GSL Aviation Whitsundays Scenic Plane Flight from Airlie Beach

Adults from $259

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

The Reef & Island Scenic Flight with GSL Aviation is the most comprehensive scenic flight in the Whitsundays, and one of the region’s signature experiences.

The tour includes a comprehensive view of the regions best natural landscapes. Mainland river systems, Conway National Park, Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef are all part of your scenic adventure.

While travelling with GSL, highlights of the flight include world-famous Whitehaven Beach and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. Beyond the Whitsunday Islands, is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The unique colours and patterns of the reef are best appreciated from the air, including the iconic Heart Reef, which is only visible from the air, and only in the Whitsundays. The Reef & Island flight with GSL is a must-do in the Whitsundays!

Duration: 60-Minute Flight Time | $259 per person

  • 60 Minute Reef & Island Scenic Flight 
  • In-flight pilot commentary
  • Guaranteed window seats

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Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
Reef and Island Scenic Flight – 60-minute Varies Varies 60 Minutes


NOTE: Pricing valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

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.

Weight Restriction of 125kg. applies.

Ticket Details Price
Adults/Children Reef and Island Scenic Flight – 60-minute $249



Group Size: 10ppl max

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


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

Rated: 43211 (4.2/5 based on 5 customer reviews)

54321 Great dat would thoroughly recommend this trip. Our guides on the bus were really friendly and informative. The plane ride was great. I’m a bit claustrophobic and did panic a bit but everything was fine. The Pilot Brad gave us loads of info about all the islands. Such an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend this trip
Lesley — 19 January, 2020

54321 This was the best experience ever with the best views!! The GSL pilot was very informative and made sure we had an enjoyable flight. A shoutout to Reeffree for helping us with our bookings and giving the best customer service (very quick and efficient replies) – well done! I would definitely recommend bookings through Reeffree.
Bianca — 30 December, 2019

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 and Check-in at the GSL Aviation Office at Airlie Beach (1/384 Shute Harbour Rd)

Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsundays Region, the largest town on the coast.

Fly above the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef!

See the reef from a new perspective with a scenic flight

Heart Reef

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

Hook Island

Fly over Hook Island and see 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 Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsundays Region, the largest town on the coast.

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Booking & Enquiries – GSL Aviation Whitsundays Scenic Plane Flight from Airlie Beach

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