Tours and Tickets

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet! provided by Ocean Rafting

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!
4.5
Book in advance
from
£166.27
per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Reserve now & pay later: Save your spot free of charge with flexible booking.
About
Enjoy a 60 minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet! See the Whitsundays from above with a stunning Whitsunday 60 minute scenic flight over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of many of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, fly over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef. The comfortable fixed wing aircraft offers big window viewing, pilot commentary and the best views of the Whitsundays! Ocean Rafting’s scenic flights depart from Whitsunday Airport, located at 12 Air Whitsunday Drive, Flame Tree, between the popular tourist destinations of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands and just 9 minutes drive from the main street of Airlie Beach. Departs daily at 7am, 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6381P4
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • 60 minute reef and island scenic flight
  • Views of Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and Heart Reef
  • Pilot commentary
  • Courtesy bus transfers
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Courtesy coach door to door transfers are included from Airlie Beach accommodation or you may choose to meet at Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour. The airport is located 9 minutes from the main street of Airlie Beach.
  • Whitsunday Airport (Shute Harbour) - Airlie Beach, 12 Air Whitsunday Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 17 travellers
Inclusions
  • 60 minute reef and island scenic flight
  • Views of Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and Heart Reef
  • Pilot commentary
  • Courtesy bus transfers
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Courtesy coach door to door transfers are included from Airlie Beach accommodation or you may choose to meet at Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour. The airport is located 9 minutes from the main street of Airlie Beach.
  • Whitsunday Airport (Shute Harbour) - Airlie Beach, 12 Air Whitsunday Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 17 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Whitsunday Airport (Shute Harbour) - Airlie Beach
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Heart Reef
    Whitehaven Beach
    Whitehaven Beach
    Hill Inlet
    Whitsunday Islands
  • You'll return to the starting point
+
Popular mentions

4.5
10 reviews
Excellent
9
Very good
0
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
1

Jane Apap
Gatton, Australia6 contributions
Amazing reef flyover and champagne on Whitehaven beach
Absolutely beautiful day, pilot Isaac was wonderful with good commentary. Landing on water at Whitehaven was exciting and we were provided with champagne on the beach. Viewing the reef from the sky was eye opening, a must do👍
Written 10 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sounds like an idyllic experience and what a way to arrive at the worlds most impressive beach!! Thanks for the wonderful feedback we hope you made so memories that will stay with you forever! Team Ocean Rafting
Written 13 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gemma M
2 contributions
Incredible flight
Took advantage of a deal to take this scenic flight and was worth every cent. The courtesy shuttle is handy and pilot was very friendly and informative.
A great way to see the islands and reef from above.
Written 6 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Awesome deal right!?! We couldn't be happier to hear you enjoyed exploring the Whitsundays from above with us! Thanks for choosing to travel with us! Team Ocean Rafting
Written 7 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Zaira P
2 contributions
Amazing way to see the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.
Feb 2021 • Family
The staff pilot and driver are great and friendly. Is worth it to do the flight, the view is amazing. We highly recommend this experience and the company.
Written 1 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for the glowing recommendation!! We are thrilled you had a great time exploring the Whitsundays with us from above, on and beneath its crystal clear waters. Thanks so much for travelling with us and hope to see you again someday. Team Ocean Rafting
Written 2 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Eniola M
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
5 stars!!!
5 stars!!! Totally worth it
Do it

5 stars!!! Totally worth it
Do it

5 stars!!! Totally worth it
Do it
Written 17 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Love this!! Thanks for the wonderful recommendation!! Team Ocean Rafting
Written 17 February 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Heidi L
6 contributions
Incredible day!
Nov 2020 • Couples
It was an incredible day with ocean rafting! The start to the day was smooth with a free pick up service by the company. We then headed to the airport along the water at Airlie beach. The team here were efficient in getting everything organised to take us up into the air! There had been some people “no-show”, so we all sat with a window seat and got a great view! The pilot was considerate enough to do multiple laps of the Heart Reef, to ensure that everyone got a good look! The ride was smooth and professional with some guided information from the pilot about different islands!

