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Lizard Island Helicopter Tour from Cairns Including Snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and Picnic Lunch

Lizard Island Helicopter Tour from Cairns Including Snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and Picnic Lunch

By Helitours North Queensland

Ages 3-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Hotel transfers within Cairns City and Northern Beaches
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Morning tea, lunch and refreshments
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Beach chairs
  • In-flight commentary from your expert pilot
  • Entry/Admission - Lizard Island National Park
What's not included
  • Hotel transfers from Palm Cove and Port Douglas

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up from all accommodation in Cairns City and Northern Beaches is included. Pickup from Palm Cove and Port Douglas available at an additional cost. Please contact us if your hotel is not included to arrange your transfers.
  • Cairns Airport - General Aviation Terminal, Royal Flying Doctor St, Aeroglen QLD 4870, Australia
  • Airports:
  • Cairns Airport, Airport Ave, Aeroglen, Queensland 4870 Australia
  • Ports:
  • Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal
  • Yorkeys Knob (pick-up at Yorkey's Knob Boating Club)
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 41337P8

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • What to Bring - Camera, Sunglasses, Hat, Towel, Swimmers
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, all passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking. Weight variance greater than 10% may incur 100% cancellation fee.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please advise stinger suit size and flipper size at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 41337P8

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  • You'll start at
    Cairns Airport - General Aviation Terminal
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • Pass by
    Daintree National Park
    Mossman Gorge
    Cape Tribulation
  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator
Helitours North Queensland
Joined in September 2016

#67 of 184 Outdoor Activities in Cairns
  • Sales6876
    Amazing Experience
    We did the Heli Pub Crawl for our Christmas Party and it was an amazing experience, they were easy to deal with and made the day enjoyable! Highly recommended!
  • larissao527
    Pub crawl with a difference!
    What a special experience! Exceptional memories created. What a way to arrive at lovely local pubs and distilleries than by helicopter! Fantastic views in the air flying over the tablelands and rainforests. Mountview Pub lunch on back deck a beautiful setting. Couldn’t recommend this highly enough. Grant our pilot was a great host.
  • braden90
    Great Barrier Reef tour
    Unreal experience with a unreal pilot 100% recommended and will definitely be doing another one on the next trip
  • maggiec281
    Everything it promises
    This experience was everything we hoped it would be! Matt was professional and fun to work with. We left bright and early in time to get to the sand cay, enjoyed a beautiful few hours on our own private island, shared sparkling wine and an amazing cheese plate, snorkeled in the reef (he provided all the equipment), and then spent the next hour flying over the reef and the rainforest. It was absolutely perfect! Well worth the money - I would 100% recommend it!
  • EllaCoffsHarbourNSW
    Booking trip for my friend
    My friend will write separately but I want to give my own review as to the booking process. I initially phoned the company to find out if my friend (travelling on her own) could take a trip. I was told they would fit her in and to ring nearer the time to ascertain the availability. This I did and was given a booking which honoured the timing and cost given me in the first contact. The support team were so helpful and I know my friend had a wonderful time.
  • dayzdazes
    Totally worth the splurge!
    Such a surreal experience, and definitely the highlight of our trip! The Great Barrier Reef looked so beautiful from above. We were so lucky that we went early morning in the middle of the week, that we were able to land on the sandcay. It was two blissful hours we spent there, enjoying the food prepared for us, relaxing and snorkeling! They even provided stinger suits and all the snorkel gear. We were happy to see a good amount of sea life and colorful fish! It felt like it was our honeymoon! Thank you so much for such a memorable experience!
  • graham452
    Great trip!
    We had a great trip out over the reef. Our pilot, Matt, was very knowledgeable and friendly. And the reef looked beautiful.
  • diliniu2014
    Without a doubt the highlight of our trip to Australia, if you are thinking of doing this but put off at the price - don’t, it was worth it and so much more. Everything was exceptional - the pilot (Matt I think), really knowledgable and made the whole process very smooth. The views of the reef from the air are incredible and to land on your own sand cay and then have a champagne picnic - it really doesn’t get any better than this! Plus the snorkelling was unreal. Do it!
  • courts_b87
    Amazing day
    Matt our pilot was amazing, so much experience with helicopters, and so much local knowledge about the area. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. We arrived at our destination and had a beautiful big picnic including drinks. The duration was perfect. I would definitely recommend this to everyone, well worth it
  • Jenelle R
    Jenelle R
    Amazing helicopter experience
    I can’t speak highly enough of our helicopter tour over the Great Barrier Reef. Our pilot, Matt, was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Do yourself a favour and add this to your must do list!
  • Ben S
    Ben S
    Sand Cay
    This is a must do trip if you are in Cairns, absolutely amazing. The guys at Helitours are awesome, very knowledgeable and happy to help where needed. Food and drinks supplied were awesome. Definitely a must do!!
  • peterwE5927QA
    Great Outdoors
    Cameron is a master helicopter pilot and a great host. Our trip was a perfect way to get a feeling for the greater cairns barrier reef area. We saw rain forest, barrier beach’s, special landing area. All with expertise!
  • Michael W
    Michael W
    Awesome experience you won't forget
    We had booked the half day pub tour but due to some cloud cover were not able to get up the the 2nd destination in the mountains They were very apologetic about not being able to get there but offered to fly out over the reef. The 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience and think that in addition the trip out to the reef made for a better experience than we were expecting. I think the tours should offer the trip like we did to everyone as it was absolutely amazing. Although you might think that the flight may be more expensive than other experiences it is most definite worth it and would do again. Thank you
  • Safari486254
    Once in a life time experience
    My partner and I had an amazing afternoon with Helitours North Queensland. Can not recommended them enough.
  • dtghbconsultants
    Excellent experience
    The experience was wonderful. The weather was a bit challenging and we were offered the choice to fly over the Great Barrier Reef and visit one pub/restaurant for lunch as an alternative. Out pilot was friendly and skilled, which made way for a perfect Experience. A “must do” tour.
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2 reviews
Very good

