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Scenic Flights: Helicopters & Hot Air Balloons

Scenic Flights Over Cairns

What better way to discover Cairns than by getting a birds eye view of the region? There's so many wonderful sites to see around Cairns like the amazing coral reefs of The Great Barrier Reef, National Parks with spectacular scenery, long stretches of beach and cute little beachside towns and the green rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands. To be able to see all of this in one day is pretty special and there's a range of different options for you to choose.

Wake up early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride, book your own private helicopter ride and stop off on a deserted beach for a picnic, join a helicopter tour that offers stop offs at islands with snorkeling and even fly your own helicopter! There are tours that last 20 minutes, one hour or last all day and with so many options there will be something to suit your needs.

If you'd rather jump out of a plane than simply sit in one, our list of extreme adventures may be for you!

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

More InfoDon't miss the chance to go for a hot-air balloon ride over Far North Queensland's Atherton Tablelands - it's one of the top "must do" activities when visiting the tropics. You have the choice of pick-up from Cairns, the Northern beaches or Palm Cove hotels.

 

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight From Cairns

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight From Cairns

More InfoThere is no more spectacular way to start your day than with a dawn Balloon flight over the picturesque Atherton Tablelands.  As the sun rises the giant Balloons glide gently over the bushland and farms dotting the Mareeba Valley allowing you to spot awakening wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies. Your highly skilled pilots will give you an insight into the surrounding region and the fascinating world of ballooning before returning you to your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation.

 

Hot Air Ballooning in Cairns

Book  Hot Air Ballooning in Cairns NowExperience the romance, wonder and silent serenity of a hot air balloon ride over tropical Cairns. Pre-lift-off, witness the spectacle of a hot air balloon inflating and see it take shape, then hop in for a gentle take-off and float gracefully over glorious gum trees and mountain ranges. Choose from 3 tours: 30 or 60 minute scenic hot air balloon flight with door-to-door hotel transfers, or a luxury tour with limousine transfers, gourmet champagne and commemorative portrait.

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Cairns Sky Dive, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

Cairns Sky Dive, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

More InfoGet your morning off to a flying start when you take the plunge and feel the rush of freefalling through the air on a Cairns skydiving adventure. Combine your morning sky dive with a spectacular 25-minute helicopter tour to the reef. Finish your day snorkeling and exploring the magnificent Great Barrier Reef before cruising back to Cairns with a glass of wine in hand.

 

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

More InfoSpend two days exploring the very best of Cairns. Enjoy a full day in tropical Kuranda and on your second day discover why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's a natural wonders. Including a reef cruise and a scenic helicopter flight, this two day package is the ultimate reef and rainforest experience, leaving you with plenty of time to fully appreciate Australia's tropical north.

 

Private Helicopter Tour: Great Barrier Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Private Helicopter Tour: Great Barrier Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

More InfoTake a scenic helicopter tour from Cairns and spend the morning relaxing on far-flung Vlasoff Cay, surrounded by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef (or Turtle Beach if Vlasoff Cay is occupied). You will land on this remote coral sand island with all the supplies you'll need for your two-hour island retreat: a gourmet picnic hamper including champagne and nibbles, picnic blanket, beach umbrella, deck chairs and snorkeling equipment. What more could you wish for!

 

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

More InfoExplore the Great Barrier Reef on a half-day or full-day excursion that travels by helicopter and boat so that you can make the most of your time. Choose from three options for your tour of one of the world’s best coral reefs and enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders.

 

Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Moore Reef Pontoon and Return Helicopter Flight from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Moore Reef Pontoon and Return Helicopter Flight from Cairns

More InfoExplore the reef and everything it has to offer as you start the day off with a cruise out to the Moore Reef pontoon. From there explore everything out on the reef before taking to the sky for the voyage home and a experience the beautiful reef from the air.

 

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight to Moore Reef and Return Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight to Moore Reef and Return Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

More InfoExplore the reef and everything it has to offer! Begin you day with a helicopter flight out to the Moore Reef pontoon where you will be greeted for lunch and snorkeling. There is no better way to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

More InfoTake a scenic helicopter tour from Cairns over the stunning Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You'll have unforgettable views of the Great Barrier Reef's coral and marine life, plus the gorgeous tropical coastline and islands of Far North Queensland. While enjoying the incredible views of the reef, you'll take some of the most spectacular photos imaginable.

 

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 1-hour Helicopter Tour

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 1-hour Helicopter Tour

More InfoFly high over the Barron Gorge and stunning rainforest canopies before heading over magnificent sights such as the Great Barrier Reef, it's spectacular islands and sand cays. This one-hour helicopter flight allows one to see the 'best of both worlds', as it showcases the highlights of heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Full-Day Cairns Helicopter Tour: The Outback, Undara Lava Tubes, Waterfalls and Great Barrier Reef

Full-Day Cairns Helicopter Tour: The Outback, Undara Lava Tubes, Waterfalls and Great Barrier Reef

More InfoExplore the many landscapes North Queensland has to offer on a full day helicopter tour from Cairns. Fly south from Cairns and between Queensland's two highest mountains, Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Ker, before heading west up the Johnston River Gorge. Watch the landscape change from lush rainforest to the orange of the outback as you cross the Great Dividing Range and arrive at Undara Volcanic National Park. Take a guided tour, a journey back in time to Gondwana, where volcanos ruled this part of the land. See extinct craters and the incredible lava tubes that wind their way through the National Park. After your tour and lunch at Undara, fly further south to the stunning Blencoe Falls and Wallaman Falls, the tallest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere - a sight not to be missed from the air. Turning for home, your helicopter will track up the coast over Hinchinbrook Island before flying over Dunk, Frankland and Fitzroy Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cairns

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cairns

More InfoBoard the helicopter and take flight, soaring above the mighty Barron Gorge west of Cairns before tracking north to view the spectacular coastline to Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. Fly above the Daintree River keeping an eye out for crocodiles before returning south east for aerial views of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef – a sight not to be missed from the air.

 

Cairns Helicopter Tour: Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Great Barrier Reef

Cairns Helicopter Tour: Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Great Barrier Reef

More InfoBe spellbound by the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Soar over Mossman Gorge before flying further north over the mighty Daintree River to Cape Tribulation, the only place on earth where two World Heritage area’s meet. Track coastal back down to Cairns, catching glimpses of the Great Barrier Reef along the way.

 

Green Island Day Trip by Scenic Helicopter and Cruise

Green Island Day Trip by Scenic Helicopter and Cruise

More InfoTravel by scenic helicopter to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. As you fly from Cairns, take in the views of the rainforest and the magnificent colors of the Great Barrier Reef below. Spend four hours on Green Island where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, walking through the rainforest or exploring the reef by glass-bottom boat. Return to Cairns by high-speed catamaran.