We were transported by coach to the port and quickly checked in before hopping on board the raft. The staff again were professional and helpful. If you are looking for relaxing ride to the beach, this boat probably isn’t best for you. It was very windy and also bumpy at the front and all loose items needed to be put away. The boat ride was more of an experience rather than just transport with people being able to sit on the side of the boat on the “adventure seats”.

We stopped off to do snorkelling first, with a decent view of the reef and plenty of free time to explore. They provided pool noodles which helped make snorkelling easier, even for experienced swimmers.

The walk to Hill Inlet takes about 30 mins. Note you have to hop off/get on the boat in the water at the beach. So sandals or thongs are best to wear as walking shoes would get very wet (knee height water). The view is beautiful and you spend about 20 mins at the 3 different lookouts.

It was choppy conditions and Whitehaven beach was very busy. So we stopped at a different beach which we had all to ourselves. There is no shade, but the water was beautiful.

Fruit for morning tea, different meats and salad for lunch and then a lamington for afternoon tea. Food is good enough to fill the gap and drinks can be purchased on board for a fee. If you have different dietry requirements let the staff know when booking as they don’t have different options available with them.

We had a fantastic day thanks to the crew at Ocean Rafting. And a special mention to Nicole for being a fantastic guide.
Written 14 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wow, wow,wow!! Thank you so much for this amazing review of your time with us, both above and on the stunning waters of the Whitsundays!! It sounds like a truly magical day taking in all of the stunning sights! We hope you had one epic adventure and made some incredible memories along the way! Thanks again. Team Ocean Rafting
Written 15 November 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kristen K
17 contributions
Extremely disappointing, think twice
Feb 2020
I had read reviews before going about the plane having two seats that were obstructed by the bar from the wing. I couldn’t find any helicopter tours available while we were there so I figured I would just avoid sitting in those seats. However, when we arrived we were assigned seats, and me and my partner got stuck in the two seats with the obstructed view. It completely ruined the flight for me as my view was obstructed the whole time, and the photo opportunities were significantly limited. They should either not book these seats or offer a discounted price. I was very upset that I paid just as much as everyone else but had a much less enjoyable experience. With two of the seven available seats having an obstructed view, there is a good chance you will be assigned these seats so be warned.
Written 29 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Haydn Travels
4 contributions
THE BEST
Nov 2019
I was convinced to do this tour by the local agent at my hostel - who told me this was would be unmissable and he was right! I had a blast. The scenery was breath taking on this tour. We got picked up from the hostel, taken to the airport right by the ocean and we were off over the sea on our way out to the Great Barrier reef in straight away. The pilot was super friendly guy from Quebec and the plane was new and very nice. Everyone had great views from anywhere they sit and you have to see it to believe how simply stunning this natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. The service level was so high and easily the best flight company to go with! Thank you so much to my hostel for booking this and to the guys at Ocean Rafting - you all ROCK!
Written 7 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for choosing Ocean Rafting Scenic flights! So glad to read you had a lovely flight. I will be sure to share this review with Julian! Be sure to #oceanrafting and #lovewhitsundays in your images so we can see your experience. Thanks team Ocean Rafting :)
Written 9 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Glenn H
Mount Gambier, Australia180 contributions
Flight over Great Barrier Reef
Oct 2019
The tourism business “Ocean Rafting” sell a flight over GBR followed by a fast raft experience involving snorkeling, trip to Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach.
Instead of doing both on the one day we decided on the flight first day and rafting next.
