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Scenic Flights & Hot Air Balloon Rides On the Gold Coast

Up, up and away... if you have a hankering to be up with the birds in the clear blue sky, the Gold Coast is one of the best places in the world to do it. The view is amazing - with the deep blue Pacific Ocean in the east, the canals and highrises of the Gold Coast on land, stretching to the beautiful mountain scenery of the Gold Coast hinterland in the west and beyond, you'll never be short of things to check out.

There are a number of helicopter charter companies and scenic flight providers on the Gold Coast and most of them operate from Mariner's Cove at the Spit. You can also get on board a scenic flight from the Gold Coast airport and other airstrips around the Coast. We've included some operators for you to check out below! 

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air balloon view from above
A clean clear morning, the sun peaking over the horizon, you're about to gently drift up and over some of the most picturesque scenery that Australia has to offer. Hot air ballooning on the Gold Coast is a superb way to see the diverse lanscapes of the region from the high-rises along the coast to the high peaks in the Hinterland.

Queensland is the country's most popular place to hot air balloon and the Gold Coast offers a wealth of amazing views to take in. Experience the wonder and romance of ballooning over such picturesque scenery.There are a variety of hot air balloon companies and providers on the Gold Coast to choose from who take off from various locations on the Gold Coast. Some balloon flights can be bundled with other activities or breakfast to make for a complete experience. 

Inflation locations are carefully chosen to ensure optimum take-offs for maximum enjoyment. Take a closer look at the variety of hot air ballooning packages we have available.

See the best of the Gold Coast from the air with an incredible hot air balloon flight! Nothing surpasses the beauty of experiencing the sun rise over the fabulous skyline; and with your choice of a range of different ballooning options, there's a scenic experience for everyone. A complimentary pick-up and return service is available from local accommodation providers. Includes a FREE upgrade from 30 minutes to a one hour flight.

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Hot Air operates the best value hot air ballooning rides in Australia, perfect for your first time if you have never ballooned before! The Gold Coast offers a wealth of amazing views to take in. Experience the wonder and romance of ballooning over such picturesque scenery. Inflation locations are carefully chosen to ensure optimum take-offs for maximum enjoyment. Choose between a 30 minute or 60 minute ride including breakfast!

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Go on a scenic adventure in Byron Bay with a hot air balloon ride. Get spectacular views of the region on a one hour journey - make sure to have your camera ready as there'll be plenty of incredible photo opportunities of the Coastline and more. Watch as the balloon inflates and enjoy the amazing feeling of rising to the height of the clouds and let the wind carry you around this beautiful region. Includes a gourmet champagne breakfast.

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Get incredibly scenic views of the Gold Coast from both the water and air with a combined package for a Hot Air Ballooning tour and sightseeing cruise all for a single low price! Your adventure will begin with early morning hot air balloon flight over the beautiful hinterland, followed by a delicious champagne breakfast. Next you can choose between either a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise with complimentary snack. 

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This package combines an epic jet boating ride with a scenic hot air ballooning adventure for one great price. Starting with a 30 minute hot air balloon ride, you won't miss a thing as your experience pilot points out the most recognisable sights while you float amongst the clouds. Next your 55 minute jet boat adventure takes you through the Broadwater from Surfers Paradise. Enjoy the 360 spins and slides as it tears through the water at high speed.

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Scenic Plane Flights

Take to the skies for a thrilling and scenic plane ride over the Gold Coast.

Sitting in the back of a tigermoth racing above the shoreline of the Gold Coast's iconic beaches is a whole other experience! A scenic plane flight offers you a truly unique way to experience the spectacular and diverse Gold Coast landscape! If you're looking for a thrill why not try a ride in a tigermoth bi-plane? If you're looking for less thrill and more "chill" you might what to try a scenic flight in a seaplane. There are a variety of packages which offer some unique ways to see and experience the Gold Coast. Check out the below operators and book online.

