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Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Take in the full spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef from the sky during a scenic flight from Cairns. Onboard a fixed-wing plane, see up to 140 kilometers of the Outer Barrier as well as many inner islands, reefs, and sand isles. Within 10 minutes of departing Cairns, the real adventure begins, as you get wonderful photo opportunities over Green Island, Oyster Reef, Vlasoff Cay, Upolo Reef, Pixie Reef, and Arlington Reef. Sit back in air-conditioned comfort as you glide through the sky. Take in the spectacular hues of green and blue from your window seat while listening to the pilot's informative commentary about the sights below. Get a chance to spot marine life with manta rays, green turtles, dugongs, sharks, and, if in season, whales, in clear view from the aircraft. Once your journey comes to an end, fly right back to Cairns.

Inner Reef Explorer 30 minute scenic flight

Inner Reef Explorer 30 minute scenic flight

One of the most popular helicopter rides in Cairns, this 30-minute scenic helicopter flight departs Cairns airport, showcasing views of the city of Cairns and Trinity inlet, and passing False Cape where you can see the remnants of WWII defences, Mt Yarrabah, Mission Bay and Cape Grafton. From there we strike out to the inner edge of the Reef and Green Island, a 6,000 year-old coral sand island that boasts its own native rainforest eco-system. Tracking to the north, your scenic Cairns helicopter tour will explore the western side of Arlington Reef, home to a diverse range of marine creatures – turtles, sharks and sting rays. Continuing north we’ll circle Vlasoff Cay, a tiny sand island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef that reduces to only a few square metres in size at high tide. From Vlasoff Cay we head west, over Upolu Cay and back to Cairns taking in fantastic views of the North Queensland coastline framed by the lush rainforest-covered eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range.

Reef Rainforest Fusion 45 minute scenic flight

Reef Rainforest Fusion 45 minute scenic flight

This flight offers real ‘bang for your buck’ in spectacular fashion. Savour our beautiful Inner Reef as Green Island, Arlington Reef and iconic Vlasoff Cay sweep below. Then fly the coast - Double Island and Palm Cove herald a climb to 2,500ft over the Range with crystal clear views of Kuranda, Barron Falls to Stoney Creek with the Reef shining in the distance on your return. At Zoom Helicopters, safety and comfort stand central in everything we do. Combined with stunning scenery over the reef and rainforest, this ensures that all our flights contribute to your unforgettable holiday adventure. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a photographer, or simply seeking a memorable encounter with the natural beauty that surrounds Cairns, this activity is a must-do.

Reef Rainforest Duo 60 minute scenic flight

Reef Rainforest Duo 60 minute scenic flight

Combine the best of our two World Heritage Listed environments in a single experience. Book the Reef and Rainforest Cairns helicopter tour and enjoy the ultimate highlight reel! Tracking out toward Green Island we pass Cape Grafton, Mission Bay, False Cape and Mt Yarrabah. Passing Green Island, we continue our journey to the north across Arlington Reef, one of the largest reefs in the Marine Park and on to stunning Vlasoff sand cay. Book on the day or let your pilot know during your scenic flight if you’d like to land, get your feet wet and sandy and capture the ultimate Instagram shot out in the middle of the Reef. Departing Vlasoff Cay we’ll track over Upolu Cay and head west. Crossing the coast you’ll have panoramic views over the northern beaches, Palm Cove and Double Island as we soar over the Great Dividing Range to the rainforest village of Kuranda and the amazing Barron falls cascading 850 feet down into the Barron Gorge below. From there we’ll track to the south on passing the Redlynch Valley, Crystal Cascades and finally descending over Lake Morris with views over Cairns City from 2,000 feet as we make our way back to the airport.

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