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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.

 

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

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: Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

More InfoFor a once in a lifetime experience, combine your scenic flight with an exclusive getaway to your own piece of paradise. Feel the thrill of flying over the picturesque coral-studded sea before landing on Vlasoff Cay (ex Cairns) - a pristine sand cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Relax on the pure white sand, beach comb for treasures, lay in the shallow crystal waters or snorkel straight off the cay and discover the magic of the underwater world. The experience is complete with a gourmet picnic hamper, sparkling wine and snorkelling equipment.

 

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.

 

Cruise to Moore Reef Pontoon and Return Helicopter Flight from Cairns

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. Relax on the new two-level pontoon boat as you snorkel and slide down the new slide into the Great Barrier Reef. After spending the day on the reef take to the skies for the voyage home and experience the beautiful reef from the air.

 

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

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

More InfoExplore the reef and everything it has to offer! Begin your day with a helicopter flight out to the Moore Reef where you will join Sunlover on their new pontoon. Enjoy lunch, snorkelling and sliding down the new Giant waterslide! There is no better way to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Fly to Green Island - Cruise Return

Fly to Green Island - Cruise Return

More InfoDeparting Cairns, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to Green Island - a beautiful 6,000-year-old coral cay located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With its reef and rainforest environment enjoy a half day or full day in nature's lover paradise before returning to Cairns via catamaran.

 

Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures

Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures

More InfoDiscover the iconic great barrier Reef combining an awe-inspiring helicopter flight with a great Adventures outer reef day experience. The spacious activity platform moored on the spectacular outer reef makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water. With options to transfer to and from the platform by helicopter (and cruise the other) or take to the sky on a joy flight, you will have the best seat to witness this natural wonder.

 

Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight

Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight

More InfoExperience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef from above, with an exhilarating helicopter flight over picturesque reef systems and up close onboard luxury vessel, Evolution. be treated to an Aussie BBQ lunch and snorkelling to discover the mysteries of the underwater world. Activities available onboard at an extra cost include scuba diving (for beginners and experienced divers) and coral viewing from the semi-submersible.

 

Cruise to Outer Reef - Cruise Return Plus 10 Minute Scenic Flight

Cruise to Outer Reef - Cruise Return Plus 10 Minute Scenic Flight

More InfoDiscover the iconic Great Barrier Reef combining an awe-inspiring helicopter flight with a Great Adventures outer reef day experience. The spacious activity platform moored on the spectacular outer reef makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water. While you’re out at the pontoon to take to the sky on a joy flight, you will have the best seat to witness this natural wonder.

 

Mount Mulligan – Historical Outback Experience

Mount Mulligan – Historical Outback Experience

More InfoBeyond the Tablelands and over outback terrain, be transported 160km west of Cairns to one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, Mt Mulligan Station. A working cattle station rich in Australian and Dreamtime history, you will first be welcomed by the breathtaking 18km sandstone ridge that is Mt Mulligan. Larger than Uluru, its majestic beauty is Mother Nature at her best.
Mined for coal, panned for gold and farmed for cattle, guest experiences include ATV guided tours of the old township, historic cemetery and mine ruins, PLUS a stop at the historical Tyrconnell Mine. Built in 1876, Tyrconnell was the most famous mine at the centre of the Hodgkinson Goldfield.
Mt Mulligan Station is now home to five star, Mt Mulligan Lodge. Here, guests will enjoy lunch at the property plus access to the pool, kayaks, paddleboards and fishing equipment to cast for Australian Barramundi.

 

Two-Day Cairns Adventure

Two-Day Cairns Adventure

More InfoThe tour begins on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway, discovering the living colour and natural beauty of rainforest millions of years old. Enjoy some time exploring Kuranda at your leisure, before boarding Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide just metres above the rainforest canopy descending through the canopy.
On your second day enjoy a spectacular scenic flight with Nautilus Aviation over coral-studded sea to Great Adventures ‘Great Barrier Reef Adventure’ at either Norman or Moore Reef. With approximately 2.5 hours at the Outer Reef with Great Adventures, their spacious activity platform makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water.

 

2 Day Reef & Rainforest Adventure

2 Day Reef & Rainforest Adventure

More InfoDAY 1 – Journey to Kuranda Village on the historical Kuranda Scenic Rail. This spectacular experience traverses the World Heritage listed rainforest of Barron Gorge National Park. The journey takes approximately 1hr 30mins with one stop along the way at the Barron Falls lookout. Once you arrive in Kuranda, explore the village and markets before returning via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
DAY 2 – For an extraordinary day on the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a Fly/Cruise Reef Package combining Quicksilver Cruises ‘Outer Great Barrier Reef’ experience and a Nautilus Aviation helicopter scenic flight departing from Port Douglas and arriving at the Outer Reef on a floating helipad.

 

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

More InfoExperience the sheer size and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and gain a true appreciation of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This flight includes views of beautiful Green Island and Fitzroy Island and on low tide, Vlasoff Sand Cay and Upolu Sand Cay. Sightings of manta rays, turtles and other marine life are not uncommon. If you're flying with us in the winter months, there is even a chance of spotting whales!

 

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute 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 45-minute helicopter flight allows one to see the 'best of both worlds', as it showcases the highlights of heritage rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours

Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours

More InfoTreat yourself to a scenic shore excursion by helicopter when you’re in port in Cairns and see tropical Queensland from the air! With a choice of three helicopter itineraries, you can fly over the Great Barrier Reef to Green Island on a 30-minute flight, see more of the reef on a 40-minute deluxe flight, or combine the reef and rainforest on an hour-long helicopter flight from Cairns.

 

Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flights from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flights from Cairns

More InfoTreat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight when you're in Cairns and see tropical Queensland from the air! With a choice of three helicopter itineraries, you can fly over the Great Barrier Reef, see more of the reef on a 40-minute deluxe flight, or combine the reef and rainforest on an hour-long helicopter flight from Cairns.