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Heart Reef

Heart Reef

Heart Reef, Airlie Beach, Queensland

The Basics

Due to its protected status, visitors aren’t permitted to snorkel or dive on Heart Reef. Although it’s possible to see the reef from water level, the best way to experience it is from the air, where the unique formation is clear—it was a pilot, in fact, who discovered the heart shape of the coral composition.

Flightseeing tours depart from Airlie Beach and take you over Heart Reef as well as other scenic spots in the Whitsundays, such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.

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Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
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Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
$199.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A must do
The flight was something I'll never forget, the pilot was very informative and gave us a very smooth ride The Cafe at the airport serves up nice meals and coffee ☕️
Ian_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

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Breathtaking views of the reef
Gaurav_N, Apr 2022
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
The scenic flight was a very great experience. Breathtaking views of the Whitsundays and great barrier Reef. We had our pick up organised from Airlie beach. Each seat was a window seat and the pilot ensured the heart reef was shown to both sides. Excellent trip and would definitely recommend.
star-5
A very memorable experience!
Hamish_M, Apr 2022
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
Flying over the Whitsunday group of Islands was a memorable experience and especially seeing the famous heart reef by air for the first time. The pilot was very experienced and his commentary throughout the flight was excellent and informative.
star-5
Weather wasn’t perfect but tours were 👌🏼
JasonM, May 2022
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip
Our tour guides on the boat were Scotty and Kate, the experience would not have been as good as it was without them, they were fantastic. Snorkelling was amazing, Whitehaven was beautiful. Thanks Scotty and Kate, we will be back. Plane ride over the Barrier Reef was breathtaking, how lucky we are to live in this amazing country! Thanks Angela, learnt a lot about the history of the Whitsundays, highly recommended!
star-5
A must do for any visitor to Airlie
Melody_B, Apr 2022
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
The experience was seamless… professional pilot with spot on commentary.. not annoying in the slightest. It was a windy day yet the flight was beautifully handled. The scenic flight was quite a spectacle…exactly as the brochure promised. A must do for any tourist… or locals. Loved it! Thankyou
star-5
Magic experience
msfiggs, Mar 2022
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Very professional team,good senic flight and experienced pilot,also taking care with us to make sure we get the photos.
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Alex and his colleague...
Sreshti_N, Mar 2022
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip
Alex and his colleague were commendable. Really sporty and very caring! The trip was very well executed.
star-5
Lovely flight!
Abigail_L, Feb 2022
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
Lovely experience, got to see the Heart Reef and the rest of the reefs up close. Would highly recommend!
star-4
Beautiful experience
anshviteli, Jan 2022
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
The experience was wonderful with beautiful scenery. Only thing that can be improved was, it flew over the heart reef too fast. Since the flight was to see heart reef, I wish it had hovered over it a bit more, enough to capture couple of photos.
star-5
Breathtaking Views
Nichol_S, Apr 2022
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
An amazing way to experience breathtaking views of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Friendly, helpful staff who provided informative commentary.
star-5
You won’t regret this
Christie, Mar 2022
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Absolutely loved this. It was truly amazing to see the Whitsundays from air, this close. Commentary was just right, letting us know where to look, history, when to take our photos and then time for us just to absorb this amazing scenery. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Awesome day out!
Kylie_P, Mar 2022
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip
Great day with Ocean Rafting and Whitsunday air crew! We had a wonderful day seeing some amazing sites.
star-5
Unforgettable Experience!!!
Eden_T, Feb 2022
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip
Absolutely wonderful experience! 10/10 would do this again! The flight over the islands and Great Barrier Reef is amazing, the views from hill inlet are insane and Whitehaven beach is spectacular! The raft ride was super fun, and the snorkelling was incredible! Awesome friendly team as well! Really enjoyable adventure packed experience! 🙌🏼☺️

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Heart Reef is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s must-see sites.

  • Sightseeing flights normally guarantee window seats for all passengers.

  • Pilots usually provide information as you fly over the reef.

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How to Get There

Heart Reef is located in Hardy Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, among Australia’s Whitsunday Islands. Flight tours typically leave from Whitsunday Airport, just outside Airlie Beach.

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When to Get There

The ideal time to visit the Great Barrier Reef (including Heart Reef) is May through October, as temperatures are comfortable and the water is often clear.

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A Romantic Gesture

Many sightseers flying over Heart Reef have chosen the spot to propose to their loved one. If you’d like to do the same, let your pilot know your plans, so they can give you some extra flight time over the reef.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Heart Reef?
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What else should I know about attractions in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island?
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As well as visiting the Heart Reef, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: