GSL Aviation Whitsundays Scenic Plane Flight from Airlie Beach

Adults from $249

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. (Note: Tour will be no longer operate after 31 March 2019)

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 operates this flight several times daily from Whitsunday Airport.


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Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
Option A: Island Explorer Scenic Flight - 25-minute Varies Varies 25 Minutes
Option B: Reef and Island Scenic Flight - 60-minute Varies Varies 60 Minutes


*Children under 3 years old are considered infants, and travel free of charge on a paying adults lap; for children 3 years

and over, adult price applies on all flights.

Ticket Details Price
Adults/Children Option A: Island Explorer Scenic Flight - 25-minute $129
Option B: Reef and Island Scenic Flight - 60-minute $249



Group Size: 10ppl max

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


  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • Scenic Plane Flight over the Whitsunday Islands
  • National Park Fees
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Expert Presentation

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

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

(Option A)

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

(Option A)

Fly over the Hill Inlet

(Option B)

Heart Reef is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart

(Option B)

Fly over Hook Island and see protected bays.

(Option B)

Secluded, Private Lagoon Reserved for Seaplane Tours Only!

(Option B)

​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

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