Australia Tours By Helicopter – A Spectacular Bird’s Eye View Of Australia

For an incredible experience and an unforgettable way to see Australia, why not try one of the best organized tours in the world on a helicopter? With air-conditioned comfort and safety-approved standards, helicopter charter companies in Australia offer some of the best scenic tours in the world. There are many wonderful locations that will take your breath away but below are 5 trips that we believe should not be missed.


Great Barrier Reef

View the amazing Great Barrier Reef from above without getting your feet wet! The fantastic array of colours and the beauty of this natural wonder will blow you away.

The Great Barrier Reef is known to be the world’s largest and most spectacular coral reef system and consists of nearly 3000 individual reefs, 880 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. The reef is located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. Here you can discover a whole new underwater world and greet over 6,600 species of flora and fauna, including 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of molluscs and 400 types of coral.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage site in 1981.CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is an important part of local groups’ cultures and spirituality.

There are many options for Australia tours flying over the Great Barrier Reef to choose from; including flight only or one-way flights with return cruise from one of the many small islands. Most flight options are available from Cairns or Port Douglas.

Popular companies operating Australia tours on the Great Barrier Reef:


GBR Helicopters

GBR Helicopters is the one of the largest and most experienced Cairns scenic flights & helicopter charter companies. It is the leading rotary aviation company in North Queensland, with a reputation for excellence and an unrivalled safety record in the delivery of Australia tours by helicopter.

Since 1996, GBR Helicopters has been providing daily helicopter tourism services to cruise operators at the Great Barrier Reef.  It is the only Australia tours by helicopter operator to provide an exclusive, contracted daily service to the four major Great Barrier Reef day tour operators – Great Adventures (GreenIsland, Norman and Moore Reef), Quicksilver Connections (Agincourt Reef), Reef Magic Cruises (Moore Reef) and Sunlover Reef Cruises (Moore Reef).

Sample Itinerary by GBR Helicopters:

Reef Magic

Fly Out:

  • 09.45am: Courtesy transfer from your accommodation
  • 10.25am: Helicopter departs for the Outer Reef Platform
  • 10.50am: Arrive at the Outer Reef Platform

Fly Back:

  • 3.15pm: Helicopter departs Outer Reef for return flight to Cairns
  • 3:45pm: Arrive at the Cairns City Heliport
  • 3.45pm: Courtesy transfer to your accommodation

Your day includes:

  • Helicopter scenic flight to or from the Outer Reef Platform
  • Courtesy transfers to or from your accommodation 


Cairns Heli Scenic

Cairns Heli Scenic is one Australia tours that departs daily from Cairns City Heliport situated at The Pier Marketplace at the Shangri-la Marina. Flying daily to world famous Green Island and the Great Adventures pontoon. Enjoy a relaxing morning on Green Island exploring the iconic Jewel of the Reef then cruise to the Great Adventures pontoon for an afternoon of snorkeling and coral viewing. Fly back to Cairns over the stunning Great Barrier Reef for fantastic photo opportunities.


Down Under Helicopters

Down Under Helicopters are a small, Cairns based company offering a personal, affordable service and provide a spectacular experience to visitors of the Cairns region. Experience Nature’s finest, try one of their Scenic Helicopter flights over the eighth Wonder of the World – The Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest of the Daintree National Park. Explore ancient rainforest covered mountainsides with waterfalls and valleys only minutes from the centre of Cairns. You’ll view world heritage listed Rainforest, Cairns city and surrounds from the air. This flight will definitely a highlight of your Australia tours, the memory will stay with you forever. Bring your camera for this wonderful experience.


Air Adventure Australia.

Air Adventure Australia boasts over 30 years’ experience combining luxury aviation services with Australia’s most dramatic, colourful and unique locations. The company is one of few that offers Australia tours by helicopters in a long range….If you really want to see more of the Great Barrier Reef, a short scenic flight just wont do. Join a long range air tour. You’ll see more islands, more scenery, stay in more fine hotels, and have the experience of a lifetime!

Flying out of Melbourne, Air Adventure Australia, on their “Islands in the Sun” 12 day tour, will fly you through Queensland’s vast outback where you’ll experience locations such as Longreach and Undara. From there you’ll fly to the coast, where your island hopping adventure begins. Dunk Island, Family Islands, Hinchinbrook Island, Port Hinchinbrook, Lindeman Island, Fraser Island. Soaking up the sun, seeing the reef up close and from the air, experiencing the adventure of a lifetime.


The Kimberleys

Whether it’s the wet or dry season, the remote Kimberley region is a must for those wanting to see the true beauty of the Australian outback. Situated in the northwestern corner of Australia, the Kimberley region offers pristine gorges, gushing waterfalls and amazing outback beauty. Whether it’s the wet or dry season, you’ll experience an unforgettable trip that will leave you wanting to see more. Australia tours are not complete without a fly over the Kimberleys, it is a must see and visit.

Popular companies operating Australia tours on the Kimberleys:


Kimberley Air Supply, also known as KAS Helicopters

As the name suggests, the company represents helicopter specialists of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, they operate scenic and commercial helicopter flights from Derby and Broome operate a range of piston and turbine powered helicopters.

Sample Itinerary by KAS Helicopters:

The Kimberley Triangle 

Flight Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

This scenic flight heads north across the dry, flat and harsh terrain of the Kimberley region to Beagle Bay, world renowned for its church featuring a pearl shell altar. From here fly coastal to Carnot Bay and following the coastline back into Broome passing James Price Point, Quondong Point, Barred Creek and Willie Creek along the way.


Kimberley Air Tours

For an adventure you will never forget,fly with the professional and experienced team at Kimberley Air Tours. See the Bungle Bungle Range, Lake Argyle, Kimberley Coast, Argyle Diamond Mine, Ord River and more!

