GREAT BARRIER REEF SCENIC FLIGHT
GET A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and an indisputably breath-taking spectacle which ever way you choose to explore it, but if experiencing a sea eagle’s view of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef isn’t on your bucket list somewhere, quite frankly it probably should be.
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Splashed with a confetti-factory-like explosion of colour, the shallow Coral Sea, off Queensland’s east coast, harbours a mesmerising underwater kingdom that creeps all the way from the coast to the continental shelf, the size of which makes the Great Barrier Reef, not only the largest coral reef ecosystem on the planet but also the only living structure on earth visible from outer space.
THE BEST WAY TO TAKE IN THE SHEER MAGNITUDE OF THE WHOLE SPECTACLE IS WITH A SCENIC FLIGHT…
The Great Barrier Reef is an enormous UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching 2300km along Australia’s north-eastern coast. Its 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands are scattered all the way from the tip of the Cape York Peninsula in the north to Bundaberg in the south. It is a must-see marine masterpiece from any angle, renowned as a veritable Shangri-la for super-fish who like their scuba diving; the nearby coast-clinging Cairns and Airlie Beach ensure there is never a short supply of sailing trips, jet ski tours or eager swimmers converging around the reef to snorkel or scuba their socks off. But indisputably, the best way to take in the sheer magnitude of the whole kaleidoscopic Great Barrier spectacle is by scenic helicopter ride or plane tour.
Rest your sea legs for an hour and soar over the stunning Whitsunday Islands, right past world famous Whitehaven Beach and the stunning tidal cove at its northern end, known as Hill Inlet. Shifts in the sands and water here create an ever changing fusion of aqua blue water and sweeping sand banks. Gliding above, you’ll understand why the pristine silica sand and crystal clear waters in this part of the world make it the most photographed beach in Australia. But save some shots because from sparkling sands your scenic flight shoots off again, away from the coast towards the continental shelf towards the heart.
Heart Reef has a way of taking your breath away, even the most vocal cynic will be hard pressed to ignore how romantic it is seeing a coral heart, clear as day, smack bang in the middle of the ocean. You won’t want to put your camera down.
Try GSL Aviation‘s Reef and Island Flight. Our pilot was legendary, proving to be quite the fountain of knowledge as he flew us on GSL’s signature scenic route which really did capture the best of everything the area has to offer. It was mind-blowing. GSL Aviation operate this flight several times daily from Whitsunday Airport just outside of Airlie Beach. It’s worth it. At $199 per person for a one hour tour it’s not cheap, but it’s certainly a once in a lifetime experience you’ll be talking about long after you’ve landed on terra firma.