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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from CairnsDay Trips

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns

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Customize your visit to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with your selection from three travel options with a choice of snorkeling, scuba diving, and a one-way or round-trip scenic helicopter tour. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders. Then enjoy a close experience of the coral reef by choosing to snorkel or enroll in an optional scuba diving course (additional expense).
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Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic LunchPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Helicopter Tour: Reef Island Snorkeling and Gourmet Picnic Lunch

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Indulge yourself and your loved ones with a private helicopter tour that takes you out to a secluded island on the Great Barrier Reef. Admire the reef from above during your 25-minute scenic helicopter flight, then experience its natural beauty up close after your pilot gently lands on the gorgeous and remote Vlasoff Cay (or Turtle Beach if Vlasoff Cay is occupied). Enjoy a two-hour retreat in paradise with everything you need provided, including a picnic basket with champagne and nibbles, picnic blanket, deck chairs, beach umbrella and snorkeling equipment.
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40-Minute Great Barrier Reef High-Wing Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island Arlington Reef and Palm CoveAir Tours

40-Minute Great Barrier Reef High-Wing Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island Arlington Reef and Palm Cove

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Enjoy aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef on a scenic flight from Cairns. With window seats guaranteed, this flight features informative commentary from your pilot as you fly over the city of Cairns, then head out over the turquoise sea to Green Island and Palm Cove. Pass over Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Double Island and North Queensland’s coast before heading back to the mainland. Your flight also includes a free transfer courtesy bus from your centrally located accommodations in Cairns.
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40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from CairnsLuxury Tours

40-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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Get a rounder perspective of the Great Barrier Reef by viewing it from the air on this scenic flight from Cairns. Soaring over the UNESCO-listed reef allows you to take in its colors and appreciate its vastness. Enjoy unobstructed photo opportunities from your window seat as you take in such sights as Green Island, Upolu Cay, Vlassof Cay, and Michaelmas Reef. Includes pickup and drop-off from your Cairns hotel.
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Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight Day Cruises

Cruise out and Cruise return, plus 10 minute Scenic Flight

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Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef from above, with an exhilarating helicopter flight over picturesque reef systems and up close onboard luxury vessel, Evolution. be treated to an Aussie BBQ lunch and snorkelling to discover the mysteries of the underwater world. Activities available onboard at an extra cost include scuba diving (for beginners and experienced divers) and coral viewing from the semi-submersible.
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30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from CairnsFull-day Tours

30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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Enjoy incredible views of the Great Barrier Reef from the air during a 30-minute scenic flight from Cairns. See highlights such as Green Island, Upolu Cay, Oyster Reef, Arlington Reef, Vlassof Reef and Michaelmas Reef, taking in the sights as your guide points out the landmarks below. You also fly over Cape Grafton, False Cape, Double Island and Palm Cove and other Northern Beaches, with the route changing depending on the day’s conditions. Everyone has a window seat, allowing unobstructed viewing of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonder.
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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter TourHelicopter Tours

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

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Enjoy the best of both worlds on this exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight, crossing both land and sea. Swoop over the lush rainforest and thundering waterfalls of the Barron Gorge, then admire the vast reefs and aquamarine waters of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Spot landmarks like Stoney Creek Falls, Green Island and Arlington Reef, and snap aerial photos of the Northern Beaches and Palm Cove. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Cairns.
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Fly to Green Island - Cruise ReturnDay Cruises

Fly to Green Island - Cruise Return

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Departing Cairns, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to Green Island - a beautiful 6,000-year-old coral cay located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With its reef and rainforest environment enjoy a half day or full day in nature's lover paradise before returning to Cairns via catamaran.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from CairnsHalf-day Tours

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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Get a bird’s-eye perspective of Tropical North Queensland on an unforgettable hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Soar over the Atherton Tablelands as golden sunlight breaks across beautiful farmlands, rivers, and forests. Choose the duration of your flights and enjoy pickup and drop-off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Palm Cove hotel. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful way to start your day!
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier ReefSnorkeling

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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See the best of Cairns with a two-day package that provides the ultimate reef and rainforest experience. First, explore the town of Kuranda, traveling via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Then discover the aquatic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-hour ocean cruise with stops for snorkeling and scubadiving. Return to Cairns by helicopter, taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Have the option to add on admission to Rainforestation in Kuranda to learn about Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife.
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60-Minute Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas High-Wing Scenic Flight from Cairns, Including Green IslandAir Tours

60-Minute Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas High-Wing Scenic Flight from Cairns, Including Green Island

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Marvel over the multi-colored corals and lush rainforest of the Great Barrier Reef as you fly overhead in a fixed-wing aircraft. Jump aboard for a thrilling flight, setting out from Cairns Airport and gliding over the UNESCO-listed Daintree rainforest. Fly over Port Douglas, then soar along the coast and admire views of the Arlington, Upolu and Batt reefs, Green Island and Palm Cove. Best of all, you’re guaranteed a window seat, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the views and take photos.
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Green Island Day Trip from CairnsDay Trips

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Savor views of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef from all angles on this unforgettable full-day tour from Cairns. First soar overhead on a 40-minute high-wing aircraft tour and marvel over the vast reef from above. Next, look out for colorful corals and exotic marine life on a scenic 45-minute cruise through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Finally, land on Green Island where you can snorkel amid the corals, tuck into a delicious buffet lunch (included) or float around the reef on a glass-bottom boat tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flights from CairnsLuxury Tours

Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Scenic Helicopter Flights from Cairns

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Treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight when you're in Cairns and see tropical Queensland from the air! With a choice of three helicopter itineraries, you can fly over the Great Barrier Reef, 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.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from CairnsHelicopter Tours

