Helicopter Transfers

Helicopter Transfers - Cairns

Helicopter transfers depart from Cairns for a 45 minute scenic flight past Queensland’s highest mountains and over the picturesque Coral Sea before arriving at Bedarra Island.

Flights depart from the General Aviation terminal at Cairns Airport. Please allow 15 minutes for vehicle transfers between Cairns Domestic or International Airport and the General Aviation Terminal after collecting your luggage.

For arriving guests, a friendly member of our team will meet you at the baggage carousel and transfer you to the General Aviation terminal for your flight. For departing guests, we will transfer you back to the Domestic or International terminal after your flight.

For guests making their own way to the General Aviation Terminal the address is Royal Flying Doctor Street, Cairns Airport.

Helicopter Transfers - Mission Beach

Helicopter flights depart from South Mission Beach for a brief scenic flight to Bedarra offering spectacular views of World Heritage Listed rainforest and the surrounding Family Island group.

Guests meet at our mainland reservations office at South Mission Beach, before being transferred by vehicle to our helipad for departure.

Transfer Times - Arrivals

Cairns to Bedarra – 12.00pm Departure

Mission Beach to Bedarra -1:00pm Departure

Transfer Times - Departures

Bedarra to Mission Beach - 10:00am Departure

Bedarra to Cairns – 10:30am departure

Please be aware that flights are limited so please confirm availability with Bedarra Island Resort prior to booking your accommodation or domestic flights to/from Cairns.


Mission Beach-Bedarra or Bedarra-Mission Beach helicopter transfers - $250 per couple one-way or $500 return.

Cairns-Bedarra or Bedarra-Cairns helicopter transfers - $975 per couple one-way or $1,950 return.

Non-scheduled transfers outside of the times detailed above can be arranged for $1,350 one-way per couple ex-Cairns and $350 one-way per couple ex-Mission Beach (subject to availability).


We would appreciate that guests restrict luggage to one small 15kg bag per person. Soft bags or duffle bags are preferred as they are better suited to stowage on the helicopter. Should you have excess luggage please advise when making your reservation as we can arrange for safe storage during your stay on Bedarra. We are able to provide smaller soft bags with advance notice to repack your luggage if required.


Limited transfers are available each day, please confirm availability before arranging your travel plans. All flights are subject to weather conditions. In the event of poor weather, flight rescheduling or mechanical failure we may need to cancel your flight. In the event of flight cancellations we will arrange for your transfer to Bedarra by vehicle/launch. We recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unexpected scenarios.

Transfers are based on chartering the entire aircraft, and transfers are only available to guests of Bedarra Island Resort.

All helicopter transfers are booked through Bedarra Island Resort on behalf of Island Reef Helicopters.