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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published July 5th 2022
Life is an adventure, spread your wings and fly
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The only Wilga 80 warbird on floats in the Southern Hemisphere


Are you looking for the perfect gift for that discerning person or couple who literally have everything? Perhaps, the lucky recipient is your significant 'other' who already has enough undies, socks and ties to replenish the local Op shop shelves for a year, but still the perfect gift proves elusive. Much to my delight, I think I may have discovered the exclusive, most ideal gift for those special people in your life!

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Preparations pre take off


Recently I purchased a gift voucher for my better half from Paradise SeaPlanes, promising the ultimate Sunshine Coast experience and believe me, this is one thrill ride that should be on everybody's bucket list. From the ever-so-smooth water take-off to the gentle return to base landing, our Seaplane flight was magically spectacular.

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Maroochy River runway ...


The Seaplane adventure with Paradise SeaPlanes is no ordinary flight this is a unique seaplane experience on board an historic four seater Wilga Warbird, literally the ONLY Wilga 80 warbird on floats, in the Southern Hemisphere, offering customised flights.

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Three of the historical Maroochy River boathouses along Bradman Avenue


The historic Wilga Warbird excels at providing passengers with spectacular views, all thanks to its ability to fly low and slow and with more glass than a helicopter, ensures its occupants can enjoy an-almost 360 degree view.

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And, we're off ...


Paradise SeaPlanes have a range of scenic flights to entice adventurers from a five minute flip (just enough time to get your feet wet) to a seventy-five minute adventure of a lifetime. Choose your flight from one of the available options -

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The colours from above are spectacular


MAROOCHY RIVER ADVENTURE | 10 minutes
Your scenic adventure takes off from the warm (even in winter) waters of the Maroochy River, swoops along the Mooloolaba beach, circles over Point Cartwright and returns to Maroochydore.

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Currimundi Lake and surf beach


SUNSHINE COAST ADVENTURE | 20 minutes
This was my choice of adventure for my special 'other' and is one of the most popular flights with Paradise SeaPlanes. Taking off from the warm waters of the Maroochy River, the Sunshine Coast Adventure flight follows the river to the ocean. Heading south over the Mooloolaba harbour, the flight path follows the pristine coastline to Caloundra, before returning for a gentle touch-down on the calm Maroochy River waters.

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Glasshouse Mountains in the distance


NOOSA RIVER ADVENTURE | 30 minutes
Take off is once again from the Maroochy River, heading north. The flight follows the Maroochy River to the coast, then banks slowly north over Mudjimba Island, follows the beaches past Mt Coolum, over the Noosa National Park and biosphere to Noosa River and return. This thrilling adventure flight is also the one to look out for whales and their calves, enjoying the warmer waters of the Sunshine Coast.

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Views towards Mooloolah River and Mooloolaba Wharf on Parkyn Parade


SURF PATROL ADVENTURE | 60 minutes
Aptly named the Big Beach Watch, the Surf Patrol Adventure takes in the whole of the Sunshine Coast from Noosa to Caloundra. Taking off from Maroochy River, the flight banks slowly north, following the beaches to Noosa Heads National Park, circling over Noosa Village to return southward, along the stunning coastline, all the way to Caloundra and the north end of Bribie Island and the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park.
Please Note: The maximum combined passenger weight is limited to 175kg for this flight.

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The Mooloolaba Rock Wall (on the left) is popular for walks, swimming, sunset viewing and fishing


NOOSA TO GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS | 60 minutes
This coast to hinterland experience is a new adventure flight for Paradise SeaPlanes. Joy riders will enjoy a low-level reconnaissance flight along the beaches from the Maroochy River to Noosa Heads and then climbing to 1500 feet for the journey towards the Glasshouse Mountains. Imagine the thrill of floating past these majestic volcanic plugs and the spectacular hinterland. Return to the Maroochy River for a gentle landing like the dreamtime black swans.
Please Note: The maximum combined passenger weight is limited to 175kg for this flight.

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Point Cartwright Lighthouse


DOUBLE ISLAND ADVENTURE | 75 minutes
The Double Island Adventure has to be the ultimate experience for those who want to really use the Wilga for what it was designed for. Once again take off from the Maroochy River, travelling north to follow the beaches past Noosa and along the spectacular Great Sandy National Park to Double Island Point. Thrill-seekers will absolutely fall in love with the brilliant vantage views of Rainbow Beach and the unique towering sand hills, before returning to touch down on the Maroochy River.
Please Note: The maximum combined passenger weight is limited to 165kg for this flight.

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Pacific Boulevard apartment blocks


To find out the approximate flight paths, please follow this highlighted link. Flights can be booked online here or gift vouchers, from $100, are available online here.

Enhance your memorable trip with Paradise SeaPlanes by adding an optional extra:

DOORS OFF ON ANY FLIGHT
Choose doors off as an optional extra with any flight for a flat rate of $50 per flight (NOT per passenger). This experience is pretty FULL ON, with wind, noise and nothing between you and the outside sounds scary to me, but I can imagine there are many daring adventurers out there who would love nothing more than the sensation of being as free as a bird.

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On our return journey ...


PHOTO BOOKS
Photo books are available to relive and re-enjoy your experience over and over again, with stunning, customised photo books.

SPECIAL OCCASION
Paradise SeaPlanes provide options to make your special event or romantic occasion even better. Take your relationship to new heights with the Romantic Picnic Package online here or simply add extras like delicious platter boxes, photographers and/or musicians; banner tow fly-by or even a Rolls Royce transfer to your flight. The sky is literally your limit!

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Create unique memories to last a lifetime ...


This is such a fabulous gift idea for so many reasons:

I was impressed with the ease of pre-purchasing the printable gift voucher; organising the actual booking at a later date proved to be seamless and the absolute professionalism displayed by local company, Paradise SeaPlanes at all times, was exemplary.
It's one thing to know what our beaches look like from ground level but in the air, it's a totally different experience - the spectacular colours along our coastline truly leave one breathless!

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Trip Advisor ranks Paradise SeaPlanes in the top 10% of worldwide experiences


Trip Advisor ranks Paradise SeaPlanes in the top 10% of worldwide experiences, consistently ranking them 5-stars across all platforms.
The intimate seaplane flights cater to only two, maximum three passengers, adding to the exclusivity of sharing your memorable adventure.
You are in safe hands with experienced and passionate seaplane pilots.

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Shawn Kelly, owner of Paradise SeaPlanes, was our experienced pilot


This is one adventure well-worth repeating and we plan on doing just that, in the not too distant future.
Life is an adventure, spread your wings and fly!

Images courtesy of Elaine de Wet, author
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Why? To enjoy a thrill ride that should be on everybody's bucket list
When: Open Thursday to Monday, 9am to 3pm
Phone: 0437 719 088
Where: On the river at 142 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, QLD 4558
Cost: Varying, please see website for more details. Gift Vouchers available from $100
Your Comment
That was an awesome gift Elaine...thanks ever so much!
by Barry (score: 3|2969) 152 days ago
That looks amazing - congrats on the gold!!
by Sue W (score: 3|1748) 152 days ago
Great article and photos Elaine. Congrats on the gold. Nothing like the view from light aircraft. I would recommend the door off option. I'm scared of heights but with nothing between you and the ground the scariness is not there. I've flown over 100 hours in light aircraft with the door off and enjoyed 99.9% of them.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4476) 152 days ago
Wow Elaine.
how awesome and thoughtful of you. It must gave been a day to remember
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5833) 152 days ago
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