Phillip Island Helicopter Tour

Regular price$676.00 per person
See the best of Phillip Island in less than 2 hours from Melbourne on this breathtaking scenic helicopter ride.

🕔 2 Hour Experience
🚁 1 hour 30 minute Private Flight
🔭 See all Phillip Island's famous landmarks
👩🏻‍💼 From 2 - 3 People
🥇 Melbourne's #1 Rated Helicopter Company
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Scenic Helicopter Flight from Melbourne to Phillip Island

Overview - A spectacular helicopter ride from Melbourne to Phillip Island and flying along the coast of Port Phillip Bay.

See the best of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and Phillip Island on this extended helicopter ride from Melbourne to Phillip Island. This 1 hour and 30 minute scenic helicopter flight takes you past Melbourne CBD and over Melbourne’s famous coastline to one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victoria, Phillip Island.

Experience a special helicopter ride that is jam-packed with popular landmarks and magnificent scenery across Melbourne and Phillip Island that is best seen from the air in a helicopter. Departing Melbourne, your helicopter ride to Phillip Island will deliver spectacular aerial views of Melbourne CBD, the Brighton Beach Boxes, Mornington coastline and Seal Rocks, where you might even spot Australian Fur Seals relaxing amongst the waves.

What to expect — A luxurious scenic helicopter ride with 360 degree panoramic views of Phillip Island.

Your Phillip Island helicopter scenic flight experience begins in Melbourne at Essendon Airport. Walk out onto the tarmac and take some photos in front of your private helicopter with the Melbourne city skyline in the background. Your pilot will provide a short safety briefing before you board your flight and slip on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. You’ll be seated comfortably in our helicopter that is climate-controlled and will be adjusted to your preference before take-off.

Your Phillip Island adventure begins as you fly past Melbourne City while enjoying spectacular views of the MCG Albert Park, St Kilda, and Luna park. Your pilot will then cruise low and slow along the beaches and coast of Port Phillip Bay where you’ll spot popular landmarks like the Brighton Beach Boxes, a sunken J7 submarine at Sandringham Marina, the HMAS Cerberus shipwreck at Black Rock and Ricketts Point marine sanctuary.

Your Phillip Island scenic flight will continue along the coast past Mornington Pier, Mount Eliza and the famous Red Hill wine region before Phillip Island comes into view.

As you fly towards Phillip Island you’ll first spot the famous Seal Rocks, home to over 30,000 Australian fur seals throughout the year. See if you can spot a few fur seals lounging on the rocks while basking in the sun and drizzle of the waves.

You'll also have an amazing view of Summerland Beach and the home to the famous Penguin Parade, protected wildlife sanctuary and one of largest “little” Penguin Colonies in the world.

That’s not all though, there’s still plenty more for you to see! Your pilot will continue past Pyramid Rock and over the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, where you'll get a first-class view of the famous superbike race track from above.

On your way around the eastern side of Phillip Island you’ll have magnificent views of the San Remo bridge (which connects Phillip Island to the rest of Victoria), the fishing village of Rhyll and finally the beautiful Red Rock Beach, a bustling summer hotspot in Cowes before heading back for Melbourne on your return journey.

This Phillip Island scenic helicopter ride offers some of the best aerial views Phillip Island has to offer on a relaxing 1 hour and 30 minute round trip from Melbourne, Australia. The best way to experience Phillip Island in just over an hour is on this scenic helicopter flight from Melbourne.

Helicopter Ride to Phillip Island from Melbourne

Itinerary — Scenic Flights over Phillip Island by Helicopter

Your scenic helicopter flight from Melbourne to Phillip Island takes off from the Helipad at Essendon Airport and is a jam packed sightseeing tour including awesome views of:


  • Melbourne CBD

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

  • Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Formula 1 GP Circuit at Albert Park

  • St Kilda Pier

  • Luna Park

  • Brighton Beach Boxes

  • Sunken J7 Submarine at Sandringham Marina

  • HMAS Cerberus Shipwreck at Black Rock

  • Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Mornington Peninsula

  • Mount Eliza

  • Mornington Peninsula Bathing Boxes

  • Arthur’s Seat

  • Red Hill Wine Region

Phillip Island

  • Seal Rock

  • The Nobbies & Penguin Parade

  • Summerland Bay

  • Pyramid Rock

  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

  • Surf Beach

  • Cape Woolamai

  • San Remo Bridge

  • Rhyll Inlet

  • Cowes

  • Red Rock Beach

Your Phillip Island Helicopter Ride Includes:

  • A luxurious 1 hour and 30 minute scenic helicopter flight over Melbourne CBD, Port Phillip Bay and Phillip Island.

  • Spectacular aerial views of Phillip Island’s most famous landmarks including Seal Rocks, the Nobbies, Phillip Island Race Track, San Remo Bridge, Cape Woolamai and Red Rock beach.

  • A private helicopter reserved exclusively for you and up to 2 guests (our flights are not shared)

  • A luxury helicopter with leather seats and air-conditioning for your comfort.

  • As many photos as you can take both on the ground and during the flight.

  • A knowledgeable and experienced pilot who loves making people smile.

  • A guaranteed window seat for uninterrupted views over Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and Phillip Island (and some Australian fur seals)

  • Premium noise-cancelling headsets from Bose to protect your ears and speak clearly amongst yourselves and with your pilot.

Customise Your Scenic Flight - Phillip Island Helicopters

Looking to combine your Phillip Island helicopter scenic flight with an amazing experience? Choose from the the following options:

Option 1 - One way trip to watch the Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Convert your Phillip Island flight into a one way trip to land at Phillip Island Airport to watch the Penguin Parade or spend the night on Phillip Island. The Penguin Parade experience takes place in the evenings and the last departure from Melbourne is at 4pm. Guests can carry up to 7kg of luggage in the helicopter. Please note this flight option is one-way only from Melbourne to Phillip Island and we can help we can help with arranging a return transfer to Melbourne by car or by helicopter the next day.

Option 2 - Additional stopover for Lunch at Phillip Island Winery

Land directly at one of the most iconic wineries on Phillip Island for a delicious gourmet lunch and wine tasting experience. We can accommodate a 2 hour stop-over for you to enjoy lunch, taste some wine and explore the vineyard before boarding the helicopter for you return flight to Melbourne. Please note meals and wine tasting are priced separately and can be ordered directly at the venue.

Option 3 - Helicopter Transfers to Phillip Island Circuit

Fly directly by helicopter from Melbourne to Phillip Island circuit and land directly at the race track for your motorcycle ride day or BMW driving experience

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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 2 reviews
Maulik Gohel (Victoria, Australia)
Amazing helicopter ride over Phillip Island

We took the Phillip Island helicopter ride with Rotor One and it was amazing! We flew from Melbourne and had saw the penguin parade beach and also phillip island race track! Can't recommend Rotor One highly enough. This helicopter flight to Phillip Island was once in a lifetime and the price was very reasonable considering the time you get to spend in the air! Thanks so much for a great time!

Maulik Gohel (Victoria, Australia)
Amazing helicopter ride over Phillip Island

We took the Phillip Island helicopter ride with Rotor One and it was amazing! We flew from Melbourne and had saw the penguin parade beach and also phillip island race track! Can't recommend Rotor One highly enough. This helicopter flight to Phillip Island was once in a lifetime and the price was very reasonable considering the time you get to spend in the air! Thanks so much for a great time!

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.

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

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