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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

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This signature scenic flight includes an amazing view of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Included is the iconic Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Your pilot/guide will show you this stunning region, pointing out notable landmarks, as well as explain important moments in history. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • 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
  • Hassle-free: hotel pickup and round-trip transfers from Airlie Beach 
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.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great activity. Pick up was easy, information clear and all staff super friendly. Jenny (lady driver & host) was so good to everyone. She made the trip much more personable. The pilot was very professional and polite. Great group size, didn’t feel like a farm...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Candicewilson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day trip well worth the time to go. Fantastic views from the plane of the reef and islands. Definitely a must do if in Airlie beach. Thanks to our tour guide Dylan and pilot Joel for a great day.

Thank Bill9020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a fantastic adventure. We really loved it. Thank you so much! Joel le sang de la veine 🤙 Huuuuuulk conteeeeeent 💚

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Apoflo83
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a fabulous experience, everything was superb and our Pilot Dave was AWESOME! He was so knowledgable of the reef and he gave us such a facinating commentary along the way! Great flight, great experience, breathtaking views and an Awesome pilot! Highly recommend...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 2emily7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So happy I did it! I know it's a bit expensive but it's so worth it. We even saw some whales. It is so unreal and when you are up there you can not realise how beautiful the world is.More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank DalilaB262
Airlie O, Front Office Manager at GSL Aviation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for your amazing review. We are so glad you had an amazing experience. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. Thank you for your kind words and...More

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February 4, 2019|
Response from Graham w | Reviewed this property |
230 lbs each person public weigh in!
karen c
October 8, 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. :)
September 21, 2018|
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Response from 933chantalb | Reviewed this property |
The scenic flight I purchased is one hour
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