FLYING HIGH WITH GBR HELICOPTERS
I think most parents would agree that this is a dream come true for their kids, big and small alike. And, after spending the morning with the GBR staff and experiencing the ‘Taste of Heli’ firsthand, I can easily understand why.
Locally owned and operated, the team recently celebrated five years under the management of Ian Johnson and Chris Cooper and 20 years of flying high. With a staff of more than 60 people and 22 helicopters in house, GBR is on the up.
GBR’s sales executive, Natasha Macpherson tells us, the ‘Taste of Heli,’ is, “the perfect introduction into flying,” and we couldn’t agree more. The ten-minute tour takes a group of three to six people over the gorgeous water where you can view the main Cairns attractions including the inlet, the harbour and the esplanade. Starting and ending at either the Lagoon landing pad or their aviation station at the airport, the journey doesn’t take long but it certainly is memorable.
What’s the best part of the experience? The anticipation of waiting to take-off, the sound of the chopper’s propeller wheeling above you and the sensation of floating on air certainly top the list. But the icing on the cake has to be the incredible views of the reef, rainforest and city.
Cairns is always beautiful, but Cairns above ground is simply breathtaking.
What we especially loved at GBR is how accommodating they were and how they go out of the way to make it a personal and fun experience for everyone.
Tash tells us that recently a young girl celebrated her “Modelette” themed birthday with GBR. To prepare for the event, the GBR team put out a red carpet and took photos as the ‘celebrities’ entered and exited the helicopter.
While the taste of Heli is an ideal chopper sampling for families, GBR also offers a number of other flights, either as a standalone activity or in conjunction with leading reef cruise lines such as Quicksilver, Great Adventures and Reef Magic.
If your kids have ever wanted to go on a helicopter ride, then give the team at GBR a call on 4081 8888. This is one of the most unique and affordable ways to experience Cairns like you never have before.