of the Great Barrier Reef including Green Island, Arlington Reef, Michaelmas Cay and Vlasoff Cay before soaring above coastal beaches and deep into the world’s oldest rainforest.
Fly above Barrron Gorge National Park, Crystal Cascades, Stoney Creek Falls and Lake Morris.
Once seated in the comfort of your luxury helicopter, your journey will begin with stunning views of Cairns city and views of the mangrove lined estuaries and the maze of waterways that are important breeding sites to many species of marine life and home to the estuarine crocodile.
Heading east towards the Coral Sea, you will cruise above Trinity Inlet and the rugged peaks of Cape Flattery and False Cape. The Coral Sea channel separates the Australian coastline from the reef and is a popular path for Humpback Whales in the winter months of July to September.
Soon you will find yourself soaring above the tropical rainforest, white sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs of Green Island.
Have your camera ready as the island and the surrounding reef makes for a great holiday photo! Continuing east you will soon cast your eyes upon the beautiful and unique Arlington Reef system.
Marvel at the colourful swirls of reef formations and stunning coral gardens. Here your helicopter will fly above Michaelmas Cay, Middle Cay Upolo Cay and Vlassoff Cay, unique sand islands that sit upon the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
These natural spectacles are best experienced from above!
As your helicopter flight begins its journey back to the mainland, prepare to be blown away by the change in landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for Double Island to your right as you approach the golden sands, bright green palm trees and river systems of Cairns Northern Beaches.
Quickly the coastal vegetation will give way to dense tropical rainforest as far as the eye can see as you travel up over the mountain ranges and into the Barron Gorge National Park. You will be greeted with views of lush rainforest canopies.
Have your camera ready as your pilot steers you above the might Barron Falls, an absolute must see when visiting the Cairns range. Watch as the roaring white waters flow deep into the gorge in the midst of towering rainforest trees and vegetation.
Heading south you will then fly above the beautiful Stoney Creek Falls before making your way above the heart of Cairns water supply, Lake Morris and Copperlode Dam.
As you follow the Cairns valleys back towards the city centre, watch as the surrounding rainforest, towering mountain peaks and swirling waterways transform into the golden sands and blue waters of the Cairns coastline.
Before touching down at the heliport, keep your eyes peeled for the many landmarks nestled with the Cairns CBD including the Marina, the Esplanade and the lagoon.
After your crew assist you from the aircraft you will be greeted with return transfers back to your accommodation.
Your helicopter tour begins with a pick up from your accommodation in Port Douglas. As you arrive at the central heliport, you will be greeted with a preflight safety briefing before making your way to the helicopter pad for departure.
All guests will be provided with headsets for in flight commentary from your experiences helicopter Pilot and Guide.
Imagine being comfortably seated on a low level flying scenic helicopter flight above not just one, but two World Heritage listed sites at once. Tropical North Queensland Australia is the only place in the world where this is possible!
Departing from Port Douglas, your scenic flight will have you experiencing the very best of both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest from above. Soar above Batt Reef, Tongue Reef and Low Isles Reef. Marvel at the Great Barrier Reef’s tropical islands including Snapper Island, Woody Island and Low Isles Island.
Take in the sights of the world’s oldest Rainforest, the Daintree, before flying above Mossman Gorge and the Great Dividing Range.
As your helicopter takes off you will be welcomed by stunning views of Port Douglas and the surrounding palm tree lined coastline.
Heading east, your pilot will guide you to your first destination on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Watch as the azure blue waters of the Coral Sea transform into the bright aqua waters and swirling reef formations of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Coral Sea channel separates the coastline from the reef and is a popular location to spot for Humpback Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins.
Soon you will be greeted by stunning views of Lowe Isles Reef. The reef is home to Low Island and Woody Island, both popular destinations for their rich marine and bird life that can be spotted from above.
Keep your eyes peeled for sea birds basking in the mangroves of Woody Island and help your pilot spot turtles, dugongs, rays, reef sharks and large tropical fish that can commonly be spotted playfully cruising the reef’s shallow waters and coral gardens.
Continuing east your pilot will then guide you above the colourful bommies, corals and swirling reefs of Batt Reef, a popular spot for marine life spotting!
In the distance you will see the unique corals and reef formations of Tongue Reef before beginning your return journey to the mainland.
Approaching the coastline, you will be welcomed by views of Snapper Island and Cape Kimberley before beginning your journey into the world’s oldest rainforest.
Soon the blue waters and golden sands of the Port Douglas coastline will transcend into lush greenery, mountain ranges and dense rainforest.
To your right, you will spot the towering rainforest canopies and never ending stretch of lush green mountain ranges of the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest rainforest and a World Heritage Listed wonder.
Your pilot will point out notable landmarks such as the Daintree River and Daintree Village. Turning south, your flight path will then follow the cascading white waters of the Mossman River as it flows deep into the valley of Mossman Gorge.
Mossman Gorge National Park is home to around 500 native plant species and is well experiencing from the sky.
In the distance, marvel at the rugged ridges and mountainous peaks of the Great Dividing Range, the third largest range in Australia. Soon you flight will veer east as you begin your return journey back to Port Douglas.
Flying over Cooper Creek, Cow Bay and the Alexander Ranges, you will really appreciate just how vast and diverse the region’s landscape really is!
With the Coral Sea back in sight, enjoy fantastic views of Four Mile Beach and the coastline’s fringing Alexandra Reefs.
After arriving back to the central helicopter pad, you will enjoy return transfers to your Port Douglas accommodation.
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Departure times are flexible
January - December
Guests body and luggage weight must be advised at the time of booking. Should a client advise a weight variance of more than 10%, the right is reserved to charge a 100% cancellation fee.
Weight: Up to 110 Kg / 243 Lb
Minimum of 2 passengers are required. Please contact us if you are a sole traveler
Ramp access to pier helipad,Scenic flights have no mobility restrictions (assistance from carer required for passengers with little or no mobility
Approx. 2 steps 1 foot (30cm) into aircraft
1 x wheelchair accessible toilet located at the Cairns Heli Centre,Ramp access to pier helipad,Cargo storage for collapsible wheelchairs (size and dimensions dependant on helicopter),Wheelchair storage at office for scenic flights
Tarago x 1 regular step
Hiace x 2 regular steps
Disabled parking at both office sites
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 106