Great Barrier Reef Air Safari

Great Barrier Reef Air Safari

We take to the air for a 90 minute scenic coastal flight to Lady Elliot Island. The most southern island of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot, is located 400 kms north of Brisbane, 90kms north of Hervey Bay. This tour offers clients an excellent opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef, if time is at a premium.

Tour Highlights

  • Lady Elliot Island
  • Spectacular marine life
  • Boat ride

Tour Info

Code SI-03
Style
  • Scenic Flight
Duration 9.5 Hours
Price From $799
Departures

Daily

Vehicle Fixed-wing Aircraft
Suitability Open Age
Start Brisbane @ 06.00 am
Finish Brisbane @ 05.30 pm

The day begins with a courtesy pickup from your Brisbane hotel at approximately 6.00am. We take to the air for a 90 minute scenic coastal flight to Lady Elliot Island, a true coral cay on the southern Great Barrier Reef.

At Lady Elliot Island you can step right off the beach and snorkel or swim in the world's richest marine eco-system.

Come face to face with turtles, colourful coral and schools of reef fish. The coral gardens surrounding the island are also a breeding and feeding area for the giant "Kites of The Reef" (Manta Rays). Many of our past guests have been fortunate to swim with these amazing creatures.

Hosted by our trained guides, you will spend the day snorkeling and fish feeding, exploring the reef on a glass bottom boat ride, reef and island walks, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

Our day trip returns from Lady Ellliot at 2.15pm, arriving back at your hotel at approximately 5.30pm.

Tour Timetable 06:00 Transfer from Brisbane hotel to Redcliffe Airport. 07:00 Depart Redcliffe by chartered plane. En route to Lady Elliott Island our flight offers you an excellent opportunity to take in the sights of Moreton Island, Noosa Heads and Fraser Island. 08:30 Arrive at Lady Elliott Island where you are guaranteed a minimum of 4 hrs to explore the Great Barrier Reef. All snorkelling equipment supplied. 12:30 Buffet lunch, including prawns and all beverages. 14:30 Depart Lady Elliott Island for Brisbane 16:00 Arrive back at Redcliffe, return transfer to hotel. 16:30 Arrive at hotel. About Lady Elliott Island

The southernmost section of the Great Barrier Reef, this tiny coral cay, a 450 km light-plane flight from Brisbane, is a cheerful little eco-resort, home to many tens of thousands of birds, particularly the white-capped noddy, but also at night amazing acapellas can be heard from the wailing, moaning, groaning wedge-tail shearwaters.

Turtles lay eggs which hatch at night on Lady Elliot's beaches, from Nov-March, though they don't exactly swarm and can be difficult to find.

Diving and snorkelling here at the end of the GB reef is good if conditions are calm, otherwise visibility goes down the pan. And since the island is very small and very exposed conditions are rarely calm.

There is a neat but newish little wreck, many good coral bommies and plenty of small sharks, manta and sting rays, turtles, maori wrasse etc.

 Includes

  • City hotel transfers
  • Return scenic air flights
  • Fully guided tour
  • 5 hours to explore the island and reef
  • Orientation Island tour
  • Guided reef walk tour at low tide (tide dependent)
  • Snorkelling lesson in the Resort Pool (if required)
  • Glass bottom boat/guidedsnorkel tour
  • Use of snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit)
  • Buffet Lunch (hot & cold buffet including fresh prawns, champagne, wine, beer & soft drink)
  • Fish feeding in the lagoon fish pool
  • Use of Day Guest facilities (shower facilities, towels, reef walking shoes)

Note

  • 10kg luggage limit on all flights to/from Lady Elliot Island
  • All activities are subject to weather and tide conditions
  • Environmental Management Charge 
  • Departs From Gold Coast  And Sunshine Coast