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Scenic Flights

Take to the skies for a completely unique view of Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests. Sweeping vistas will change from forest green to sparkling blue, fringed by white sandy beaches and idyllic island cays. Scenic flights can be a unique experience or packaged with reef trips for a complete day tour. We also have some amazing helicopter tours and private charters available for those seeking the ultimate experience.

*Helicopter Flights - 30-45-60 Minutes


Rates from: $399

Nautilus Aviation offer a variety of scenic flights over the Tropical Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef with flight times ranging from 30 minutes up to 60 minutes. Fly over the world's largest coral reef system with views of beautiful Islands, sandy cays and spectacular coral gardens.  Experience the beauty of world heritage listed rainforest, creeks and waterfalls.  The choice is yours!

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*Scenic Flights 40 & 60 Minutes - High Wing Aircraft


Rates from: $229

GSL Aviation offer scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef inclusive of Green Island, Port Douglas and the coastline between Cairns and Port Douglas.  Operating daily departures (weather permitting), their fleet of high wing aircraft will ensure you get excellent views as every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.  Choose from the 40 minute Reef Hopper Flight or the 60 minute Reef and Port Douglas Flight, or a Green Island flight and cruise combo. All options include courtesy bus transfers from Cairns and in-flight pilot commentary.  Private aircraft charters are also available.

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1 Day Cape York (DAS)


Rates from: $1399

Cape York Day Tour is fantastic for those with limited time. Fly to Cape York in a charter plane that stays at low altitude to provide  excellent  photography opportunities. The day allows up to 5 hours in the cape region, this time is maximised with a 4WD tour taking you to the famous location for you to be photographed at The Tip of Australia. The price includes return scenic flights, a guide for the day, full commentary and lunch is provided.

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Cooktown 1 Day Scenic Flight (AA)


Rates from: $690

View the amazing scenery between Cairns and Cooktown from the windows of a small charter plane catering to small group requirements.

This company have a 4 seater plane and 6 seater plane, excluding the pilot these aircraft can take 3 or 5 passengers (depending on combined body weight of the passengers).

Please inquire as charter companies require minimum numbers of passengers in various aircraft to ensure a tour departure. They occasionally have solo travellers on standby lists to assist a tour departure if passenger requirements are matching.

     
 

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Helicopter and Reef Pontoon Day Tour


Rates from: $504

Nautilus Aviation flies to two Pontoons from Cairns and one from Port Douglas.  Choose to do a Fly/Cruise, Cruise/Fly or Fly/Fly package.  Fly out to Sunlover or Great Adventures from Cairns, and Quicksilver Pontoon from Port Douglas.

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Helicopter and Snorkelling Day Tour


Rates from: $300

Nautilus Aviation work in partnership with the Evolution - Reef Cruise to offer great reef packages. You can choose from a Fly/Cruise half day trip, Fly/Fly half day trip or Cruise/Fly full day trip.

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Lizard Island & Cooktown Day Tour (GSL)


Rates from: $849

Venture north for the day filled with some of the most spectacualr scenery between Cairns to Lizard Island.  Lizard Island is an exclusive private island offering the single most pristine snorkeling for the Great Barrier Reef, here you will enjoy a swim and snorkel along with a tasty tropical lunch.  After leaving Lizard Island we will fly to Cooktown.

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Magnificent Gallery Indigenous Rock Art: Helicopter Day Tour ex Cairns


Rates from: $1794

If you are in the pursuit of wow and you desire an exclusive and remote experience that’s not in a brochure, Jarramali Rock Art Tours brings guests to the outback via helicopter and is available most of the year. Visit UNESCO regards the Quinkan Rock Art as one of the ten most significant bodies of rock art in the world!

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Secluded Sandy Cay Helicopter Tour


Rates from: $849

Your very own piece of paradise. Fly over the Great Barrier Reef before landing on Vlasoff Cay - a pristine sand cay.  Relax on pure white sand, beach comb for treasures, laze in crystal waters or snorkel the cay to discover the magic of the underwater world. The romantic experience is complete with gourmet picnic hamper and sparkling wine.

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Undara Lava Tubes One Day Tour

 

Rates from: $790

Undara is an amazing must see location, the underground lava tube system spans over 160kms of the entire 615km property and were created 190,000 years ago. Yet due to the 4.5 hour drive each way many people do not have time to spare to self drive and stay a night or two. This private charter flight is the perfect solution.

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Unique Dinosaur Fossil Tour 3 Days


Rates from: $1875

Leaving at mid day on day one and returning mid aftertoon on day three this unique tour offers a once in a lifetime experience. Starting with a transfer from Cairns to the regional Mareeba airport, boarding a personalised charter flight to remote town of Winton. Which is now famous for a legendary dinosaur trail, stay the night to absorb outback country hospitality at a local motel. Wake up to an incredible dessert sunrise to be collected for the tour to the dinosaur trail. After your once in a lifetime experience you will head back to the motel to stay and second night and by now you will have made friends with the locals. Day three you depart Winton in the morning, have another scenic flight back to Mareeba and will be transferred back to Cairns. 

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