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.

 

Hot Air Ballooning in Cairns

Hot Air Ballooning in Cairns

Book Hot Air Ballooning in CairnsExperience 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

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

More InfoFly and cruise the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world. You'll take a scenic helicopter tour from Cairns over the stunning Great Barrier Reef, then cruise, snorkel and dive the reef. You'll have unforgettable aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef's coral and marine life, and enjoy lunch on the water.

 

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

More InfoHit the rails, the rainforest, the sky and the reef in an action-packed day trip from Cairns! You'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns, go shopping in the Kuranda Markets, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, soar over the Great Barrier Reef on a scenic helicopter tour, take a lunchtime cruise on the reef, then spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling or diving before cruising back to Cairns. What a rewarding day out!

 

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. 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!

 

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. You have the option to spend four or six hours on Green Island, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, walking through the rainforest or exploring the reef by glass-bottom boat. You also have the choice to return to Cairns by high-speed catamaran or scenic helicopter. Whichever option you choose, you’re in for a fantastic day in paradise!

 

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 scenic flight allows one to see the 'best of both worlds', as it showcases the highlights of heritage rainforest and 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.

 

Barron Gorge, Kuranda and Beaches 20-Minute Helicopter Tour

Barron Gorge, Kuranda and Beaches 20-Minute Helicopter Tour

More InfoWhat could be better than a helicopter tour from Cairns? From the vantage point of a helicopter, you'll have unforgettable views of majestic Barron Gorge Waterfall, the secluded mountain village of Kuranda, and the gorgeous tropical coastline and islands of Far North Queensland. While enjoying the incredible views, you'll take some of the most spectacular photos imaginable.