Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

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    Soar over Cairns to the surrounding mountains of the Great Dividing Range.

    Only from the air can you truly appreciate the beauty, variety and sheer scale of the stunning natural landscapes that comprise the Cairns and Port Douglas region. This is the only place on earth where two UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites exist side by side, being Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropical Rainforest.

    Our guide to Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

    Witness a vast panorama of sprawling coral reefs, tropical islands and sand cays merging seamlessly into lush rainforest-covered mountains housing vast river systems and spectacular seasonal waterfalls with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.

    A coach will pick you up from your hotel to commence a 60-minute Reef and Rainforest Scenic flight. Cairns is a city positioned between two of Tropical North Queensland's greatest treasures, the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Listed Tropic Rainforest. After the all-important safety briefing, board your helicopter to commence a 60-minute flight.

    Fly over the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and islands before turning coastal again, flying over picturesque Palm Cove Beach and the rainforest-covered mountains of the Barron Gorge National Park.

    View both Stoney Creek and Barron Falls plus panoramic views of the Atherton Tablelands en route to Lake Morris before returning to Cairns. The tour concludes with hotel drop-offs.


    Daily, year-round except 25th December and 1st January.

    Start times

    Varies, please see the calendar. 


    60-minute flight.

    Terms and conditions

    Terms and conditions for Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

    • Flight paths and timings may vary due to weather or air traffic control. Flights are weather dependent and subject to the pilot's final discretion.
    • A minimum of 2 persons are needed to book this tour. 
    • Infants 0-2 years are free of charge if sitting on a parent's lap. A maximum of one infant per helicopter may travel as per CASA regulations.
    • Due to Aviation Weight Restrictions a client's body 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.
    • All passenger body weights (kg) must be advised at the time of booking.
    • Maximum single-seat payload is 130 kg. 
    • Passengers with special needs or travelling with more than one infant must advise at the time of booking for pilot assessment.
    • Prices listed for these packages are based on 1 helicopter with up to 4 passengers.
    • With fluctuations in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to the ticket price. In such ,cases any charge will be collected locally on departure.
    • Personal items should not exceed 10kg and be carried in a small soft-sided bag for easy stowage.
    • Cancellation Policy:  Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. A fee of 50% of the tour cost will be charged for bookings cancelled or amended 48-25 hours prior to travel. - No refund if the booking is cancelled or amended 24 hours or less prior to travel or in the event of a no show


    Frequently Asked Questions for Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

    • Do you provide transfers from accommodation?
      Yes, packages include courtesy transfers to and from your accommodation on your day of travel except where indicated. 
    • Can we take photographs in the helicopters?
      All helicopters have clear windows which enable you to take some incredible photographs of the Reef and Rainforest. Some of the helicopters have windows that can be opened for photo shooting as well. All we ask is that when taking pictures no part of the body or camera is placed outside of the helicopter, and straps are not to be placed around the neck for safety reasons.
    • Why are weights so important on a helicopter?
      Like aeroplane flights, weights play an important role in helicopters. We need to ensure that helicopters on all flights are not overloaded under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations. For this reason, we need you to provide accurate weights when booking. There is no need to be concerned as your weights are kept strictly confidential and you will also be weighed on arrival, including your luggage.
    • What happens if the weather is bad?
      If at the time of departure, the pilots deem that the flight cannot go ahead due to bad weather conditions and thus raising safety concerns, the flight will be cancelled. If this occurs, the tour operator will make every endeavour to place you on an alternate flight that will meet your requirements. If this is not plausible, a full refund will be offered.