The Ultimate Guide to Helicopter Rides in Melbourne in 2021 — Every flight, price and company reviewed

The Ultimate Guide to Helicopter Rides in Melbourne in 2021 — Every flight, price and company reviewed

If you’ve been thinking about booking a flight in a helicopter, Melbourne is one of the best cities in Australia for spectacular helicopter tours and scenic flight experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a scenic flight around Melbourne’s city or beaches, a wine tour by helicopter to the Yarra Valley or a private flight to the 12 Apostles, Melbourne has more than 50 amazing helicopter rides to choose from.

Unfortunately, with so many different options for scenic flights and winery tours, it can be extremely difficult deciding where you should fly and whether the experience will be worth it.

The cost of helicopter rides and quality of the experience also varies drastically across helicopter tour companies and it’s often not clear who you should book with and what you can expect.

In this guide we’ve listed every type of flight, reviewed every helicopter company in Melbourne and compared all their prices to help you find the best price and the best experience.

Looking for a shorter list? Check out the 5 Best Helicopter Rides in Melbourne.

Whether you’re booking a helicopter ride to surprise a partner on your anniversary, a family member on their birthday or you simply want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Melbourne, this guide will help you answer the questions:

  • Where can you fly in a helicopter?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Which company should you fly with?

If you want more personalised advice on choosing a helicopter flight or selecting a tour company, please get in touch on (03) 7065 1888 or concierge@rotor.one and we’d be happy to help.

What types of helicopter rides can you book in Melbourne?

There are 6 different helicopter experiences you can choose from in Melbourne:

  1. Helicopter rides up to 30 minutes flying over Melbourne’s CBD, coast and beaches of Port Phillip Bay with prices from $200 per person.

  2. Helicopter scenic tours of 30 minutes or longer with a private landing for lunch, tours and other activities to the 12 Apostles and Phillip Island with prices from $900 per person.

  3. Helicopter wine tours to the Yarra Valley, Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula with a private landing for a wine tour and lunch with prices from $600 per person.

  4. Helicopter snow tours to Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham with a private landing at each ski resort with prices from $1,755 per person.

  5. Helicopter mountain biking adventures to Mystic Bike Park with a private landing in Bright along with rental bikes and shuttle services with prices from $1,500 per person.

  6. Private charter flights to custom locations with a private landing at regional airports or on private property with prices from $523 per person.

1. Helicopter Rides over Melbourne CBD and Beaches of Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Rides over Melbourne CBD

Rated one of the best things to do in Melbourne, the most popular helicopter flight in Melbourne takes you on a scenic tour of the city offering panoramic views of Melbourne’s best landmarks and tourist attractions from above. 

What will you see on a Helicopter Ride over Melbourne City?

Melbourne City scenic flights have a duration of 20 minutes and fly an orbit around Melbourne’s CBD and over popular landmarks including:

  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
  • Eureka Skydeck
  • Station Pier — where the Spirit of Tasmania is docked
  • St Kilda Beach — including the famous St Kilda boardwalk
  • Albert Park — where the Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place
  • Yarra River
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Rod Laver Arena — where the Australian Open is held
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
These scenic flights fly over Melbourne at 300 - 450 metres (or 1,000 - 1,500 feet) above the ground making them perfect for aerial photo taking.

How much does a Helicopter Ride over Melbourne CBD cost?

Five helicopter tour companies offer helicopter rides over Melbourne CBD and the best price is $200 per person with Rotor One and Melbourne Heli.

Time

Destination

Departure

Company

Price

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Essendon

Rotor One

$200 per person

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

$200 per person 

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Essendon

PremiAir via Adrenaline

$225 per person (+$25)

20 minutes

Port Phillip Bay *coastal route only

Moorabbin

Helicopter Group

$262 per person (+$62)

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

City Helipad

Microflite

$308 per person (+$108)

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at rotor.one, phs.com.au, adrenaline.com.au, melbourneheli.com, helicoptergroup.com and microflite.com.au.

NOTE: Due to the short 20 minute flight time, tours from Moorabbin will not fly an orbit around Melbourne CBD and instead fly along the coast and beaches of Port Phillip Bay and turn back once they reach the city.

Shared Flights

Some helicopter tour companies also offer shared flights which involve selling other available seats in the helicopter to the general public so you will share the helicopter with people outside your booking.

Time

Destination

Departure

Company

Price

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Essendon

PremiAir via Adrenaline

$185 per person *shared flight

20 minutes

Port Phillip Bay *coastal route only

Moorabbin

PHS

$190 per person (+$5)
*shared flight

20 minutes

Port Phillip Bay *coastal route only

Moorabbin

Microflite via Adrenaline

$273 per person (+$88)
*shared flight 

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at redballoon.com.au, phs.com.au, microflite.com.au and adrenaline.com.au.

