12 Apostles & Great Ocean Road (Bucket List Tour)

Regular price$1,590 per person
Experience the natural wonder of the 12 Apostles on a private helicopter tour from Melbourne

🕔 6 - 8 hour Experience
🚁 1 hour 15 minute Private Flight (each way)
🔭 2 hour Viewing Time at the 12 Apostles
🍽️ Optional 2 hour Winery Stopover for Lunch (priced separately)
👩🏻‍💼 Up to 3 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

Melbourne to 12 Apostles & Great Ocean Road by Helicopter — The Bucket List Tour

Overview - Helicopter Ride to the 12 Apostles & Great Ocean Road

The helicopter ride offering the most spectacular views of Victoria's famous Shipwreck Coast and takes just 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach by helicopter from Melbourne (as opposed to 4.5 hours in the car).

As you arrive at Victoria's rugged coastline you’ll have breath-taking views of the 12 Apostles as they rise from the sea, just in time for a private landing at the 12 Apostles Helipad and your opportunity to take in these magnificent rock formations, formed over millions of years, on the ground.

A short walk from the 12 Apostles Helipad will lead you to lookouts with some of the best panoramic views along the coast including the spectacular Castle Rock lookout. For the more adventurous, take the long walk down the Gibson Steps (a 40 minute walk with 89 steps in each direction) to access the beach where you can see the 12 Apostles up close at sea level.

After your 2 hour stopover your helicopter ride continues over a number of additional natural wonders north of the 12 Apostles including Loch Ard Gorge, the Sentinel, the Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Schomberg Reef and the Bay of Islands — all understated but equally beautiful constellation of jagged rock formations which make up the shipwreck coast.

In the months from June to October it is not uncommon to spot whales, manta rays and schools of sharks as you wind your way along the coast, so be sure to keep a sharp eye out of your window seat!

Your scenic flight experience includes:

  • A spectacular 1 hour 15 minute private flight flying you directly to the 12 Apostles
  • A private helicopter reserved exclusively for you and up to 2 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

Example Itinerary — Melbourne to 12 Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight

Your 12 Apostles & Great Ocean Road Bucket List tour will take off from the Helipad at Essendon Airport. An example itinerary would look like:

  • 09:00 - Depart Essendon Airport on your private helicopter tour flying over Avalon, Geelong and Colac on the way to Port Campbell National Park
  • 10:15 - Upon arriving at the Shipwreck Coast, your helicopter will fly a scenic tour over the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Arch, London Bridge and the Bay of Islands before turning around and doing the same route in the other direction.
  • 10:45 - Land at 12 Apostles Helipad and spend up to 2 hours viewing the 12 Apostles on the ground. Take a short walk to the lookouts or a long walk down the Gibson Steps to see the 12 Apostles at sea level
  • 12:45 - Depart 12 Apostles Helipad
  • 14:00 - Arrive back to Essendon Airport

Optional — Day Trip Itinerary with Lunch at a Winery

To make your experience truly unforgettable, we can arrange a visit to either of the peninsula's best wineries — Clyde Park Vineyard, Jack Rabbit Restaurant or Terindah Estate — for a wine tour and winery lunch on your return flight to Melbourne.

13:30 - Private landing at Clyde Park, Jack Rabbit Winery or Terindah Estate for a winery lunch
15:30 - Depart the winery on your scenic flight back to Melbourne
16:00 - Arrive back on the Helipad at Essendon Airport

 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.

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

Based on 3 reviews
L.R. (Victoria, Australia)
All smiles. All day.

What a beautiful day we had. Thank you so much to Ed, our knowledgeable and kind pilot. You made this day one that none of us will ever forget. The day trip of a lifetime.

Michael Scheller (Victoria, Australia)
Simply unforgettable

Seeing the start of the Great Ocean Road, Cape Otway lighthouse and eventually the Twelve Apostles from above was a truly mesmerizing experience. I think flying down from Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road is likely the best scenic route for a helicopter in all of Victoria. There is so much to see and I really enjoyed witnessing the change of scenery from above. I am grateful to have gone with Edward as he was very patient and comforting before and throughout the flight. He made sure to make adjustments to the route to my preference which made it much more of a personal experience. I couldn’t recommend this trip with Edward enough! Until next time :)

M.G. (Victoria, Australia)

What a amazing experience we had today flying down from Melbourne Via helicopter to the 12 apostles and along the coast including the winery stop over with the most fantastic friendly and experienced pilot Ed.
We cannot recommend this experience more for anyone looking to take to the skies.
Can't wait for our next adventure with Rotor One.

Thanks Ed, you made our special day something to remember for life.


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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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