Scenic Reef Flight Soar high over the Great Barrier Reef

Scenic reef flights are a fantastic way to see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Enjoy a fantastic 30-minute scenic flight departing several times a day from Cairns.

Taking off from Cairns, this flight will fly over the Cairns Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

During your flight, you will also see over 140 kilometres of the Outer Barrier and many inner islands, reefs and sand cays, including Green Island, Arlington Reef, Outer Reef, Vlasoff Cay, and Michaelmas Cay.

The beauty of this Scenic Reef Flight is that it is one of the fastest in transit out to the Reef (only taking approx 4-5 mins to arrive at the Outer Reef), which means you get more time taking in the scenery of the Great Barrier Reef.

Above the reef, you can see that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is not one Reef but hundreds of individual reefs.

Spot marine life

A big highlight of this tour is marine life spotting.  From  June to September, humpback whales migrate to the Great Barrier Reef to have their young.  During this time, the whales are easily visible from the air.  On any normal day, you will have the chance to see Manta Rays, Sharks, large Green Sea Turtles and Dugongs.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders.  This flight offers spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef.

Don’t forget your camera. There will be many great photo opportunities.

Once you see it from above, discover the reef from below on one of our fantastic Great Barrier Reef Tours.

More fun things to do in Cairns

Spectacular scenic views

everyone gets a window seat

  • Green Island
  • Arlington Reef
  • Michaelmas Cay
  • Double Island
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Vlasoff Cay
  • Upolu Cay


  • 40-minute scenic Reef flight
  • Taxes
  • Marine park fees and standard aviation public liability
  • All passengers have a window seat to make the most of your scenic reef flight

Return transfers are subject to availability at $20 per person round-trip

Sunglasses, camera and a bottle of water

Please arrive 30 minutes before the selected departure time. Daintree Air is located at Tom McDonald Dr, Aeroglen QLD 4870


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