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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

From US$176.30
  • 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
From US$176.30
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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
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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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1 - 5 of 29 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great way of seeing the reef

The view from the air gives perspective to the Whitsunday coast. Great views of Airlie Beach, the harbour, the islands and of course the reef. GSL was well organised and transport was smooth. Lived up to expectations.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing helicopter ride

This trip was amazing! The flight was for one hour over the Whitsundays, including Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Dave was an excellent pilot and his commentary was very informative. The colours were stunning. We had previously been on a boat trip to...More

Thank Sandy736
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Just amazing

I did the one hour scenic flight to the heart reef. We flew over the Whitsundays islands, out to the Great Barrier Reef to see the heart and over Whitehaven beach. It was just amazing. The weather was perfect and low tide meant that everything...More

Thank Rachb911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
The Hardy Reef was B.E.A.UTIFUL!

Taking the scenic flight is expensive but worth for it ! The reef are really beautiful and we loved the way the Captain count down for us to see the "Heart Shaped Reef". The experience is so memorable ! yet the communication system could be...More

Thank Amy F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Perfect 👌

From the moment we arrived GSL staff were welcoming and accommodating. We had an amazing flight with Christian who was very informative but chilled. Dave you take safety to the next level, thanks for buckling in my best friend I don’t think she could have...More

Thank Crea M
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