GSL: Scenic Flight to Heart Reef

FROM: $259

Departure Times

Departs: Enquire - Daily
Returns: Enquire - Daily

Departure Point: Airlie Beach

Pricing Options

$259 AUD / Person - General (Between: 17 Sep 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0-2 Years) (Between: 01 Jun 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)

Fly over the beautiful heart reef and enjoy a flight into the heart of the Whitsundays!

  • Experience the Whitsundays from above with an amazing one hour flight
  • Fly over the the naturally formed scenic Heart Reef
  • Cruise over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Everyone has a window seat for great view

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 Free Cancellation - Up To 24 Hours Before Departure.

The Scenic Flight to Heart Reef is GSL Aviation's signature flight, taking passengers for a truly remarkable scenic tour over the one and only Whitsundays. If you want to see and experience the best of the Whitsundays, join GSL for this once-in-a-lifetime flight. The flight includes it all - Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout, the Great Barrier Reef, Bait Reef, Hardy Reef, Hook Reef and the romantic Heart Reef, a Whitsundays favourite.

Highlights & Features:

  • Scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands
  • A full hour in the air with stunning views
  • All passengers have windows seats with our over wing aircraft
  • Highlights, Shute Harbour, Daydream Island, Molle Islands, Whitsunday Island
  • Hill Inlet, Hamilton Island, Hook Island, Whitehaven Beach
  • Bait Reef, Hardy Reef, Heart Reef
  • In flight commentary

All passengers are guaranteed a window seat so they can have the best view during their scenic flight. You will get to enjoy informative commentary from your pilot who will point out all the amazing views below and let you know what to keep an eye out for. Cruise low over the reefs for the best point of view and glide over Whitehaven Beach to see the swirling sands from high above - this flight offers the best view of the beautiful Whitsundays.

GSL Flight Paths

With the opportunity to see all of these incredible sights in one tour, the GSL Aviation Reef and Island Scenic Flight must be booked in advance. Don't miss this amazing opportunity during your visit to the beautiful Whitsundays.

Important Information:

  • You MUST include your body weights and pick up location when booking this tour.

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What To Bring

  • Camera (polarised glasses make the reef clearer)
  • Video camera
  • Light jacket for cooler months

What's Included

  • Scenic one hour flight over the islands and reef
  • In-flight commentary
  • Includes scenic views of Whitehaven beach and Heart Reef
  • Return transfers to the airport from GSL passenger lounge in Airlie Beach
  • GST and all marine parks fees

What's Extra

  • All inclusive tour.

Terms and Conditions

Important Information: 

GSL Aviation is an approved air carrier, operated under AOC 1-Q244T. Tour times listed are approximate and may vary depending on aircraft type or operational conditions.

Weight restrictions apply - 125kg max per passenger.

Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations and/or Airlie HQ. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.

Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling outside the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


Client Cancellations:

No shows or client cancellations made within 24 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (24 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary. All flights are operated at the discretion of GSL Whitsundays, and are subject to weather conditions, air traffic control and other influences outside of our control. 

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

"I was lucky enough to go on the scenic flight over the heart reef! It was such a beautiful experience and I loved that everyone on the plane gets a window seat! Thanks Sailing Whitsundays for making my booking experience so easy :)"
"The scenic flight which was definitely my highlight of my year in Australia - you can only see this view once in your life. Worth the money."
Diane Ho
"Flew over the beautiful turquoise waters to the heart reef today with my wife and kids. All the family loved it, was great that we all got our own window seats. "
"Amazing views! At first, you can enjoy the views over the islands like Hamilton and Hayman and then you arrive at Whitehaven Beach and the pilot turns around so that everyone can have an unobstructed view of Hill Inlet and the moving sands, which look incredible. We continued out to the reef which is just as spectacular seen from above and again everyone had the chance to see the heart reef. It's a plus that everyone has a window seat and the pilot offered in-flight commentary. So worth it!"
"It's a breath-taking experience! Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef are just beautiful from above :)"
"The scenic flight over the Whitsundays is fantastic, so great to get another perspective. The videos of the reef I took are my favourites! Thanks"
Dave Young
"Seeing Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef from above is so different and breathtaking, I would do it again in a heartbeat!"
"A must do when visiting the Whitsundays! I enjoyed every bit of it, the views are fantastic and I was able to take amazing pictures."
"You are missing out, if you do not do this flight, the views are just incredible. Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef from above are just from another world!"
"This is clearly the most exciting activity to do in Airlie beach. Seeing the great barrier reef from above is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life! I still cant believe what I saw there. The staff is very kind and I felt super secure during the entire flight! Can’t recommend enough this activity!!!"
Catherine Arcand
"A must do! I did the scenic flight after doing a boat trip the previous day. You cannot come to the great barrier reef without doing a flight over it, seeing its vastness and beautiful colours is something that will stay with me forever! Dont just swim at the reef do a flight, well worth spending a little extra $$"
Sam Mc
"This time, the pilot brad skill is very good, smooth and comfortable, and the commentary on the way is very detailed, polite and polite, is a very pleasant flight. Every employee in this company is nice and smiling, and it make our mood so much easier……highly recommend this company and this handsome pilot! "
Claire Kuang
"Excellent well thought out route with good commentary to where and what the reefs are called. Excellent pilot with the heart reef left and right side of aircraft."
Roy Harris
"We have been to Airlie many times but never seen Heart Reef! I am glad we booked the one-hour Reef and Island Scenic flight as it didn't disappoint! The weather was perfect and we even lucky to see several whales as an added bonus. Seeing Heart Reef and Whitehaven from the plane was well worth the money spent!"
"Weather was perfect on the day which was a bonus. All crew were fantastic and very friendly. Everyone got a window seat and the pilot gave both sides of the plane an opportunity to get great photos. It was absolutely breath taking. "
"Just wow. 1 hour flight over the Whitsundays and Heart reef was stunning. Very happy we chose to do this! I was a little worried about the price but it was worth every penny and will not hesitate to recommend to anyone I meet on my Australia journey."
Melanie Collingwood
"This was one of the most beautiful and special experiences of my life! Despite the cloud cover, we still were able to get amazing views of the Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and the Outer Great Barrier Reef. I got some amazing pictures to show to my family and friends and also memories to last a lifetime. I would recommend this tour to everyone wanting to have a special experience in the Whitsundays!!"
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