GSL Aviation Whitsundays Scenic Plane Flights from Airlie Beach

Adults from $129

Soar above the Whitsunday Islands with GSL Aviation for spectacular views islands and reefs!

​Option A: Island Explorer Scenic Flight - 25 minute scenic flight Our Island Explorer is a great way to get your bearings in the Whitsundays. The flight includes world famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. We guarantee window seats, and only operate high wing aircraft, so you’re sure to get the most from your experience.

Option B: Reef and Island Scenic Flight - 60 minute scenic flight The Reef and Island flight really captures the best features of the Whitsundays. The flight includes all the best parts of the local islands including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, and then takes you over one of the greatest natural wonders in the world, The Great Barrier Reef. Our signature flight includes Heart Reef, Bait Reef, Hardy Reef and Hook Reef. The best way to see this wonder is from the air, and GSL Aviation operate this flight several times daily from Whitsunday Airport.

Option D: Reef and Island and Ocean Rafting Fly and Cruise Package - 60 minute scenic flight + full day tour Enjoy the most spectacular view in the Whitsundays aboard a one hour ‘Reef and Island’ scenic flight. The flight includes all the sights of the Whitsunday Islands such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Extending beyond the Whitsunday Islands your flight takes you over the Great Barrier Reef, including the famous ‘Heart Reef’. All passengers enjoy their own window seat, and the aircraft are high-wing to allow for best possible viewing. Following the flight, your day just keeps getting better with a whole day on the water with ‘Ocean Rafting’. The Ocean Rafting tour is an exhilarating boat ride with several stops including top snorkelling spots, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Your day is packed with activities including snorkelling, beach time and a guided bushwalk at Hill Inlet. On top of your tour, a buffet style lunch is provided by Ocean Rafting, as well as all snorkelling equipment and wetsuit or stinger suit hire. We recommend this tour for the best view above, on and below the water in the Whitsundays! *Itinerary and Inclusions below are representative of Option D*

Option E: Hamilton Island Direct Transfer (NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) Travel between Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach in style. Our direct transfer is fast and efficient with a great view along the way! Departure times are available to meet commercial flights at Hamilton Island. Minimum 2 passengers to go ahead. Option F: Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef Transfer (NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) Combine your transfer between Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach, with our famous Reef & Island flight. Travel via the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, including Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Minimum 4 passengers to go ahead.

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Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
Option A Varies Varies 25 Minutes
Option B Varies Varies 60 Minutes
Option D 7:30am 4:30pm 9 Hours


Ticket Details Price
Adults Option D $389
Adults/Children Option E $99
Option A $129
Option B $229
Option F $279
Children (2-14 yrs) Option D $339



Group Size: 10ppl max

  • Piper Chieftain, GA8 Airvan, Cessna 206 or Cessna 210


  • Scenic Plane Flight over the Whitsunday Islands
  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation (Option D Only)
  • National Park Fees
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Expert Presentation
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Wetsuit Hire
  • Guided Walk

Rated: 32101 (3.7/5 based on 3 customer reviews)

54321 We had the best experience ever. My husband and I did the 1 hour flight with my parents, for their 50th Anniversary. Joel was a superb pilot and gave us a fantastic commentary as we flew over the Whitsunday Islands and then out to the Great Barrier Reef and over the Heart Reef. What an incredible treat. It is so gob-smackingly beautiful, and keeps on being mind-blowingly spectacular. Joel circled the heart reef twice so passengers on both sides of the plane could get the perfect shot. It was truly the experience of a life-time! I would recommend it to anyone. The ground staff were also fantastic, fetching us and delivering us from and back to our hotel at no extra cost. The safety briefing and care was excellent. Well done GSL this was a fantastic experience. It was well worth the money. Thank you so much!
Michelle Sansom-Sherwill — 27 September, 2017

14321 Worse experience of a lifetime. Despite the bad weather and poor visibility the pilot has gone ahead with the SCENIC flight!!!!! We boarded a 10 seater plane where seats were already allocated with no choice and very poor audio. The plane had no air conditioning going, inside it was hot and stuffy. The plane has gone through wind, pouring rain and turbulence three times with no visibility. One before we got to the Heart Reef, one above Hayman Island and one at landing. Did not get a photo of the heart reef as plane went too fast and the reef was at the lower part of the window. Whitehaven beach was unrecognizable in the darkness of the clouds. The plane did not fly over Airlie Beach and flying over Hyman Island was not completed as we were caught up in the turbulence. This flight hasn't given me a lifetime experience that I was hoping for, in fact totally opposite... :((((( In my opinion the flight should've been rescheduled to allow a scenic experience. Customer service equally bad. When complained that I had no chance to take a picture of the main attraction I was told to buy a postcard.....???? Later I made a phone call to speak to the manager, someone who introduced himself as the Company's owner hung up on me....???? GSL Aviation Facebook quote doesn't live up to its values as they took the precious moment away from me instead of taking my breath away.
Amika — 4 January, 2017

54321 The hour tour was absolutely amazing! Great door to door service too!
carmel — 9 December, 2014


The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Courtesy pickup from your accommodation


Meet at the Whitsundays Airport and Checkin

Fly above the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef!

See the reef from a new perspective with a scenic flight

Whitehaven Beach

Discover the pristine white sand and aqua waters of the stunning Whitehaven Beach

Hook Island

Hook Island is full of great locations to visit for snorkeling as it has many protected bays.

Hardy Reef

Secluded, Private Lagoon Reserved for Seaplane Tours Only!

Bait Reef

​Bait Reef is one of the best known and most spectacular locations on the Great Barrier Reef.

Return to the Whitsunday Airport and transfer to Coral Seas Resort

Checkin at the Coral Seas Resort and Board Ocean Rafting Vessel


Arrive Whitehaven Beach - Southern End

freedom to explore Whitehaven beach and make your way up to the northern end.

Buffet Lunch

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on tour!

Cross to an nearby island such as Border Island for snorkelling

(Island is subject to change based on weather conditions on day of tour)


Snorkel amongst the beautiful corals, fishes, turtles and more, up close and personal.

Return to Coral Seas Resort and Disembark Vessel


Dropoff at Airlie Beach Accommodation


Tour Map

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