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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

By GSL Aviation
Recommended by 95% of travelers
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The Whitsunday Islands, comprising 74 islands fringed by gorgeous beaches and located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, are Queensland’s quintessential tropical paradise. On this tour, experience the breadth and beauty of the islands, and incredible views of the reef, from above on a scenic flight.
from
$171.13
per adult
from
$171.13
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 7 per group
Duration:1h
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Ticket type:Mobile
German, Chinese, Japanese, English, French

Highlights
  • 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 

  • In-flight pilot commentary
  • Guaranteed window seats
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Subject to availability) Contact GSL for more information 07 4946 9097
What's not included
  • Food and drinks

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 have a dramatic bird’s-eye view as you glide over Daydream Island and swoop low over Shute Harbour. On the 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 waits to take you back to your Airlie Beach hotel.

Departure details
  • 384 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia GSL Whitsundays
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35589P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers (Ages 3+)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Weight restrictions apply on all flights. 125kg max per passenger.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 7 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach?
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach price starts from $179.69. Discover and book Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach on Tripadvisor
What is the Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach cancellation policy?
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach?
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach is hosted by GSL Aviation. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact GSL Aviation on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach?
On average, this experience will take approximately 1h. Discover and book Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35589P2

About the operator

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

gaby_peters
gaby_peters
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Brad was amazing!!
Absolutely loved my flight with GSL Aviation. From prebooking communications right through to aftercare the experie
Jodie R
Jodie R
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Great afternoon!
Awesome afternoon and a great service. Pilot was great, helicopter was very cool, scenery was next level. We also b
AdrianR437
AdrianR437
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Great to see whitsundays from the air
The flight gave you a great overview of the whitsunday islands and a nice view of the reef. It's a must to apprecia
Y9791JEnikkif
Y9791JEnikkif
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Best way to see the reef
Amazing experience and this was definitely the best way to see the reef! The set down and picnic on Whitehaven was
foofaye
foofaye
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Flight over reef and islands from proserpine
Wonderful flight pilot was very informative and catered for both sides of the plane. Pointed out points of interest
klea233
klea233
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Amazing flight over reef
We took an early morning flight over several reefs off Cairns and the views were spectacular. Spotted sharks, rays
AshHills
AshHills
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GSL Aviation Great Barrier Reef Flight
Hi! Our flight with GSL Aviation over the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) was spectacular! Our pilot was very helpful to a
Ina J
Ina J
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Fantastic experience
I loved everything! Customer service was excellent. The scenic flight and the pilot were fantastic. I can only reco
polky3140
polky3140
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Fantastic thanks was a great day for flying pilot was great
Fantastic there where some whales 🐋 the hart reef if Fantastic and amazing how many islands out there was a great
dsnich0lls
dsnich0lls
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scenic Flight
Marvelous flight. great scenery. Perfect weather-staff professional & friendly in all aspects it was apity the bus
Adam P
Adam P
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Excellent service
Perhaps not the best weather, and one of our party took pretty air sick. However the views were still special and B
lisannasinnema
lisannasinnema
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Best experience in my life!
We did a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef (including the heart reef). It's impo
ceadlynnm
ceadlynnm
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Very nice experience and view of the reef!
It was an experience to fly in such a small plane. I really enjoyed it. Took my partner for his birthday. I asked i
MargsK
MargsK
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Best way to see the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef
We loved the scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands & Great Barrier Reef, especially the Heart Reef. I would hig
sarah s
sarah s
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Scenic flight
We had a wonderful flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Thank you to the pilot and GSL cr
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newman10_13
Canberra, Australia42 contributions
Jun 2021
Our group of 4 had a wonderful experience all round with this amazing scenic flight that we would recommend to everyone. We were not offered a hotel pickup so we walked into town to be picked up and that's where the fun began! Jenny drove us to Proserpine for our flight (approx 30 min) and was a wealth of information of the area and all it has to offer which certainly made the whole experience much more enjoyable. It is such a delight to come across someone who obviously enjoys her job and wish there were more in the industry like Jenny!! Thank you so much. The flight was just amazing we all loved it very much it was the highlight of our week in Airlie Beach. Our pilot Liam gave a very good commentary and we felt very safe in his hands. Don't hesitate to do this flight..sadly the reef will not be there forever and this is the best way to see it!
Written June 4, 2021
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Airlie O
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review. We agree - viewing the GBR and Whitsunday Islands from above is incredible and a sight to be seen! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your entire GSL experience. We are so lucky to have Jenny and Liam on our team - they really put in the hard yards ensuring everyone has an enjoyable time. I will gladly pass along your kind words. We hope you were able to take some great photos - don't forget to tag us so we can see how much fun you had. Kindly, GSL Whitsundays
Written June 7, 2021
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Kevin B
Cairns, Australia7 contributions
Jan 2021
I have taken trips on boats to the reef for diving and snorkeling trips but that was my first experience seeing it from the air. GSL Aviation really knows what they are doing for this trip. On the day I went out, the weather was a concern but the pilot did an excellent job of avoiding the rain so we would have the best possible views over the reef. He was also very knowledgable about what we were flying over and gave wonderful commentary during the entire flight. Overall it was a great experience that I would recommend to as many people as possible for a fresh look at the reef.
Written January 18, 2021
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Pete N pen
6 contributions
I initially tried to book a similar flight from Hamilton Island with another tour operator that was nearly twice the price.
When I reached out to GSL Aviation they got straight back to me so I decided to head to Airlie Beach for the flight prior to heading to Hamilton.
Everyone we dealt with on the day was pleasant and professional and our pilot was really informative. The reef from above is absolutely beautiful and both my wife and I haven’t stopped talking about it.
Written February 10, 2022
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Airlie O
Thank you for your kind words! We hope you have taken lots of photos to share. We hope to see you again!
Written May 28, 2022
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lauren ward
Ferntree Gully, Australia7 contributions
my partner and i loved this experience! they offered hotel pick up which was handy, and the staff were lovely. the plane was a little bumpy as it is only small so if you hate flying i wouldn’t recommend. we spent about ans hour in the air so we had plenty of time to take in the beautiful sights of airlie and the whitsundays! the pilot told us some fun info as we were flying and best of all it didn’t feel rushed, the reef was just incredible!
Written February 12, 2022
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Airlie O
Thank you for your fantastic review! We're so glad you found the experience worthwhile. Thank you for flying with GSL!
Written May 28, 2022
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MatthewMason_Imagery
Mount Isa, Australia181 contributions
Feb 2021
GSL Airlie Beach

