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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour provided by Nautilus Aviation

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
45m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
6
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3262REEF_RAIN
Important information
Inclusions
  • 45-minute helicopter flight
  • Informative commentary during the flight
  • Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Pick up and drop off from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels
  • Complimentary water, tea and coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Nautilus Aviation
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Return transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers).
Duration
45m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches (up to and including Palm Cove) are included for all tours. Transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers.
  • 2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an addition fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissonable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers permitted per helicopter (subject to aircraft availability)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply - please contact reservations.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum of 2 people required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • 45-minute helicopter flight
  • Informative commentary during the flight
  • Australia's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Pick up and drop off from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels
  • Complimentary water, tea and coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Nautilus Aviation
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Return transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers).
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches (up to and including Palm Cove) are included for all tours. Transfers to/from Port Douglas are $205 per car (up to 4 passengers.
  • 2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
45m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weight Policy: Individual passenger weights and accompanying carry-on luggage MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variances greater than 10% may incur an addition fee. Maximum single seat payload of 130kg. For passenger comfort and aircraft weight and balance, passengers exceeding 130kg are required to purchase an additional seat at 50% of ticket price - this is non-commissonable and payable to Nautilus Aviation on day of travel.
  • There is a maximum of 6 to 7 passengers permitted per helicopter (subject to aircraft availability)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Child Policy: Children 3 years and above are legally required to be seated in their own seat and are therefore required to pay the full ticket price. Subject to conditions, children under 3 years may travel free of charge when seated on a parents/guardians lap. For bookings of more than one infant (under 3 years), conditions apply - please contact reservations.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum of 2 people required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Apr 13, 2022
A note from Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour
Nautilus Aviation has a comprehensive COVID plan in place.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2 Pier Point Rd
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Nautilus Aviation
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    Check-in is 30 minutes prior to your departure for your pre-departure briefing. You'll then board the helicopter for your scenic flight.
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    Pass by
    Barron Gorge National Park
    Green Island
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Cosmel
Brisbane, Australia83 contributions
We did the rainforest and reef one hour flight out Port Douglas in early January which we found to be very enjoyable.

The flight started in Port Douglas, flew over the township, proceeded onto Mossman Gorge and then finally out to sea. Being in a helicopter, the skilful pilot was able to manoeuvre helicopter in close which allowed us to see the great rainforest of the Daintree in all it’s splendour.

The flight to the reef was also interesting but we were on unlucky and only saw a few rays moving amongst the reef. We couldn’t fault the pilot, he was skilful, friendly, knowledgeable and obliging. We felt very safe in the 4 person helicopter as it appeared to us to be well maintained and serviced and crewed.

The only negative, of the whole experience was finding the landing field, as a Helipad is only obvious when they’re have helicopters parked on it. We were lucky, as we spotted the ground vehicle and small signs near the potential landing spot.

Highly recommend the experience.
Written January 18, 2022
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Neil2014
Brisbane, Australia58 contributions
We saw the chopper land on the pontoon near the Esplanade and with the weather forecast he next few days making it unlikely for us to get to the reef, we thought why not.
We hadn’t booked ( strongly recommended that you do) and when we walked into the office, the staff worked their stuff to ensure we got our 45 min trip to the reef and the rainforest. It was just the 2 of us in the chopper.
As previously said by some other reviewers, you cannot put a price on what this company delivered in terms of professionalism, customer service and the experience.
Yes, it’s not cheap. But as a life experience for a couple of oldies, worth every penny. Thanks to Reece the pilot.
Written September 9, 2021
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LisaBouw
Perth, Australia46 contributions
Absolutely amazing first helicopter experience over the Daintree rainforest and outer reef . Luke our pilot was very informative throughout our flight and ensured everyone go to see the sights. We managed to spot many sharks and turtles while flying over the outer reef, in near perfect conditions. The man who collected us from our accommodation and drop us back was also very professional. All round a wonderful once in a lifetime experience over a special part of Australia.
Written May 29, 2022
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Wendy D
1 contribution
Friends
Wow! What an experience. We did the the hour trip and had great views of the reef and saw dolphins & alone stingrays. Then over pristine rainforests. Ground staff & Piolet (didn't mention his name) did an awesome job. Would certainly recommend this trip.
Written November 22, 2021
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Extraordinary572391
3 contributions
For my friend Sam’s birthday, the two of us took a helicopter scenic flight from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest.

Our pilot, Mick, put us at ease almost straight away. He gave us terrific commentary and a very, smooth and absolute awesome flight!

