Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight

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An opportunity not to be missed!

Enjoy an amazing bird's eye view of the largest living structure in the world as your helicopter soars over the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef.

Our guide to Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight

Embark on an extraordinary helicopter journey that will carry you over the magnificent Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Comprising more than 2600 distinct reefs, this incredible natural wonder extends over 30 kilometers out to sea and spans an astonishing 2000 kilometers along the Queensland coast, earning its title as the world's largest reef system.

This 30-minute Reef Scenic flight offers a remarkable opportunity to witness the sheer scale and breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. It's a chance to truly appreciate one of the world's seven natural wonders.

This scenic flight offers breathtaking vistas of Green Island, Vlasoff Sand Cay, and Upolu Sand Cay, three of the most stunning sandy islands within the Great Barrier Reef. While taking in the beauty of these islands, you may also have the opportunity to spot manta rays, turtles, and various other marine creatures. During the winter months, there's even a possibility of catching a glimpse of majestic whales. However, please bear in mind that these marine animals are wild, and we cannot provide any guarantees of sightings. The tour concludes with hotel drop-offs.


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

Start times:

Varies, please see the calendar.


30-minute flight time.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Great Barrier Reef 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.
  • 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.
  • *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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.