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What to expect on your next Cairns Helicopter Tour in 2023

Updated: Aug 3, 2023


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A scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef is an exhilarating experience that offers breathtaking views of the world's largest coral reef system. Cairns, Australia, is the perfect starting point for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, and a helicopter tour is an excellent way to witness the stunning beauty of this natural wonder from above.

Zoom Helicopters is Cairns’ leading helicopter tour operator, providing a memorable adventure of a lifetime to happy travellers from around the globe. So what’s it like to view one of the Natural Wonders of the World from the air? Below is a brief description of what to expect on your next helicopter ride.


As you soar above the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll be treated to an absolutely awe-inspiring bird's eye view of the colourful coral formations and the diverse marine life that inhabit them. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,300 kilometres along the coast of Queensland and is home to over 1,500 species of fish, 600 types of coral, and numerous other marine creatures.


Your helicopter ride will take you over some of the most popular attractions of the Great Barrier Reef, such as Green Island and Agincourt Reef. From above, you’ll be able to see the vibrant colours of the coral gardens and the schools of tropical fish swimming in the clear waters. You’ll most likely be able to spot other marine creatures such as sharks, rays, turtles, and dolphins. Your friendly pilot will provide commentary during the tour, pointing out interesting sights and providing information about the reef's ecology and formation.



One of the most incredible experiences on the helicopter tour is witnessing the sheer size and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from above. From the air, you can see the different hues of blue and green of the water and the patterns formed by the coral formations. You can also see the contrast between the dark blue depths of the ocean and the shallow coral gardens.


The helicopter ride offers a unique perspective of the Great Barrier Reef, unlike any other. You can appreciate the magnitude and complexity of the reef system, which is impossible to see from the water. The scenic flight is also an opportunity to capture stunning photographs and videos of the Great Barrier Reef to cherish for a lifetime.


The helicopter tour of the Great Barrier Reef is suitable for all ages and can be customised to cater to your needs. Aside from the reef scenic flights, Zoom also offer a range of other helicopter tours including Cairns City, Rainforest and Atherton Tableland tours.


So there you have it, a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef is most certainly an incredible experience that promises to be a highlight of any visit to Cairns. The bird's eye view of the colourful coral gardens, the diverse marine life, and the stunning natural beauty of the reef system are unforgettable. If you're planning a trip to Cairns, don't miss the opportunity to witness the Great Barrier Reef from above with Zoom Helicopters, it's an experience you'll never forget.


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