Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights take in the views

  • 40 Minute Scenic Flight
  • See up to 140 km of the Outer Barrier as well as many inner islands, reefs, and sand cays.

A Great Barrier Reef scenic flight is an excellent way to see different aspects of the Reef!

Taking off from Cairns, this flight includes a window seat for all clients. Make sure you bring your camera as there are fantastic opportunities for photos.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef stretches along the eastern coast of Queensland.  From Bundaberg in the South to the Northern Tip of Cape York. Over 2900 individual coral reefs, over 900 islands, and sand cays.

This 40-minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Reef Flight is the perfect way to appreciate the immensity of the Great Barrier Reef.

During your flight in a fixed-wing aircraft, you will see over 50 kilometres of the Outer Barrier and many inner islands, reefs and sand cays, including Green Island, Arlington Reef, and Outer Reef, Vlasoff Cay, Michaelmas Cay and more.

The beauty of this Scenic Reef Flight is that it is one of the fastest in transit out to the Reef (only taking approx 4-5 mins to arrive at the Outer Reef), which means you get more time to take in the scenery of the Great Barrier Reef.

Spotting Marine Life

While you are flying, One of the highlights of Cairns’s scenic flights is flying above the Reef is spotting the marine life below.  Have your camera ready on the lookout for dugongs, sharks, whales, manta rays and green sea turtles.

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Spectacular scenic views – everyone gets a window seat!

  • Green Island
  • Arlington Reef
  • Michaelmas Cay
  • Double Island
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Vlasoff Cay
  • Upolu Cay



  • 40-minute scenic Reef flight
  • Taxes
  • Marine park fees and standard aviation public liability
  • All passengers have a window seat to make the most of your scenic reef flight

Optional Extras

Return transfers are subject to availability at $20 per person round-trip, this can be booked afterwards.

What to bring

Sunglasses, camera and a bottle of water

How to get there

Please arrive 30 minutes before the selected departure time. Daintree Air is located at Tom McDonald Dr, Aeroglen QLD 4870

Important Information

  • Infants under 2 years old are free of charge ( sitting on parent’s laps )
  • Maximum Body Weight 115 kg
  • Minimum numbers are required to depart, if minimum numbers are not met, then you can be rebooked to another flight, or you can choose to receive a refund.



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