Last Updated 18/11/2021.
There are quite a few options in Port Douglas if you are interested in helicopter rides and charters.
You can take a helicopter to or from the Great Barrier Reef, some reef charter boats let you book short helicopter rides from the reef pontoon. You can even be dropped on a sand bar and have yourselves a very private picnic out there.
Helicopter Rides Free With Every Sausage
For us, the locals, they are expensive, a real luxury, but on one day of the year, father’s day, you can get a free helicopter ride with every sausage you buy. OK, so the sausages are expensive at $80 each, but it looked like fun, so I took the kids.
We had a short flight out over the Mowbray River, along the coast to Dickinson Inlet and back to the landing pad in the middle of Port Douglas. It was just beautiful, we could pick out our house, the swimming pools and big hotels and we were blessed with a crystal clear sea that day , we didn’t see any sharks or crocodiles but I now understand how they use helicopters to spot them.
The children weren’t scared at all and thought it was all great fun, little Boo couldn’t believe that Mum’s voice was coming through those great big ear muffs. He was only 3, D was 4 or 5.
This one is all about the photos, so here we go!
It was a pretty special flight, one I’d love to do again. Flying over the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest itself must be breathtaking.
So, the moral of my story, if you are thinking of heading up to Port Douglas and fancy a helicopter ride at a more reasonable price, come on father’s day.
Fathers Day in in early September in Australia.
Helicopter rides and charters in Port Douglas and Cairns can be arranged through SkySafari and Quicksilver Helicopters.