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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

  • Guaranteed window seats for stunning aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Live on-board commentary ensures you don’t miss anything
  • Multiple departures throughout the day: choose a time that suits you
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
The Whitsunday Islands, comprising 74 islands fringed by gorgeous beaches and located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, are Queensland’s quintessential tropical paradise. On this tour, experience the breadth and beauty of the islands, and incredible views of the reef, from above on a 1-hour scenic flight.
What to Expect

Begin your adventure with pickup from your Airlie Beach hotel and a short transfer to Whitsunday Airport. Arrive early for the flight briefing and to meet your pilot, then take your guaranteed window seat inside the high-wing aircraft and prepare for takeoff.

Once airborne, soar over the Coral Sea, gazing out over the reefs, islands, and cays that make up the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef. Listen as your pilot points out memorable landmarks such as Hill Inlet, Heart Reef, and Whitehaven Beach, one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. From your lofty vantage point, you will have a dramatic bird’s-eye view as you glide over Daydream Island and swoop low over Shute Harbour.

On the 1-hour flight, fly over the entire expanse of the Whitsunday Islands, including Hook Island, Hayman Island, Hamilton Island, and Whitsunday Island, as well as Hook Reef and Hardy Reef.

When you touch down back at Whitsunday Airport, a driver awaits to take your back to your Airlie Beach hotel.

Reviews (74)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recently took my 30 yr old disabled son as well as my elderly (80’s) parents on a scenic flight over the reef, it was amazing but even more so were the staff at GSL. They were professional, friendly and very helpful and understanding of...More

Thank gregbuck1966
D Y, Manager at GSL Aviation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello gregbuck1966, Thank you for an amazing review. We're glad you had an amazing time and thank you for providing such positive feedback on our GSL staff members. We greatly appreciate your feedback as we are always striving to be provide the best customer service....More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Breathtakingly Beautiful!

WOW! What an amazing experience this was to go on a helicopter tour of the Whitsundays! I was very anxious about flying in a helicopter however the professional staff made me feel at ease and our pilot was professional and friendly. The scenery was incredibly,...More

Thank rebekahbuckley
D Y, Manager at GSL Aviation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello rebekahbuckley, Wow, what a lovely recommendation! We are extremely pleased to hear you concurred your fear of flying in a helicopter because as you said, the scenery in the Whitsundays is just too incredible! It's really nice to hear we could be part of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brilliant Experience

Picked up from Hotel by GSL bus on time. Flight was excellent views of Reef were a once in a lifetime experience. Would recommend to all who visits Whitsundays. Special thanks to our pilot Mark for great commentary. Also thanks to our bus driver, Kevin,...More

Thank Brian K
D Y, Manager at GSL Aviation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Brian K, Wow, what a fantastic review! Thank you so much for the recommendation. It's so great to hear you had a once in a lifetime experience with GSL Aviation! We love sharing the beautiful scenery. We will be sure to let Mark and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
AMAZING !!!!!!

This trip was absolutely fantastic, the view of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet and surrounding islands were just breathtaking. The team at GSL Aviation were amazing,everyone from the office staff, to the transport driver and the pilots were very friendly, and...More

Thank carolJ9518XB
D Y, Manager at GSL Aviation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi carolJ9518XB, Thank you for your amazing feedback! We are always striving to provide quality service so we are pleased to hear you had a fantastic time with us. Thank you for choosing GSL and we hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, GSL...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic 1 hour flight

Picked up in Airlie Beach .. driven to airport in comfortable van. Good briefing in both English and Chinese. Modern 8 seater plane with headset and commentary from the pilot. Great one hour flight across to Hamilton Island, Whitehaven beach, across to the Great Barrier...More

Thank rdella
D Y, Manager at GSL Aviation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi rdella, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us an amazing review. We're pleased to hear you had a great experience with us. The Great Barrier Reef definitely is an amazing sight! Hope you got to take lots of photographs. Thank...More

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karen c
9 October 2018|
Response from carolJ9518XB | Reviewed this property |
HI Karen, GSL Aviation will pick you up from the ferry terminal at Port of Airlie, you can arrange this when you book your scenic flights. :)
21 September 2018|
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Response from Chantal B | Reviewed this property |
The scenic flight I purchased is one hour