BMW Driving Experience at Phillip Island

Regular price$1,000 per person

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Fly by Helicopter from Melbourne to your BMW Driving Experience at Phillip Island Race Track

🕙  DURATION: 9 hours
🚁  FLIGHT TIME: 45 minutes
🏎️  DRIVE TIME: 7 hours
👩🏻‍💼  PASSENGERS: Up to 10 (Shared Flight)

Overview - Helicopter Ride to BMW Driving Experience Course at Phillip Island Circuit

Cut your travel time from Melbourne to Phillip Island Race Track to just 45 minutes with a scenic helicopter flight directly to your BMW Driving Experience. BMW's advanced driver training course allows you to get behind the wheel of a new BMW M Series vehicle to test your limits and improve your driving skills in a safe and controlled environment.


Set at Victoria's iconic Phillip Island Race Track, the BMW Driving Experience course offers 3 types of advanced driving training sessions over a full-day. The courses build on foundational and advanced driving training techniques including ideal driving lines, high-speed cornering, emergency braking and oversteering & understeering manoeuvres.


More than just a drive day or defensive driver training, BMW offers their advanced driving course in a new X3 M40i, M2 Competition, M3, M4 or MINI John Cooper Works vehicle. With up to 4 instructors leading each driving course, each of them having personally undergone advanced driver training at BMW's HQ in Munich, this experience will push your limits in the car and on the race track and leave a smile on your face for weeks to come.

Your helicopter ride to the BMW Driving Experience Course at Phillip Island Circuit includes:

  • Return helicopter flights from Essendon Airport directly to Phillip Island with a private landing at the Circuit with a 45 minute flight time (normally 2.5 hours by car)
  • A luxury helicopter with leather seats and air-conditioning for your comfort
  • As many photos as you can take both on the ground and during the flight
  • An experienced and courteous pilot who loves making people smile
  • A guaranteed window seat for uninterrupted views over Melbourne
  • Noise-cancelling headsets to speak amongst yourselves and with your pilot
  • A scenic flight path over Melbourne CBD and down the coast including famous landmarks like the MCG, St Kilda and Brighton Beach Boxes

Please note: Helicopter flights require a valid booking for an upcoming BMW Driving Experience course. Please visit the BMW Driving Training website for more information.

Itinerary — Helicopter Ride from Melbourne to Phillip Island Race Track

Your helicopter ride to the Phillip Island GP Circuit will take off from the Helipad at Essendon Airport and fly over:

  • Melbourne CBD
  • MCG & Rod Laver Arena
  • F1 Circuit at Albert Park
  • St Kilda Beach
  • Luna Park
  • Brighton Beach Boxes
  • HMAS Cerberus shipwreck at Black Rock
  • Mt Eliza
  • Mornington
  • Phillip Island

What to expect — Phillip Island Race Track by helicopter with Rotor One

Getting to your BMW Driving Experience course has never been easier or more exciting than by helicopter. If you're arriving into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, take a 7 min taxi ride to Essendon Airport (or 15 minutes from Melbourne's CBD) to board your helicopter.

Cruise out in the helicopter with a window seat and stunning view of Melbourne CBD and down the coast over St Kilda Pier and the famous Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes. Fly over beautiful Mornington before approaching Phillip Island where your helicopter will descend for a private VIP landing directly at the Phillip Island Circuit.

Take a short walk to your BMW Driving Experience course and your day of advanced driving training will begin. At the end of the day, hop back in the chopper and enjoy a glorious Melbourne sunset flight as your cruise back to the Helipad at Essendon Airport... The perfect ending to the perfect day with BMW at the Phillip Island Race Track.

    Video - BMW Driving Experience Course at Phillip Island Race Track


    Where are you located?

    Rotor One is located at Hangar 7 Wirraway Rd, Essendon Fields and off-street parking is available next to our building. When you arrive look for the red door that says 'Melbourne Heli'.

    Do you depart from other locations, like the City Helipad?

