Melbourne Sunrise Flight by Helicopter
Video of helicopter tour during a sunrise helicopter tour by Rotor One.
Sunrise views from the helicopter cockpit during a helicopter tour by Rotor One
Sunrise views of Melbourne CBD during a helicopter ride by Rotor One
Brighton Beach Boxes during a sunrise helicopter ride in Melbourne by Rotor One
Sunrise views of Port Philip Bay during a helicopter tour by Rotor One
Sunrise views of Luna Park during a helicopter tour by Rotor One
Rotor One helicopter at Essendon Fields Airport

Melbourne at Sunrise (Hot Air Balloon-style)

Regular price$399 per person
A special 30 minute flight at sunrise over Melbourne in an open-air helicopter with the chance of seeing Hot Air Balloons floating over the city!

🕔 1 hour Experience
🚁 30 minute Shared Flight
📸 Photoshoot included
👩🏻‍💼 Up to 3 People
✓ Melbourne's #1 Rated Helicopter Company
✓ Weather Guarantee - Reschedule or choose a full refund
✓ Doors-Off Ride - Every seat has amazing views of the sunrise
✓ Better than a Hot Air Balloon Ride and without the 4:00 AM departure

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.

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:

  • Docklands
  • 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?

Where are you located?

Rotor One is located at Hangar 7 Wirraway Rd, Essendon Fields and off-street parking is available next to our building. When you arrive look for the red door that says 'Melbourne Heli'.

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 can arrange helicopter pickups from regional airports including Lilydale, Coldstream, Barwon Heads, Torquay and others upon request. We unfortunately do not offer flights from the City Helipad on the Yarra River.

When should I arrive?

For a relaxed experience, please arrive 10 minutes before your booking begins.  

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 it's going to rain. Should I reschedule?

We will make a "Fly" or "No Fly" decision on the day of your flight. If bad weather is present on the day, we'll call or SMS you at least 2 hours prior to your booking.

There's no need to contact us to reschedule based on Google or Apple's weather forecast. These forecasts often change on the day (especially in Melbourne!) and we monitor live weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology every day before we fly. 

We'll do everything we can to get you flying on the day, wherever it is safe to do so

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.

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.

Are there age restrictions for children?

We only recommend flights for children over 4 years of age and every child must occupy their own seat and pay the full seat price.

Do I need to be double vaccinated to fly?

We encourage all our passengers to be double vaccinated to fly.

Can I bring any luggage?

Light handbags and small backpacks weighing less than 5kg can be carried. For any larger items please contact us prior to your flight.

Can I fly if I'm pregnant?

Yes, and 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. Please contact us if you have any questions.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please see our cancellation policy 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 48 hours before your departure time and on one occasion. We unfortunately cannot accomodate any reschedule requests with less than 48 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 48 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?

Yes, within one month of purchase and as long as the Gift Voucher hasn't been used. Please note there is a 10% cancellation fee for any Gift Vouchers refunded within this period.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Rhea Parcon (New South Wales, Australia)
The best!

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.

Sanduni Thilakshi Piyawardena (Victoria, Australia)
Melbourne at Sunrise with doors off (Kapa's Flight)

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 :)

Photos x Raffy (Victoria, Australia)
Best way to see the sunrise in Melbourne!

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!

Eleanor (Victoria, Australia)
Sunrise flight with doors off

For a first time flier, Ed was super friendly and really put me at ease. He was thorough in his explanations and made sure to let me know in advance if there were any sharp turns. We had such a magical time and the views were amazing! It was so much fun and we got to see so many iconic Melbourne landmarks. Would definitely recommend and could see myself doing this again! Thanks Ed!

Jessy Kongsuwan (Victoria, Australia)
Honestly amazing experience

I absolutely loved it and will do it again for sure! Customer service was amazing

Hisham El Beyrouthy (Victoria, Australia)
Perfect first time.

Was amazing, pilot was very good.

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About Us

Rotor One is a helicopter tour company specialising in scenic flights and winery tours by helicopter in Melbourne.

See all of Melbourne's famous landmarks on a 20 minute helicopter ride or take a sunrise flight and spot Hot Air Balloons over the city!

Fly to the Yarra Valley for wine tasting at Levantine Hill, lunch at Hubert Estate or our legendary Beers, Burgers & Gin experience.

Celebrate your anniversary with a 30 minute helicopter tour of the city and beaches or explore the natural wonders of the 12 Apostles by helicopter from Melbourne.

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

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