Air Whitsunday Seaplanes

Multiple Locations

Fly with an award winning Whitsunday Tourism Icon, snorkel in secluded coral suspended lagoons, travel in style to Whitehaven Beach and arrive at the Great Barrier Reef in only 30 minutes.

Air Whitsunday is the largest seaplane operator in the Southern Hemisphere, having proudly provided an unsurpassed tour and transport service in the Whitsundays for over 40 years. Their tours showcase a panoramic perspective of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park including the iconic Heart Reef; a pristine private snorkelling location amidst the coral suspended Hardy Lagoon; and ambient stops at the stunning Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Air Whitsunday is most famous for their seaplane services that rendezvous with their privately operated coral viewing vessel which is moored at an exclusive snorkelling location inside a coral suspended lagoon in Hardy Reef. They also provide private picnics at Whitehaven Beach and the most comprehensive scenic flights on offer in the region, encompassing all the famous Whitsunday sights.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

Panorama Tour

There is a good reason why this tour is their most popular! Witness the finest the region has to offer in one half day tour and enjoy the incredible land and seascapes of the World Heritage listed Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from both the air and on the surface. This tour includes snorkelling and coral viewing from their private vessel at their very own reef location inside the calm waters of Hardy Lagoon. The vessel has an underwater viewing chamber, sun and shade deck areas, along with easy access into the water.

This adventure at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is followed with a relaxing one hour visit to Whitehaven Beach. Frequently voted as one of the world's top ten beaches, this striking stretch of silica beach on Whitsunday Island National Park is the perfect location to enjoy a picnic lunch, explore and recline in the crystal clear waters with turtles and rays.

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$595 $595

Departing daily, their seaplanes showcase the amazing expanse of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from above sea level before landing and transferring to our private semi- submersible at Hardy Reef to experience its beauty from below sea level.

Enjoy two hours of coral viewing and snorkelling from the comfort of their glass bottom boat moored inside the calm confined waters of Hardy Lagoon; a coral suspended lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Easy access into the water from the rear platform of the vessel ensures passengers of all snorkelling skill levels can enjoy this exclusive reef location in ease. The vessel also has an underwater viewing chamber, sun and shade deck areas and is equipped with all snorkelling equipment and flotation devices.

Australian sparkling wine and lights snacks will be served on the top deck of the vessel after you return from your snorkelling adventure in the lagoon.

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$450 $450

Visit famous Whitehaven Beach in style by seaplane. Flights depart daily and include a spectacular scenic flight over the Whitsunday Passage and a number of islands of the Whitsunday Island National Park group ... a sprawling archipelago of jewel-green national park islands that sparkle in an aquamarine ocean ... secluded beaches, fringing reefs and towering hoop pines complete the spectacular picture.

Your aircraft will perform aerial work over the amazing swirling sands of Hill Inlet and the expansive stretch of world-famous Whitehaven Beach for that perfect postcard photograph. Land gracefully at an area of the beach with few or no other visitors where you are free to relax, sunbathe, swim and explore this remarkable pure silica beach. Absolute luxury!

Your pilot will serve chilled Australian sparkling wine and an assortments of snacks to you whilst you enjoy the scenery and chill out on one of the world's top ten beaches.

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$295 $295
Reef and Whitehaven Scenic Flight

Relax in absolute comfort as their seaplanes showcase the Whitsunday Island National Park and the breathtaking expanse of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage Area. During the course of this 60 minute scenic flight you will take in views of Shute Harbour, the Molle Group of Islands, Daydream Island, Whitsunday Passage, Hayman Island, Hook Island, Whitsunday Island (the largest national park island in the group), Whitehaven Beach, the amazing swirling sands of Hill Inlet and then accelerate across the Coral Sea to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to take in the sights of Bait Reef, home of the amazing stepping stones, Hook Reef and Hardy Lagoon (the most photographed location of the entire Great Barrier Reef Marine Park!). They will also show off one of the biggest natural wonders to you, the perfectly shaped Heart Reef.

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$330 $330

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Bees on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is home to thriving hives of purebred Caucasian bees. Unlike bees on the Australian mainland, these bees are free of many other diseases and are sometimes used as breeding stock for the mainland colonies.

Birdwatching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is a bird watcher's paradise. The island is home to many different bird species, with sightings of at least 33 different birds documented to date - an impressive variety for an island of Keswick's size.

Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations.

Whale Watching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Humpback Whales can be frequently seen around Keswick Island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between the months of July to September. Seeing the whales frolicking nearby, or guiding a newborn calf through the protected waters of Egremont Passage, is a truly magical experience.

Cathu State Forest

Yalboroo, Mackay Area
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Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast is Cathu State Forest. Forests and woodlands range from distinctive poplar gum Eucalyptus alba woodlands and exotic Caribbean pine plantations on the creek flats to dense rainforest, hoop pine plantations and tall wet eucalypt forest along the range.

Heart Reef

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status.

Crediton State Forest

Dalrymple Heights, Mackay Area
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In Crediton State Forest, dry eucalypt forests contrast with lush pockets of rainforest and dramatic views. Tall, ancient rose gums continue to survive and discover scattered relics from gold mining in the 1800s or take a scenic drive along Cockies Creek Road.

Fairey Reef

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Situated on the Great Barrier Reef, Fairey Reef has a number of excellent dive sites popular with local dive operators. Sites such as Henry's Bommie, Little Fairey Inlet, The Shoals and Tina's Arm are all at Fairey Reef.

Hardy Reef

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Hardy Reef, on the Great Barrier Reef off Airlie Beach, is home to the Reefworld Pontoon. There is spectacular fish life with Trevally, Coral Trout, Snapper and a host of smaller marine life as well as Giant Maori Wrasse and a two metre long Giant Queensland Groper that usually congregate for a free feed.

Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
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Located within the cool tranquillity of Eungella National Park, Broken River is touted as one of the best locations in the world to see a rare marsupial in the wild, a platypus. A little over a one hour drive from Mackay, travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley and climb the mountain range to Eungella township.
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