Skydive Airlie Beach - Whitsunday : Review


15 February 2020

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Are you looking for a bit of thrill during your holidays in Australia? Skydiving is the perfect activity for that!


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When I decided to go to Australia for a year, there was one thing I really had on the top of my bucket list and it was skydiving above the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays Islands. Only issue is : I’m scared of heights and flying. Clearly not the best ingredients for this kind of stuff.


But my friend really wanted to do it and so she convinced me to push my limits.


So I did! And you know what? It was the best experience I had in my life! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! For many reasons! Which is why today I share my review of the Skydive in Airlie Beach.


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Who is Skydiving Australia?


Skydiving Australia is the main company offering skydives all across the country. You can jump from pretty much anywhere you can think of. This includes Melbourne, Sydney, Great Ocean Road…


The most popular skydiving destination in Australia is Mission Beach (near Cape Tribulation). The main reason for this is that it’s the only place you can land on the beach.


That’s right, if you go skydiving in Airlie Beach, you will not land on the beach. But don’t let that stop you because I swear there is so much more to that. Keep reading 🙂



Why should you choose to Skydive in Airlie Beach?


Airlie Beach is ideally located by the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. This means that you will get to see both during your skydive!


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The view is absolutely fantastic, breath-taking, beautiful… (every adjective you can think of really).


To me, skydiving is not just about the thrill and the jump. It’s about what you are going to see. It’s about being mind-blown by pure natural beauty. It’s about being surrounded by so many beautiful things that you don’t even know where to look anymore.


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Well, that’s exactly what you will get if you choose to skydive in Airlie Beach!


You will get an amazing view of the Australian land, the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.


That alone is worth anything. But that’s why I think that the skydive in Airlie Beach is the one that offers the best value for money.



Is skydiving in Airlie Beach scary?


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That’s a tough question because it’s a very personal feeling.


As I said before, I’m scared of heights and flying. Needless to say that I was sh***ing my pants before jumping (pardon my french 😉 ).

That said though, I loved every second of it.


Before doing it, I assumed that the worst part would be sitting on the edge of the plane and obviously the free-fall.

I couldn’t be more wrong! These are actually the parts I loved the most.


To me the scary part was the preparation and the flight. It takes about 20 min for the plane to be high enough to let you jump.


That flight was beautiful, you had the whitsunday islands right in front of you! Yet, I did not enjoy it. I was dreading what would happen afterwards and clearly, never 20 minutes had felt that long.


Then came the dreadful moment, I was being pushed on the edge of the plane.

Well, believe it or not but from that point, all my fears disappeared. I couldn’t feel a single bit of stress or fear. It was replaced by excitement and fun.


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The free fall was the best part! God, I loved it! I loved it so much I kept laughing and smiling (it’s quite funny to see on the video actually). I was enjoying myself so much that the monitor was laughing so hard too (and yet, he was not a funny guy at first sight).


It was amazing! Even though you’ve got nothing to hold on to and are clearly at your most vulnerable point, you feel so safe!

And the view! THE VIEW! Oh my god! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!


So yeah, I guess what I’m trying to say is, even if you are scared, if you feel like you can push your limits, do it! You will love it! It’s absolutely amazing! I am the living proof of that.

As a matter of fact, afterwards I had a chat with the staff. They all said they knew I would love it more than anybody else.

Apparently, the more scared you are, the more you enjoy it because you get a higher boost of adrenaline and therefore happiness.



What is included in the Skydive package?



Alright, let’s get down to business now!


If you book a skydive in Airlie Beach, you will get:

  • Round-trip transfers from your Airlie Beach accommodation
  • Professional training and instructions
  • Scenic flight (up to 15,000 feet)
  • Tandem skydive (with up to 60 seconds of free-fall)
  • Spectacular views of Whitsunday Islands, the coastline, and Airlie Beach
  • Option of steering the parachute
  • Certificate of your skydive


Please note the landing is not on the beach but on the grass by the airport. I personally didn’t mind that. Loads of people chose to jump in Mission Beach so they can land on the beach. I personally would rather have a better jump and land on the grass. But that’s up to you! We all like different things!



How much is a Skydive in Airlie Beach?


Skydiving in Airlie Beach costs AUD 274.

You can book your skydive here. Please note you will be able to pay in the currency of your choice.



Any tips for my skydive?


Yes! Here are a couple of things that you should be aware of.


– Check the tides before booking your slot. The view is nicer when the tide is low. You will be able to see the coral reefs way better. This is why I chose to jump at 7am.

– Take a jumper! It can get really cold up there. I had a jumper with a hood and did not regret it! Some people jump only with a t-shirt and that’s ok, you can do it. But it would be a shame to kind of spoil your jump because you are cold.

– Obviously I should not skydive if you are pregnant or have heart problems.

Last one: JUST ENJOY!


Let me know how your skydive in Airlie Beach was! I’d love to hear from you!