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

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Enjoy unforgettable views of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as you fly over the UNESCO-listed natural wonder in a helicopter. Experience the magnitude of the vast reef as you float overhead on a 25-minute flight, spotting landmarks like Green Island and Upolo Cay and swooping low enough to see coral clusters and schools of tropical fish and rays. This tour includes pick-up from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels.
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter ToursHelicopter Tours

Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours

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Make the most of your time in port and enjoy magnificent aerial views of Queensland’s star attraction. Set out from Cairns for a thrilling helicopter ride and glide over the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef, looking down over the vast coral reefs and spotting whales, dolphins and schools of tropical fish. Choose from a 30-minute flight to Green Island; a 40-minute deluxe flight over the outer reef; or a 60-minute Reef and Rainforest tour. Best of all: this tour is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, guaranteeing on-time return to your ship.
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Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great AdventuresHelicopter Tours

Helicopter and Cruise Packages with Great Adventures

Discover the iconic great barrier Reef combining an awe-inspiring helicopter flight with a great Adventures outer reef day experience. The spacious activity platform moored on the spectacular outer reef makes possible exciting inclusive and optional activities for all ages in and out of the water. With options to transfer to and from the platform by helicopter (and cruise the other) or take to the sky on a joy flight, you will have the best seat to witness this natural wonder.
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Oyster Reef, and Heart in the ReefFull-day Tours

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Oyster Reef, and Heart in the Reef

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Take to the skies for an exhilarating 45-minute flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Set off from Cairns airport and soar over the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Barrier Reef. Fly over Green Island, swoop low over Arlington Reef and spot Vlasoff Cay, Upolu Cay and Oyster Reef from above. Best of all, you’re guaranteed a window seat, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the views and take photos.
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and CruiseDay Trips

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

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See some of Australia's most famous natural wonders — the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef — during an action-packed full-day tour from Cairns. Spend the morning in the mountains, taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway between Cairns and Kuranda. In the afternoon, head to the Great Barrier Reef in style on an approximately 25-minute helicopter tour. Transfer to an afternoon cruise on the Outer Reef to admire the underwater world while swimming or snorkeling.
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Reef and Rainforest 3 in 1 combo from CairnsDay Trips

Reef and Rainforest 3 in 1 combo from Cairns

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Experience Cairns’ highlights on an all-day sightseeing tour that combines skyrail, train, and plane. After a hassle-free pickup from Cairns City Centre, enjoy a “Reef Hopper” flight over Green Island, Arlington Reef, and other picturesque sites. Glide above a rainforest in the Skyrail cable car and board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for gorgeous views of waterfalls, mountains, and ravines—all on one convenient excursion.
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Green Island Fly and Cruise combo from CairnsFull-day Tours

Green Island Fly and Cruise combo from Cairns

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We have a great Fly & Cruise combo with Bigcat Green Island Cruise, it’s a fantastic deal with lot of inclusions. For only $319 per adult your tour you will save $26.00 comparing to booking individual tours. This combo includes our 40 minutes Reef Hopper flight, the Bigcat Green Island Full Day Reef Rocket Tour (FDRR), buffet lunch (Pk2), and you also get a choice between free snorkel equipment hire or glass bottom boat tour!
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Cairns Helicopter Tour: The Outback, Undara Lava Tubes, Waterfalls and Great Barrier ReefDay Trips

Cairns Helicopter Tour: The Outback, Undara Lava Tubes, Waterfalls and Great Barrier Reef

Cover much more ground than you could in a traditional tour with this helicopter tour of Cairns and the surrounds. With an expert pilot/guide, fly over Mt. Bellenden Ker and Mt. Bartle Frere on the way to Undara Volcanic National Park for a tour and lunch. Take off for Wallaman Falls and Blencoe Falls, where you can get epic photos from your aerial vantage point. Last is a buzz up the coast, including views of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Lizard Island Day Trip by Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Snorkeling at Watson's BayDay Trips

Lizard Island Day Trip by Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Snorkeling at Watson's Bay

Spend a day in paradise on Lizard Island, traveling by air on a full-day tour from Cairns. Fly over the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, getting bird’s-eye views of the Blue Lagoon on Lizard Island as your plane lands. Take in the beauty of this exclusive island during a guided walk to Watson’s Bay, where you can swim and snorkel, eat lunch and have time to explore. On your return flight to Cairns, note the sights below including Cooktown, Cape Flattery, World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, Bloomfield River and Port Douglas.
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Scenic Cooktown & Outback (Fly/Drive) from Cairns or Port DouglasDay Trips

Scenic Cooktown & Outback (Fly/Drive) from Cairns or Port Douglas

Start the day with an amazing scenic flight from Cairns to Cooktown, enjoying views of the Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Rainforest and spectacular mountain ranges. Meet your experienced driver guide in Cooktown and explore the frontier town of Cooktown. Discover the history of this magnificent area and it’s landmarks that link directly to Captain Cook’s journey in 1770. Visit the Grassy Hill Lookout, heritage listed Cooktown Cemetery, the James Cook Museum and Cooktown’s Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a return journey driving via the outback highway with plains of eucalypt trees, termite mounds and grazing cattle.
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Scenic Helicopter Flight to Moore Reef and Return Snorkeling Cruise from CairnsDay Cruises

Scenic Helicopter Flight to Moore Reef and Return Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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Spend the day exploring the Great Barrier Reef, starting with a scenic helicopter flight to the pontoon at Moore Reef. Have lunch, go snorkeling, dare to descend the giant waterslide, or take a semi-submersible tour to experience the colorful reef up close. Return to Cairns in the afternoon by boat.
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