NOTE: Shared flights are perfect if you’re flying alone however often require a minimum number of passengers to “activate” meaning they are rescheduled until the helicopter is fully booked.

Helicopter Ride over Melbourne City and Port Phillip Bay

This tour is an extended scenic flight over Melbourne’s CBD and coast including the beaches of Port Phillip Bay such as the iconic Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes.

What will you see on a Helicopter Ride over Melbourne City and Port Phillip Bay?

With a flight time of 25 - 30 minutes, Melbourne City and Port Phillip Bay scenic flights fly an orbit around the CBD and down the coast over Melbourne’s famous beaches and marinas including: 

  • St Kilda Pier
  • Elwood Beach
  • Brighton Beach and Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes — the 82 brightly coloured and famous beach huts built in the 1900s
  • Sandringham Beach and Sandringham Yacht Club — where a J7 Submarine from World War 1 is visible
  • Half Moon Bay — where the shipwreck of the 19th century warship HMAS Cerberus is visible
  • Ricketts Point — including the Marine Sanctuary where multiple reefs and sea caves are visible

 

The advantage of these scenic flights is that helicopters are able to fly as low as 500 feet (150 metres) when above water, meaning you get close-up views of beaches, boats and people as they walk and sail in Port Phillip Bay below.

How much does a Helicopter Ride over Melbourne City and Port Phillip Bay cost?

Five helicopter tour companies offer helicopter rides over Melbourne City and Port Phillip Base and the best price is $250 per person with Rotor One and Melbourne Heli. 

Time

Destination

Departure

Company

Price

30 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Essendon

Rotor One

$250 per person

30 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

$250 per person

25 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Moorabbin

PHS

$285 per person (+$35)
*shared flight

30 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Moorabbin

Helicopter Group

$301 per person (+$51)

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

City Helipad

Microflite

$308 per person (+$58)

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at rotor.one, melbourneheli.com, phs.com.au, helicoptergroup.com and microflite.com.au.

2. Helicopter Winery Tours to the Yarra Valley

The second most popular destination for helicopter rides is to a winery in the Yarra Valley.

These scenic flights are combined with wine tours and winery lunch experiences at premium wineries in the Yarra Valley making them the perfect half-day trip.

What will you see on a helicopter winery tour to the Yarra Valley?

With a 20 - 30 minute scenic flight from Melbourne, helicopter wine tours will give you panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, Mount Dandenong and the Yarra Valley.

Helicopter wine tours to the Yarra Valley have the added benefit of landing directly at the winery or vineyard and occasionally right in-front of the restaurant or cellar door, making them a spectacular way to arrive for a wine tour or winery lunch.

Helicopter wine tours are often paired with wine tours and lunch packages meaning the price you pay includes the helicopter flight, wine tasting and set lunch menu so you won’t have to take out your credit card during your visit.

TIP: If you’re considering buying a bottle or case to take home, be sure to ask your helicopter tour company if there are any weight limitations as helicopters have weight and balance restrictions that may limit how much baggage you can take.

What are the best wineries to visit in the Yarra Valley by helicopter?

The most popular helicopter wine tours from Melbourne to Yarra Valley wineries include:

  • Levantine Hill
  • Stones of the Yarra Valley
  • Meletos
  • De Bortoli
  • TarraWarra
  • Zonzo

Levantine Hill

Levantine Hill Estate is a winery, cellar door and restaurant located in Coldstream. Levantine Hill offers wine tasting with their award-winning wines matched to a seasonal snack and three, five or seven mediterranean-inspired sharing plates.

https://www.levantinehill.com.au

How much does a helicopter winery tour to Levantine Hill in the Yarra Valley cost?

Three helicopter tour companies offer flights and winery experiences to Levantine Hill and the best price is $600 per person with Rotor One.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

25 minutes

Levantine Hill

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights

$600 per person

25 minutes

Levantine Hill

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

Flights

$845 per person (+$245)

25 minutes

Levantine Hill

City Helipad

Microflite

Flights, 1 Wine, 2 Courses

$1,098 per person (+$498)

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at rotor.one, melbourneheli.com and microflite.com.au.

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Stones of the Yarra Valley is a popular wedding venue and tuscan-inspired restaurant located in Coldstream. Stones of the Yarra Valley offers Modern Australian tasting menus with two, three or four courses and matching wines in a beautiful vintage farmhouse.

https://www.stonesoftheyarravalley.com

How much does a helicopter winery tour to Stones of the Yarra Valley cost?

Two helicopter tour companies offer flights and winery experiences to Stones of the Yarra Valley and the best price is $600 per person with Rotor One.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

25 minutes

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights

$600 per person

25 minutes

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

Flights

$845 per person (+$245)

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at rotor.one and melbourneheli.com.