The views of the Reef were incredible! So beautiful and clear. The rainforest was also amazing and interesting. The whole experience was breathtaking!! I am out of superlatives!!

Thank you so much Mick and Nautilus Aviation - I very highly recommend this helicopter tour! 😃
Written August 4, 2020
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Milliejr24
1 contribution
Solo
I went on the 45 minute Reef and Rainforest flight and I was not disappointed. I have been to so many beautiful places but this flight literally took my breath away. I have a fear of heights and completely forgot about it 5 minutes into the flight. The overwhelming sense of beauty is something you couldn't possibly recreate without being up there again (the variety of blues, turquoises, teals and greens is something you couldn't even dream of). The crew and the heli captain (Gus) framed the experience perfectly. If you can do anything in 45 minutes while travelling to Cairns, do this flight.
Written May 15, 2018
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Tripping_Taylors
Australia68 contributions
We took a reef and rain forest flight to celebrate our anniversary, and Nautilus absolutely impressed.
You get an amazing perspective of the reef from the air. Flying over the barron gorge was a highlight.
We'd recommend Nautilus.
Written April 6, 2022
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Phyllis H
19 contributions
Family
This scenic flight is a must. Gus our pilot was great. Very informative and friendly. The flight was a fantastic way to see the Reef especially. In one way the Best way to see it. Also seeing the Islands Palm Cove and up onto the Kuranda area. Seeing the Barron Gorge and River from the air is a whole new experience. The staff in the office are very friendly and helpful.
Written November 18, 2020
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Savanna B
3 contributions
You cannot put a price tag on the experience I had with Nautilus Aviation flying over the great barrier reef! The staff was so accommodating - I almost had to cancel due to getting sick from skydiving the day before, and they were very accommodating of that! Thankfully I was able to attend and they ensured that it was a smooth, safe, ride. The views were incredible - we saw a few whales as they are migrating this time of year. The guide shared his knowledge about the reef and the islands that we flew over and answered any questions we had! Would 10/10 recommend and do it again!
Written August 13, 2019
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Nautilus Aviation
phkc070408
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Passengers in the back seat are second class passengers
1. We booked this trip back in December and were told we would be the only passengers due to Covid. Well due to a
Riley W
Riley W
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breathtaking views
was such an awesome experience, a once in a lifetime experience, the views were incredible and the hospitality was
mason_the_big_m
mason_the_big_m
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if you thinking of taking a cruise there, not worth it
We took a flight over the great barrier reef which is better than being stuck on a boat and not seeing the reef pro
mike d
mike d
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Safe, professional & friendly service
Really enjoyed our flight from Mount Mulligan to Cairns. Our Robinson pilot, Matt, was so informative and knowledge
Bob S
Bob S
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Absolutely the best.
We booked a flight with Kath of Nautilus Aviation to fly over the tip of the Gulf from Horn Island. Kath provide a
923cassj
923cassj
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Splurge and get the chopper home
Definitely the highlight of the trip retuning to Cairns in a helicopter. The pilot was informative and welcoming. T
1975meaganm
1975meaganm
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MUST DO EXPERIENCE
A MUST DO EXPERIENCE! My partner and I chose Nautilus for their amazing service and reviews and you will not be dis
Myree M
Myree M
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Birthday flight
96 year old has the flight of her life. Better than she expected. Joyce had never been in a helicopter but had bee
53cecilys
53cecilys
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Stunning scenery
After a bit of a delayed start, the take-off was exceptionally smooth as was the entire flight. Pilot was knowledge
Suzie2488
Suzie2488
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Absolutely Breathtaking!!!!! 10/10
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!! Planned this surprise on NYE, crystal clear water, breathtaking views, very friendly staf
AudBoz3
AudBoz3
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Incredible views and fun trip out on the reef
First time in a helicopter at 50 years of age and can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner. Pilot Michael was very rea
Megan-gold-coast-aus
Megan-gold-coast-aus
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Best experience in cairns.
The best experience I have done on the reef. It feels like you could reach out and touch the reef. Saw turtles and
jennyb-22C
jennyb-22C
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Truly Wonderful Experience
Shaun our pilot was simply amazing - I was very nervous and he was patient and kind!! would do this trip again in a
TravelinBroVets
TravelinBroVets
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So worth it!
We booked the tour within a 24hr time frame, and received a phone call the next morning to confirm our tour. All s
593rachaela
593rachaela
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The BEST experience ever
One of the best experiences I’ve ever had!!! You cannot put a price on this outstanding trip. The day was absolutel
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