The Whitsunday Islands on Queensland's tropical coast are the
epitome of the perfect tropical island holiday destination and are
synonymous with the image of paradise. The main islands lie directly
between the Queensland Coast and The Great Barrier Reef to the east.
One of the best ways to see them is on a scenic flight by seaplane from
Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.
A number of options are available - for a great overview of the
islands, my pick is the 1-hour reef and Whitehaven Scenic Flight; it
takes in Whitsunday Islands, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, Bait
Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Reef and Heart Reef. Other tours include landing
at Whitehaven Beach, time aboard a glass bottomed boat viewing coral
and snorkelling in a private sheltered lagoon.
A person favourite is the Air Whitsunday Reef and Whitehaven Scenic
Flight. This is the most comprehensive scenic flight on offer in the
Whitsunday region taking in all the sights of the Whitsunday Islands,
Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and over the Coral Sea to overpass Bait
Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Lagoon and The River and of course scenic views
directly over Heart Reef.
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Whilst flights in fixed wing aircraft are generally cheaper than
helicopters, the latter allow a more detailed look at what you are
flying over, especially if they are the bubble-type helicopter that are
used in the Whitsundays. You can have a flight to your own private
beach for a champagne picnic, or take the more traditional scenic
flight over the Whitsunday Islands, their inlets and fringing reefs.
Nothing is quite like seeing the islands from the bubble of a
helicopter - the view is like no other and the fact it can hover - be
it to get close to a passing whale or so that photo you want is just
right - is an added bonus.