Meletos

Meletos is located next to Stones of the Yarra Valley on the same estate in Coldstream. Meletos offers Euro-Australian inspired food with a two or three course menu and also has a bar and outdoor rotisserie with views to the Great Dividing Range.

https://www.meletos.com

How much does a helicopter winery tour to Meletos in the Yarra Valley cost?

Two helicopter tour companies offer flights and winery experiences to Meletos and the best price is $600 per person with Rotor One.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

25 minutes

Meletos

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights

$600 per person

25 minutes

Meletos

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

Flights

$845 per person (+$245)

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at rotor.one and melbourneheli.com.

De Bortoli

De Bortoli is a premium winery and restaurant located in Dixons Creek. Recognised for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, De Bortoli offers authentic Italian dishes with two or three course sampling menus matched to premium wines in their Locale restaurant.

https://www.debortoli.com.au

How much does a helicopter winery tour to De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley cost?

Two helicopter tour companies offer flights and winery experiences to De Bortoli and the best price is $525 per person with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS).

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

15 minutes

De Bortoli

Moorabbin

PHS

Flights, 2 Wine, 2 Courses

$525 per person

25 minutes

De Bortoli

Essendon

PremiAir via RedBalloon 

Flights, 3 Wine, 3 Courses

$750 per person (+$225)

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at rotor.one and melbourneheli.com.

TarraWarra

TarraWarra Estate is a premium winery, art museum and restaurant located in Yarra Glen. Known for the curved stone entrance to its Cellar Door, TarraWarra offers wine tasting and a contemporary restaurant serving Modern Australian food.

https://tarrawarra.com.au

How much does a helicopter winery tour to TarraWarra in the Yarra Valley cost?

Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) is the only helicopter tour company offering flights and winery experiences to TarraWarra and they cost $805 per person.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

15 minutes

TarraWarra

Moorabbin

PHS

Flights, 4 Wine, 4 Courses

$805 per person

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at phs.com.au.

Zonzo

Zonzo is a winery and restaurant located in Yarra Glen. Zonzo is an award-winning wedding venue and the restaurant offers traditional Italian cuisine with paired estate wines in an open space with a fireplace and vineyard views.

https://www.zonzo.com.au

How much does a helicopter winery tour to Zonzo in the Yarra Valley cost?

Microflite is the only helicopter tour company offering flights and winery experiences to TarraWarra and they cost $805 per person.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

20 minutes

Zonzo

City Helipad

Microflite

Flights, 2 Wine, 5 Courses

$1,098 per person

* Prices based on 2 passengers and pricing information at microflite.com.au.

How much does a winery tour to the Yarra Valley by helicopter cost?

Based on a comparison of helicopter wine tours to the Yarra Valley, the best value flights are offered by PHS starting at $525 per person (*short flight) and Rotor One starting at $600 per person.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

15 minutes

De Bortoli

Moorabbin

PHS

Flights, 2 Wine, 2 Courses

 $525 per person*short flight

25 minutes

Levantine Hill

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights

$600 per person

25 minutes

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights

$600 per person

25 minutes

Meletos

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights

$600 per person

25 minutes

De Bortoli

Essendon

RedBalloon 

Flights, 3 Wine, 3 Courses

$750 per person (+$225)

15 minutes

TarraWarra

Moorabbin

PHS

Flights, 4 Wine, 4 Courses

$805 per person ✅ *short flight

25 minutes

Levantine Hill

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

Flights

$845 per person (+$345)

25 minutes

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

Flights

$845 per person (+$345)

25 minutes

Meletos

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

Flights

$845 per person (+$345)

25 minutes

Levantine Hill

City Helipad

Microflite

Flights, 1 Wine, 2 Courses

$1,098 per person (+$598)

20 minutes

Zonzo

City Helipad

Microflite

Flights, 2 Wine, 5 Courses

$1,098 per person

* Prices based on 2 passengers return and pricing information at rotor.one, phs.com.au, redballoon.com.au, melbourneheli.com and microflite.com.au.

Helicopter Brewery Tours and Heli Pub Crawls in the Yarra Valley

As an alternative to traditional winery tours, heli pub crawls and brewery and distillery tours by helicopter are gaining popularity as they offer a more authentic, grounded experience in the Yarra Valley. 

One example is the Beer, Burgers & Gin Tour which includes a 25 minute scenic flight to Healesville in the Yarra Valley.

The tour begins at Watts River Brewery for boutique beer tasting, lunch at Monroe's Burgers for their famous burger creations and continues to Four Pillars Gin Distillery for their famous gin & tonic tasting experience.

How much does a Helicopter Brewery Tour in the Yarra Valley cost?

Rotor One is the only helicopter tour company offering helicopter brewery and heli pub crawls in the Yarra Valley and they cost $700 per person.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

25 minutes

Watts River Brewery
Monroe’s Burgers
Four Pillars Gin Distillery

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights, Beer Tasting, Burger Lunch & Gin Tasting

$700 per person

* Prices based on 2 passengers return and pricing information at rotor.one.

