Cairns & the Tropical North

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia

From USD 275.07

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Flight time: 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy unforgettable views of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as you fly over the UNESCO-listed natural wonder in a helicopter. Experience the magnitude of the vast reef as you float overhead on a 25-minute flight, spotting landmarks like Green Island and Upolo Cay and swooping low enough to see coral clusters and schools of tropical fish and rays. This tour includes pick-up from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels.
  • Stunning 30-minute sightseeing flight by helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Aerial views of the reef's colorful corals and marine life
  • Unforgettable aerial photo opportunities of the reef and islands
  • Informative commentary during the flight

What's Included

  • Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Informative commentary during the flight
  • Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns & Beaches hotels

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 2 Pier Point Rd
    2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 4/1/2015 - 3/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Nautilus Aviation

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Green Island (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 130 kg
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an additional fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissionable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers permitted per helicopter (subject to aircraft availability)
  • Infants 2 years and under travel free of charge when seated in the lap of a guardian
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply – please contact Reservations.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Tour and aircraft substitutions are subject to Management and/or pilot discretion, weather, air traffic control and availability
  • Refunds: Cancellation notice of 48 hours is required for a full refund claim and 24 -48 hours, for a 50% refund claim. No refund applies if booking is cancelled inside 24 hours.
  • 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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Featured review
Absolutely wonderful very professional and knowledgeable would go again in a heartbeat the views were just great
24 reviews
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The helicopter trip was...
Michaela_M, Dec 2022
The helicopter trip was amazing, the whole experience was very well orgnaised all staff members were helpful and pleasent including the helicopter driver.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you Michael fir your lovely review, I appreciate that you took the time you took to write it, and I am thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. Kind regards Kel
So expensive but worth every penny.
broxterwoman, Nov 2022
The view was amazing and we loved riding in a helicopter. It was nice to have headsets and microphones to communicate with each other and listen to the airport and pilot conversations.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your review, I am thrilled to hear that you loved the trip and we hope to welcome you back to fly with us again some day soon.
Great experience with an excellent pilot
Aijuan_W, Oct 2022
Really liked the pilot who explained the scenery when flying over various places. The weather was great too.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, we really do appreciate it. We are incredibly lucky to have such passionate Pilots on our team as it really does elevate the experience for our guests. We hope to welcome you back again some day soon. Kel
Awesome experience
Brad_M, June 2022
Excellent service and communication. Pilot was really engaging and had excellent knowledge of the history of the reef
Just fab
Neil_M, July 2021
Absolutely wonderful very professional and knowledgeable would go again in a heartbeat the views were just great
A first class outstanding tour with...
MR. J.T.ENGLISH E, Jan 2016
A first class outstanding tour with a company who deserve to be commended not only for the high quality of the service they provide but for also going out of their way, at their own expense, to make the experience unforgettable for their clients. I cannot praise them enough. The helicopter ride was breath- taking with spectacular views and the highlight of our Great Barrier Reef cruise. We were picked up from our cruise ship by taxi, the whole trip was clearly explained and throughout the ride we were able to request closer views, ask questions etc. Wonderful! Whilst waiting to board we asked the receptionist if she could possibly book a taxi to pick us up after the ride as we wanted to go to Kuranda Village. She suggested that it would be far better to go by cable car than road. We explained that that was what we had dearly wanted to do but were unable to due to time restrictions. When we went back to the hanger after our helicopter ride one of the staff was given the keys to a car and told to take us straight to Freshwater stationdeparture point for cable car where we had been booked onto the 11.00 am cable car, which meant we had sufficient time to do the 'round trip' The receptionist had gone to the trouble of sorting it all out for us. The company also refused to charge us for the 15 minute taxi ride to the cable car station . Talk about going the extra mile. Thank you so much. It was truly appreciated
Unfortunately rain into some weather...
Zack, Sept 2011
Unfortunately rain into some weather problems but the staff was very accommodating and was able to get me on another heli at a later date before leaving the Carins area. Even though I was unable to fly over the reef, I was still given a private flight over the rain forest and treated like a VIP.
La Barriera Corallina dall'elicottero
Aldo_V, Mar 2023
Staff molto professionale, gentile e rapido nelle risposte per ottimizzare la partenza. Il panorama della Barriera Corallina dall'alto e' davvero meraviglioso!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Siamo entusiasti di sapere che hai amato il tuo volo panoramico con noi sulla Grande Barriera Corallina, è davvero il modo più spettacolare per assistere alla più grande barriera corallina sulla Terra. Grazie per aver dedicato del tempo a lasciare questa recensione, lo apprezziamo davvero.
A ne pas louper
Vronique_D, June 2022
A faire sans hésitation C est magnifique. De plus le personnel de Nautilus sont très pros et très accueillants