Airlie Beach: Great Barrier Reef & Islands Helicopter Flight

Activity provider: GSL Aviation

Airlie Beach: Great Barrier Reef & Islands Helicopter Flight

Activity provider: GSL Aviation

From US$ 420.47 per person

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays from the air on an unforgettable helicopter ride. View one of the seven natural wonders of the world from your guaranteed window seat.

About this activity

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 3 participants


  • Fly over the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands in a helicopter
  • See the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach from above
  • Benefit from personal and informative commentary from your expert pilot
  • Enjoy a guaranteed window seat
Full description
Get unforgettable views of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands with a modern helicopter ride. Take a 1-hour scenic flight with guaranteed window seating and in-flight pilot commentary. Enjoy aerial views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands off the north coast of Queensland. Fly above the islands for stunning views of landmarks such as Shute Harbour, Molle Islands, Long Island, Dent Island, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Hill Inlet, and Hardy Reef. Gain not 1m but 2 passes over Whitehaven Beach, and a bird's-eye view of the famous Heart Reef, nestled amongst the coral reef's bright colors. Then, return to the mainland and land at Whitsunday Airport, where a complimentary shuttle bus transfer can take you back to your hotel or other location in Airlie Beach.
  • 1-hour flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands
  • Guaranteed window seats
  • In-flight pilot commentary
  • Complimentary courtesy bus transfers between Airlie Beach and meeting point
    Not suitable for
    • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • As well as an individual weight limit of 120 kilograms, all flights are also subject to a total all-up weight limit
    • All flights are subject to pilot discretion, weather, aircraft availability, and air traffic control
    • In the event that the local partner cancels/postpones any flight(s) due to adverse weather conditions, they will attempt to reschedule your flight or a full refund will be given
    • The local partner will endeavor to achieve on-time performance, although accept no responsibility for missing flights or tour connections arising from operational delays
    • Flight time listed is approximate and may vary depending on aircraft type
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 5 reviews

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    This was an amazing experience. A helicopter flight will give you the best view possible of the reef, I highly recommend it if your budget allows. It's more costly than other things but totally worth it, I'd do it all over again! The helicopter pilot (can't recall his name) was a good bloke and definitely made the experience great.

    March 23, 2023

    This was a fantastic experience! Everything went smoothly and to plan, from initial booking to the actual helicopter flight. The pilot, Nicholas, was really friendly and interesting, generally chatting to us, as well as giving us relevant information and answering questions about what we were seeing. The flight itself was amazing and we saw the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the beautiful swirls and turquoise/blue patterns of the sea. We marvelled at the extensive Great Barrier Reef below us, then arrived at the heart-shaped reef, circling it several times and were able to get wonderful photos of everything. This is definitely a trip for the bucket list and not to be missed!

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    March 23, 2023

    È stata una bellissima esperienza volare sulle isole e sulla grande barriera corallina. Il nostro pilota Edward ci ha fornito tutte le informazioni sui luoghi che stavamo sorvolando ed ha fatto in modo che vedessimo bene le isole, le spiagge e la magnifica barriera corallina. Siamo rimasti entusiasti e con gli occhi pieni di meraviglia

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    March 23, 2023

    Product ID: 109963