3. Scenic Flights from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road

The most spectacular helicopter tour in Australia is a scenic flight to the 12 Apostles which takes 1 hour and 15 minutes by helicopter from Melbourne (or 4.5 hours to drive).

What can you expect on a Scenic Flight to the 12 Apostles?

You will fly over the Great Ocean Road with amazing views of Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Cape Otway, the oldest lighthouse in Australia.

Arriving at the 12 Apostles and the spectacular limestone formations, your helicopter will land at the Twelve Apostles Helipad and Visitor Center to refuel and allow you to have some time on the ground.

A short walk to the 12 Apostles boardwalk will take you to many of the best viewpoints for the Twelve Apostles or the 89 steps down at Gibson Steps will lead you to the beach to see the 12 Apostles at sea level.

12 Apostles - The Common Wanderer

📷 the common wanderer

TIP: Check with your helicopter tour company how much time they allow on the ground for you to experience the 12 Apostles on foot with 2 hours being a comfortable time to explore the viewpoints and get down to the beach.

TIP: Check if your helicopter tour company includes a scenic flight from the 12 Apostles to the Bay of Islands which is an additional 10 minutes flight along the Shipwreck Coast.

This allows you to view other famous formations including Loch Ard Gorge, the Sentinel, the Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Schomberg Reef and the Bay of Islands, making the most of your time at the 12 Apostles.

ADD-ON: There is also the option of a wine tour or winery lunch on the Bellarine Peninsula at Clyde Park Estate, Mount Duneed Estate, Terindah Estate or Jack Rabbit Winery before returning home and expect this to be an additional cost.

How much do helicopter flights from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road cost?

Four helicopter tour companies offer flights to the 12 Apostles and the best price is $1,250 per person with Rotor One.

Flight

Departure

Company

Includes

Price

80 minutes

Essendon

Rotor One

Time on ground, Extended flight to Bay of Islands + Winery stopover

$1,250 per person

90 minutes

Moorabbin

PHS

Time on ground

$1,260 per person (+$10)

80 minutes

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

Time on ground & Extended flight to Bay of Islands + Winery stopover

$1,495 per person (+$245)

75 minutes

City Helipad

Microflite

Time on ground

$2,448 per person (+$1,198)

* Prices based on 2 passengers return and pricing information at rotor.one, phs.com.au, melbourneheli.com and microflite.com.au.

4. Helicopter Flights from Melbourne to Ski Resorts in Victoria

Helicopters make it possible to visit Ski Resorts in Victoria to go skiing or snowboarding in a single day-trip from Melbourne.

Snow flights to Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham by helicopter

Victoria has world-class ski resorts accessible by helicopter including Mt Buller with 25 runs and a 1,600m summit, Falls Creek with 92 runs and a 1,780m summit and Mt Hotham with 72 runs and a 1,862m summit.

Microflite and Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) offer snow flights from Melbourne to Mt Buller (1 hour flight), Falls Creek (1.5 hour flight) and Mt Hotham (1.5 hour flight) and land directly at each ski resort.

NOTE: Snow flights by helicopter are heavily dependent on weather and often cancelled due to rain, fog or snow so it’s important to be flexible and have a backup plan to reach your ski resort.

How much do helicopter flights to ski resorts in Victoria cost?

Based on a comparison of helicopter flights to Victoria’s ski resorts, the best value flights are offered by Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) starting at $1,755 per person to Mt Buller and by Microflite starting at $2,648 per person to Falls Creek or Mt Hotham (prices based on 2 passengers travelling).

Flight

Ski Resort

Departs

Company

Price

60 minutes

Mt Buller

Moorabbin

PHS

$1,755 per person

60 minutes

Mt Buller

Moorabbin

Microflite

$2,048 per person (+$293)

90 minutes

Falls Creek

Moorabbin

Microflite

$2,648 per person

90 minutes

Falls Creek

Moorabbin

PHS

$3,120 per person (+$472)

90 minutes

Mt Hotham

Moorabbin

Microflite

$2,648 per person

90 minutes

Mt Hotham

Moorabbin

PHS

$3,025 per person (+377)

* Prices based on return flights for 2 people and pricing information at phs.com.au and microflite.com.au and approximated for comparison with other helicopter tour companies.

ADD-ON: Both Microflite and Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) offer departures and return flights from the Melbourne City Helipad located on the Yarra River in Southbank near Crown Casino and the Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) Helipad at an additional cost of between $300 - $1,000.

The prices for snow flights to Victoria’s ski resorts becomes almost 50% cheaper when larger groups fly as they can better share the cost of hiring and operating the helicopter (prices based on 4+ passengers travelling).

