Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

1 hour Airlie Beach, Australia

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This signature scenic flight includes an amazing view of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Included is the iconic Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Your pilot/guide will show you this stunning region, pointing out notable landmarks, as well as explain important moments in history.

The reef and island is a signature scenic flight from Airlie Beach.

Begin your tour 45-60 minutes before departure time, with hotel/accommodation pickup.

The 60-minute flight includes all of the best sites the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef have to offer. It’s easy to understand why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the amazing contrast of colors is something that’s best experienced from the air. 

Taking off from Whitsunday Airport, your tour takes you over most of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. You'll see the island resorts dotted around the islands as you head toward Whitehaven Beach and the renowned Hill Inlet.

Enjoy two passes of Australia's best beach and then head out to the Great Barrier Reef. Included in your tour is the famous Heart Reef, nestled amongst the bright colors and patterns of Hardy Reef. On board, everyone enjoys a window seat, a pilot commentary and superb views from our fleet of high wing aircraft.

Sights include Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, Hook Reef, Hayman Island, Hook Island, and Daydream Island.


  • In-flight pilot commentary
  • Guaranteed window seats
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Subject to availability) Contact GSL for more information 07 4946 9097


  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

384 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers (Ages 3+)
  • 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.
  • Weight restrictions apply on all flights. 125kg max per passenger.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers


24 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Brendon February 2021

Pilot was a legend was a great tour guide was polite and friendly with everyone this tour is 100% recommended


Constance M February 2020

Absolutely Fabulous!!! Flying over mainland parks, the Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef was incredible. Highlights were Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Thank you!


Alannah M December 2019

Great scenic flight over Airlie Beach and the reef, well worth the effort - children loved it.
Well organised pick up and transfer to and from the airport.


Tracey F December 2019

Amazing views. Enjoyed the scenery and commentary. Pickup team were on time and all aspects thoroughly enjoyable thank you.


Margaret G December 2019

This flight was far from good, it was bloody fantastic. A very professional run enterprise with very friendly staff and with great work ethics. The flight itself was amazing. Seeing the reef and the islands from the air put everything in perspective. Would I recommend this flight.....bloody oath I would. Just do it. GSL Aviation. Well done.


Zeyu Y July 2019

We were picked up from the resort right on time and to the flight centre (~25 min drive outside of Airlie). The flight took us over the lush greens, beaches, Whitsunday islands and finally amazing aerial views of the reefs. It was a little bumpy in some sections so bring some motion sickness meds just in case and all will be fine.


Ralitsa A April 2018

Great experience, the best way to appreciate the vastness of the reef and the beauty of the Whitsundays. I was a bit nervous because the plane is small and the weather was quite dynamic but the flight was really enjoyable even with some bumps. The pilot was very kind, made us feel welcome and gave a nice commentary. Everything was very well organised. Definitely worth it!


Paul F January 2018

Well worth the money the flight over the reef gives you a whole new perspective. A very professionally run experience with great staff. If you could only afford one big ticket item on your visit to the Whitsundays this is the one that I would do.


stevejmitchell2013 January 2018

One of our favourite tours ever! Best views of Great Barrier Reef, including the Heart Reef, and also of the Whitsunday Islands. The tour was everything we had hoped for and a great value for the price, truly. You will NOT regret the investment!!


ROBERT L J November 2017

We had a great pilot and we really enjoyed flying above the Barrier Reef.


Helen L September 2017

Absolutely amazing felt very comfortable with the whole process, and the pilot Joel, was very professional
and explained everything very well.

A great experience .


ronaldsham March 2017

Definitely a must do at Airlie Beach! Whitehaven Beach was spectacular. Heart Reef was overrated but the trip was good.


Carrie B February 2017

Amazing trip. We did an hour over the whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef. Seeing Whitehaven beach and hill inlet from the air is absolutely spectacular. It is also amazing to see the Great Barrier Reef from the air. Amazing tour, well worth doing! Would highly recommend. Plane ride was smooth and comfortable. Pilot was great.


caron_65 January 2017

I had an amazing flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. The views were absolutely breathtaking. The pilot was
fantastic and gave a running commentary along the way. Another tick off my bucket list!!


Sabrina M November 2016

I booked the scenic flight for my first day in Airlie Beach. However, my flight to Prosperine was delayed and I arrived in Airlie Beach one day later. I informed the tour organizer right away and they simply rescheduled me to another day at no extra charge. I was extremely grateful.
The experience itself was great! I could sit next to the pilot and took some stunning pictures. : I especially enjoyed the flight over the three reefs. I'd recommend the scenic flight to everyone!


soni November 2016

Fantastic experience !!! Out of this world experience. Superb service with helpful staff and experience and friendly pilot.
Plane was right size. Highly recomend. Thank you


Amélie L October 2016

had fun and the view was so georgous 3 3 3 3 well the pilote was also nice :P


Diana B October 2016

great crew, and saw 2 whales too. Plenty of time at Whitehaven
well worth the trip


Michael K September 2016

Professional experience that provides a great overview of the Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef


Lechek L July 2016

Excellent tour enjoyed by the whole family.


Gary F June 2016

Awesome trip, very informative commentry by the pilot, and superb views of Australia's natural wonders! And now members of the Heart Club! What an amazing reef! Highly recommended to everyone.


Sharyn M January 2017

plane was very cramped but trip was great


Erin B November 2019

Needed a longer flight and to see more. Need to fly a little bit lower and need to fly little bit slower so we can see everything bit clearer.


Henrietta H August 2016

I had paid for my flight and had confirmation from the company of my time of pick up but due to a 'computer glitch' and 'someone pressing a wrong button' my booking got lost so I was not collected and missed the flight I was booked on to. I was given an alternative later flight which was enjoyable but I would suggest flying with a different company as your booking may get lost and you'll end up sitting around at the airport wasting precious holiday time.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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