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Address: Cairns, Queensland 4880, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4092 2043
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The North Queensland Aero Club (NQAC) is one of Far North Queenslands...

The North Queensland Aero Club (NQAC) is one of Far North Queenslands premier flight training schools, scenic flight operator and short haul charter providers.

The NQAC has been in operation for more than 65 years and has a safety record second to none. At NQAC, passenger comfort and safety are our number one priority.

The NQAC offers Trial Introductory Flights for the adventure seeker, where you will have the opportunity to fly the aeroplane with an instructor by your side. An absolute bucket list item.

Alternatively you might like a relaxing view of the picturesque Atherton Tablelands including Lake Tinaroo, Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine, perhaps something longer including Mount Mulligan - home of one of Australia's most horrific mining disasters and the Kingsborough/Thornsborough Goldfields. Perhaps you would like a 90 minute flight over Mareeba, Mount Molly, Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef and Rainforests. theres an option for every budget, and all in your very own private aircraft with one of our experienced and knowledgeable pilots.

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Wonder Flight, No Regrets !

We took the 1-hour scenic flight to the Great Barrier Reef. It was our first time taking a small aeroplane. We had 3 persons and took a 3-passenger aeroplane (charter flight). The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2016
Heisenberg_Chan
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Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

We took the 1-hour scenic flight to the Great Barrier Reef. It was our first time taking a small aeroplane. We had 3 persons and took a 3-passenger aeroplane (charter flight). The experience was wonderful and there was no regrets. The pilot was very nice. The fee was relatively cheap as compared to that of taking a helicopter.

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Thank Heisenberg_Chan
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

We had a wonderful time with our flight instructor, Gareth, who was very friendly. Overflying the Great Barrier is a breathtaking experience. I would definitely recommend!!

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Thank Isabel D
Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Greetings All, On my Birthday went with my wife on a Scenic Flight Tour in Cairns. North Queensland Aero Club offered a great price for us. On arriving at the Center we were received by Young Pilot named Gareth Henry. On asking , he gave us a brief History about the planes they had and the one we would be... More 

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Thank Shashankraj
NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Dear Shashankraj Thank you so much for reviewing your experience with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed the spectacular views that the Great Barrier Reef offer and are privileged that you decided to share this unforgettable experience with the NQAC. Thanks again NQAC More 

Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014 via mobile

Our family did the 30 min scenic flight over the reef today and everyone really enjoyed it. The only problem was we wish we could have gone for longer. Thank you!

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Thank tigerseye77
NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Dear Tigerseye77 Thanks for providing a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your flight and trust that it was a memorable experience for you and your family. Kind regards NQAC More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2014

The day was great and we left as early as possible. The Pilot (Gareth) was experienced, competent and good with people. As an experienced pilot myself I couldn't think of anything he could have done better to make the flight more enjoyable. The back-seat passengers did not have head-sets, but everything else was perfect. great expereince - well done Gareth.... More 

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1 Thank Hugh L
NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Dear Hugh, We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience and thank you for providing a review. The Great Barrier Reef is a provides spectacular scenery from the air and we hope that your flight created great memories for you and your family. Kind regards NQAC More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

I organised a dual scenic flight over email for two of us. This particular flight allowed me to do the flying (as I have a licence from the UK) while being accompanied by an instructor from NQAC. On the day we flew with Pete who was very helpful and great to talk to throughout the flight. While I flew the... More 

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NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Dear Nickingtons, Thanks for reviewing your experience with the NQAC. we are pleased that you enjoyed flying around picturesque Far North Queensland. We pride ourselves on ensuring that your experience is a memorable one that you will remember well. Kind regards NQAC More 

Pirmasens
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

The scenic flight over the reef was definitely one of the highlights while staying in cairns. First our flight had to be cancelled because of rain, but going there the next day spontaneously wasn't a bad idea.. And we got a flight just an hour later.. Everybody was really friendly :) Thanks for that!

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4 Thank Lena H
NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Dear Lena Thanks for reviewing your scenic flight with us. So glad that you chose to wait for better weather to experience the reef. We hope that it was everything you expected and that you enjoyed the spectacular views that the Great Barrier Reef offer. Kind regards, NQAC More 

Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Our day started with a pick up from our hotel. At the airport we were then met by Gareth Henry our pilot for the hour long flight. Once in the Club House, he went through the safety procedure and kitted us with lifejackets. (For you ladies out there be warned - you are also weighed to ensure the correct balance... More 

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3 Thank Julie S
NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Dear Julie, Thanks for taking the time to write a review about your recent flight over the Great Barrier Reef. It makes us happy here at NQAC to know that you enjoyed experience and that we had the opportunity to share this magical experience with you. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Myself and my husband recently booked a 30 minute scenic flight whilst on holiday in Trinity Beach. I am an extremely nervous flyer but loved the idea of flying over the reef. I was very nervous before going on the flight but when we were up in the air I absolutely loved it and forgot my nerves completely. We were... More 

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NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Dear Amanda, Thanks for sharing your review of your experience with us. We are pleased to hear that your flight was relaxing and went well. Our team of professional pilots do their best to ensure that you get a unforgettable experience. Kind regards, NQAC More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

Had an Impressive and unforgetable flight over the great barrier reef. Very private just us (3) and the piltot who was so friendly and we felt so welcome and safe. The flight was perfect, wheather, the view of the reef just unbelievable! Had a great day. Thank you so much!

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2 Thank kap30
NQAC, President at North Queensland Aero Club, responded to this review

Hi Kap30 Thanks for your review. Flying with the NQAC certainly provides the benefit of your own private aircraft. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience and that it provided nice memories of the Great Barrier Reef. Kind regards NQAC More 

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