Helicopter ride around Melbourne CBD
Video of helicopter tour around Melbourne CBD
Melbourne Star during a helicopter ride around Melbourne by Rotor One.
Station Pier during a helicopter ride around Melbourne by Rotor One.
Albert Park Lake during a helicopter ride around Melbourne by Rotor One.
Royal Botanic Gardens during a helicopter ride around Melbourne by Rotor One.
Melbourne Spots Precinct during a helicopter ride around Melbourne by Rotor One.
MCG during a helicopter ride around Melbourne by Rotor One.
Yarra River during a helicopter ride around Melbourne by Rotor One.

Melbourne City Scenic (Classic Melbourne)

Regular price$249 per person
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Rated one of the best things to do in Melbourne. A scenic helicopter tour over the CBD, St Kilda, Albert Park & MCG.

🕔 1 hour Experience
🚁 20 minute Private Flight
📸 Photoshoot included
👩🏻‍💼 From 2 - 4 People
✓ Melbourne's #1 Rated Helicopter Company
✓ Weather Guarantee - Reschedule or choose a full refund
✓ Private Flight - The helicopter is reserved just for you
✓ Luxury Helicopter - Leather seats & Air-Conditioning

Helicopter Ride over Melbourne City 

Overview — Helicopter scenic flight over Melbourne's Best Landmarks & Tourist Attractions

Consistently rated as one of the best things to do in Melbourne, skip the queues and take a scenic helicopter flight over Melbourne's best landmarks and tourist attractions. On a 20 minute helicopter ride over Melbourne City you'll have panoramic views of Melbourne CBD, St Kilda Beach, Luna Park, the F1 Circuit at Albert Park, Yarra River and the MCG.

Take off from the helipad at Essendon Airport for Melbourne CBD and enjoy incredible scenic views of the city as you fly over Docklands and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel on your way towards Port Phillip Bay. Fly past St Kilda Beach and overhead the Formula 1 Circuit at Albert Park to cross the Yarra River with a spectacular view of Rod Laver Arena and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) from above.

Your scenic flight experience includes:

  • An exciting 20 minute scenic helicopter tour over Melbourne
  • A private helicopter reserved exclusively for you and your guests (your flight will not be shared)
  • 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 courteous and experienced pilot who loves making people smile
  • A guaranteed window seat for uninterrupted views over Melbourne
  • Premium noise-cancelling headsets from Bose to speak amongst yourselves and with your pilot
  • A flight path over Melbourne CBD including famous landmarks and tourist attractions in the city

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Itinerary — Helicopter tour over Melbourne CBD

Your helicopter scenic flight over Melbourne City will take off from the Helipad at Essendon Airport and fly over and around:

  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
  • Docklands
  • Eureka Skydeck
  • F1 Circuit at Albert Park
  • Shrine of Remembrance
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Rod Laver Arena
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • Melbourne Zoo

👉 Looking for a longer flight? See even more on our 30 minute Melbourne, City, Coastal & Beaches tour.

What to expect — Melbourne by Helicopter with Rotor One

If you've ever dreamt of flying over Melbourne from the comfort of a helicopter, now is your chance. Arrive at our hangar and relax in our lounge while your pilot walks through your flight and answers any questions.

Walk out onto the tarmac for a few photos with your helicopter with the Melbourne City skyline in the background. Your pilot will provide a short safety briefing before you jump onboard the helicopter for your scenic flight.

You'll hear the chatter of air traffic control as your helicopter picks up into a hover at the helipad before taking off to 1,500 feet (450 metres) and cruising at 185 km/h for an orbit of Melbourne CBD.

With your camera ready, Docklands and the Melbourne Star will come into view as your bank left towards Melbourne's Southbank. With amazing views of Station Pier, Albert Park and St Kilda on your right and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Rod Laver Arena and MCG on your left, you'll have a hard time choosing which way to point the camera!

As your helicopter returns to Essendon Airport and touches down, we guarantee you'll be left with a smile on your face... This is what makes our day and is the reason we love what we do at Rotor One.