    We depart from Essendon Airport as you have an amazing view of the Melbourne City skyline from the moment you step onto the tarmac. We can arrange helicopter pickups from regional airports including Lilydale, Coldstream, Barwon Heads, Torquay and others upon request. We unfortunately do not offer flights from the City Helipad on the Yarra River.

    When should I arrive?

    For a relaxed experience, please arrive 10 minutes before your booking begins.  

    Can bad weather prevent us from flying?

    Yes, adverse weather conditions such as low cloud, fog, heavy rain or high winds may require your flight to be delayed or rescheduled. If this is the case, your pilot will contact you at least 2 hours prior to your booking time to reschedule your flight to another day/time or provide a full refund.

    Google says it's going to rain. Should I reschedule?

    We will make a "Fly" or "No Fly" decision on the day of your flight. If bad weather is present on the day, we'll call or SMS you at least 2 hours prior to your booking.

    There's no need to contact us to reschedule based on Google or Apple's weather forecast. These forecasts often change on the day (especially in Melbourne!) and we monitor live weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology every day before we fly. 

    We'll do everything we can to get you flying on the day, wherever it is safe to do so

    Can I use my camera or phone during flight?

    Yes, we encourage you to take as many photos and videos on the ground, and in the air, as possible.

    What should I wear?

    Please bring a pair of sunglasses and you're welcome to wear clothing appropriate to the weather. We do recommend a wind-breaker jacket for any sunrise / doors-off flights and also when flying on our 12 Apostles tour as both experiences can be windy.

    Why do I need to provide my weight?

    We use this to calculate the weight and balance of the helicopter prior to flight. If you have any guests weighing over 120kg or a combined passenger weight of more than 240kg, please contact us prior to booking.

    Are there age restrictions for children?

    We only recommend flights for children over 4 years of age and every child must occupy their own seat and pay the full seat price.

    Do I need to be double vaccinated to fly?

    We encourage all our passengers to be double vaccinated to fly.

    Can I bring any luggage?

    Light handbags and small backpacks weighing less than 5kg can be carried. For any larger items please contact us prior to your flight.

    Can I fly if I'm pregnant?

    Yes, and we recommend flying prior to your third trimester.

    Can I fly if I'm in a wheelchair?

    Yes, our hangar is wheelchair-accessible and we warmly welcome passengers with special needs. Please contact us if you have any questions.

    What is your cancellation policy?

    Please see our cancellation policy for more information.

    Contact us anytime on (03) 7065 1888 or if you'd like to make changes to your booking or have any questions.

    Can I reschedule my flight?

    Yes, up to 48 hours before your departure time and on one occasion. We unfortunately cannot accomodate any reschedule requests with less than 48 hours notice as we make commitments to ensure your Pilot and Helicopter are reserved exclusively for you on the day.

    Can I get a refund on my flight if my plans change?

    Yes, up to 48 hours before your departure time. Please note there is a 10% cancellation fee for any bookings cancelled at your request.

    What happens if the helicopter cannot fly due to bad weather?

    Our team will call you up to 2 hours before your departure to reschedule your flight or provide a full refund.

    Can I get a refund on a Gift Voucher I bought for someone?

    Yes, within one month of purchase and as long as the Gift Voucher hasn't been used. Please note there is a 10% cancellation fee for any Gift Vouchers refunded within this period.

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    About Us

    Rotor One is a helicopter tour company specialising in scenic flights and winery tours by helicopter in Melbourne.

    See all of Melbourne's famous landmarks on a 20 minute helicopter ride or take a sunrise flight and spot Hot Air Balloons over the city!

    Fly to the Yarra Valley for wine tasting at Levantine Hill, lunch at Hubert Estate or our legendary Beers, Burgers & Gin experience.

    Celebrate your anniversary with a 30 minute helicopter tour of the city and beaches or explore the natural wonders of the 12 Apostles by helicopter from Melbourne.

    Have a question? Call us on (03) 7065 1888

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