Exploring the Sand Cay

Is this the best place in the world for a beach picnic?

Esky, glasses, cutlery, napkins, s&p. Oh, you can be sure to forget something vital when you go out for a picnic. Leave the picnic list at home when you hop on a GBR helicopter for a James Bond kind of picnic on a sand cay in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef! Fasten your seatbelt, this is one lunch you won’t forget in a hurry.

The Sand CayBest Picnic in the World

You’ll feel like a superstar as you leave Cairns. The view of the Great Barrier Reef from the chopper is definitely bucket-list worthy. You will easily spot the sand cay from the air , the contrasting white sand will stand out from the aquas. This will be your picnic spot for today. Yep, it’s in the middle of the reef!

It only takes five minutes to go from one end to the other. It may not be the best place for a jog, but it makes for a pretty awesome picnic spot!

Snorkelling fun

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef

First, it’s time to work up an appetite. The reef is right here at your fin-tips, so grab your snorkel and dive straight in! The GBR Helicopter chopper has got you covered with fins, snorkel and mask at the ready. You’ll be able to get up close with some of the amazing creatures that call the Great Barrier Reef home.

Great Barrier Reef starfishThe sea floor was brimming with colourful starfish.

Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef

Nemo’s cousin, the anemone fish can be a little more complicated to find! Always shy, they love hiding in their anemone away from predators.

Your very own beach picnic

Picnic on the Great Barrier Reef

While snorkelling around the reef, your belly may get a little noisy (even above the volume of the splashing). As you return to the beach, you’ll spot the spectacular seafood feast that your pilot prepared. Your biggest decision will be what to eat first?  Lobster or prawns?!

Helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef

It’s not every day that you get the Great Barrier Reef to yourself! So, enjoy it!

More things on do on a Great Barrier Reef Sand Cay

Picnic on the Great Barrier Reef

Pinch yourselves if you’re lucky enough to witness a rainbow on the reef. You’re not in a dream or a fancy movie. You’re just on the Greatest reef in the world!

Picnic on the Great Barrier Reef

Stop. Helicopter jump time. There’s nothing better than jumping and playing around to digest the delicious food!

Picnic on the Great Barrier Reef

Better than a postcard, isn’t it? Don’t forget to take some of your own snaps to notch this experience in your long-term memory bank.

Picnic on the Great Barrier Reef


Where’s the best place you’ve ever had a picnic? Tell us in the comments below.