Airlie Beach

Reef & Island Scenic Flight - GBR, Hill Inlet & Whitsundays

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From USD 176.68

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef that provides unobstructed views of tropical islands surrounded by turquoise ocean and coral reef. Your pilot-guide shares informative commentary and points out landmarks including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, and Hill Inlet. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Airlie Beach.
  • Whitsundays scenic flight from Airlie Beach
  • Choose from several departures throughout the day
  • See Shute Harbour, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, and Daydream Island among other landmarks
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

What's Included

  • In-flight pilot commentary
  • Guaranteed window seats
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Subject to availability) Contact GSL for more information 07 4946 9097
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 384 Shute Harbour Rd
    384 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

    GSL Whitsundays

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Begin your tour with pickup at your Airlie Beach accommodation before your scheduled flight.

Transfer to Whitsunday Airport to board your small plane for the scenic flight in the high-wing aircraft. All passengers get a window seat and a safety briefing before your pilot soar up over the island and turns toward Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Your pilot makes two passes over Australia's most famous beach before passing over Heart Reef and Hardy Reef on the way out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Sights include Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, Hook Reef, Hayman Island, Hook Island, and Daydream Island. Your tour ends with return to Airlie Beach and transfer back to your accommodation.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers (Ages 3+)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Weight restrictions apply on all flights. 125kg max per passenger.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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491 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Ray Spotting
David_P, Mar 2023
Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the expense. More pleasurable for not using the ships booking system.. The low flying was particularly good.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thanks for joining us!
Communication for pickup...
Liz_F, Jan 2023
Communication for pickup was good. They picked us up right outside our hotel so that was convenient. The pilot was very informative and it was a nice ride.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed your tour and overall experience with us - very cool!
Pedro_M, Jan 2023
Fantastic flight over the great barrier reef including the heart reef. Our pilot was great. Amazing!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
It's an incredible part of the world, isn't it!? Glad you enjoyed it with us - and thanks for the review.
Awesome experience
Mio_G, Dec 2022
Such amazing experience! From the Shuttle service until the end of the tour, everything is awesome. The service, cool staff, and the experience itself. Something really to tick off a bucket list!
Fantastic view of The Whitsundays and The Barrier Reef
Clive_M, Nov 2022
We booked this trip as it was on our bucket list to see the Barrier Reef. This did not disappoint. Although the flight was late GSL kept us up to date and even promised to return us to our Cruise Ship tender boat ( which they did ). The flight briefing and instructions were comprehensive and we were advised that it may get a bit bumpy over the hills. Once over the hills we had a fantastic view of the Islands, Hamilton, Whitehaven beach, amongst others. We even saw our cruise ship in the waters below. The next part of the trip was absolutely breathtaking as we approached and then flew over the coral reef. Our pilot was really informative and offered to take pictures of us after the flight. GSL Aviation were very organized as were Viator with excellent communication throughout and the extra thanks to the Minibus driver who could have dropped us in town but took us back to our tender with minutes to spare.
Experience of a lifetime!
kavitha_p, Nov 2022
The pilot Joe was very welcoming and gave clear instructions. He brought a lot of fun by his jokes and made us laugh. The commentary was very clear and accurate. He showed us the most important landmarks including the Heart of the Reef.
Great views of the Whitsunday isles
Gary_M, Nov 2022
Great experience, the Whitsunday islands are stunning and the Great Barrier Reef was a real treat. Recommended.
Excellent trip, great staff
Nigel_A, Nov 2022
Staff were really helpful and went out of their way to get us back to the port in time for departure. The flight was smooth and provided a really memorable view of the reef and islands usually only seen in nature documentaries
Excellent operator
Patricia_D, Oct 2022
Superb company who are very accommodating and actually picked us up from the airport to enable us to do the trip when our flight to Queensland was unfortunately delayed. Very impressive service. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Great Barrier Reef from the air and it was the trip of a lifetime.
Do it
Brooke_B, Oct 2022
Wow, what an experience!! One of the best ways to see the Great Barrier Reef. Would highly recommend
Thomas_D, Sept 2022
I highly recommend this flight, it is a very smooth flight with spectacular views over land and sea, with the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, including Heart Reef. BE AWARE THOUGH, there is a 45 minute bus ride to the Whitsunday Coast Airport which is not stated anywhere.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thank you so much for your review and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for choosing GSL and we are looking forward to welcoming you again soon :)
Fun Flight
Jason_C, Aug 2022
We had a great time. The views were breathtaking. We booked the flight last minute, but was able to get seats. The check in process was quick and easy, and the pilot was knowledgable and skilful.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thank you for the 5-star review Jason :) The view of the Whitsundays from the air never gets old! We look forward to seeing you next time.
Amazing views.
Elmira_A, Aug 2022
It was a surprise flight for our wedding anniversary. We enjoyed it very much. We explored Great Barrier Reef from air and spotted quite a few whales. The crew was knowledgeable and the whole experience was fun!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you so much for your five star review! We really appreciate it and are so pleased that you had a fantastic time with us! How exciting that you also got to see whales from the air in the Whitsundays! We hope to see you again!
I would love to go again
Tam_L, July 2022
It was a rainy day but the reef and whitsunday island were just as beautiful. Pilot was knowledge and showed us the best. We even saw a breaching whale far below. Just magical.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you so much for your five star review! It's too bad the weather wasn't ideal, but we're happy to hear you still had a fantastic time with us! How exciting that you also got to see a whale from the air in the Whitsundays! We hope to see you again!
Awesome experience
Glenn_D, July 2022
Our pilot was Awesome, the view was unbelievable, just wish it was a little longer. Highly recommend this as a must do, you will not regret it!
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you so much for your five star review! We really appreciate it and are so pleased that you had a fantastic time with us in The Whitsundays! We hope to see you again!
Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef
David_C, June 2022
A brilliant experience - highly recommended…! Seeing the Islands and Great Barrier Reef from the plane was amazing.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you so much for your five-star review. That's just fantastic to hear and we are happy you got the chance to experience the Whitsundays with us! It's a truly unique region.
perfect flight
Timothy_T, June 2022
The pilot was incredible - the smoothest flight I've ever taken! Also the smoothest landing. Great experience all around, even for a nervous flyer. Perfect.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your flight! We hope to see you again! Thank you for choosing GSL
A must do!!
yvonnekay, June 2022
The views from the plane were awesome..mind-blowing! Perfect day, calm.... Seeing the different colours of the reef. Highlight.... So happy and excited to see the heart reef! No regrets... The pilot was professional, warm and friendly.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a positive review. We would love to see you again! Thank you for choosing GSL.
Breathtaking views of the reef
Gaurav_N, Apr 2022
The scenic flight was a very great experience. Breathtaking views of the Whitsundays and great barrier Reef. We had our pick up organised from Airlie beach. Each seat was a window seat and the pilot ensured the heart reef was shown to both sides. Excellent trip and would definitely recommend.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for such a great review. We are so happy you had an incredible time. We hope you got to take lots of great photos to show off. Thank you for choosing GSL.
Magic experience
msfiggs, Mar 2022
Very professional team,good senic flight and experienced pilot,also taking care with us to make sure we get the photos.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for your review! Hope you got to capture lots of great photos. Thank you for choosing GSL to be part of your trip.