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Our Favourite Scenic Flights

Written By: Gauranga Magriplis

Read time: 2 mins

Throughout Australia there are many things to see by air. Many scenic flights over and around the most incredible nature, landscapes and cities in the world. Scenic flights are always conducted in a light aircraft. Either helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Helicopters are smaller have great appeal and take fake off and land from pretty much anywhere. They are however slightly more expensive to operate than fixed wing aircraft. While fixed wing aircraft are bigger, carry more people and weight, fly for longer, fly faster and are slightly cheaper. They do however need a good chunk of runway to get off the ground. That being said, here are our favourite scenic flights around Australia!

1 – The Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Ride

Cairns GBR Helicopter Ride

A scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland is easily the most incredible view and the most memorable scenic flight you can experience anywhere in Australia and probably the world. Peering out the window of a light aircraft over the largest reef in the world is a truly awe-inspiring experience.

2 – Sydney Harbour Scenic Flight

Sydney Harbour Scenic Flight

Soaring over the most iconic harbour in the world has to give you a kick. Sydney is the biggest city in Australia and easily the most recognisable in the world. Of all the city scenic flights in the southern hemisphere this has got to be the best. No other experience offers the same combination of coastline, beaches, big city and iconic landmarks all wrapped up into one awesome flying experience.

3- Brisbane CBD Air Tour

Brisbane sunset helicopter

One of my favourite because it is our home city. Brisbane looks great from above out the window on a helicopter. When doing laps of the CBD, ATC tells you to stay at 1000ft. At this height the aircraft is basically at the same height as the tallest buildings in Brisbane. As you fly around the city and take in the view, you can clearly see people going about their day in the skyscrapers beside you. There is an entire range of air tours to be had in Brisbane, but this is a popular one and my favourite.

4 – Uluru Helicopter flight

Aerial view of Uluru

For any one that does not know, Uluru or Ayer’s Rock is among the biggest rocks in the world. It is surrounded completely by desert sand for hundreds of kilometres in all directions. The most striking aspect of this monolith is that it changes colour depending on the position of the sun. At sunset this giant rock turns a fiery orange. The seemingly random obelisk in the centre of Australia is a bit of a tourist hot spot and spiritual Mecca to the native Australians. Thousands of tourists and locals each year travel here to see it and the lucky few will take a helicopter flight over it.

5 – Gold Coast Beaches Helicopter Tour

Gold Coast Scenic Flight
Sunny view of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

The Gold Coast in South-East Queensland is Australia’s most popular tourist destination and one of the most popular in the world. Kilometres of perfect beaches and some of the best places to swim and surf in the world. Helicopter tours of the Gold Coast and its’ beaches are constantly buzzing around the skies with hundreds of keen tourists enjoying helicopter rides daily.

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