A scenic seaplane flight is a unique way to experience the spectacular landscapes of Queensland’s Gold Coast. Fly over the sparkling coatline and waterways and take in the sights. This sightseeing flight path takes you to see the most spectacular coastal scenery, including the famous beach of Surfers Paradise, Moreton Bay as well as travelling along the picturesque South Stradbroke Island. Choose between a 10 or 20 minute flight.

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Journey to beautiful South Stradbroke Island with a flight aboard a scenic seaplane. You'll see spectacular views over the Gold Coast as you travel towards your destination and once on the island, you can choose to take it easy and relax on the beach or you can participate in any number of activities. The flight can take between two and five passengers and will depart from Sea World Nara Resort at 11am, returning at around 4pm. 

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The ultimate romantic getaway. Enjoy your private secluded island with lunch and chilled champagne following a spectacular scenic seaplane flight. Swim, relax and explore in total privacy. Flights depart at 10am and will take you to an exclusive beach at South Stradbroke island. A table setting and picnic rug will be set up for you and you'll receive a platter with dips, meats, seafood, chocolate and fruit to enjoy, before being picked up at 3pm. 

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Watch the incredible humpback whale migration from an aerial view aboard an incredible seaplane. Occuring between May and November each year, you get to see these majestic creatures from an amazing angle and totally unique perspective. Watch them breaching and splashing in an unforgettable experience like no other. Choose between a 10 or 20 minute flight and enjoy expert commentary during this incredible experience.

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See the Gold Coast from a unique view on an adventure or acrobatic flight in a Russian YAK 52 Warbird aircraft, with stunning views over the beaches and hinterland. The acrobatic flight is perfect for thrill seekers - your pilot will perform rolls, twists, loops and extreme manoeuvres over the Gold Coast. Choose between the 10 minute or 25 minute flight. Departing from Coolangatta, this experience is one you'll never forget!

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Helicopter Flights

Views from a helicopter tour
Ready to see the Gold Coast in all it's glory? Soar over the Gold Coast, it's iconic beach, the hinterland on a helicopter tour. There's a little something for everyone: short 5 minute jaunts, a 30 minute Tweed to Stradbroke joy ride or double your pleasure with a jet boat and helicopter thrill package. 

Most helicopter flights leave from three Gold Coast locations: Mirage Heliport, Sea World, and Coolangatta (Gold Coast Airport), however there are combo-passes available which may include a hotel pick up.

Take some time to browse through the selection of Gold Coast helicopter tours below to find a package to suit your requirements and budget.

See the Gold Coast from an unforgettable vantage point with a helicopter flight from Sea World. Choose from a range of available helicopter flight lengths and options, ranging from a short 5 minute flight over the Broadwater all the way up to an epic 30 minute flight down to the Tweed Coast. Bring your camera as you'll get some outstanding photographs of the Gold Coast's iconic beaches, shining city skyline or lush green hinterland.

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Enjoy a thrilling 55 minute jet boat ride along the waters of the Gold Coast as it spins, slides and speeds past some of the best sights in the region. The whole family will love the squeal-worthy adventure of jet boat riding. The second part of the package takes you above the sights you just zipped past on a 5 minute helicopter ride, departing from Sea World and taking you towards South Stradbroke Island. 

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Other Scenic Flights and Helicopter Tours

A number of operators are listed below

  • Gold Coast Helitours provide helicopter tours from the Mirage Heliport on Sea World Drive - 07 5591 8457
  • Sea World Helicopters fly from their base at Sea World - 07 5588 2224
  • Tiger Moth joyflights are available from Albatross Airfield Coomera, opposite Dreamworld - 07 5502 7855
  • Gold Coast Joy Flights offer sea plane tours - 0412 761 358
  • Air Waves offer scenic sea plan flights - 07 5529 6222
  • Brainstormers Australia offer flights in their reproduction of a classic 1935 bi plane - 0412 078 869
  • Flight Experience Q1- Our simulator is now certified by CASA to FSD-2 standards.  The simulator can be used for instrument flying training and recency flying. 07 5527 6793

Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images

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