With a range of Australia tours options for every traveller, the company will show you a bird’s eye view of the spectacular East Kimberley region. Kimberley Air Tours float plane tours offer the added exhilaration and thrill of taking off and landing on water, all amongst some of Australia’s most pristine scenery. This is the ultimate way to get up close and explore the waters and rugged landscape of the Kimberley.

If float planes are not for you, you have an option to hop on land based aircraft for an unforgettable air adventure to see the iconic Bungle Bungle Range.

Sample Itinerary by Kimberley Air Tours:

Kimberley Coastal Experience with Berkeley River Cruise (KCE)

Your journey begins by tracking over the diverse landscape of the region. See the Ord River Irrigation Area, Carlton Hill Station, the Cambridge Gulf, Lacrosse Island and Cape Dussejour before weaving along the magnificent and rugged coastline of the Kimberley. Marvel at the stunning sandstone cliffs and sandy beaches before coming in for a water landing in the mouth of the spectacular Berkeley River. Step ashore and admire the stunning surrounds, then board a cruise boat for a leisurely tour exploring the Berkeley River gorge. Admire the red escarpments as your skipper shares with you his knowledge of this breathtaking river whilst enjoying lunch onboard. Returning to the mouth of the river, we reboard the float plane and follow the Berkeley River gorge back inland, heading to the Lyne River and Adolphus Island. Finish your memorable journey following the lower Ord River in search of salt water crocodiles. Overall this is one of Australia tours that packs a lot of adventure in one place!

Inclusions: lunch, water, soft drink and a complimentary beer or glass of wine or champagne. Additional alcohol can be purchased at own expense.

Please bring bathers as swimming may be possible in a fresh water hole depending on time of year.

Departing: Kununurra

Duration: Full day


The Bungle Bungles

Another must visit destination on your Australia tours is the Bungle Bungles. This impressive rock formation is definitely best seen from above. The many beehive shaped striped domes are spread over a 450 km2 area and will amaze any travel weary visitor. They were only recently discovered in 1983 and have since become one of the more popular destination for Australia tours.

Popular companies operating Australia tours on the Bungle Bungles:


Slingair Heliwork WA

The multi-award winning Slingair Heliwork WA is the specialist when it comes to Australia tours by helicopter in the northern side of the country. With scenic air tours, charters, air safaris, spectacular helicopter flights and ground touring options, they can show you the best Northern Australia has to offer. The company holds National Tourism Quality Accreditation and Eco Tourism Certification.

Slingair operates 8 Cessna Caravan jet prop, air-conditioned, PA equipped aeroplanes and Heliwork WA has 16 helicopters so, no matter where you want to go, they have the aircraft to get you there! The company focus is on Australia tours that take you to some of the most beautiful and inaccessible areas in the world.

Sample Itinerary by Slingair Heliwork WA:

Epic Bunge Bungle Helicopter Adventure

Departing from Kununurra or Lake Argyle Resort

Indulge in the ultimate experience of flying by helicopter over the wide Kimberley expanse and landing at Purnululu National Park and an idyllic secret swimming hole.

  • Marvel at the Ord Top Dam and the full expanse of Lake Argyle, flying along the western shore.
  • Fly through the ranges and gorge country and follow waterholes along the Bow and Ord rivers.
  • Spot cattle, donkeys and horses on vast cattle stations.
  • Experience the ancient Bungle Bungle in Purnululu National park, viewing the entire massif, beehive shaped domes, gorges and rifts. Land for refreshments.
  • Discover the Argyle Diamond Mine, Osmand Range and Ragged Range.
  • Enjoy a picnic at an idyllic secret swimming hole – don’t forget your swimmers!
  • If departing Kununurra, your views will include the Ord Irrigation area, Packsaddle Plains and the Diversion Dam.


Bungle Bungle Expeditions

Bungle Bungle Expeditions operate a range of aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopters for its Australia tours. It also operates a 10 seat Cessna Caravan Turboprop Amphibian aircraft with water landing capabilities.

For Bungle Bungle scenic flights in one of its Cessnas, do contact them directly for availability and pricing. All aircraft are also available for private charter so if you don’t see a tour that suits you, the company can design one that will exactly fit your needs.

Sample Itinerary by Bungle Bungle Expeditions:

Bungles-Ord River-Triple Falls

  • Experience a spectacular flight over the Triple Falls, the Bungle Bungle Range & the Ord River.
  • Fly over and learn about Mabel Downs Cattle Station
  • Flight departs from and returns to Bungle Bungle Caravan Park.


Uluru and the Olgas

On your Australia tours list, make sure you also get a chance to see Uluru and the magnificent Olgas from a different angle. In recent years, most visitors choose not to climb Uluru as a show of respect for Aboriginal culture meaning the best way to see this amazing rock formation is from above. The panoramic view from your helicopter will include the breathtaking scenery unique to the Red Centre and can often trips over The Olgas. The Olgas are made up of 36 massive rock domes that are spread out like giants in the desert. The colours and patterns in this part of Australia will blow you away and the awe inspiring panorama will leave an unforgettable memory for your to cherish.


Kakadu National Park

This part of Australia is renowned for it’s cascading waterfalls, giant rock formations and the unique diversity of wildlife. All of this can be viewed from the luxury of a modern helicopter and along with the dramatic escarpment of Arnhemland, Australia tours by helicopter is guaranteed to be a wonderful experience.

For itineraries and companies operating Australia tours in Kakadu National Park, Uluru, and the Olgas… may be a great source of information.


What better way to see Australia than hoping on one of the luxurious Australia tours by helicopter? Cruise around the country’s hot destinations, the coast or even up to wine country. The possibilities are endless when you’re flying with a first class, private helicopter tour. Enjoy your vacation in Australia!

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