OverviewTreat yourself to a scenic shore excursion by helicopter when youre in port in Cairns and see tropical Queensland from the air! With a choice of three helicopter itineraries, you can fly over the Great Barrier Reef to Green Island on a 30-minute flight, see more of the reef on a 40-minute deluxe flight, or combine the reef and rainforest on an hour-long helicopter flight from Cairns.
- Qualified and professional pilot
- Scenic helicopter flight
Know More about this tourYou'll be picked up from the cruise port and taken to the Cairns’ city-center heliport. A scenic flight is the best way to appreciate the scale and beauty of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef when you’re in port in Cairns.
30-minute Green Island Helicopter Tour
Choose the 30-minute scenic flight to fly above Mission Bay and False Cape to Green Island, a picture-perfect getaway island on the Great Barrier Reef. You might spot whales and dolphins swimming in the turquoise water below you as your flight continues to the white-sand outlines of Arlington Reef, Middle Cay and Upolo Reef before returning to land back in Cairns.
40-minute Deluxe Outer Reef Helicopter Tour
You’ll follow the same route on a 40-minute flight to the outer reef, flying above Mission Bay and False Cape to Green Island, Arlington Reef, Middle Cay and Upolo Reef, but have more time to enjoy the amazing sight of the Great Barrier Reef from the air. Trace the reef’s coral patterns and see the colors change through shades of brilliant azure as the water moves from the depths to the shallows.
60-minute Reef and Rainforest Tour
Select the hour-long reef and rainforest flight to combine Cairns’ most scenic attractions in one tour. Taking in more than 75 miles (120 km), and climbing to 2,500 feet (750 meters), you’ll fly right over central Cairns, its lagoon and marina. Zooming over the hinterland, you’ll see Copperlode Dam, the Redlynch Valley and Stoney Creek. Follow the outline of Barron Gorge to the hilltop market town of Kuranda before heading out over the water to the Great Barrier Reef. From the air, you’ll see the white-sand outline of Upolo Reef and fly over the snorkeling havens of Vlassoff Reef, Middle Cay and Arlington Reef. See the sand-ringed perfection of Green Island before returning over the ocean to land back in Cairns.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Cairns cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Inclusions for Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef And Rainforest Helicopter Tours
- 30-, 40- or 60-minute scenic helicopter tour (depending on option selected)
- Informative commentary during the flight
- Cruise port pickup and drop-off
- Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions for Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef And Rainforest Helicopter Tours
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
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
For your safety, helicopters are weight dependent and subject to federal aviation law
All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking
All passengers will be weighed before flight to confirm weights in accordance with aviation laws
Not wheelchair accessible
Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
One infant 2 years and under may travel free of charge if seated on a guardian's lap. A maximum of 1 infant is allowed per helicopter
Adult pricing applies to all travelers aged 3 years and above
- If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
- Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
- Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.