Sunrise Helicopter Ride over Melbourne with Hot Air Balloons
Overview — Experience Melbourne at Sunrise with an Open-Air 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 an open-air 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 an open cockpit while flying low and slow “military-style” 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
- A "doors-off" experience in an open-air helicopter for raw and uninterrupted views from your seat
- 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, check out our blog article where we compare the two experiences.
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.
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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