Words Jamie Jansen


Leave the ground behind and take in the extraordinary views of our majestic region. Soar over the dramatic mountain peaks of the Daintree Rainforest and the polka dotted Great Barrier Reef as its ink blobs its way in the clear azure water below. To make this magical experience even better, check out these spectacular flights in paradise.


Let the wind take you

Flying in a hot air balloon gives you the ultimate sense of freedom.

It feels how you would imagine birds to feel with the wind beneath their wings and the whole world their oyster – you will never experience anything else like it, that's for sure.

Leave from Port Douglas and drift above the unique landscape of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest in silence and experience ultimate quietness.

Take in the slowly changing landscapes below as you breathe in the fresh air.

Check out Hot Air Ballooning Port Douglas for this unique experience.


Fly in a microlight

Not many people might be able to say they flew 1000 feet above the earth in a microlight.

In this very small and light 2-seater aircraft you will feel like a bird enjoying spectacular aerial views around Port Douglas, heading south along four mile beach and across the mouth of the Mowbray River.

Sweeping along beautiful coastlines, inshore reefs and sandbars whilst spotting sea turtles, dugong and crocodiles playing and laying in the sun and water around Port Douglas.


Let a helicopter take you to secluded natural wonders

It almost sounds like a dream; a secluded waterfall only accessible by helicopter. Well, we think it’s not going to get any more special than this.

Departing from Port Douglas in a private charter helicopter you can take in breathtaking aerial views before touching down at Stewarts Creek Waterfall in the middle of the rainforest.

Does landing on a sand cay in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef sound more appealing to you? Don’t worry, this is possible too.

Touch down in the very heart of the Great Barrier Reef on idyllic Undine Cay or Vlasoff Cay. Relax in the shallows, enjoy the sand between your toes or snorkel the pristine coral reef waters surrounding this secluded tropical paradise.

For these special tours, check out Nautilus Aviation. It might cost you something, but for a once-in-a-lifetime experience it’s worth it.