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Nautilus Aviation Reef Scenic Flight
Scenic Helicopter Flights

30, 45 & 60 Minute Scenic Flights Cairns

CAIRNS & GREAT BARRIER REEF HELICOPTER SCENIC FLIGHTS

DEPARTING CAIRNS

SEE CAIRNS & THE REEF FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE

Only from the air can you truly appreciate the beauty, variety and sheer scale of the stunning natural landscapes that comprise the Cairns and Port Douglas region. 

This is  the only place on earth where two UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites exist side by side, being Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropical Rainforest. 

Witness a vast panorama of sprawling coral reefs, tropical islands and sand cays merging seamlessly into lush rainforest covered mountains housing vast river systems and spectacular seasonal waterfalls with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.

30 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT – GREAT BARRIER REEF

A scenic helicopter flight over the reef is an opportunity not to be missed! You will be amazed by the stunning blue and green hues of these pristine coral sea waters and their thriving coral gardens. This flight includes incredible photo opportunities of picturesque Green Island, Arlington Reef and Upolu Sand Cay. 

Many of the larger marine species can be most easily spotted from the air.  Inflight sightings have included Sea Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Dugong and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul-Sep) during their annual migration from Antarctica, stopping by briefly to give birth and raise their calves in our warm tropical waters.    

45 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT – REEF & RAINFOREST

Our most popular scenic flight combining the beauty of our 30 minute reef scenic with a birds eye view of the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on earth. 

Commencing over the reef, we then cross back over the coast near double island and the resort township of Palm Cove before ascending the coastal rainforest clad mountains into the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. 

Emerging from the canopy below you will see the Barron River and quaint rainforest village of Kuranda. Keep an eye out for the tracks of the historical Kuranda Scenic Rail and the gondolas of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.  From the top of the gorge we descend over the 250m rock face of the mighty Barron Falls which, while impressive year round, provides an awe-inspiring photo opportunity after heavy green-season rain (Dec-Apr). 

We follow the Barron River for the next 5km as it snakes its way back down the gorge towards the ocean, providing hydro electricity to the city of Cairns and thrills for rafters riding on it’s rapids.  

60 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT – REEF & RAINFOREST

Our most comprehensive scenic flight, combining all the highlights of the 45 minute Reef & Rainforest flight with a further 15 minute extension along the rainforest covered escarpment of the Lamb Range including Crystal Cascades and beautiful Lake Morris.    

ADD A VLASOFF SAND CAY TOUCHDOWN!

Upgrade your 30, 45 or 60 minute scenic flight to include a 20 minute touchdown on idyllic Vlasoff Cay. Enjoy an exhilarating landing and insta-worthy photo opportunity with your private charter helicopter in the very heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Subject to tides and cay availability. Payment direct on the day only. 

Also see our signature Vlasoff Cay experience including 2 hours on the cay plus use of snorkelling equipment and gourmet picnic hamper.  

Helicopter Flights, Charters & Tours
Helicopter Flights, Charters & Tours
Scenic Helicopter Flights

Please note: actual flight path may differ on the day due to adverse weather conditions and/or air traffic control.    

SCENIC FLIGHT OPTIONS

30 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT – REEF

Depart Cairns: on demand

All tickets $399pp (minimum 2 passengers)

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45 MINUTE SCENIC FLIGHT – REEF & RAINFOREST

Depart Cairns: on demand

All tickets $499pp (minimum 2 passengers)

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60 MIN SCENIC FLIGHT – REEF & RAINFOREST

Depart Cairns: on demand

All tickets $699pp (minimum 2 passengers)

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ADD A VLASOFF SAND CAY TOUCHDOWN!

In-flight upgrade only. Available on 30, 45 and 60 minute flights.
Payable direct on the day if sand cay landing possible

All tickets $80pp

INCLUSIONS

  • Choice of 30, 45 or 60 minute scenic flight
  • Headsets fitted with voice activated microphones
  • Entertaining inflight commentary from your experienced local pilot  
  • A modern fleet of air-conditioned helicopters
  • Return transfers to/from Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodation

WHAT TO BRING

  • Camera – polarising filter for best results
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Personal items should not exceed 10kg and be carried in a small soft sided bag for easy stowage

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