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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 (your flight will not be shared)
- A luxury helicopter with leather seats and air-conditioning for your comfort
- Take as many photos as you like during the flight
- A 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
Itinerary — Helicopter tour over Melbourne CBD (20 minute scenic flight)
Your 20 minute helicopter scenic flight around Melbourne's City Skyline will take off from the Helipad at Essendon Airport and fly over and around:
- Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
- Eureka Skydeck
- F1 Circuit at Albert Park
- Shrine of Remembrance
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Rod Laver Arena
- Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- Melbourne Zoo
UPGRADE YOUR FLIGHT to 30 minutes flight time and explore Melbourne's Beaches and Coastline
Extend your scenic flight to 30 minutes and enjoy spectacular aerial views of Melbourne's beaches and coast. You'll fly low and slow over the iconic landmarks located along Port Phillip Bay including:
- Station Pier
- Luna Park
- St Kilda Pier
- St Kilda Beach
- The Million-Dollar Mansions of Brighton
- Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes
- Hidden Submarine from WW1 at Sandringham Marina
👉 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 you 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 your 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.
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, 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 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!
Helicopter Experience in Melbourne
If you're flying from Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth or elsewhere in Victoria, cheap airfares to Melbourne will land at Tullamarine Airport which is less than 10 minutes by car from Rotor One at Essendon Airport. Use your flight tickets to Melbourne as the perfect invitation to discover the city from a completely different perspective on a classic Melbourne Scenic helicopter tour.
🚁 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 longer 30 minute ride over Melbourne's City & Beaches
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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un très bon moment avec un accueil amical et chaleureux. des explications claires avec un interlocuteur patient qui se met à notre niveau (d'anglais surtout :)).
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We loved our helli-ride over Melbourne, fantastic pilot, smooth, great weather, can’t wait to do it again!
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Absolutely worth it! The instructor was amazing super smooth take off's and landings. Giving us prime selfie moments by telling us when the best moments are. Melbourne facts and details that even a local was unknown. 👏👏👏 100% would do this again.
A Ride to remember! My grandmother absolutely loved the experience and she will remember this for the rest of her life. Ed, our pilot made the experience even more interesting by showing us all of Melbourne. Even took us over the MCG. Thank you so much. Loved it.
Rotor One is a helicopter tour company specialising in helicopter rides, scenic flights, winery tours and helicopter charter in Melbourne.
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