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60-Minute Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas High-Wing Scenic Flight from Cairns, Including Green Island provided by GSL Aviation

60-Minute Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas High-Wing Scenic Flight from Cairns, Including Green Island

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Queensland’s Tropical North is the only place in the world where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet—the Wet Tropics rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef. This scenic flight affords incredible aerial views of both, as you soar over Port Douglas, Daintree Rainforest, Green Island, and Arlington Reef.
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83 Royal Flying Doctor St
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  • Pass by GSL Aviation
    Pass by Green Island
    Pass by Great Barrier Reef
    Pass by Port Douglas
You'll end at
83 Royal Flying Doctor St
83 Royal Flying Doctor St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
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  • Spectacular views of the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef
  • Guaranteed window seat for unobstructed aerial views
  • Live commentary from your pilot ensures you don’t miss anything
  • Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns
What to Expect
Your tour begins with pickup from your Cairns hotel and a short transfer to Cairns Airport, where you’ll board a fixed-wing aircraft. From your window seat, enjoy spectacular aerial views as you take off over Cairns and head north along the coast to Port Douglas. Fly inland over the lush landscapes of the Daintree Rainforest and then swoop low over the islands and cays of the Great Barrier Reef, looking out for turtles, sharks, and stingrays in the crystal-clear waters below. Listen as your pilot points out notable sights and landmarks, including Green Island, Double Island, and Palm Cove, and fly over the Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Batt Reef, and Tongue Reef. As you land back at Cairns Airport, a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
83 Royal Flying Doctor St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns city centre area only
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • In-flight commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off outside Cairns city center (e.g. Palm Cove or Yorkeys Knob)
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Phil P wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions
It was really a wondefull flight over the coral reef today with the so good and kind pilot Nick. Thank you to the whole team, to the very nice bus driver also. We really recommend this flight that will stay in our mind forever. Sylvana & Philippe
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Marko78 wrote a review Nov 2019
Acheres, France11 contributions2 helpful votes
The tour was really great, We had the chance to see some turtle and stingrays. I would recommend to take at least the one hour flight to have the time to see all the good spot
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Date of experience: November 2019
karin z wrote a review Jul 2019
The Netherlands28 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a great scenic flight to the great barrier reef from Cairns with GSL. Very professional. Lady pilot was very friendly, and a good pilot :)
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Date of experience: July 2019
Lisa070660 wrote a review Mar 2019
Melbourne, Australia184 contributions73 helpful votes
We did the 60 minute flight over the Great Barrier Reef and would definitely recommend. Pilot was very professional & informative and we felt safe at all times - totally different view from the air. Would make a great gift for someone special or for overseas visitors.
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Date of experience: March 2019
CHGEFV wrote a review Nov 2018
Singapore, Singapore40 contributions18 helpful votes
Very good - it has to be done! Best way to enjoy the view on the barrier. We did feel safe all the time. Check that all the headsets are working before landing, otherwise no comment to enjoy! Free pick up from hotel in Cairns. Really good time!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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About the operator

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By: GSL Aviation
A must do on each East coast road trips
It was amazing. Before the flight we were worried because it was very cloudy and almost raining. Even with this kin
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Must do!
Fantastic experience and at a really great price. Our pilot Steve gave a interesting and informative tour. He was v
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Reef Hopper
What a beauty of a day to do this Reef Hooper going around Green Island and visiting well known land marks it tru
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Excellent Pilot and Tour Guide
The flight was smooth from take-off to landing, and the plane was clean. The staff cared about our safety during t
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Ivana B
Absolutely wonderful experience, don't miss it!
This flight was my favourite thing in Australia! Beautifil views of the Great Barrier Reef that l will remember for
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This is really a wow-experience. It is amazing to see the Barrier Reef from above. We were a bit unlucky, as it was
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Would definitely recommend
Absolutely amazing experience, normally I only get to see the reef from a boat our the jetski but seeing it from ab
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Beautiful Scenic Flight
It was a beautiful scenic flight in Cairns. ALS aviation picked me at time from my hotel. I enjoyed the Great Barri
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Lara L
Blindfolded friends = Best 25th birthday surprise ever!
I blindfolded my friends and drove them here with no idea whatsoever about what was going to happen next ... gettin
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Reliable, safe and mostly special
Friendly staff and the overall arrangements made it an enjoyable experience for both us and our children (4 and 6).
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Flying low and feeling high! 😂
Wow! What an experience! We went with GSL Aviation who were amazing, from the hotel pickup to the flight briefing a
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Best way to appreciate the reef
We have been to the reef several times on a boat but this was our first flight over the reef. It was magnificent se
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Peter M
Loverly scenic flight
Great pilot with really informative information about the Great barrier reef and awesome staff. Will defiantly be o
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Great sightseeing experience
Very informative sightseeing experience,opportunities for both my friend and I to capture the view and have sights
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Amazing experience
Such an amazing experience!astonishing views, staff very professional and helpful!I recommend this trip to anybody!
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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