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Scenic Flights / Helicopter Tours

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

Rates from: $530

Cooktown is one of Australia's most exciting new 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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GBR Heli - Reef Platform including helicopter flight

Rates from: $379

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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GBR Heli - Scenic Helicopter Flight & Luxury Tours

Rates from: $189


GBR Helicopters offer many scenic flights over the Cairns City, Tropical Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef with flight times ranging from 30 minutes up to 60 minutes.  There are also exclusive private helicopter tours and charters available with a number of itineraries including private sandy cays.  Enquire today for more information.

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GSL Aviation - Scenic Flights - High Wing Aircraft

Rates from: $219

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 Day Tour (AA)

Rates from: $790

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 over Cooktown and the Black Mountains as we continue our way back to Cairns.  Flying along the coast over dense World Heritage Rainforest, Bloomfield River, Daintree National Park and Port Douglas.

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Nautilus - Mount Mulligan - Historical Outback Experience

Rates from: $1200

Beyond the Tablelands and over outback terrain, be transported to one of the most fascinating periods of Australian History. 160km west of Cairns, arrive at Mount Mulligan Station – a working cattle station rich in Australian and Dreamtime history.  Be welcomed by the 18km sandstone ridge that is Mount Mulligan. Larger than Uluru, its majestic beauty is Mother Nature at her best. Mined for coal, rushed for gold and farmed for cattle, guest experiences include tours of the old township, historic cemetery and mine ruins, plus a stop at the historical Tyrconnell mine. 

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Nautilus - Reef Cruise including helicopter flight

Rates from: $389

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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Nautilus - Reef Pontoon including helicopter flight

Rates from: $498.5

Nautilus Aviation works in partnership with two different Pontoons from Cairns and one from Port Douglas to offer great reef and flight packages.  You can choose to do a Fly/Cruise, Cruise/Fly or Fly/Fly package which includes a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight to/from your chosen pontoon/platform.  Packaging with Sunlover Cruise and Great Adventures from Cairns, and Quicksilver Cruises from Port Douglas.

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Nautilus - Scenic Flights

Rates from: $399


Vlid for travel 25th September to 13th October 2019 

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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Nautilus - Tranquillity Falls & Rainforest Getaway

Rates from: $1050

Flying north to visit the Daintree Rainforest and have an exclusive landing at amazing waterfalls, enjoy private time to relax, eat a gourmet lunch and sip sparkiing wine. A lovely exclusive experience great for romance, proposals, honeymoon and anniversaries.



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Nautilus Aviation - Cairns Heli Fishing

Rates from: $1560

Cairns based ‘HeliFish’ offers full-day fishing adventures flying over impressive landscapes to target anything from the mighty Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Salmon, the elusive Jungle Perch and Giant Trevally, Mackerel and Coral Trout!

Landing on a floating pontoon, enjoy Australia’s first GREAT BARRIER REEF BLUE WATER HELICOPTER FISHING ADVENTURES!

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Nautilus Aviation - Secluded Sandy Cay Helicopter Tour

Rates from: $789

Enjoy a scenic flight from Cairns with spectacular views over the picturesque coral-studded sea before landing on a pristine sand cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. In absolute seclusion you can experience your very own piece of paradise. During this time you can relax on the pure white sand, enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper with refreshments and snorkel straight off the beach to discover the mystical coral gardens and tropical fish of the Great Barrier Reef.  You will then enjoy another flight over the reef and return to life as you once knew it!

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Nautilus Daintree with Idigenous Culture

Rates from: $1200

Flying over World Heritage Listed rainforest you will land and become immersed in local indigenous culture. Experience a locally guided tour by a traditional representative of the Kuku Yalanji peoples. On this tour you will learn about the natural environment, as well as traditional food and medicines.

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Sea Eagle Adventures - Scenic Flights - Fixed Wing Aircraft

Rates from: $180

Sea Eagle Adventures operates fixed wing aircraft scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef.  You can choose a 30 or 45 minute flight.  Sea Eagle Pilots seek out the most BEAUTIFUL REEFS close to Cairns to maximise REEF VIEWING time!  Flights depart from General Aviation Airport and free bus transfers are available from Cairns city.

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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 (AA)

Rates from: $740

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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