Cairns & the Tropical North

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

Cairns City, Australia

From USD 344.01

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Flight time: 45 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy the best of both worlds on this exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight, crossing both land and sea. Swoop over the lush rainforest and thundering waterfalls of the Barron Gorge, then admire the vast reefs and aquamarine waters of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Spot landmarks like Stoney Creek Falls, Green Island and Arlington Reef, and snap aerial photos of the Northern Beaches and Palm Cove. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Cairns.
  • Amazing 45-minute helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest
  • Aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Informative commentary during flight

What's Included

  • 45-minute helicopter flight
  • Informative commentary during the flight
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick up and drop off from Cairns and Northern 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

Barron Gorge National Park (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 addition 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-commissonable 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)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Minimum of 2 people required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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
The flight was amazing. We booked last minute and the amazing team was able to book us in without any issues. I highly recommend this experience
17 reviews
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Must do experience
Rebecca_S, Jan 2023
Such a wonderful experience. Staff were very professional from the team in the office to the pilot. Beautiful views
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for this lovely feedback Rebecca, I will be sure to pass it on to the team, as they certainly do try to make everyone's experience special. Kind regards Kel
Highly recommended
Gustavo_T, July 2022
The flight was amazing. We booked last minute and the amazing team was able to book us in without any issues. I highly recommend this experience
Cairns Helicopter-Tour
richard_a, Nov 2021
Heli-tour was great! Punctual, safely organised and delivered exactly what was advertised. Would have preferred a larger Bell or Airbus chopper but understand the economics. Definitely recommended.
Absolute Must!
nabilf2013, Jan 2019
Snorkeling/scuba at the Great Barrier Reef gets you up close and personal, but it's not until you see it from above that you can really appreciate the sheer grandeur of this World Heritage Site. Our pilot was wonderful, providing both a smooth ride and interesting facts about the reef. Due to inclement weather, our original appointment was canceled, but the company still provided us with a complimentary airport pickup as originally planned and took us to our hotel. When we reschedued, the weather still wasn't ideal, so we were not able to overlook the rainforest, just the GBR. Again with the great customer service, the company said they had already contacted Viator so that we could be refunded for that portion of the activity. Hoping that Viator process the partial refund without us having to jump through hoops :)
From the get-go my wife Kim and I...
Kelvin John B, Apr 2014
From the get-go my wife Kim and I were made to feel like part of the family. The tour company is a very Professional team of people with state of the art, up to date aircraft. Component management and skilled pilots make this company a pleasure to fly with. Since our return home, we have recommended this tour company to a number of our friends. Thank you for our spectacular memories of our recent holiday. Kel and Kim Burke, April 2014.
fantastic picked up from hotel on time...
Andrew W, July 2012
fantastic picked up from hotel on time and the scenery was just to die for highly recommend
A great experience. This is the only...
Joseph S, Apr 2009
A great experience. This is the only way to see both the Australian rainforest and the barrier reef. It's more expensive than the Karunda skylift rail experience but worth it.