Great Barrier Reef Scenic Heli Flight + City Sights Tour

Take a 30 min scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef, then join a fascinating afternoon city tour.
Cairns, Australia
7 hrs 30 min
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Drop-off Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
What's Included

  • Get up to $50 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A 30-min scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef to marvel at the sheer size & beauty of this icon
  • Delicious lunch at Dundees on the Waterfront
  • An afternoon tour around Cairns taking in the natural beauty & cultural heritage of this tropical city
  • Entry to Cairns museum, plus free re-admission
  • Entry to St. Monica’s CathedralCairns Botanic Gardens
  • A delicious Devonshire Tea at Noa’s Café
  • Photo opportunities in Barron River Gorge & Surprise Creek Falls
  • Time to stroll around the pretty seaside suburb of Palm Cove
  • Travel in air-conditioned comfort (escaping the tropical heat) with your local driver/guide
  • Transfers from Cairns General Aviation Airport to Dundees on the Waterfront
  • Convenient post-tour drop-off to selected Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodation
  • Departs from the meeting point at Cairns General Aviation Airport, 21 Bush Pilot's Avenue 
What's excluded

  • Transfers to Cairns General Aviation Airport
What to Expect

Start your day just right with a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef, followed by an exciting afternoon city sights tour around Cairns.


Scenic Helicopter Flight


Make your way to Cairns General Aviation Airport at 10.30 am, with your helicopter departing at 11:00 am. Heading away from the mainland, enjoy views of the city of Cairns and Trinity inlet, passing False Cape where you can see the remnants of WWII defences, Mt Yarrabah, Mission Bay and Cape Grafton. 


From there, you'll strike out to the inner edge of the Reef and Green Island, a 6,000-year-old coral sand island that boasts its own native rainforest ecosystem. Then, tracking to the north, explore the western side of Arlington Reef, home to a diverse range of marine creatures – turtles, sharks and stingrays.


Continuing north, you'll circle Vlasoff Cay, a tiny sand island in the middle of the reef that reduces to only a few hundred square metres in size at high tide. Book on the day or let your pilot know during your flight if you'd like to land, get your feet wet and sandy and capture the ultimate Instagram shot on the Cay. 


From Vlasoff Cay, head west, over Upolu Cay and back to Cairns, taking in fantastic views of the North Queensland coastline framed by the lush rainforest-covered slopes of the Great Dividing Range.


Once your flight is complete, you will be collected and transferred back into CairnsCity to enjoy lunch at Dundees on the Waterfront. 


Cairns City Sights Tour


After lunch, discover Cairns' natural beauty and cultural heritage on an afternoon tour. An experienced guide will lead you to the city's highlights and surroundings, travelling in an air-conditioned vehicle.


After getting collected from your accommodation, your afternoon begins by the water's edge at the Cairns Marlin Marina, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It boasts first-class facilities and picturesque views over the water. 


Next, it's on to St. Monica's Cathedral. This stunning Heritage-Listed cathedral, dedicated as a memorial to the Battle of the Coral Sea, houses 24 amazing stained-glass windows depicting the story of creation. They are reputably the largest themed stained-glass windows in the world.


Join an exclusive tour with a dedicated museum guide to discover the Cairns Museum. They'll share stories about living in the tropics, the region's culture, sugar cane, railways, rainforests and reefs. Plus, you'll enjoy free re-admission to the Cairns Museum during your stay.


Now it's time for a break and the opportunity to indulge in a delicious Devonshire Tea at Noa's Café in the leafy suburb of Edge Hill.


Once afternoon tea is done, stretch your legs with a wander through the Flecker Gardens in Cairns Botanic Gardens. It's renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Your guided tour will showcase key areas of the gardens, including the Conservatory and the Aboriginal Plant Use section.


Then, have your camera at the ready as you visit a spectacular lookout with views over the city of Cairns and the Coral Sea before continuing to Lower Barron River Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls.


Finally, the tour heads further north to Palm Cove. Take a stroll along the jetty or beach of this picture-perfect location, fringed with coconut trees. Nestled behind the beach is the quiet seaside suburb, with its magnificent paperbark trees. Watch as the sun begins to set before returning to your accommodation at approximately 6:00 pm.


The price for this experience is per person, but bookings must have two people. 


Where we Visit:

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Trinity Inlet
  • Green Island
  • Arlington Reef
  • Vlasoff Cay
  • Upolu Cay 
  • St. Monica's Cathedral 
  • Cairns Museum
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens
  • Cairns City lookout
  • Lower Barron Gorge National Park
  • Surprise Creek Falls
  • Palm Cove
Frequently Asked Questions

Self Drive - Make your own way to Cairns General Aviation Airport, 21 Bush Pilot's Avenue for a 10.30 am start

Complimentary return transfers are available to selected Cairns CBD hotels

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Sunglasses & sunscreen, Camera, small soft bags only.

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The weight limit is 130kg. 

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The price is per person, but bookings must have 2 people
  • In accordance with CASA regulations, all passengers are required to provide full names, accurate weight and baggage details prior to their flight
  • The maximum single-seat weight limit/payload for the helicopters is 130 kg. Weight variances greater than 10% of that advised at the time of booking may incur additional charges and/or luggage allowances being reduced
  • Seat allocation for flights is determined at the discretion of the pilot/ground crew based on aircraft weight and balance to ensure the safety of all passengers
  • All participants must be fully vaccinated and agree to show proof of vaccine status

Cancellation Policy:

  • In order to receive a 100% refund, flight cancellations must be notified a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the scheduled departure date/time
  • Cancellations notified between 24 and 48 hours in advance of the scheduled departure date/time, qualify for a 50% refund
  • If the booking is cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled departure date/time - no refund will apply
  • If passengers are 'no shows' for a pick-up or flight, a 100% cancellation fee applies

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