WOW Great Barrier Reef - 45mins
The Great Barrier Reef is a wonder of the world and the best way to truly appreciate its size, scale and beauty is to take a helicopter flight with Helitours North Queensland. This 45 minute scenic flight will create memories to last a lifetime. Highlights include: Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Outer Great Barrier Reef, Oyster Reef, Upolo Cay and Cairns. This trip departs Cairns. Return transfers available from Port Douglas: $70 per person.
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Taking off from Cairns we head south-west over Trinity Inlet and the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah, to fly over Fitzroy Island. Fitzroy is 30km from Cairns and is largely protected as a national park. The island itself is 339 hectares, with some towering mountain peaks. Its vegetation is mixture of coastal mangroves and open woodlands. The island is a popular day tour destination and also has a resort.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to over 70 sand cays and tropical islands. Green Island is the only one to have rainforest growing on it. Located 27km from Cairns, Green Island has attracted tourists since the 1950s. Indeed, this is where the world’s first glass bottom boat was built. Surrounded by fringing reefs and seagrass beds, Green Island looks like a tropical paradise when seen from above.
Outer Great Barrier Reef & Oyster Reef
We continue our Great Barrier Reef adventure, heading out over the Outer Great Barrier Reef. From above, you truly appreciate the size and scale of the mighty Great Barrier and its over 2,700 individual reef systems. With clear blue waters, you can often see all the way to the sea floor, which can be as close as 18m beneath the surface. We fly over Arlington Reef and Oyster Reef, both popular day tour destinations.
Sand cays can be remote and isolated, not to mention beautiful. Upolo Cay has been naturally formed and is a relatively ‘new’ sand cay system, which is sometimes completely submerged by the Coral Sea, pending the time of day and year. From above, Upolo Cay is a streak of white, a bright beacon amongst the surrounding azure waters.
We track our return journey to Cairns, to maximise your low level flying experience of the Great Barrier Reef. This scenic helicopter flight is a ‘must do’ in your itinerary. Don’t forget to bring the camera.
In Flight Audio Tour
Each guest is provided with a headset, enabling easy communication between themselves and the pilot. Your pilot and guide knows this region well and will share stories on the major landmarks throughout your journey.