Flight

Ski Resort

Departs

Company

Price

60 minutes

Mt Buller

Moorabbin

PHS

$877 per person

60 minutes

Mt Buller

Moorabbin

Microflite

$1,195 per person (+$318) 

90 minutes

Falls Creek

Moorabbin

PHS

$1560 per person

90 minutes

Falls Creek

Moorabbin

Microflite

$1,595 per person (+$35)

90 minutes

Mt Hotham

Moorabbin

PHS

$1,515 per person

90 minutes

Mt Hotham

Moorabbin

Microflite

$1,595 per person (+$80)

* Prices based on return flights for 4+ people and pricing information at phs.com.au and microflite.com.au and approximated for comparison with other helicopter tour companies.

5. Helicopter Tours to Mountain Bike Parks in Victoria

Helicopters make it possible to visit Victoria’s best mountain bike parks including Mystic Bike Park in Bright, Mt Buller Bike Park and Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park all in a single day-trip from Melbourne.

Heli Mountain Biking Tours to Mystic Bike Park in Bright

Mystic Mountain Bike Park in Bright is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in Victoria and you can arrive in 1 hour and 15 minutes by helicopter from Melbourne (or 4 hours by car).

Mystic Bike Park in Bright plays host to the Downhill World Cup and has very diverse mountain biking trails suited to downhill, cross-country, eBike and novice riders.

A Heli Mountain Biking Tour includes Downhill or eBike rental, a full day shuttle service up the mountain and up to 5 hours of riding with return scenic flights from Melbourne.

While you cannot bring your own mountain bike on this mountain biking experience just yet, Rotor One have confirmed they’re working on a package to include transport of mountain bikes in 2022.

How much does a Heli Mountain Biking Tour in Victoria cost?

Rotor One is the only helicopter tour company in Melbourne offering a Heli Mountain Biking experience including flights, rental bikes and shuttles priced at $1,500 per person.

Flight

Destination

Departure

Company

Includes

Flight

75 minutes

Mystic Bike Park (Bright)

Essendon

Rotor One

Flights, bike & shuttle

$1,500 per person

* Prices based on return flights and pricing information at rotor.one.

6. Hiring a helicopter and private charter flights in Melbourne

Hiring a helicopter for private charter is a highly efficient way to travel to destinations outside Melbourne to regional areas in Victoria and allows you to have complete flexibility over your trip itinerary.

Hiring a helicopter also has the advantage of flying to locations you select and landing at regional aerodromes, small airstrips or on private property where the helicopter company deems the landing area safe.

For small groups, helicopter tour companies operate smaller 4-seater helicopters such as the Robinson R44, the world’s most widely sold helicopter with capacity for a pilot + 3 passengers.

How much does it cost to hire a helicopter for private charter in Melbourne?

Based on a comparison of private charter rates, Melbourne Heli offers the best price at $1,045 per hour for 2 passengers flying in a 3-passenger helicopter (Robinson R44).

Flight

Type

Departure

Company

Price

1 hour

Private Charter
(2 passengers)

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

$523 per person ✅ or $1045 per helicopter

1 hour

Private Charter
(2 passengers)

Essendon

Rotor One

$550 per person (+$27) or $1,100 per helicopter

1 hour

Private Charter
(2 passengers)

Moorabbin

Helicopter Group

$580 per person (+$57) or $1,160 per helicopter

1 hour

Private Charter
(2 passengers)

Moorabbin

PHS

$684 per person (+$161) or $1,368 per helicopter

1 hour

Private Charter
(2 passengers)

Moorabbin

Microflite

$979 per person (+$456) or $1,958 per helicopter

* Prices based on 2 people and pricing information at melbourneheli.com, rotor.one, helicoptergroup.com, phs.com.au and microflite.com.au and approximated for comparison with other helicopter tour companies.

For small groups, helicopter tour companies operate larger helicopters such as the Robinson R66 (4 passengers), Bell 206 (4 passengers), Airbus EC120 (4 passengers) and Airbus AS350 (4-5 passengers).

While larger helicopters have a higher cost per hour, the cost of private charter becomes cheaper per person when shared across a group of 4+ people.

Flight

Type

Departure

Company

Price

1 hour

Private Charter (4+ passengers)

Essendon

Melbourne Heli

$355 per person ✅  or $1,419 per helicopter

1 hour

Private Charter (4+ passengers)

Moorabbin

PHS

$493 per helicopter (+$138) or $2,052 per helicopter

1 hour

Private Charter (4+ passengers)

Moorabbin

Helicopter Group

$525 per person (+$170) or $2,100 per helicopter

1 hour

Private Charter (4+ passengers)

Moorabbin

Microflite

$578 per person (+$223) or $2,312 per helicopter

* Prices based on 4 people and pricing information at melbourneheli.com, phs.com.au, helicoptergroup.com and microflite.com.au and approximated for comparison with other helicopter tour companies.

