Scenic Reef Flight

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

  • Truly experience the vast beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from above.  
  • Fly above Port Douglas, Cairns northern beaches, Green Island, Vlasoff Cay and Arlington Reef.
  • Learn about the Great Barrier Reef’s unique eco system and many natural landmarks with inflight commentary.
  • Enjoy endless photo opportunities of the reef with a guaranteed window seat.

The best way to truly experience the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef is from above. Your 30 minute scenic flight will have you soaring above the many sand cays, tropical islands and unique reef formations of the world’s largest living structure

We have allocated our most comfortable and fully air-conditioned aircraft to our Great Barrier Reef scenic flights from Cairns.

Our beautifully customed fixed wing airplane is designed with comfort first and big windows for our guests to get the best views of the Great Barrier Reef as we take them on a 30 minute scenic flight along Australia's coral reef coastline.

On our 40 minute Great Barrier Reef scenic flight from Cairns you will see up to 140 kilometres of the reef, islands, lagoons and solitary sand cays.

This is the prefect scenic flight from Cairns for groups of passengers looking for a Great Barrier Reef tour to fit in with cruise ship shore excursion time frames.  

During the annual whale migration months of July to August you may just see some whales breaching from the waters below or pods of them travelling north to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs where they calve in amongst the safe coral boundaries away from predators.

Other marine life we may encounter on our 30 minute Great Barrier Reef scenic flight are Manta Rays, large Green Sea Turtles and Sharks. 

The Great Barrier Reef encompasses over 2,900 coral reefs, 900 sand cays and is home ot 1,500 species of fish, 360 types of hard corals and around one third of the worlds soft corals.

No wonder they call it the Great Barrier Reef! Come and take a 30 minute scenic flight from Cairns with us today!         

Please note on all Cairns scenic flights minimum numbers may apply.

Scenic Flight Great Barrier Reef - 30 Minute Scenic Flight

Our helicopter scenic flights depart daily from Cairns, this is the ultimate way to truly soak in the vast beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Guests can enjoy a guaranteed window seat on the airplane with endless photo opportunities and return transfers from accommodation in Cairns.  

Your Transfer Coach Awaits

Your helicopter scenic flight tour begins with a pick up from your accommodation in Cairns where you will make your way to the Private Air Services Terminal at Cairns International Airport for departure.

Pick up times and locations will be provided at time of booking.

You will meet your experienced Pilot before boarding the plane.

All guests will receive a headset for inflight commentary throughout the flight.

All guests are guaranteed a window seat so that you can truly soak in the sights.   

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight 30 Minutes

There’s no denying it. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most stunning and unique of natural wonders.

Boasting over 2,900 coral reefs, 900 sand cays, 1,500 species of fish and 360 types of hard corals, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on the planet.

Stretching a whopping 2,300 kilometres in length, it even has its very own post box!

The best way to really soak in its unique beauty? A scenic flight of course!

As you take off from Cairns, you will immediately be greeted with views of Cairns city and its northern beaches as you continue north along the coastline and over the humble beach side village of Port Douglas.

From here, your pilot will begin your journey over the Great Barrier Reef as you soak in the spectacular views of the blue azure waters, swirling reef formations and coral cays.

Soon you will find yourself arriving at Arlington Reef, a large reef system that boasts many sand and coral cays and of course, the infamous Green Island.

Have your camera in hand as you soar above the island’s lush rainforest canopies and white sandy beaches.

You will then make your way over Vlasoff Cay, a unique sand cay that sits upon the Great Barrier Reef and is home to abundance of bird life.

The lagoons and surrounding reefs are a popular spot for marine life and your pilot will help spot for Manta Rays, Green Turtles, Dugong, Reef Sharks and if you are lucky, Humpback Whales.

After marveling at the reef’s unique landscape you will then circle back to the mainland.

As you begin your descent to Cairns, you will have rewarding views of the city and its surrounding palm tree lined beaches before arriving back to Cairns Airport. Upon arrival, you will enjoy return transfers back to your accommodation in Cairns. 

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Included In Price

  • Return transfers from Cairns hotels
  • All government taxes
  • Standard aviation public liability
  • 40 minute scenic flight over the reef
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Variable departure times

Departure Instructions

Departs from Cairns General Aviation Airport

Pickup Locations


  • Return transfers from your Cairns Inner City accommodation are included.
  • Pick up times and locations will be provided at time of booking.
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Vlasoff Cay
  • Arlington Reef
  • Green Island
  • Port Douglas
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Excluding Christmas Day


30 minutes

Fitness Level Required


Additional Information
  • All Passengers have a window seat.
  • The pilot makes the final decision regarding the continuation, aircraft, destination and departure times of any flight and may terminate the flight at any time if he/she deems it unsafe to proceed
  • Please note: this tour requires a minimum number of passengers to operate. Please check with us for available dates.
  • Bottle of water
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses

Full fee for children, no child rates

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.

No refund if cancelled within 24 hours of departure.

Cairns Scenic Flight 30 minutes Over Reef

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$199.00
Family: au$796.00

Tour Code: 65



12 yrs & over

4 - 11 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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