Sunrise Helicopter Ride over Melbourne with Hot Air Balloons
Overview — Experience Melbourne on our Sunrise Helicopter Ride and see Hot Air Balloons flying over Melbourne!
This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Melbourne City skyline and coastal beaches during a special helicopter flight with amazing sunrise views in a helicopter!
Expect spectacular views and amazing morning scenery as the sun rises over Melbourne on your 30 minute doors-off helicopter ride around Melbourne CBD and down the coast flying over St Kilda Pier, Luna Park and the iconic Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes.
There is no other helicopter flight like this in Melbourne where you can experience flying over Melbourne’s city, coast and beaches with unobstructed views from every seat.
Aerial photography at sunrise is amazing from a helicopter and, on certain days, you might be lucky enough to see hot air balloons as they float over the city or in the distance in the Yarra Valley. Melbourne is the ONLY major city in the world that allows hot air balloons to fly overhead and you’ll have the same amazing views without having to meet somewhere at 4:00 AM for a hot air balloon flight.
This special early morning helicopter experience gives you a different perspective on Melbourne and amazing sunrise views that very few people ever get to experience, making it perfect as a birthday or anniversary gift, or the foundation for a stunning aerial photography shoot to capture Melbourne in the beautiful morning light. Hire a helicopter for charter to capture the sunrise is once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll remember for years to come.
Shared Flight Experience & Seats are Limited
Every sunrise flight has 3 seats available and every flight is shared. This means you can book 1, 2 or all 3 seats in the helicopter and any remaining seat(s) may be booked by other guests.
Please note that sunrise flights over Melbourne are limited to only a handful of dates every month and all seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Flight Path — Early Morning Sunrise Helicopter Ride over Melbourne
Your sunrise helicopter scenic flight over Melbourne will depart Essendon Airport and fly over and around:
- Melbourne CBD
- St Kilda Pier
- Luna Park
- Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes
- Sandringham Marina
- Albert Park
- Rod Laver Arena
- Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Your sunrise flight experience includes:
- An exciting 30 minute early morning, sunrise flight over Melbourne's best landmarks and tourist attractions
- Some of the best aerial photography opportunities that Melbourne has to offer
- The chance to see Hot Air Balloons floating over Melbourne's city, beaches and surrounds in the early morning
- An experienced and courteous pilot who loves making people smile
- Premium noise-cancelling headsets from Bose to limit external noise and speak clearly amongst yourselves
What to expect — Melbourne at Sunrise by Helicopter with Rotor One:
Arrive at our hangar and relax in our lounge while your pilot walks through your flight path, provides a short safety briefing and answers any questions.
Next, walk out to the tarmac for some gorgeous photos of your helicopter with the early morning sun rising over Melbourne CBD in the background.
As you jump onboard the helicopter for your sunrise flight, your helicopter will pick up into a hover before taking off to 1,500 feet (450 metres above the ground) and settling into a cruise speed of 185 km/h for your flight around Melbourne and the beaches.
Enjoy sun-soaked views of Docklands and the Melbourne CBD as you turn left and head towards St Kilda Pier where you helicopter will descend to fly you low and slow down the coast. At this point you might be lucky enough to spot the Hot Air Balloons at sunrise as they fly over Melbourne.
Witness the sun casting long shadows of the Brighton Beach Boxes out to Port Phillip Bay and enjoy an exciting 180 degree turn over Sandringham Marina as you fly back up the coast for up-close views of Albert Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, Rod Laver Arena and the MCG from the air.
When your helicopter returns to Essendon Airport and touches down, we guarantee you'll be left with a smile on your face and plenty of photos of the amazing sunrise over Melbourne... 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?
Sunrise Helicopter Ride or Hot-air Balloon Flight in Melbourne
A hot-air balloon flight and a sunrise helicopter ride are both amazing experiences in Melbourne. If you're stuck choosing between these two experiences, read our article where we compare the two experiences.
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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.
✅ 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.
🎁 Looking to purchase this flight as a Gift Voucher?
If you're searching for an amazing helicopter tour or hot air balloon experience in Melbourne, a Melbourne at Sunrise 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 online instantly after purchase.
👉 Purchase a Gift Card for the Melbourne at Sunrise Helicopter Ride (Hot-Air Balloon Style).
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!
Where are you located?
Rotor One is located at Essendon Airport which is 15 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 flights are private and require a minimum of two people. Book two seats 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 you have any guests weighing over 120kg or a combined passenger weight of 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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Both Keith and myself enjoyed our helicopter ride and I want to thank you for your very courteous, polite, thoughtful and the patient manner in which you and your business conducted yourself.
You generally do not get this sort of service from businesses these days
You kept us upto date re our pending flight and on every occasion the way you conducted yourself was very pleasant.
I can not say enough to praise you and your business for the experience and I had to let you know and thank you again.
ps: we can’t wait for the next flight.
A big “thank you” to Ed - best heli pilot ever! Kind, full of information and phenomenal pilot!
I’ve been living in Melbourne for over 4 years and this was the most memorable experience and BEST way to see this beautiful city and beaches!
I highly recommend the no doors option!
Thank you! I think I have to do this again…
Very amazing, thank you to pilot Ed for showing us a once in a lifetime experience! genuinely nice guy and his knowledge of Melbourne landmarks made our experience all the more enjoyable, definitely highly recommended 🤩
It was truly an awesome experienced for me. The flight went smoothly and Steve, the pilot, was great. Melbourne city is so beautiful from above. 8 hot air balloons were also flying that morning and so wonderful to watch.
This was our first time experiencing something like this. The whole experience was very dreamy. We were able to see the sunrise through a flock of hot air balloons and it was very beautiful. Definitely recommend sunrise with the doors-off. Ed was an excellent pilot and a great host.! Will definitely come back again :)
Saw some photos on Instagram and booked the flight on a whim and I'm SO glad I did.
I've been on heli flights before, but Ed was super helpful, listening during the pre flight breif about the shots I wanted to take and adjusting the flight plans where possible to accommodate.
Having the doors off meant K could get shots straight down and without glare.
If you're keen to see Melbourne from a different angle, can't recommend Rotor One enough!
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