Flight was simply wonderful. We saw much but the Flight over the actual Great Barrier Reef Area, quite a way out to sea, was fantastic. Going to the Reef on a boat gives you nowhere near the realisation of the beauty and mammoth proportions of this “Wonder of the World”. Wow!
Written 20 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Fly and Raft package is the ONLY way to see the Whitsundays from above and below the sea! This package is great that you can choose it over the 1 day or over 2 days! So glad to hear your whole family had a great out with the team! We hope to see you again in the Whitsundays and of course on Ocean Rafting. Thanks Team Ocean Rafting :)
Written 2 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sam R
Blackstone Heights, Australia63 contributions
Great value
Door to door service from our hotel and return. Bus driver was lovely. They are very prompt with their timing. Our male captain on the flight was lovely and very knowledgeable. Conditions were great so we were able to get some great pics. We saw the majority of the islands and white haven beach. Great value for money!
Written 29 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for choosing Ocean Rafting Scenic flights! So glad to read you had a lovely flight. I will be sure to share this review with the pilot. Be sure to #oceanrafting and #lovewhitsundays in your images so we can see your experience. Be sure to tell all your family friends to come fly with us. Thanks team Ocean Rafting :)
Written 30 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Ocean Rafting
rachelhQ2FQ
rachelhQ2FQ
00
Epic!!
Don’t think twice, just do it. Such a fun day and the views are unreal to say the least!! James and Deeray were th
178teresal
178teresal
00
amaaaazing experience
Wow!! what a day... fantastic experience, fantastic crew. Seriously the best day!! professional, friendly, easy to
tahliam746
tahliam746
00
Amazing experience!
This tour was the highlight of our Whitsundays trip. The snorkelling experience, trip to Hill Inlet, and lunch on W
TimHeppell
TimHeppell
00
Totally Thunderstruck!
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour to Whitehaven beach as part of a larger school group. In total, we filled four Ocean
NauticalDreamer3010
NauticalDreamer3010
00
A great day on the water
The weather was perfect and we had a very enjoyable day. What made the day though was the fantastic staff. Rory o
jasmineburgan
jasmineburgan
00
Fun! But more education needed
A really fun day out exploring, we had a bit of wind but mostly awesome weather. The staff Shelly and Taylor were g
lucykV9649IQ
lucykV9649IQ
00
A fun day out on Thunderstruck!
Ocean Rafting - Northern Exposure Tour. Had a great day out on Thunderstruck with Jimmy and AJ! Made everyone feel
deeniem2021
deeniem2021
00
We loved this tour!! Highly recommend!
I booked the Northern Exposure tour with some girl friends for my 21st! We had the best time! We especially enjoyed
DelanA82
DelanA82
00
Awesome daytrip in Paradise
I had a fantastic day trip combing both the air and water. The day commenced with a scenic flight from Whitsunday A
F6421VQfionac
F6421VQfionac
00
Simply Amazing!!
What a day!!! Can’t recommend enough… Spent the day crating amazing memories for our girls!! No better way to disco
Haardy95
Haardy95
00
Fantastic day out!
What an incredible day out at a reasonable cost! Spent plenty of time at whitehaven beach to enjoy lunch and a swim
BeckyJ736
BeckyJ736
00
A wild ride to the best beach in the world
My partner and I (aged 33) did the Southern Lights tour and it was fantastic. Whitehaven Beach is stunning and well
doramay16
doramay16
00
Awesome day out. Won't be disappointed. Snorkelling tops
What an awesome day. Thanks Benny and Paulie, you guys made our day - very knowledgeable and nothing was a hassle.
X7714OTscotth
X7714OTscotth
00
Awesome day on Thunderstruck with James and Deeray!
Great day and great vibes on Thunderstruck with James and Deeray! These two made the entire experience 10x better,
stacey172021
stacey172021
00
Thunderstruck joy ride
Omg this was AMAZING. Just did my first snorkelling trip with hubby and Teenage kids and first visit to Whitehaven
Frequently Asked Questions about Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet! price starts from £167.32. Discover and book Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet! on Tripadvisor

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet! cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet! on Tripadvisor

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet! is hosted by Ocean Rafting. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Ocean Rafting on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet! on Tripadvisor