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Helicopter Ride over Melbourne City & Coastal Beaches
Overview - Helicopter Ride over Melbourne CBD & Beaches of Port Phillip Bay
A 30 minute helicopter ride that combines the best aerial views over Melbourne CBD and the iconic beaches of Port Phillip Bay.
As you lift off from the helipad at Essendon Airport you'll track past skyscrapers lining the CBD and fly low and slow down the coast over St Kilda, the iconic Brighton Beach Boxes and even a sunken submarine from World War 1 at Sandringham Marina. On the return leg enjoy this epic coastal flight path one last time before flying over Luna Park, the Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit at Albert Park and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) with a spectacular views of the Yarra River, Flinders Street Station and Federation Square in Melbourne's CBD.
Your scenic flight experience includes:
- An exciting 30 minute scenic flight over Melbourne's city, beaches & coast
- 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 of Melbourne
- Premium noise-cancelling headsets from Bose to speak amongst yourselves and with your pilot
- A flight path over Melbourne City and Beaches including famous landmarks and tourist attractions
Itinerary - Scenic Flight over Melbourne CBD & Beaches
Your helicopter scenic flight departs from the Helipad at Essendon Airport flying over and around:
- Melbourne CBD
- Melbourne Star
- Eureka Skydeck
- Port Melbourne
- Station Pier
- St Kilda Beach
- Luna Park
- Brighton Beach Boxes
- Sunken J7 Submarine at Sandringham Marina
- F1 Circuit at Albert Park
- Rod Laver Arena
- Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
👉 Looking for a longer flight? Try our extended helicopter ride over Phillip Island from Melbourne.
What to expect — Melbourne's Beaches 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. As the Melbourne Star, Docklands and Eureka Tower come into view you'll bank left towards the coast where the flight starts to get really exciting.
Your helicopter will descend to 500 feet (150 metres) above the ground to fly you low and slow down the coast of Port Phillip Bay. Pass over St Kilda Pier and famous St Kilda Boardwalk on your way to the iconic Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes in all their stunning colours before flying an orbit over the sunken Submarine from WW1 at Sandringham Marina.
Turn back towards Melbourne to fly the same amazing route from a different angle and this time with amazing views of Albert Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Rod Laver Arena and the MCG on your way back to the helipad at Essendon.
As your helicopter 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.
What do people say about scenic Helicopter Tours 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, unless you'd like to book a single seat on a shared flight.
✅ 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.
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A scenic helicopter tour ideal for any occasion!
This scenic helicopter ride allows you to explore the best landmarks and tourist attractions in Melbourne, all in less than an hour and without ever needing to jump in a queue. The Melbourne City, Coast & Beaches flight is an extremely popular birthday or anniversary present and also a popular choice for engagement proposals with spectacular views of Melbourne CBD and over the beaches of Port Phillip Bay. This scenic helicopter ride over Melbourne is guaranteed to be a moment you, your partner or your family will remember for the rest of their lives.
A scenic helicopter ride ideal for any special occasion including a birthday or anniversary.
Looking to celebrate your partner's birthday or anniversary? Our 🥂 Birthday & Anniversary Experience for Couples includes champagne on arrival, mini-photoshoot and HD video recording of your entire flight.
Looking for an exciting and educational gift for your child? Our 🧑✈️ Co-Pilot Birthday Experience For Kids allows your child is invited to fly as Co-Pilot to learn how helicopters fly and even help their Pilot start the helicopter!
⛰️ Looking for a different helicopter tour in Melbourne?
See our exciting Melbourne scenic flights collection showing off the very best parts of Melbourne by helicopter including:
- a shorter 20 minute ride over Melbourne CBD
- a 45 minute scenic flight around Mornington Peninsula
- a 1 hour and 30 minute helicopter ride around Phillip Island
- a half-day VIP experience from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles, or
- our exclusive flight over Melbourne at sunrise Hot-Air Balloon style
- book a single seat shared flight over Melbourne City, Beaches & Coast
Where are you located?
Rotor One is located at Essendon Airport which is 20 minutes from Melbourne CBD. Our address is Hangar 7 Wirraway Rd, Essendon Fields and we have off-street parking next to our building. When you arrive look for the red door that says 'Melbourne Heli'.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive 10 minutes before your booking begins for a relaxed experience.
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 do not offer flights from the City Helipad on the Yarra River.
What is the minimum age requirement for children?
Children aged 3 years and older can fly. Our pilots will give them special attention to ensure they have an amazing time. All children will have their own window seat and pay the same seat price (we don't offer discounts for children as we make sure they have even more fun than the adults 😁)
I'm just one person. Can I fly by myself?
All our scenic and winery flights are private and require a minimum of two people, except for our Learn To Fly A Helicopter experience. You can book two seats on a scenic or winery flight if you'd like the helicopter to yourself, or you can book a single seat on our shared fight over Melbourne City, Beaches & Coast.
