qualia aerial view of turquoise waters in Great Barrier Reef from helicopter scenic flight

Great Barrier Reef by Helicopter

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays with unparalleled aerial views.

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Great Barrier Reef by Helicopter

A helicopter flight over the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef offers unparalleled aerial views of the amazing seascapes and is one of the best ways to witness these great wonders. This tour includes 60-minutes of flying, encompassing views of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and world-famous Heart Reef, before landing at Cruise Whitsundays' Reefworld pontoon. At Reefworld, spend 90 minutes snorkelling and coral viewing from the underwater viewing chamber. 

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Features at a Glance

What You'll Love
  • Return scenic helicopter flight or seaplane to the Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef via Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island and Hook Island
  • Approximately 90-minute stopover at Reefworld for snorkelling and swimming
  • Return via a scenic flight tour over the islands, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
What to Bring
  • Swimmers
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm light jacket
  • Flat soled shoes
  • qualia VIP return transfers to Hamilton Island Air for the seaplane tour
  • qualia VIP return transfers from the Long Pavilion to the qualia helipad for the helicopter tour
  • Approximately 2.5-hour return scenic flight including a 90-minute stopover at Reefworld for snorkelling and swimming
  • Sparkling wine and water
  • Snorkelling gear, wetsuits and stinger suits provided at Reefworld
Opening Hours

Operates daily, times vary.

Pricing and Bookings

Reef Discovery by helicopter - $795 per person

qualia gourmet picnic hamper available at an additional cost. Please organise directly with qualia guest services.

Pre-booking is required. Please contact our qualia luxury concierge to confirm booking and catering arrangements on guestservices@qualia.com.au or +61 7 4948 9222.


This information should be used as a guide only. Activity/tour details, prices and timings are subject to change at any time.


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Availability is weather dependent and subject to change at the discretion of the operator. For cancellations outside of 24hrs there is no cancellation fee. For cancellations during business hours before 7pm the day prior, 50% of the ticket will be forfeited. For cancellations anytime after 7pm the day before the tour, 100% of the ticket will be forfeited.

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