Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Book now and get ready to be swept away by the wonders of Tropical North Queensland

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

Welcome to Cairns, a city perfectly positioned between two of Tropical North Queensland's most coveted treasures: the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef and the UNESCO-listed Tropic Rainforest. Now, picture an exhilarating 60-minute flight that brings you face to face with the sheer grandeur and beauty of both these natural wonders.

Take flight and let the adventure commence! Glide over the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, its charming islands, and coastal landscapes, all while absorbing the coastal splendor of Palm Cove Beach and the lush mountains veiled in the emerald cloak of Barron Gorge National Park.

Your journey unfolds with an aerial spectacle over the captivating Great Barrier Reef and its enchanting islands. As you continue along the coastline, savour the picturesque sights of Palm Cove Beach and the mountainous terrain adorned with the lush, tropical foliage of Barron Gorge National Park. Along the way, feast your eyes on the impressive Stoney Creek and Barron Falls, and relish in sweeping panoramic vistas of the Atherton Tablelands. Your adventure culminates at the tranquil shores of Lake Morris before you gracefully return to Cairns.


Daily, year-round except 25th December and 1st January. Flights depart from the Cairns Heliport located at 2 Pier Point Road, Marina Point, Cairns.

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.
  • Children aged 3 years to 13 years must be accompanied by an adult on all flights.
  • Hotel transfers are not included, Please meet at the departure point, Cairns Heliport located at 2 Pier Point Road, Marina Point, Cairns.
  • Due to Aviation Weight Restrictions a client's body weight must be advised at the time of booking. A weight variance greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single-seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of the ticket price – this is payable to Nautilus Aviation on the day of travel.
  • 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.
  • Pregnant passengers are welcome to fly at their own discretion.
  • Nautilus Aviation advises passengers to consult their doctor prior to making a reservation and that seatbelts must be worn at all times during the flight.
  • 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.
  • Window seats are never guaranteed or assigned to requesting passengers. The Pilot makes the final seating assignments based on helicopter weight and balance.
  • From 1 July 2023, the Environmental Management Charge (EMC) will be reinstated. Visitors to the reef participating in a tourist activity are now liable to pay the charge to the permit holder, who then remits the charge to the Reef Authority.
  • EMC is an Environment Management Charge of $7.00pp payable locally to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 48 hours before your chosen activity date. No refund if the booking is cancelled or amended 48 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

General Information

  • Can we take photographs in the helicopters

    All helicopters have clear windows which enable you to take some incredible photographs. 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.