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What do people say about scenic Helicopter Flights with Rotor One?

Why people choose Helicopter Rides in Melbourne with Rotor One

✅ No-hassle booking policy: Reschedule or cancel up to 48 hours before your flight if your plans change - no questions asked.

✅ Weather guarantee: We'll reschedule your flight free of charge or provide a full refund if your flight is delayed due to the weather.

✅ Private flights: We reserve the entire Helicopter just for you.

✅ Photoshoot included: We reserve time before and after your flight to take photos of you in and around the helicopter.

✅ Helicopters with air conditioning: Stay comfortable on hot summer days and cold winter mornings in whatever you're wearing.

✅ Noise-cancelling headsets from Bose: Amazing sound quality designed to protect your hearing during the flight.

✅ Fly with our owner: Our owner Ed runs the company and often flies guests personally to ensure our experiences are truly special.

A scenic helicopter ride ideal for any occasion!

This scenic helicopter flight is an amazing experience that showcases Melbourne like never before. Whether you're looking for the perfect birthday present or anniversary ideanothing quite comes close to the spectacular views of Melbourne and its famous landmarks from above. The Melbourne City Scenic flight is uniquely tailored to couples and families and is a helicopter ride that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

🎁 Looking to purchase this flight as a Gift Voucher?

Rotor One - Melbourne City Scenic Flight - Gift Voucher

A Melbourne City Scenic flight is a unique and exciting gift that's perfect for an upcoming birthday or wedding anniversary. Gift Vouchers can be purchased for up to 3 people and sent either online or as a physical gift card in the mail.

Purchase a Gift Card for the Melbourne City Scenic flight.

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 concierge@rotor.one 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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Customer Reviews

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Jackson Kemp (Victoria, Australia)

Firstly our pilot Ed was exceptional and made the whole tour incredible, he’s a true asset to the company. I organised the flight for my partners birthday and it was nothing short of amazing. Incredible views and such an amazing way to see my home city. Highly recommend for anyone who may be thinking about it.

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Stephen Pianta (Victoria, Australia)
Something which must be on your bucket list! Fantastic experience and gift.

We organised a scenic flight for our father's 65th Birthday. He loves flying his drone, but has never been in a helicopter. Organised this as a surprise and hoped he (Larry) would enjoy the experience. We weren't let down! It was a fantastic experience seeing our beautiful city and surrounds from another prospective. Given it was such a beautiful morning, Ed suggested an upgrade to take us a little further down to Sandringham - certainly worth it! So glad we went along with Larry as it was a great experience for us too. Felt safe and secure all the time and got lots of great photos. Certainly an experience we will all fondly remember, highly recommended.

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michaela holman (Victoria, Australia)
Scenic Flight

We had a fabulous flight with Rotor One. Ed our pilot was fabulous and informative. Thank you so much for a great experience we will be back!

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DIKSHA SABLE (Victoria, Australia)
Fantastic experience

I really enjoyed. This was first chopper ride experience but Pilot Ed makes us very comfortable and gave us very smooth ride he gave us 360 degree view from MCG. I will surly have my next chopper ride Roter one.
Thanks for giving me lifetime memorable experience Roter One and Pilot Ed!!

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Maree Shanahan (Victoria, Australia)
Better than the Grand Canyon

Our Pilot Ed was amazing, told us where we had to look, has the best ever morning, the flight was originally for My Grandson Thomas and My Husband for their Birthdays, but told us there was a spare seat so I jumped at the chance of seeing my Beautiful Melbourne, it was a spectacular Morning with the weather and my 2 Favourite Boys, Thanks for a Wonderful Opportunity..It was Better Than my 1st Helicopter Flight over the Grand Canyon!!

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Miranda Marriott (Victoria, Australia)
Breathtaking Experience

I bought my father this as a gift as he loves flying and Ed went above and beyond our expectations! He was professional, friendly, informative (he knew lots of fun information about Melbourne!) and made extra touches to make it an even greater experience for us. Thank you Ed for this unforgettable experience - we were so impressed and my Dad raved about it all weekend!

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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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