Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

4.8 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Air Tours Australia

Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Activity provider: Air Tours Australia
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From US$ 127.57 per person

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Glide over the Great Barrier Reef on a 40-minute flight from Cairns with picture-postcard views of Green Island, Arlington Reef, Middle Cay, and more, with an informative commentary from the pilot.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Experience the thrill of swooping over the iconic Great Barrier Reef on a flight
  • Fly over Green Island, Arlington Reef, Middle Cay, Oyster Reef, and more
  • Take in views of the coral reef in air-conditioned comfort from a large window
  • Get a better perspective of the grand size and sheer beauty of the reef
  • Keep a look out for marine life and spot humpback whales during July to August
Full description

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.

  • 40-minute flight
  • Pilot
  • Headsets
  • Window seat
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People over 254 lbs (115 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet at Daintree Air Services. Look for the "Daintree Air Services" sign. Free parking is available outside the terminal.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The tour is subject to weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 22 reviews

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The organizer tried very hard to find the few cloud holes to get the sun on the reefs. On land it poured out of pitchers. Nobody can be responsible for the weather. Judy was very very accommodating in picking me up from town as no cab was available, Easter and rain!!!!

April 14, 2022

Very pleasant sightseeing flight with friendly pilots. There were only two of us on board and we were able to stretch our legs towards the other seats. However, the machines are designed for 6 passengers. That would have been very tight. So we had a fantastic flight in clear weather with a gigantic view.

April 2, 2022

Excellent pilot who was interesting and informative. Really enjoyable. Thanks so much

July 27, 2022

Product ID: 411026