Overview - Tandem Skydiving on the Great Ocean Road with return Helicopter Flights from Melbourne
Skydiving the Great Ocean Road just got even more exciting with a helicopter ride from Melbourne direct to your skydive drop zone at Torquay Airport or Barwon Heads Airport.
If you’re planning a tandem skydive, the ultimate way to upgrade your skydive adventure is to skip the 1.5 hour commute and arrive by helicopter with a 35 minute scenic helicopter flight from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport and private landing at the Skydive Great Ocean Road drop zone in Barwon Heads.
The best location for skydiving outside Melbourne, skydiving the Great Ocean Road is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience combining amazing views of Torquay, Bells Beach and the Great Ocean Road with the ultimate adrenaline rush of an accelerated free-fall for 60 heart-pounding seconds which are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
Rated one of the best outdoor activities in Melbourne, your tandem skydive adventure at 15,000ft begins with a skydiving safety briefing from your highly-qualified and experienced tandem instructor. After being securely strapped to your tandem instructor, you’ll enjoy a short flight up to flight altitude when the plane doors will open and the pilot will give your tandem instructor a “green light” for your tandem skydive.
Stepping outside the plane your adrenaline will kick in and, before you know it, you’ll be experiencing the extremely rare feeling of accelerated free-fall at 220km/h on your way back to earth. As your parachute deploys and you ease back to gentle flight, spectacular views of Torquay Beach, Bells Beach and the Great Ocean Road will come into view as you spend your final few minutes in the air floating back to your drop zone.
Your Skydiving Package and Helicopter Flights for the Great Ocean Road includes:
Tandem Skydive Package
- Tandem Skydives over the Great Ocean Road at 15,000ft
- 3 month membership to the Australian Parachute Federation
- Personalised certificate of achievement
Return Helicopter Transfers
- Return flights in a private helicopter from Essendon Fields Airport direct to Barwon Heads Airport (35 minute flight time each way) with a private landing at the skydiving drop zone
- A luxury helicopter with leather seats and air-conditioning for your comfort
- An experienced and courteous pilot who loves making people smile
- A guaranteed window seat for uninterrupted views over Melbourne
- Noise-cancelling headsets to speak amongst yourselves and with your pilot
- A scenic flight path over Melbourne CBD and around the Port Phillip Bay coast over Avalon Airport and Geelong
Itinerary — Helicopter Ride from Melbourne to Barwon Heads Airport to Skydive the Great Ocean Road
Your helicopter ride to Barwon Heads Airport will take off from the Helipad at Essendon Airport and fly a scenic route over and around:
- Melbourne CBD
- Point Cook
- Avalon International Airport
- Geelong Waterfront
Your flight will then make a private landing at Barwon Heads Airport for you to begin your Skydiving Great Ocean Road experience.
What to expect — Tandem Skydiving Package with return helicopter flights to Melbourne by Rotor One
Getting to your skydive on the Great Ocean Road has never been easier or more exciting than by helicopter. Your day begins at Essendon Airport, a short 15 minute commute from Melbourne's CBD, to board your private helicopter.
The perfect way to combine two amazing flying experiences in a single day, your helicopter will depart over Melbourne with spectacular views of the city, Port Phillip Bay, Avalon International Airport and the Geelong Waterfront.
Your helicopter will then descend for a private landing directly at Barwon Heads Airport, the drop zone for Skydive Great Ocean Road. Take a short walk to the hangar to meet your tandem instructor and fellow tandem and solo skydivers and it's here that your skydiving safety briefing will begin.
After your skydive, grab your video package from the Skydive Australia team and hop back in the chopper for a beautiful scenic flight back to Melbourne — The ultimate ending to the ultimate day of amazing flying experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
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 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 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
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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