NOTE: When hiring a helicopter for private charter you can expect the price to increase for any time spent on the ground as helicopter tour companies usually charge an hourly standby rate while your helicopter and pilot are on standby during your trip.

Which helicopter tour company should you fly with in Melbourne?

The first step in deciding which helicopter tour company you should fly with, is understanding your options in terms of departure locations.

Where do helicopter rides depart from in Melbourne?

Helicopter tours depart from 4 main locations in Melbourne including Essendon Airport, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne City Helipad in Southbank and Tullamarine Airport.

  • Essendon Airport — 15 minutes north of Melbourne CBD with flights offered by Melbourne Heli, Rotor One and PremiAir (via RedBalloon).

  • Moorabbin Airport — 40 minutes south of Melbourne CBD with flights offered by Microflite, Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) and The Helicopter Group.

  • Melbourne City Helipad — Located on the Yarra River in Southbank near Crown Casino and has flights offered by Microflite and Professional Helicopter Services (PHS)

  • Tullamarine Airport — Located a 5 minute drive from the terminal at the Mercedes Benz dealership and primarily used for private charter flights.

NOTE: Expect a higher price for flights departing Melbourne City Helipad and Tullamarine Airport as these locations incur landing fees and tour companies must fly their helicopters in from their home airport resulting in additional running time.

Helicopter Flights from Essendon Fields Airport

The helicopter tour companies operating at Essendon Airport are Rotor One - Melbourne Helicopter Rides, Melbourne Heli and PremiAir (via Adrenaline.com.au).

Rotor One - Melbourne Helicopter Rides

Rotor One provides scenic flights, wine tours, private charter and helicopter adventure flights from their private hangar which includes a customer lounge, flight school and hangar viewing area.

https://rotor.one

Rotor One specialises in creating unique flight experiences and is the only helicopter tour company in Melbourne offering adventure flights for Heli-Mountain Biking and Heli-Surfing.

Size & Helicopter Fleet

Rotor One operates in partnership with Melbourne Heli at Essendon Airport allowing both companies to utilise pilots and helicopters across the fleet to offer unique flight experiences and cater for group bookings.

Rotor One primarily operates near new, 3-passenger helicopters (Robinson R44) with leather seats, air-conditioning and noise-cancelling headsets.

Destinations

Rotor One offers private flights around Melbourne City and the beaches of Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley, Bellarine Peninsula, Phillip Island, 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road, Victoria’s surf coast including Torquay and Bells Beach, and Victoria’s mountain bike parks including Mystic Bike Park in Bright and Mt Buller Bike Park.

How much do Helicopter Rides cost with Rotor One?

Flight

Destination

Type

Price

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Helicopter Ride

$200 per person

30 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$250 per person

25 minutes

Levantine Hill Winery (Yarra Valley)

Wine Tour

$600 per person

25 minutes

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Wine Tour

$600 per person

25 minutes

Meletos Winery (Yarra Valley)

Wine Tour

$600 per person

25 minutes

Beers, Burgers & Gin (Yarra Valley)

Wine Tour

$700 per person

40 minutes

Mitchelton Winery (Nagambie)

Wine Tour

$750 per person

40 minutes

Clyde Park Winery (Nagambie)

Wine Tour

$750 per person

45 minutes

Mt Duneed Winery (Bellarine)

Wine Tour

$900 per person

35 minutes

Heli Surfing (Torquay)

Adventure

$900 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (2 passengers)

Private Charter

$550 per person or
$1,100 per helicopter

80 minutes

12 Apostles + Great Ocean Road

Scenic Tour

$1,250 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (3 passengers)

Private Charter

$450 per person or
$1,350 per helicopter

75 minutes

Heli Mountain Biking (Mystic Bike Park)

Adventure

$1500 per person

* Prices based on 2 people and pricing information at rotor.one

Summary

Rotor One is a highly customer-focused tour company working to democratise helicopter tours and make unforgettable flight experiences available to everyone.

From the simple booking system on their website to the polaroid photo they give to each guest at the end of every flight, Rotor One goes out of their way to make people smile.

Melbourne Heli

Melbourne Heli provides scenic flights, wine tours, private charter and flight training from their private hangar which includes a customer lounge, flight school and hangar viewing area.

https://www.melbourneheli.com

In operation for more than 8 years, Melbourne Heli is also one of Australia’s leading flight schools, giving you the opportunity to actually fly yourself on your first helicopter ride.

Size & Helicopter Fleet

Melbourne Heli has 10 pilots on staff across a fleet of 7 helicopters including 3-passenger (Robinson R44) and 4-passenger (Robinson R66) helicopters with leather seats, air-conditioning and noise-cancelling headsets. 

Destinations

Melbourne Heli offers private flights around Melbourne City and the beaches of Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley, Bellarine Peninsula, Phillip Island and the 12 Apostles.