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 there's will be bad weather on the day. Should I reschedule?
There's no need to contact us to reschedule based on a weather forecast as they're often inaccurate, especially in Melbourne! We use live weather data on the day of your flight to determine if flights can be conducted safely. We'll contact you at least 2 hours prior to your flight if bad weather could delay your flight.
Why do I need to provide my weight?
We use this to calculate the weight and balance of the helicopter prior to flight. If any guests are over 130kg or a group of 2 or 3 weighs more than 240kg, please contact us prior to booking.
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.
Can I bring any luggage?
Handbags, small backpacks or duffel bags weighing less than 10kg and less than 60cm in length can be carried. Its essential all baggage is soft and compact as it must fit in a small
Can I fly if I'm pregnant?
Yes, however 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. Our team will gladly assist in lifting any passengers into the aircraft for their flight. We can also arrange to transport foldable wheelchairs when flying 4 or more passengers, as we use larger helicopters with cargo holds for these flights.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please see our cancellation policy below for more information.
What safety standards do you have in place?
Please see our flight safety guidelines below for more information.
Contact us anytime on (03) 7065 1888 or email@example.com if you'd like to make changes to your booking or have any questions.
Can I reschedule my flight?
Yes, up to 72 hours before your departure time and on one occasion. We unfortunately cannot accomodate any reschedule requests with less than 72 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 72 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?
Gift Vouchers are unfortunately non-refundable and cannot be redeemed for cash. However, vouchers are transferable and their value can be used towards any helicopter experience on Rotor One.
Pre-Flight Safety Briefings
- Each of our guests receive a pre-flight safety briefing from your Pilot on the planned flight path, what to expect during the flight and how to operate emergency exits.
Qualified & Experienced Flight Crews
- All our crew are qualified Commercially Licensed Pilots and Flights Instructors with detailed knowledge of Melbourne airspace and several hundred to several thousand hours of flight experience each.
Detailed Monitoring of Weather Data
- All flights are subject to favourable weather conditions on the day and your Pilot may delay or cancel your flight if they believe the weather may impact the safety margins or comfort of your flight.
Use of Position Broadcasting Technology (ADS-B)
- Our helicopters are equipped with the newest position broadcasting technology (ADS-B) which tracks our position in real-time and gives automated warnings of other aircraft flying nearby.
Routine Mandatory Maintenance Inspections
- Our helicopters are inspected every day prior to the first flight and receive a detailed inspection every 50 hours by licensed aircraft engineers (LAME) with critical components being replaced every 100 and 400 hours of flight time.
Flight Planning & Monitoring with Air & Rescue Services
- All flights to destinations outside Melbourne have detailed flight plans that are submitted to Airservices Australia and include deadlines for time that search action may be required (SARTIME) as a strict precautionary measure.
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Fantastic way to see melbourne from the air. From the Westgate bridge to the beaches and back over the MCG. Great views of the City and the suburbs. Rotor One were very responsive and flexible which made this a great experience. My wife and I would recommend this to those who live in melbourne and tourists alike to view our city.
I’ve lived nearly 6 years in Melbourne and can confidently say that was the best experience I’ve done. Ed took amazing care of us, made the experience personal and enjoyable, and just wish I could keep doing it again and again. Would recommend it to anyone and will make sure to do this with any family members that visit. Absolutely world class
Amazing went for my Daughter's Birthday 21st- tooo good and We need to say a special Thank you to Ed - As he is amazing, awesome and and excellent in Service- Highly recommend it and go with Ed and Rotor One.
Ed your a star⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ loved every minute of the ride. Ed is so easy going and it feels like meeting an old friend. He is someone who has gone above and beyond to make sure that we enjoy every minute of it. From the time we met him till we finished our ride Ed has always made sure to ask us if we had any special requests and made sure to take care of them. We were given time to take picture before, during and after the ride. Ed gave a clear idea of what the ride was going to look like before we took off and it was way more beautiful than we imagined. I would come back once again. I had waited more than 2years for this ride and it was worth it. Happy to have chosen rotor one as Ed makes sure to give a personal touch to the amazing experience. We still can’t get over the views and experience. And also please make sure to pet Leo on our behalf ❤️
Thanks Ed and the team 😀
Ed!! A true gentleman! We had him as our Pilot for our helicopter ride and he was absolutely fantastic. From the moment we met, he made us feel warm and welcome, like he was a close long-time friend. The helicopter ride, smooth as ever, he showed us all the great spots and explained everything in great detail. If you’re looking for your first helicopter ride experience, be sure to have him as your Pilot for the experience!
Rotor One is a helicopter tour company specialising in helicopter rides, scenic flights, winery tours and helicopter charter in Melbourne.
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