Melbourne City Scenic Helicopter Ride

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The best rated Melbourne helicopter ride! A jam-packed helicopter flight over Melbourne CBD, Eureka Tower, St Kilda, Luna Park, Albert Park, MCG and more.

🕔 30 minute Experience
🚁 20 minute Private Flight
👫 Minimum of 2 People
👧 Kids aged 3+ years can fly
📍 Flights depart Essendon (20 mins from CBD)
🥇 Melbourne's #1 Rated Helicopter Company
Additional Booking Options:
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🎁 Gift Vouchers: Buy this flight as a Gift

Helicopter Ride over Melbourne CBD with Amazing Views of Melbourne's Best Landmarks and Tourist Attractions 

The ultimate 20 minute Melbourne helicopter ride designed exclusively for couples, families and visitors to Melbourne. Skip the queues and fly on a private helicopter ride for spectacular views of Melbourne's city skyline, architecture and popular landmarks.

Depart from our helipad at Essendon Airport and fly over Flemington Racecourse (home to the Melbourne Cup) and the Melbourne Star Ferris Wheel on your way towards Port Phillip Bay.

You'll spot people swimming at St Kilda Beach, see the Formula 1 race track at Albert Park Lake, and even fly past the Melbourne Skydeck at Eureka Tower. 

You'll then soar over the Yarra River passing by Rod Laver Arena (home to the Australian Open), the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Melbourne Zoo (where we'll show you where the Elephant and Giraffe hang out!)

What does a Melbourne Helicopter Ride include?

  • An exciting 20 minute scenic helicopter tour over Melbourne
  • A guaranteed window seat for uninterrupted views over Melbourne
  • A private helicopter reserved exclusively for you (your flight will not be shared)
  • Take as many photos and videos as you like during the flight
  • A courteous and experienced pilot who loves making people smile
Melbourne City Scenic Helicopter Flight

What will you see on a Melbourne City Helicopter Flight?

Your Melbourne helicopter Tour will explore Melbourne's amazing landmarks and famous attractions from above including:

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

How long does a Melbourne City Scenic Helicopter Flight go for?

The Melbourne City Scenic Helicopter Tour is a 20 minute private flight. However, if you'd like to see more of Melbourne's famous beaches and coastline, consider upgrading to our Melbourne City, Beaches & Coastal Adventure. 

This will extend your scenic flight time to 30 minutes and allow you to fly low over Melbourne's spectacular coastline and beaches including:

  • Station Pier
  • Luna Park
  • St Kilda Pier
  • St Kilda Beach
  • Elwood Beach
  • The Million-Dollar Mansions of Brighton
  • Brighton Beach Boxes
  • Hidden Submarine from WW1 at Sandringham Marina

Upgrade to a 30 minute Melbourne Coastal & Beaches Tour

Or choose one of the amazing Melbourne Helicopter Rides from Rotor One including wine tours and scenic flights to Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island and the 12 Apostles & Great Ocean Road.
Scenic Flight over Melbourne City, Beach and Coast

What can I expect on a Melbourne City Helicopter Ride?

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 the reason we love what we do at Rotor One and why we're rated Melbourne's #1 Helicopter Tour Company.

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Can I book a Melbourne Helicopter Ride as a Gift?

Yes! Our Melbourne Helicopter Experiences are often booked as a surprise birthday or anniversary gift, and we'll keep everything a secret right up until they arrive! You can also choose to:

    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 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 baggage compartment under your seat. We're not able to carry any rigid suitcases or airplane carry-on size rolling luggage.

    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 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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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 66 reviews
    Jérôme VILLEMAIN (South Province, New Caledonia)

    Je me permet d'écrire en français.
    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 :)).
    un vol agréable avec des explications simples et compréhensibles sur les espaces survolés.
    un grand merci.
    Jérôme, Stéphanie et Maïa de Nouméa.

    Fabian Nieves (Queensland, Australia)

    We loved our helli-ride over Melbourne, fantastic pilot, smooth, great weather, can’t wait to do it again!

    Suzi Cowperthwaite (Victoria, Australia)
    Brilliant experience. Amazing views.

    We bought this experience for our Dad's 80th birthday. He absolutely loved it. Our pilot Lovel was wonderful. The entire Rotor One experience was exceptional. Thank you!

    Anthony (Victoria, Australia)
    Must do experience

    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.

    Dilshan Delpachithra (Queensland, Australia)
    A Ride to remember! My grandmother absolutely loved the experience and she will remember this.

    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.

    Bethany Nutland (Victoria, Australia)
    Such an amazing experience!

    The best experience all round! Ed was so lovely and really made our trip special! He took time to take photos of us before we took off and gave an informative tour, as well as giving us a Polaroid photo each as a keep sake. 100% recommend

    About Us

    Rotor One is a helicopter tour company specialising in helicopter rides, scenic flightswinery tours and helicopter charter in Melbourne.

    See Melbourne's famous landmarks on a 30 minute helicopter ride, enjoy a magical scenic flight to Phillip Island or explore the natural wonders of the 12 Apostles by helicopter from Melbourne.

    Fly to the Yarra Valley by helicopter for a wine tour at Hubert Estate or Levantine Hill, or take a helicopter to Mornington Peninsula for an afternoon at St Andrews Beach Brewery.

    Celebrate your anniversary with our Couples Experience complete with champagne, or treat the family to our Kid's Co-Pilot Experience for the best birthday gift they'll ever receive!

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

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