How much do Helicopter Rides cost with Melbourne Heli?

Flight

Destination

Flight

Price

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Helicopter Ride

$200 per person

30 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$250 per person

1 hour

Mt Dandenong + Yarra Valley

Scenic Tour

$498 per person

25 minutes

Levantine Hill Winery (Yarra Valley)

Wine Tour

$845 per person

25 minutes

Meletos Winery (Yarra Valley)

Wine Tour

$845 per person

25 minutes

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Wine Tour

$845 per person

45 minutes

Clyde Park Winery (Nagambie)

Wine Tour

$995 per person

45 minutes

Mt Duneed Winery (Bellarine)

Wine Tour

$995 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (2 passengers)

Private Charter

$523 per person or $1045 per helicopter

1 hour

Custom Flight (3 passengers)

Private Charter

$414 per person or $1,244 per helicopter

1 hour

Custom Flight (4+ passengers)

Private Charter

$355 per person or $1,419 per helicopter

75 minutes

12 Apostles + Great Ocean Road

Scenic Flight

$1,495 per person

* Prices based on 2 people and pricing information at melbourneheli.com

Summary

Melbourne Heli is a highly experienced helicopter tour company with exceptionally friendly staff, a competitive helicopter fleet and an exceptional safety record.

Adrenaline.com.au via PremiAir

Founded in 2020, PremiAir provides scenic flights and wine tours in partnership with gift voucher company Adrenaline.com.au.

https://www.adrenaline.com.au

Size & Helicopter Fleet

PremiAir has 1 pilot on staff and operates a 4 passenger helicopter (Robinson R44).

Destinations

PremiAir provides scenic flights and wine tours from a shared hangar at Essendon Airport and provide shared scenic flights of Melbourne City.

How much do Helicopter Rides cost with Adrenaline.com.au via PremiAir?

Adrenaline.com.au flights offered via PremiAir are shared which involve selling other available seats in the helicopter to the general public so you will share the helicopter with people outside your booking.

Flight

Destination

Type

Price

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Helicopter Ride

$185 per person via Adrenaline *shared flight

20 minutes

Melbourne CBD

Helicopter Ride

$225 per person via Adrenaline

* Prices based on pricing information at redballoon.com.au

NOTE: Shared flights are good if you’re flying alone however often require a minimum number of passengers to “activate” meaning they may be rescheduled until the helicopter is fully booked.

It’s worth noting that travel experience and gift voucher companies such as Red Balloon take a 25% - 30% commission fee on all sales meaning a large percentage of the price you pay doesn’t make it to the tour company itself.

Summary

PremiAir is a small helicopter tour company that has received 15+ positive reviews on Google over the last 2 years.

Helicopter Flights from Moorabbin Airport

Microflite

Microflite provides scenic flights, wine tours, golf tours, wedding transfers, airport transfers, snow transfers and private charter from their private hangar at Moorabbin Airport which includes a luxury customer lounge and hangar viewing area.

https://microflite.com.au

Size & Helicopter Fleet

In operation since 2000, Microflite has 24 pilots and 19 helicopters (the largest fleet of turbine helicopters in Victoria) including 4-passenger (Airbus EC120), 5-passenger (Airbus AS350) and 6-passenger (Airbus EC130) helicopters.

Destinations

Microflite offers private flights to the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine Peninsula, Phillip Island and the 12 Apostles, along with private and shared flights around Melbourne CBD and Port Phillip Bay.

How much do Helicopter Rides cost with Microflite?

Flight

Destination

Type

Price

20 minutes

Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$273 per person via Adrenaline *shared flight

20 minutes 

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$308 per person

25 minutes

Levantine Hill (Yarra Valley)

Wine Tour

$1,098 per person

20 minutes

Zonzo  (Yarra Valley)

Wine Tour

$1,098 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (2 passengers)

Private Charter

$979 per person or $1,958 per helicopter

60 minutes

Mt Buller

Snow Tour

$2,048 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (3 passengers)

Private Charter

$692 per person or $2,078 per helicopter

1 hour

Custom Flight (4+ passengers)

Private Charter

$578 per person or $2,312 per helicopter

75 minutes

12 Apostles + Great Ocean Road

Scenic Tour

$2,448 per person

90 minutes

Falls Creek

Snow Tour

$2,648 per person

90 minutes

Mt Hotham

Snow Tour

$2,648 per person

* Prices based on pricing information at microflite.com.au and approximated for comparison with other helicopter tour companies.

Microflite also owns and departs from the Melbourne City Helipad located on the Yarra River in Southbank near Crown Casino which includes a luxury customer lounge overlooking Batman Park.

Summary

Microflite has created a strong reputation as a luxury helicopter tour company serving VIP and corporate clients and transported more than 20,000 passengers last year.

