Take the window seat, because you don’t want to miss a glimpse of these spectacular landscapes.
By Amy Bryant
Australia is made up of vibrant natural sceneries, from coastal hues and sprawling cities to lush greenery and flaming desert plains. You’ll want to experience and explore these fantastic destinations on foot, but a bird’s eye view from a few hundred or even thousand feet in the air promises an impressive unparalleled perspective. We’ve scooped together the very best airplane views you can enjoy from high altitudes across Australia.
As you descend to Fraser Island, you’ll witness vivid blues and large stretches of white beaches. It is the largest sand island in the world, expanding an impressive 123 kilometres (76 miles) long. Located 15 kilometres (9 miles) off Queensland’s Hervey Bay, Fraser Island is an incredible destination, inviting visitors to cruise in a 4WD and hit the rolling sand dunes, explore local wildlife by night – it’s known for its large dingo population - and join immersive tours for the ultimate island adventures. You can choose to stay either in luxury retreats, eco resorts and even camp right on the beach.
The harbour, the ocean and Australia’s most exciting metropolis all come together to create one incredible landscape. As you fly over Sydney, look out for the famous landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, as well as the golden glow of Bondi Beach. Sydney looks fantastic from up in the air, but wait until you touch down and dive into the urban buzz of the city, where you can explore the various restaurants, funky bars, cultural precincts and splendid coastlines. See Sydney in a different perspective on your next plane departure, or join a scenic tour souring the sky in a sea plane.
All views over the Whitsunday Islands are going to take your breath away. The sparkling blues and turquoise hues put on a vivid show of swirling colours that change with the tides. An archipelago of 74 islands that neighbours the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is the destination for all things swim, snorkel and beachside bliss. While Hamilton Island is the largest and most popular island full of great restaurants, accommodation and activities, Whitehaven Beach is considered by many as the most beautiful beach on the planet, and for good reason – the white sand is 98 per cent silica meaning it’s as fine as sand can get. Stay at qualia on Hamilton Island, a luxury resort just steps from the beach. Spend your days snorkelling the reefs and relaxing on gorgeous beaches.
The Kimberley in Western Australia is 423 kilometres (263 miles) of ancient beauty. The expansive region is made up of rare rock formations, tropical rainforests, unique waterfalls and dramatic coastlines. Soar over the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Ranges, Mitchell Falls, Horizontal Falls and King George Falls. Catch a plane over the turquoise and red desert contrasts of Broome’s Cable Beach and take in the breathtaking views over Buccaneer Archipelago. Combine one of these scenic flights with your adventure through the Kimberley and make your trip to this incredible region memorable.
One of the most iconic natural landmarks in Australia and the spiritual heartland of the Aboriginal culture is Uluru. A close-up visit is an incredible experience, but you will fully appreciate the mammoth scale of the ancient sandstone formation on a scenic flight. You’ll take in 360 degree views and soak up the warm, illuminating colours of the vibrant red landscape, encompassing Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Lake Amadeus.
The Great Barrier Reef
The majestic natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef is a destination that offers incredible nautical experiences. You’ll want to dive down to explore this underwater world, which is home to a diversity of marine life, from tropical fish, manta rays and turtles to reef sharks and colourful coral beds. However, seeing the wonder from high above, offers a unique panoramic journey over beautiful shades of ocean blue, landscapes of coral gardens and the islands dotted throughout.
Witness the jaw-dropping views of dramatic coastal cliffs, sweeping desert plains and curves of white beaches that fringe the ocean’s brilliant blues. Soaring over Shark Bay, a UNESCO-listed heritage region in Western Australia, you’ll find yourself spotting dolphins, rays and sharks swimming in the sparkling ocean. You’ll also take in views over the crimson colours of Francois Peron National Park, the salty Big lagoon and beauty of Monkey Mia.
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