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Scenic Heli Flights

Scenic reef and rainforest heli flights
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Scenic Flights  
FROM $287 per adult
Reef Cruise Packages  
FROM $355 per adult
Secluded Cay  
FROM $615 per adult

Scenic Heli Flights Info

NAUTILUS AVIATION

 



REEF CRUISE PACKAGES:

Fly/Cruise (Half Day):

Take to the air for a spectacular 25 minute helicopter flight over the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Sweep over coral gardens and sand cays, and see marine life from high above, before landing on an outer reef helipad where you will be met by Down Under Dive.

Includes:

  • Return Hotel Transfers
  • 25 min flight over Reef  to join Down Under Cruises
  • Board Osprey V, Down Under Dive at Hastings Reef
  • 2 hours at Reef
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Glass Bottom Boat Coral viewing tour
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Cruise back to Cairns with live entertainment and complimentary glass of wine and nibbles

Departures: From Cairns approx 12pm. Returns to the Reef Fleet Terminal at approx 5:00pm

Fly/Fly (Half Day)
This is the perfect solution for those in a hurry or who don't like boats.

Departing from Cairns, take to the skies on a spectacular helicopter journey over the Great Barrier Reef. Sweep over coral gardens and sand cays, and see marine life from high above, before landing on an outer reef helipad at Hastings Reef where you will be met by Down Under Dive. Your return helicopter flight will take a different route.

Includes:

  • Return Hotel Transfers
  • 25 min flight over Reef  to join Down Under Cruises
  • Board Osprey V, Down Under Dive at Hastings Reef
  • 2 hours at Reef
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Glass Bottom Boat Coral viewing tour
  • BBQ Lunch
  • 25 min return flight over different reefs to Cairns

Departures: From Cairns approx 12pm and returns approx 3:30pm

Cruise/Fly (Full Day)

Your day begins with a fast boat cruise to the Great Barrier Reef onboard Osprey by Down Under Dive. Your special day concludes with an exciting scenic helicopter flight over five reef systems and pristine sand cays before arriving back in Cairns.

Includes: 

  • Return hotel transfers
  • Cruise to Reef onboard Osprey V
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Glass Bottom Boat Coral viewing tour
  • 5 hours exploring two stunning reef destinations
  • BBQ lunch
  • 25 min flight over Reef and Sand Cays to Cairns

Departures: Depart Cairns approx: 7.30am. Arrive in Cairns: Approx. 4.00pm

Click here for more info on Osprey V

*Please Note: The glass bottom boat is a free inclusion and runs dependant on weather conditions



 

SCENIC FLIGHTS:

 

20 minute Rainforest Scenic Flight:

Take off over Cairns city and experience the natural beauty of the region’s spectacular heritage listed rainforest.

Sights:

  • Barron Gorge and waterfall
  • Stoney Creek Falls
  • Kuranda Rainforest
  • Palm Cove and beaches
  • *Minimum two passengers

30 minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight:

Enjoy a spectacular view of Cairns city as you take off towards the world’s largest coral reef system. Experience 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

Sights:

  • Green Island
  • Arlington Reef
  • Vlasoff Sand Cay
  • Upolu Sand Cay
  • *Minimum two passengers

45 minute Reef & Rainforest Scenic Flight:

Combining two of the region's most impressive natural beauties, the Reef & Rainforest Scenic Flight showcases the wonders of heritage-listed rainforest and the magnificent Great Barrier Reef in one flight.

 

Sights:

  • Barron Gorge and Stoney Creek Falls
  • Kuranda Rainforest
  • Palm Cove and beaches
  • Vlasoff Sand Cay, Green Island and reefs
  • *Minimum two passengers

60 minute Tropical North Scenic Flight:

This flight encompasses all the natural beauty of the Cairns region in an hour-long scenic adventure.

 

Sights:

  • Barron Gorge and Stoney Creek Falls
  • Kuranda RainforestPalm Cove and beaches
  • Vlasoff Sand Cay, Green Island and reefs
  • *Minimum two passengers

Secluded Sand Cay Picnic

Imagine.... just you, your private helicopter and your footprints on your own secluded island set in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, with just the sound of gentle lapping waves for company. Experience Vlasoff Cay, an isolated coral sand cay with pure white sand surrounded by aqua blue sea and coral gardens.


