Cairns helicopter tours take a birdseye view of the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns helicopter tours take in majestic views from the sky with a Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Find yourself blown away by spectacular views when you join a 30, 45 or even 60-minute Helicopter Flight.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the World’s Natural Wonders, boasting 2900 individual reefs and over 900 islands, making the most breathtaking views. Spanning 2,300 kilometres, these Scenic Flights will undoubtedly put into perspective how big the Great Barrier Reef is!

30 Minute Birds-Eye View of the Reef

By all means, the most commonly offered flight over the Great Barrier Reef! Witness unique shades of blues and greens as you fly over the waters of Green Island and Arlington Reef and Upolu Cay. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled in the hope that you can spot those larger marine species that are swimming around! You may be able to spot Green Sea Turtles, Reef Sharks, Dolphins, as well as Manta Rays. But if you plan your Scenic Flight between July to September, you may even be lucky to spot Humpback Whales on their migration through the Great Barrier Reef.

45 Minute Cairns helicopter tours over the Reef and Rainforest

Don’t miss the opportunity to see where two UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites sit. You will get fantastic views of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of the Queensland Rainforest. This is the oldest living rainforest in the world! The scenery has waterfalls and deep ravines. After your Scenic flight out over the Cairns Great Barrier Reef, you will cross back over the coastline near Palm Cove, but not before flying over Double Island.

Soon we will climb high over the mountain range and into the Barron Gorge National Park. Amid the Rainforest here, you will be able to see the tiny little village of Kuranda. And as we fly past, we will head to the famous Barron Falls, one of Cairns most iconic waterfalls. Your pilot will descend the 250-metre rock face that the falls gush over, indeed an indescribable feeling! If you are lucky enough to join a Scenic Flight during the Wet Season, you will be able to experience the enormity of the falls with the massive amount of water cascading down. A camera-worthy moment indeed!

Also, please keep your eyes peeled for the railway line that the Kuranda Scenic Railway travels along, as you might get a glimpse of the train on its journey. As you scan the treetops, you may even be able to spot the Skyrail Gondolas on their continuous loop up and down the mountainside. Finally, your Scenic flight will follow the Barron River as it winds through the Rainforest, playing host to White Water Rafters in the afternoon. Sooner or later, it is time to touch back at the Cairns Helipad.

60 Minute Cairns helicopter tours spectacular views over the Reef, Rainforest and Waterfalls

On the other hand, do you feel like 45 minutes isn’t enough? Why not extend your flight out and join this 60 Minute Scenic Flight? Not only will you still get the same experience over the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest, but you will also venture further along Lamb Range. Explore more waterfalls at Crystal Cascades and get the chance to skim above the stunning Lake Morris.

With so many options to join a Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef – which one will you choose?

Why not make the most of your flight experience and join a Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Getaway? Imagine landing on the secluded Vlasoff Cay for Lunch and a snorkel before jetting off again on your helicopter!

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The best parts of your Cairns helicopter tours:

  • Bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef
    • Green Island
    • Arlington Reef
    • Double Island
  • Barron River National Park
  • Kuranda Village
  • Barron Falls


  • Check-in at the flight office.
  • Join the safety briefing and don your life jacket.
  • Follow your guide to the Helipad and get ready for lift-off!
  • Enjoy your 30, 45, or 60 Minute Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest.
  • Return back to the helipad.


Included with your Cairns helicopter tours

  • Scenic Flight – Your choice of 30, 45 or 60 Minutes.
  • Head-sets fitted with voice-activated microphones
  • In-flight commentary
  • Modern Fleet of air-conditioned helicopters

*Some hotels are within walking distance of the Heli-pad. Please check at the time of booking.

Optional Extras

Touchdown on Vlasoff Cay!

Upgrade your Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest to include a 20-minute landing on Vlasoff Cay. A perfect option to snap a stunning holiday selfie!

This upgrade can be added on at check-in and you pay for it after your flight. Vlasoff Cay is open to the general public. In the event that there are already guests on it when we fly over, unfortunately we won’t be able to land.

What to bring

What will I need to bring?

  • Sunglasses – Polarized are the best!
  • Your Camera
  • A Bottle of water

You can bring your items in a soft-sided bag that does not exceed 10kg.

How to get there

The check-in office may be a short walk away if you stay near the helipad. You can find the Check-in office at Marina Point, 2 Pier Point Rd.

Important Information

The important stuff you need to know!

  • You will need to provide all passenger names and individual body weights at the time of booking.
  • The maximum weight for a single seat is 130kg. However, if you exceed this, please contact our team to discuss the available options.
  • All flights will require a minimum of 2 people to operate. If you are a single traveller, we can certainly confirm your flight on a standby basis, just until another booking is received for this flight time. For a single traveller, please phone our office on (07) 4037 2700 to discuss.
  • Your seating on the flight will be allocated based on passenger weights and balance of the aircraft.
  • All flights are on a shared basis and are not on a private basis unless machine has been chartered. This product requires a minimum number of passengers to proceed.
  • All prices are based on seat occupation. Children under the age of 3 are classed as Infants, and will travel free of charge. They will be seated on the parents lap and an infant seat belt restraint will be provided. Only 1 Infant per flight is permitted.
  • Flights are subject to Management and/or pilot discretion, weather, air-traffic control and availability. With this in mind, flight paths may be altered to accommodate the above.

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Cairns Helicopter Tours Tours

Fly past Vlasoff Cay - you can add on a beach touchdown to your flight!

30 Minute Scenic Reef Helicopter Flight

Keep your camera ready for the amazing views of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Please chose your preferred date & time. We will reconfirm your booking with you withing 24 hours.


Spot amazing Waterfalls on your Rainforest Scenic Flight

45 Minute Reef and Rainforest helicopter tour

Extend your Reef flight and explore the Barron River National Park. Please chose your preferred date & time. We will reconfirm your booking with you withing 24 hours.


With a modern fleet of air-conditioned helicopters, you can fly over the reef in style!

60 minute Great Barrier Reef helicopter Tour

Extend your Reef flight even further and explore more of the Lamb Range. Please chose your preferred date & time. We will reconfirm your booking with you withing 24 hours.