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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.

*1 & 1/2 Day Cape York Tour


Rates from: $1675

Stand on the top of Australia. See the best of Cape York and stay for one night but back around lunch time the following day.

A scenic flight both ways, with a 4WD tour to the famous tip of Australia, accommodation, dinner and breakfast included.

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*1 Day Cape York (DAS)


Rates from: $1599

There is only one Cape York 'Day' Tour which is fantastic for those with limited time. This is a very unique tour which involves flying to the Cape in a small charter plane that flies at low altitude providing you with excellent scenic photography opportunities. The day allows up to 5 hours on land 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 Cape York. The price includes return scenic flights, a guide for the day, full commentary and lunch is provided.

A minimum of 6 passengers are required to ensure a departure.

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*Nautilus Aviation - Reef & Rainforest Scenic Flights


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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Adventure North - 1 Day Cooktown 4WD Tour (Drive/Fly or Fly/Drive)


Rates from: $540

Cooktown is one of Australia's most exciting destinations and truly one of Australia's great last frontiers between "outback" and modern Australia. Adventure North Australia operate 4WD tours from Cairns as either a Drive/Fly or Fly/Drive option.  Drive/Fly option - You will travel between Cairns and Cooktown via Cape Tribulation through the heart of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. Experience the Bloomfield track, inclusive of water crossings and amazing scenery.  Fly/Drive option - You will travel via the Mulligan Highway.  This is the Outback of Far North Queensland. If you enjoy history, botany, adventure, getting off the beaten track, seeing the rainforest and/or the outback, or 4 wheel driving then this is the trip for you.  

 

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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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Exclusive Air Tours - Scenic Flights - High Wing Aircraft


Rates from: $219

SPECIAL - 80 MINUTE FLIGHT $299PP

Offering 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), this company specialises in  absolute 'exclusivity', if only 2 people book then you are the only 2 in the aircraft. This can not be guaranteed with any other fixed wing or helicopter company. Thus ensuring you get excellent views with a guaranteed window seat and personalised attention.  Choose from the 45 minute Reef  & Heart Flight or the 60 minute Reef and Rainforest Flight, or the 80 minute Reef, Rainforest and Cape Tribulation flight. All options include courtesy bus transfers from Cairns and in-flight pilot commentary.  Private aircraft charters are also available.

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GSL Aviation - Scenic Flights - 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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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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Nautilus Aviation - 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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Reef Cruise & Helicopter


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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Reef Pontoon with helicopter flight - GBR Heli


Rates from: $499

GBR Helicopters works in partnership with Reef platform Operators to offer great reef and flight packages.  You can cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef Platform and enjoy a 10 minute scenic helicopter flight from the platform and get a birds eye view of the Great Barrier Reef.  You can also choose to do a Fly/Cruise or a Cruise/Fly Package which includes a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight to or from the Platform.  You can also choose to do a Fly/Fly package. Reef Platforms also include activities such as glass bottom boat tours/semi-submersibale boat tours, snorkelling, underwater observatories and buffet lunch.  

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Reef Pontoon with helicopter flight - Nautilus


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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Tailored Charter Flights


The most unique ways to see remote parts of our fantastic regions is by various small light aircraft that can capacity 3 passengers, 6 passengers and 9 passengers each.

If you want to visit areas that would normally take two, three or more days they can all be reduced to a day tour if all conditions are met. These conditions include minimum numbers of passengers, weather permitting, pilot and aircraft availability as well as tours and/or accommodation availablity at your location of choice.

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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 (EAT)


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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