Michael W
Cairns, Australia86 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Friends
I'm a Cairns local and I am lucky enough to have done many of the tours available in this amazing part of the world. However, I have never done anything as special as this tour to visit Lizard Island with Heli Tours North Queensland.

We were treated to an aerial view of the most iconic attractions in North Queensland. We flew over stunning Great Barrier Reef, picturesque islands, the Daintree Rainforest, multiple waterfalls and even flew up Mossman Gorge. And this was just on the journey to and from Lizard Island!

Arriving to the Lizard Island we honestly couldn't believe the natural beauty of the place. The reef was vibrant and contrasted with the rocky/bushy landscape of the island. We landed at the airport and were transported by boat to Watsons Bay, where we spent the day snorkelling the fringing coral reefs. We saw giant clams, turtles, sting rays and hard and soft corals. The reef was in excellent health. When we were finished, Grant our pilot had setup a gourmet picnic lunch for us to enjoy. We ate fresh prawns, sandwiches, a gourmet cheese board, fruit salad and champagne. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on sun chairs and took a short hike to see Watson's Bay from above.

The flight home was just as memorable, with Grant providing us with really informative and interesting commentary on all of the landmarks we flew over.

This isn't the first time I have been on a tour with Heli Tours and it certainly won't be the last. Thank you Grant & the team at Heli Tours for such an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this company to anybody thinking of a helicopter flight in North Queensland.
Written 14 March 2019
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Thank you so much for your feedback Michael. We strive to give our guests the best possible experience and we are really happy to hear you enjoyed yours. We hope to fly with you again in the future! All the best, Matt, Grant & The Helitours NQ Team
Written 8 April 2019
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Artie B
Troon, UK11 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Couples
Thx Casey and Chloe 10/10 great service, great price you made our stay EASY stayed the night before flying off on holiday
Written 19 April 2023
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Lizard Island Helicopter Tour from Cairns Including Snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and Picnic Lunch provided by Helitours North Queensland