Reef & Island Scenic Flight, 2nd time on this tour (Different times of the year) Both where fantastic,

Both times we booked this from the GSL Office in town and picked different package that worked for us.

This Scenic flight is just that. As a professional photographer I thoroughly enjoyed my self. No doors or or open windows to shoot out of but was a comfortable flight and could get all the shots I needed out the window as everyone gets a window seat and for the main bits they will turn around and fly back over so both sides get to see everything.

This flight leaves at the local airport and they will pick you up on the GSL bus at no extra cost.

Over all it's a great experience I’d highly recommend to anyone of any age. But do your self a favourite and book a package that suites you. They have lots of different options and you will save time and money when booking it all together.
Written February 24, 2021
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Emma W
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
I am writing this review not long after our tour finished as it was absolutely incredible and I felt that I needed to tell everyone about it! Our pilot Joe was very informative, entertaining and ensured we had a safe and enjoyable flight. Jenni our bus driver was quite funny and informative about the local area and was great company. The flight was such an amazing experience, I am quite a nervous flyer and enjoyed myself immensely. The views of Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef are unmatched from above. I highly recommend this tour if you are considering a scenic flight!
Written September 15, 2022
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Airlie O
Hi Emma, thank you so much for your 5 star review! We are so happy to hear that you had a nice and unforgettable experience with us. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon :)
Written September 17, 2022
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MARK B
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a 60 minute plus scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and the various Whitsunday Islands. The pilot, Liam, provided excellent commentary about the attractions and the scenic flight is excellent to see the beauty of the Whitsundays in a short period of time. This flight is also highly recommended for photographers who wish to capture that perfect aerial photo of the Whitsundays. The transfer from Airlie Beach to Proserpine Airport was made even more interesting by Gary, the bus driver, who provided his own knowledgeable and experienced commentary on all the attractions that the beautiful Whitsundays has to offer. What an experience and adventure for a city boy!! Thoroughly recommended. Many thanks to GSL Aviation.
Written June 30, 2021
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wandawoo
Lawnton, Australia52 contributions
Jul 2020
We had our flight cut short as the weather closed in around us on our way out to the reef.
We were obviously a tad disappointed (our son really wanted to see the heart reef)but we were refunded in full with an apology about the weather conditions. We were offered another flight but with our travel plans set, we could only take the refund. The flight was professional and well run, our pilot and the bus driver were outstanding as well as ground staff.
The only minor thing would be better signage on the fence leading to the airfield, the sign was small and we found it hard to find, but the aeroclub fellas were very helpful in pointing us in the right direction. Maybe a sign pointing from the road would be helpful to future flyers driving themselves to the airstrip.
I would highly recommend this group, the office staff, ground staff, drivers and pilots were so polite and relaxed, despite our disappointment in the weather on our day, we wouldn't hesitate to book again.
Written July 12, 2020
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Airlie O
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your kind words and your feedback and ill be sure to pass this onto the team and General Manager. Thank you!
Written July 17, 2020
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Erik TY
5 contributions
Mar 2022
The crew was friendly and helpful from the reception at the GSL Aviation office, the pickup to the local airport and to the entire flight experience. I felt really safe at all times during the flight. Every passenger had their windows seats and the opportunity to capture footage of the main attractions. The pilot made sure everybody had their shots while positioning the aircraft in advantageous angles. The view is just mind-boggling! One of the best experiences in Australia!
Written March 23, 2022
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Airlie O
We are thrilled that you enjoyed the beautiful sights of the Reef! Thank you for your wonderful feedback.
Written May 28, 2022
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Deni92
14 contributions
We absolutely loved this experience. Our pilot was very professional and the entire flight was smooth and provided great commentary.

We were a bit disappointed with one aspect of the day. When we checked in, we were told that we were in row three on the plane. 30 mins later, we were called up and told that we’d been moved to row two. We didn’t think much of this, it when we boarded the plane we realised that row two was in fact the only obstructed view on the entire plane (the bar for the wings running straight through the middle of the window). Obviously the view was still amazing, but I was a bit disappointed about the lack of communication as to why we were changed when we were obviously not seated here originally. I would have liked some transparency from GSL here, as we asked the couple in row three and their weight was the same total as ours.

In addition, my husband is 6’4” and his head was pressing against the roof of the plane for the entire flight. In order to avoid this, he had to be hunched for the entire 60 minutes. Only rows 1 and 2 have this lower head clearance in the plane, so if he were seated in rows 3+ he would have been able to sit upright. This might just be some food for thought for GSL moving forward when switching people who are over six foot to these front two rows.

Overall, we had a great experience and I can’t fault the plane, pilot or the amazing scenery. I highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting the Whitsundays!
Written August 21, 2020
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Airlie O
Hi, Thank you for your review and comments. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with GSL Whitsundays. Thank you again!
Written August 21, 2020
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