Whilst at Mossman Gorge we saw a helicopter land and take off, so we asked our son if he would like to go on one for his birthday. Our son is autistic and he gave us a thumbs up because he can not talk.
We were staying at the Sheraton in Port Douglas and went into the GBR local office next to the resort to organise a flight. The lady in the office was very understanding of our needs and went to great lengths to make sure our son was well catered for. We decided to take the 40 minute flight out to the Quicksilver pontoon, spend two hours out there and then return to Port Douglas on a 40 minutes flight back .
We arrived at the office at 9am for our safety briefing and went to the landing pad near the hotel to wait for the helicopter to arrive. After it landed, the pilot shut down the helicopter completely so that the noise was not too loud for our son when we boarded and got comfortable.
The 40 minute flight out to the reef took us up the coastline and over the rainforest before heading out over the reef to the Quicksilver pontoon. On the pontoon we had time to go on the submersible boat, have lunch and snorkel our on the reef before getting ready for our 40 minute return flight.
The only disappointing aspect of the flight was the communication system was not working so we could not speak to each other or hear the pilot talk about the scenery and landmarks.
Our son really enjoyed himself and is extremely proud of his GBR Helicopter Cap that he received for his birthday. Flying over the reef is a once in a lifetime experience and one that our family will cherish for a long time to come.
Having a special needs child is extremely challenging and it can be difficult to organise to do anything at times. The lady at GBR certainly went out of her way to make the day run as smoothly as possible for us.
Worst thing about the day was our mobile phone was sucked out of the window when we banked around to see some dolphins playing in the water. Most of our photos gone, but the memories will last for ever.
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