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Down Under Helicopters and Cairns Helicopter School

Down Under Helicopters are a small, Cairns based company offering a personal, affordable service. They’re also able to provide a spectacular experience to visitors for the Cairns region as well as being able to accommodate companies and individuals who require alternatives and solutions to the challenge of enterprise, or provide rewards to staff or customers. Their size, experience and enthusiasm are what make’s their company so versatile.

Experience Nature’s finest, try one of their Scenic Helicopter flights over the eighth Wonder of the World – The Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest of the Daintree National Park.

They offer a number of alternative tours including scenic helicopter flights, for example their Fly/Cruise – (half day) and Cruise/Fly – (full day) tours with Down Under Cruise and Dive’s luxury, air-conditioned vessel “Osprey V”. Here you’ll fly over several stunning reef locations, enjoy an Aussie Barbecue lunch and a range of underwater activities – snorkelling, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat coral viewing are all included in the tour. Scuba diving either for the beginner or experienced diver is also available.

How about just a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef or the World Heritage Rainforest. A 30 minute Reef Scenic Tour taking in views over the Coral Sea, where the awesome size and majesty can only be truly appreciated from the air take in all it’s splendour as you fly over famous sites such as Arlington Reef, Green Island and Upolo Cay or take a 20 minute Rainforest scenic tour. Explore ancient rainforest covered mountainsides with waterfalls and valleys only minutes from the centre of Cairns. You’ll view world heritage listed Rainforest, Cairns city and surrounds from the air. The memory of this flight will stay with you forever. Bring your camera for this wonderful experience.

Touring Options

Fly/Cruise/Fly

Fly over four stunning reef locations, before boarding the Down Under Dive luxury, air-conditioned vessel at Hastings Reef where you’ll spend the afternoon. Here you’ll enjoy a barbecue lunch and a range of underwater activities – with snorkelling equipment, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat included in the tour. Your return flight to Cairns takes a different route featuring views of a further five reef locations.

Cairns in a Day – Kuranda Train, Skyrail, Helicopter and Reef

Enjoy a scenic and historical train journey through the Baron Gorge, to the famous Kuranda Village and Markets. Departing Kuranda on Skyrail, you’ll glide over seven and a half kilometres (longest passenger cable car in the world) of pristine World Heritage listed Rainforest… suspended high above the lush tropical canopy. Transfer to the Heliport for an awesome 25 minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef to their exclusive pontoon at North Hastings Reef. Enjoy an Aussie barbecue lunch and a range of underwater activities – snorkelling, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat coral viewing included in the tour.

30 Minute Reef Scenic Tour

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef in all its splendor as you fly over famous sites such as Arlington Reef, Green Island and Upolo Cay.

20 minute Barron Gorge, Kuranda and Beaches

Swoop over the majestic Barron Gorge waterfall and rainforest canopy surrounding Kuranda before returning to Cairns via the stunning coastline.

Helicopter Fantasy Flight

Imagine… just you and your footprints on your own secluded piece of paradise in the middle of the Coral Sea with just the sound of gentle lapping waves for company. Experience Vlasoff Cay, an isolated sand island where you’ll be equipped with some of life’s little comforts – a picnic hamper with champagne and nibbles, picnic blanket, beach umbrella, camping chairs and snorkelling equipment. After approximately two hour in this idyllic world you’ll enjoy another scenic flight back to your life as you once knew it.

Cairns in a Day – Tropical Zoo, Helicopter and Reef

Take a trip to the Cairns Tropical Zoo. The largest morning zoo program, with an opportunity to cuddle a Koala, see snakes, crocodiles, dragons, kangaroos, dingos, cassowaries, red pandas and more. The choices are endless. Transfer to the Heliport for an awesome 25 minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef to their exclusive pontoon at North Hastings Reef. Enjoy an Aussie barbecue lunch and a range of underwater activities – snorkelling, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat coral viewing included in the tour.

The ‘You-Fly’ Ultimate Heli-Flight

Put on your pilot’s cap and take advantage of this awesome opportunity. After receiving preliminary instruction in the hangar, this 30 minute training flight gives you the opportunity to take the controls yourself under the supervision of an instructor pilot from the Cairns Helicopter School.

Fly/Cruise

Take a picturesque flight over four reef locations, before boarding the Down Under Dive luxury, air-conditioned vessel at Hastings Reef. Here you’ll enjoy a barbecue lunch and a range of underwater activities – with snorkelling equipment, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat included in the tour. The afternoon is complete with a leisurely cruise back to Cairns with live entertainment, a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles.

Cruise/Fly

Your tour beings with a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef aboard the Down Under Dive luxury., air-conditioned vessel. Here you’ll spend the day exploring two stunning destinations with barbecue lunch, snorkelling equipment, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat included in the tour. Your adventure concludes with an awesome scenic flight over five reef locations before arriving back to Cairns in ample time for evening activities.

Activites and Experiences at Down Under Helicopters and Cairns Helicopter School

  • Barbecue
  • City Sightseeing
  • Cruising
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Train Ride
  • Water-based
  • Direct
  • Car park
  • Checkin Desk
  • Public Transport
  • Public phone
  • Public toilet
  • Taxi rank
  • Waiting Area
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Beach
  • City
  • Cruise
  • Cultural
  • Diving
  • Eco Tourism
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Honeymoon
  • Island
  • Indulgence/Luxury
  • Marine
  • Mountain
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Rail
  • Rainforest
  • Reef
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Romance
  • Soft Adventure
  • Shopping
  • Underground
  • Water based
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • World Heritage
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Luxury
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Romantic
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Wedding
  • Tourism Tropical North Qld

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