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Helicopter rides Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Known as the gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, there are plenty of natural attractions to see in Cairns from aerial views. Take to the sky with a helicopter ride over Cairns and discover the beautiful landmarks and natural surroundings that make this part of Australia world famous. Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or a gift for a loved one, a helicopter ride Cairns experience from RedBalloon is the way to go!

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Helicopter rides in Cairns

Have you always wanted to see Far North tropical Queensland from a birds eye view and witness breathtaking scenery of natural attractions and landmarks? Now is the time to enjoy a helicopter ride Cairns has to offer! See the beauty of one of the seven natural wonders of the world with a tour over the Great Barrier Reef or fly over the world heritage listed rainforest surrounding Cairns.

If you’re looking for a gift idea that goes above and beyond anything you’ve given before, a helicopter ride will do just that. Imagine the look of surprise and delight on their face when they discover they will get to go sky high for an adventure of a lifetime. If you’re looking for the ultimate bucket list worthy gift, why not choose a Great Barrier Reef helicopter ride for the 2 of you so can create amazing memories together that you will look back on for years to come.

How to prepare for a Cairns helicopter experience?

When you book your helicopter experience through RedBalloon, we take care of a lot of the details for you. We have a couple of tips and tricks to help prepare you for your flight and make the experience as seamless as possible.

  • Prior to your experience, double check the time and date of the booking. If the supplier has to cancel your flight due to weather, air-traffic control or other reasons, they will reschedule the experience with you directly.
  • Some of the helicopter rides Cairns have weight restrictions. Please check with each individual experience as the passengers weight and accompanying carry-on luggage must be advised at the time of booking. For some flights, the maximum single seat payload is 110kg.
  • On the day, we recommend wearing casual and comfortable clothing. Don’t forget to also bring your sunglasses to help with reflection and your camera to capture the beautiful scenery you’re about to see.

How to book a helicopter ride in Cairns?

There are a few simple steps involved in booking your helicopter ride in Cairns, Australia on RedBalloon. Head to our website, browse through our helicopter experiences until you have found your perfect flight. Add the experience to your cart and follow the steps at checkout. Once you have paid for your experience, you will receive a confirmation email with the next steps to redeem and book in your helicopter ride. Please provide a few options so the supplier can accommodate you as best as possible. Shortly after you will receive an email directly from the supplier with your confirmed date and time. Enjoy!

Helicopter rides Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts and is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It is the only living thing on Earth visible from space which is why we highly recommend seeing this impressive coral reef from a birds eye view. With a helicopter ride Great Barrier Reef experience, you’ll discover the beauty and abundance of marine life that call the reef home, as well as the surrounding tropical islands.

Where is the Great Barrier Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef is located in Queensland running almost parallel to the coast from near the southern coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the northern tip of Cape York. It is larger than the Great Wall of China, stretching for over 2.3km long, so it can be accessed from multiple locations off North Queensland and surrounding tropical islands. On the mainland, Cairns is often known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef as it is a central location for getting to the reef either by boat or scenic flight. You can also fly directly to Hamilton Island or Proserpine which are located in the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef.

What is included in a helicopter ride in Cairns or Great Barrier Reef?

At RedBalloon, you’ll find a variety of helicopter rides in Cairns or Great Barrier Reef that come with a number of additional inclusions. However, all our helicopter tours, whether 30 minutes or longer, include an experienced pilot and a safety briefing before you take flight. During your experience you will also enjoy plenty of amazing photo opportunities to capture the breathtaking scenery from the air. You will also find a range of helicopter ride packages such as:

  • Great Barrier Reef cruise, snorkelling and helicopter flight: this is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef package, including 5 hours on the reef, snorkelling, lunch and a 25 minute return helicopter back to Cairns airport. In one day you’ll see the Great Barrier Reef from the air, on and below the water.
  • Private helicopter with gourmet picnic and sparkling for 2 people: feel the thrill of flying over picturesque coral-studded sea before landing on Vlasoff Cay, a pristine and secluded island. Here, the two of you will enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper and sparkling wine amongst the Great Barrier reef. This experience also includes snorkeling gear to enjoy after your picnic, beach umbrella and blanket before returning back to Cairns on your private helicopter.

What will I see during my helicopter experience?

There is so much to see in Cairns, you’ll be blown away by the beauty and natural landmarks this part of the country has to offer. If you’re embarking on a helicopter flight of the greatest natural assets on the planet – the Great Barrier Reef – you may see the picturesque Green Island plus other tropical islands, the beautiful patterns and colours of coral reefs, the North Queensland coastline, plus so much more!

If you’re helicopter ride is of the Cairns region you will get to see the CBD as well as the surrounding rainforest. You’ll fly over Barron Gorge, Kuranda and Cairns Northern Beaches region. Only by helicopter can the scale of these ancient rainforests and their pristine beauty be truly understood. With the Aussie outback scenic helicopter flight you’ll discover the rugged bushland, some of it untouched by humans in Far North Queensland. Witness the vastness and serenity of The Gulf Savannah and take in the sights of hidden swimming holes and gorges.

What is the age limit for helicopter rides?

The age limit for a helicopter ride Queensland varies depending on the individual experience. Please make sure you check with the supplier at the time of booking. However a majority of our Cairns flights will charge children aged 3 and above at adult rates and subject to conditions, children under 3 can travel for free when seated on a parent or guardians lap. Please note though some helicopter flights are unable to take children under the age of 3, so it is important to inform the supplier at the time of booking to confirm if your experience will allow it. If your experience includes alcoholic beverages you must be over 18 years to consume these.

Discover the RedBalloon breathtaking range of helicopter ride Cairns experiences. Take to the sky to discover some of the world’s best natural wonders. Home to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, there is no better way to explore Tropical North Queensland then from the sky!

If you loved our range of helicopter rides in Cairns, you can also discover plenty more flights in other cities. Explore our range of helicopter experiences in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

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