Scenic flights in Cairns 2021

A handy guide to seeing the great Barrier Reef from above, for less.

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. To really get a feel for its sheer scale, you need to see it from the air.

Flight options from Cairns include quick 30-minute flights with insightful commentary to experiences that combine flying with cruising and snorkelling and last a whole day.

Here are a few of the top options.


Deals on scenic flights in Cairns and over the Great Barrier Reef

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Up to 48% off Australia experiences + an extra 10% off with code

Verified 3 days ago
Available on activities including hot air balloon flights, jet boat rides, scenic flights, whale watching cruises, day tours, painting classes and more. Must purchase 2 or more vouchers. Destinations include Gold Coast, Whitsundays, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 23% off flying experiences plus an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include hot air ballooning, skydiving, helicopter scenic flights. Destinations include Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.
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Extra $10 off Northern Territory activities with code

Available on select dates and activities include sightseeing tours, zoo and wildlife experience, spas, sailings, hot air balloon flights and scenic flights. Minimum spend of $300 required. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 12% off Sydney activities

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select dates until December 2021 on activities including sightseeing cruises, skydives, scenic flights, hot air balloon flights and dining experiences.
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Up to 31% off things to do in the Gold Coast

Available on select dates for activities like driving experiences, hot air balloon flights, helicopter scenic flights, jet skis and jet boat rides, skydives, whale watching cruises and more.
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Up to 38% off things to do in Perth

Available for activities like sightseeing tours, attraction passes, tandem skydives, helicopter scenic flights, kid's soccer trainings and more.
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Up to 23% off Australia flight experiences

Available on select travel dates on hot air balloon flights, scenic flights, aerobatic flights and more. Destinations include Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Byron Bay, Sydney, Whitsundays, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

Who offers scenic flights in the Great Barrier Reef?

  • GSL Aviation: Flies to Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas
  • Daintree Air Services: Flies to Great Barrier Reef and Lizard Island

Our top picks:

Best for price: 30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

Best for price: 30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns from Viator

Highlights:

  • Spend half an hour in the sky for just $160.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of Upolu Cay, Arlington Reef, and False Cape.
  • Swoop over the northern beaches.
  • Count on your own window seat.
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Best for value: Scenic Plane Flight and Green Island Package

Best for value: Scenic Plane Flight and Green Island Package from Experience Oz

Highlights:

  • Soar over the Great Barrier Reef for 40 minutes and cruise to Green Island for $289.
  • Listen to the in-flight commentary as you fly.
  • Land and then board a catamaran to Green Island.
  • Spend four hours on the island exploring and relaxing.
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Best for experience length: Port Douglas and Reef Scenic Flight

Best for experience length: Port Douglas and Reef Scenic Flight from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Spend 1 hour in the air.
  • Listen to the in-flight commentary.
  • See Arlington Island, Upolu Reef, Batt Reef, Tongue Reef, Port Douglas and Palm Cove from above.
  • Relax in your guaranteed window seat.
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Scenic flight companies in Cairns compared

CompanyBook withPriceLocationDurationExtras/Inclusions
GSL AviationRedBalloon$259Cairns Airport60 minutesHotel transfers
Scenic Reef HopperExperience Oz$289Cairns, Great Barrier Reef40 minute flight, plus Green Island cruiseHotel transfers, buffet lunch
Daintree Air Services Viator$160Great Barrier Reef30 minutesHotel transfers

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