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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
$210.90 per adult
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Smooth Ride
Most memorable part of our experience was the view,followed closely by the smooth ride,and our pilot's knowledge about the reefs. Felt really safe and had THE best experience in a confined space, ever. Thanks so much,and will definitely recommend to friends and family. A big huge thanks to our pilot for making this an enjoyable experience, and so sorry, forgot his name,but included his photo. ☺
Zara_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

star-5
Absolutely incredible.
Eleanor_P, Jul 2021
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
The flight was absolutely incredible. You can't come to the Whitsundays and not do this. Just breathtaking.
star-5
Reef flight
David_D, Jul 2021
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
The flight was absolutely fabulous especially flying over the reef, also the 2 pilots where extremely pleasant, throughly recommend .
star-5
Great vision of the reef and islands.
Andre_G, Jun 2021
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
We enjoyed the flight. It provided great vision of the Whitsunday islands and the reef. Our pilot was knowledgeable, competent and good company.
star-5
Amazing! Stag friendly and helpful going above and beyond.
Sharon_J, May 2021
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Amazing experience!!! Pilot and staff were all so helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to help. The whole experience over the islands and reef was amazing and the pilot was great at explaining what everything was too. Already have recommended you to a friend as they are up that way in July. Thank you for making our experience pleasurable and created lots of amazing memories.😀
star-5
Fun fun fun
Anna_A, Apr 2021
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip
We had the most wonderful and enjoyable day - rafting, bush walking and snorkelling. Luke, Ivan, and Thomas were most helpful. I can say that the whole group had fun!!! ☺️☺️☺️
star-5
Amazing experience
Jayne_D, May 2021
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
What an absolute amazing day. Will never forget this experience. This trip is a must when you visit the whitsunday islands. I will never forget this day. Just amazing experience.
star-5
Great day trip
Isaac_W, Dec 2020
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip
The flight was the best of the day and we got the opportunity to see the heart of the reef. The pilot was sweet to allow both sides of the passengers to take nice pics. Majority of the time is the rafting. There was one bushwalk and beach swimming, following by two snorkeling. They provided wetsuits when people are in the water. There are also noodles available for people who can't swim. Overall a well organised day trip.
star-5
Breathtaking
Trina_S, May 2021
Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes
First experience in a small plane.. the hospitality and reassurance that we received was outstanding ...And then those views were just breathtaking!! A must on any ones bucket list ...
star-5
You’re in Paradise now
Tania, May 2021
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Highly recommend you will be pleased you did it. The views are out of of this world and you’ll definitely feel like you’re in paradise.
star-5
Could not have been better!
Constance_M, Feb 2020
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Absolutely Fabulous!!! Flying over mainland parks, the Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef was incredible. Highlights were Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Thank you!
star-5
Great experience
Mathieu_G, Mar 2020
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip
The trip was really nice, even if the weather was not amazing, our guide on the Jamain were awesome and makes us having a great time
star-5
Such amazing experience to fly that low on a plane to see the great barrier reef and Whitehaven Beach was a gem
Brendon_M, Feb 2021
Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Pilot was a legend was a great tour guide was polite and friendly with everyone this tour is 100% recommended

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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