Includes: 

  • 2 hours on Vlasoff Sand Cay
  • Gourmet picnic with sparkling wine & beer
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Beach umbrella, picnic blanket and cushions
  • Private helicopter transfers over Reef 
  • Return hotel transfers

Departures: On demand, tide and availability dependent

Please Note:

  • Minimum 2 pax
  • In the unlikely event the sand cay is occupied upon arrival, guests will enjoy an extended flight time to be transported to an exclusive beach location. No refund applies.

 

Fantasy Flight - Tropical Rainforest Waterfall - min 2 pax

Soar over Tropical North Queensland's amazing Savannah Lands, to see the green lush rainforest change to the burnt orange of the Outback. Trek north to land beside a cascading waterfall that is only accessible by helicopter. Walk over the volcanic rocks and craters, swim in the serene waters and natural spas, revive with a delicious picnic and bottle of champagne. Feel yourself rejuvenate and refresh your senses in the tranquillity of this amazing uninhabited wilderness.

Includes: 

  • Scenic Helicopter flight over rainforest
  • 2 hours at private waterfall
  • Picnic with sparkling wine

Departures: Depart Cairns: 7.30am. Arrive in Cairns: 11.00am

 

Cafe Indulgence Scenic Flight
Escape to a charming coffee plantation on the tranquil North Queensland Tablelands. Swoop over the Barron Gorge and view the lush rainforest surrounds from a completely new perspective. Soar high over the range before touching down at a local coffee plantation. Take part in an intriguing tour of the plantation before enjoying a taste of what this establishment has to offer. Return to Cairns with a flight over the Atherton Tablelands and Tinaroo Dam.

Includes: 

  • Helicopter flight over Atherton Tablelands and rainforest
  • Coffee Plantation Tour and Morning or Afternoon Tea

Departures: Depart Cairns: 9.00am or 3.30pm. Arrive in Cairns: 11.00am or 5.30pm

 

Indigenous Heli Touring - Spirit of Cooktown
Fly along the Northern Coastline or Reef to Cooktown to meet with Guurrbi Tours. This award-winning tour with Aboriginal Elder, Willie Gordon takes guests to visit his ancestral rock art sites, outside Cooktown, normally inaccessible to the public. Here Willie, shares the stories behind the art... he gives an amazing insight into Aboriginal society and spirituality, and how the lores of his people can apply to us all today.

Return to Cooktown for lunch at the Botanical Gardens and a private tour to the Captain Cook Museum, Art Gallery, Chinese Cemetery and Grassy Hill Lookout.

Reboard your helicopter to fly over the Annan River to The Lion’s Den Hotel, an Aussie outback pub with a wood & iron construction, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitors signatures.

Includes: 

  • Private Helicopter charter
  • Guurrbi Rock Art Tour
  • Lunch at Botanic Gardens
  • Tour of Cooktown incl museum and gallery
  • Lions Den Hotel

Departures: Depart Cairns: 7.00am. Arrive in Cairns: Approx. 4.30pm


Heli Dreaming
An insight into North Queensland's intriguing Indigenous aboriginal culture. Start this remarkable day of discovery with an amazing helicopter flight over your choice of the Daintree National Park and cascading Mossman Falls or over the vast Great Barrier Reef, land near Port Douglas to join your 4wd Safari. Meet the Kubirri Warra brothers, as they share their traditional hunting methods on a two hour beach trek, as you search for bush tucker. Continue North to Silky Oaks Lodge for a delicious lunch overlooking the serene river. Travel to Tranquility where the spectacular Niau waterfall awaits, there is time for a swim before we meet with Binna, artist in residence at Janball Aboriginal Gallery. Share in an authentic Aboriginal art experience with the Yuku Yalanji people.

Includes: 

  • Breathtaking helicopter flight over Waterfall or Reef
  • Adventure North 4wd to join Kuku Yalanji Cultural Tours
  • Delicious lunch at Silky Oaks Lodge
  • Rainforest walk and swim at Niau Waterfall
  • Authentic art experience at Janbal Aboriginal Gallery

Departures: Depart Cairns: 6.30am. Arrive in Cairns: Approx. 4.30pm

NB:  Last Minute prices are subject to availability, must be booked at least 48hrs in advance and are valid for travel within 14 days.  Last Minute bookings can only be made online.

 

Please Note: Passenger weight must be advised on booking.

Due to safety reasons, passengers with a weight of more than 110 kg must book two seats with a surcharge of $70 each way for the extra seat.