To get a complete grasp of the sheer magnitude of the Great Barrier Reef, you need to stop swimming with the diverse marine creatures, get out of the water, let your feet leave the pure-white beaches, take to the sky and see the reef from the air!
Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the wonder, romance and silence of a hot air balloon ride and see the reef from the air.
Balloon With Hot Air Port Douglas and Cairns.
Taking off daily from Cairns to Port Douglas, come fly with them, the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere. It’s just like a balloon festival every day so book today for memories to last a lifetime. Be amazed at the spectacle of how a hot air balloon inflates and takes shape. Launch at dawn, hop in and take off gently to float over the Atherton Tablelands.
Experience the wonders of flight, every hot air balloon is a different design. Watch for wildlife, hear the sounds of silence and nature below.
Joy Flights/Scenic Flights
Cairns Heli Scenic.
Cairns Heli Scenic departs daily from Cairns City Heliport situated at The Pier Marketplace at the Shangri-la Marina. Flying daily to world famous Green Island and the Great Adventures pontoon. Enjoy a relaxing morning on Green Island exploring the iconic Jewel of the Reef then cruise to the Great Adventures pontoon for an afternoon of snorkeling and coral viewing. Fly back to Cairns over the stunning Great Barrier Reef for fantastic photo opportunities.
Down Under Helicopters
Down Under Helicopters are a small, Cairns based company offering a personal, affordable service and provide a spectacular experience to visitors of the Cairns region. Experience Nature’s finest, try one of their Scenic Helicopter flights over the eighth Wonder of the World – The Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest of the Daintree National Park. Explore ancient rainforest covered mountainsides with waterfalls and valleys only minutes from the centre of Cairns. You’ll view world heritage listed Rainforest, Cairns city and surrounds from the air. The memory of this flight will stay with you forever. Bring your camera for this wonderful experience.
GBR Helicopter Group
Experience that once in a lifetime flight, over the sparkling sapphire blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef, escape to a secluded island paradise for a stay of pure decadence. Soar over the rugged, remote Wet Tropics Rainforest, seeing the vast expanse of untouched rainforest canopy. Indulge in a romantic flight to a Coral Cay for breakfast and that special occasion. GBR Helicopter Group is more than just a flight, it’s an experience.
Long Range Air Tours
If you really want to see more of the Great Barrier Reef, a short scenic flight just wont do. Join a long range air tour. You’ll see more islands, more scenery, stay in more fine hotels, and have the experience of a lifetime!
Air Adventure Australia.
Air Adventure Australia boasts over 30 years’ experience combining luxury aviation services with Australia’s most dramatic, colourful and unique locations.
Flying out of Melbourne, Air Adventure Australia, on their “Islands in the Sun” 12 day tour, will fly you through Queensland’s vast outback where you’ll experience locations such as Longreach and Undara. From there you’ll fly to the coast, where your island hopping adventure begins. Dunk Island, Family Islands, Hinchinbrook Island, Port Hinchinbrook, Lindeman Island, Fraser Island. Soaking up the sun, seeing the reef up close and from the air, experiencing the adventure of a lifetime.