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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 Balloon Flight at Sunrise - with Cairns Transfers

Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise - with Cairns Transfers

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 Balloon Flight at Sunrise - no transfers

Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise - no transfers

More InfoFloat effortlessly over one of the most picturesque landscapes in a hot air balloon, a spectacular way to start your day. Firstly, watch as the hot air balloons start to fill, the flashes of flame as hot air rises the giant balloons, now they are ready for boarding. A gentle lift off as the sun rises, the balloons glide 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

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 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 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. 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.

 

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 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.

 

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 Helicopter Tour: The Outback, Undara Lava Tubes, Waterfalls and Great Barrier Reef

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.

 

Helicopter Pub Tour: The Ultimate Day Out!

Helicopter Pub Tour: The Ultimate Day Out!

More InfoExperience the ultimate afternoon out on this three to five hour Helicopter Pub Tour. Arrive in true VIP style at two to four unique Far North Queensland watering holes. Be amazed by stunning birds'-eye views of Barron Gorge, Walshs Pyramid and the Crater Lakes National Park.

 

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.

 

World Heritage Scenic Flight: Daintree, Cape Tribulation & Great Barrier Reef

World Heritage Scenic Flight: Daintree, Cape Tribulation & Great Barrier Reef

More InfoBe spellbound by the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Follow the Great Barrier Reef Highway to Mossman Gorge via cascading waterfalls. Fly over the oldest living rainforest in the world, the Daintree. Follow its mighty river out through the mouth of Cape Tribulation, the only place on earth were two World Heritage areas meet! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef as we return to Cairns.

 

Wonder of the World - Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights

Wonder of the World - Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights

More InfoThe breathtakingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and one of the world's most stunning natural wonders. Take a 30, 45 or 60 minute flight over this spectacular ecosystem and its surrounding landscapes and discover why people travel from all over the world to see it.

 

Lizard Island Helicopter Tour from Cairns Including Snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and Picnic Lunch

Lizard Island Helicopter Tour from Cairns Including Snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and Picnic Lunch

More InfoUntouched, unspoilt and truly memorable. Be treated like a VIP as we fly north over Mossman Gorge and the stunning Daintree National Park, the oldest living rainforest on the planet, towards Cape Tribulation. Leave the land behind as we fly out over the Coral Sea to one of the more spectacular parts of the Great Barrier Reef - Lizard Island. Land just in time for morning tea and refreshments before enjoying the activities the island has to offer. Snorkel the fringing coral reefs, lounge on the pristine beaches or take a hike to one of the Island’s many vantage points. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch before the journey home, where striking aerial views of Mackay, Pullen and Undine Reefs will guide you home.

 

Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel

Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel

More InfoThe Great Barrier is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. It is a once in a lifetime experience for so many people. With that in mind, HeliTours North Queensland offers you the chance to have the Great Barrier Reef all to yourself. Your flight leaves from Cairns Airport and as the shoreline disappears, you are treated to spectacular views of Green Island and Arlington Reef before landing on your own secluded sand cay. Your pilot will set up some sun lounges, provide snorkelling equipment and remain with you while you explore this natural wonder. Refreshments will be waiting for you as you soak up the sun and the tranquillity of Tropical North Queensland. You will return once again over the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns, where you will be transported back to your accommodation.

 

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.

 

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Moore Reef Daily Outer Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Moore Reef Daily Outer Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

More InfoTravel by air-conditioned catamaran from Cairns Marina to our Moore Reef Marine Base on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, which is perfectly positioned and equipped for you to explore this reef that is teeming with colourful coral and fascinating fish.
The 50 metre long Marine Base features a sundeck to relax in the sun & look out over the turquoise waters & is also where the Sunlover Sunslide - the only theme park waterslide on the reef, starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters.
Spend 4 hours exploring the reef by taking advantage of the free inclusions such as unlimited glass bottom boat & semi-submersible tours, an ocean kid's enclosed pool, tropical buffet lunch with prawns, all snorkelling equipment, underwater observatory, marine life touch tank & fish feeding.
For a more in-depth experience optional extras include Introductory or Certified SCUBA, Seawalker Helmet dive, Guided Snorkel Safari, scenic heli flight or stay overnight with Sunlover by Starlight.