Professional Helicopter Services (PHS)

PHS provides scenic flights, wine tours, golf tours, wedding transfers, snow transfers, private charter and flight training from their private hangar at Moorabbin Airport which includes a customer lounge and hangar viewing area.

https://phs.com.au

Size & Helicopter Fleet

In operation since 1981, Professional Helicopters Services (PHS) has more than 10 pilots and 7 helicopters including 3-passenger (Robinson R44), 4-passenger (Bell 206 Jet Ranger, Airbus AS350) and 6-passenger (Bell 206 Long Ranger, Airbus EC130) helicopters.

Destinations

Professional Helicopters Services (PHS) offers private flights to the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine Peninsula, Phillip Island and the 12 Apostles, along with private and shared flights around Melbourne CBD and Port Phillip Bay.

How much do Helicopter Rides cost with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS)?

Flight 

Destination

Type

Price

20 minutes

Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$190 per person
*shared flight

25 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$285 per person
*shared flight

25 minutes

De Bortoli

Wine Tour

$525 per person

15 minutes

TarraWarra

Wine Tour

$805 per person

90 minutes

12 Apostles + Great Ocean Road

Scenic Tour

$1,260 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (2 passengers)

Private Charter

$684 per person or $1,368 per helicopter

1 hour

Custom Flight (3 passengers)

Private Charter

$536 per person or $1,610 per helicopter

60 minutes

Mt Buller

Snow Tour

$1,755 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (4+ passengers)

Private Charter

$493 per helicopter or $2,052 per helicopter

90 minutes

Mt Hotham

Snow Tour

$3,025 per person

90 minutes

Falls Creek

Snow Tour

$3,120 per person

Additional charges for departures and arrivals to Melbourne City Helipad

$915

* Prices based on pricing information at phs.com.au and approximated for comparison with other helicopter tour companies.

Professional Helicopters Services (PHS) also flies from the Melbourne City Helipad located on the Yarra River in Southbank near Crown Casino, however this departure location will attract higher prices due to the associated landing fees charged by Microflite.

Summary

Professional Helicopters Services (PHS) is the longest-standing helicopter company in Melbourne and one of the largest helicopter tour companies in Australia having operations on the Gold Coast and Northern Territory and carrying over 90,000 passengers per year.

The Helicopter Group

The Helicopter Group provides scenic flights, wine tours, golf tours, wedding transfers, private charter and flight training from their private hangar at Moorabbin Airport which includes a customer lounge and hangar viewing area.

https://helicoptergroup.com

Destinations

The Helicopter Group offers private flights to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula along with private flights around Melbourne CBD and Port Phillip Bay.

Size & Helicopter Fleet

In operation since 2000, The Helicopter Group has more than 5 pilots and 6 helicopters including 3-passenger (Robinson R44), 4-passenger (Bell 206), 4-passenger (Airbus AS350) and 5-passenger (Bell 206 Long Ranger) helicopters.

How much to Helicopter Rides cost with The Helicopter Group?

Flight

Destination

Type

Price

20 minutes

Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$262 per person

30 minutes

Melbourne CBD + Port Phillip Bay

Helicopter Ride

$301 per person

30 minutes

Mornington Peninsula

Helicopter Ride

$311 per person

60 minutes

Mornington Peninsula + Barwon Heads

Helicopter Ride

$522 per person

1 hour

Custom Flight (2 passengers)

Private Charter

$580 per person or
$1,160 per helicopter

1 hour

Custom Flight (3 passengers)

Private Charter

$580 per person or
$1,740 per helicopter

1 hour

Custom Flight (4+ passengers)

Private Charter

$525 per person or
$2,100 per helicopter

* Prices based on pricing information at helicoptergroup.com and approximated for comparison with other helicopter tour companies.

Summary

The Helicopter Group is the second longest-standing helicopter company in Melbourne with extensive experience and with operations in Ayers Rocks, Kings Creek and Katherine Gorge.

Ready for the experience of a lifetime!

Flying in a helicopter is one of the most amazing experiences on offer in Melbourne and is guaranteed to make everyone smile.

Whether you choose to take your partner, spoil your children or simply go on a new adventure yourself, we’re confident you’ll all have the time of your lives.

If you have any questions or want more personalised advice on choosing a flight, please get in touch on (03) 7065 1888 or concierge@rotor.one and we’d be happy to help.

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3 comments


  • angie028

    Found best price on my scenic flight. thanks.


  • James Bennett

    Thanks for the article. Haven’t seen any other site break down all the helicopter companies by cost like this. Especially helpful for the Yarra Valley wine tour I’d like to go on.


  • Nigel W

    A really valuable guide.. thank you! This has made is significantly easier to choose a flight and company for a surprise anniversary trip I’ve been planning for my girlfriend… I’m going to go with a trip to 12 Apostles and will be in touch with you shortly :)


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