Scenic Flights over the Spectacular Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and more

Discover Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding regions from above with a scenic fixed wing flight from Daintree Air.

Cairns Scenic Fixed Wing and Helicopter Flights

Daintree Air is a highly experienced air charter company scenic flights and day tours.

With tours and charters that reach from Cairns to all corners of Australia, Daintree Air’s passion for aviation ensures that your scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef is an experience to remember.

Scenic Flights

The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2300 km along the Queensland coastline and is made up of 2900 individual coral reefs and 900 sandy coral cays.

The sheer vastness of the reef means that it can’t all be seen in one day, even from the air.  The half hour scenic flight covers just 140 km but includes some of the best the Great Barrier Reef has on offer.

The flight visits several of the best reefs on the outer reef as well as selected islands (including the renowned Green Island) and Port Douglas, north of Cairns.

Those lucky enough may even witness pods of whales on their annual migration past Green Island.

Snorkelling or scuba diving the reef is the only way to get up close and personal with some of the reefs smaller residents swimming amongst the coral.

Those residents that are less seen are the larger marine life.

A scenic flight with Daintree Air is a low level flight so you can spot Dugong, Manta Rays, Green Sea Turtles and whales several shark species.


Day Tour to Cooktown

Travel from Cairns to Cooktown by way of low level scenic flight over the Daintree Rainforest.

At the historic Cooktown, experience the local highlights on a guided 4WD tour before the return scenic flight, this time over the Great Barrier Reef.

Day Tour to Lizard Island

The low level scenic flight from Cairns to Lizard Island takes you over the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.  At Lizard Island, the day is yours to experience at your own pace; swim and relax on a pristine beach, take a guided tour of the island, snorkel several reef locations.  After 6 hours, the return scenic flight will cover the highlights if the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Day Tour to Cape York

Our low level scenic flight to the very tip of North Queensland covers approximately 1100 square kilometres.

The highlights of this tour include spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and North Queensland Outback.

Our scenic flight will take you over places inaccessible by vehicles like Cape Melville the silica sands of Cape Flattery, Princess Charlotte Bay, Bathurst Heads and the Flinders Island Group.


Our 4WD section of the tour takes you to Australia’s most Northern beach Frangipani Beach


From Frangipani Beach we walk approximately 100- metres to the tip of Cape York