Matthew Staal


There’s nothing quite like the thrill of a helicopter ride in Australia. Seeing the nation’s incredible cities and landmarks from above allows for a completely different perspective and unbeatable photo opportunities. From romantic flights over Heart Reef in the Whitsundays to black ops flight missions in Sydney, read on to discover some of the best helicopter tours in Australia.
Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour
 

A helicopter flight is easily the most exciting way to see Sydney’s icons. Take off from Mascot or Bankstown and fly over Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and more. For an even better view, you can book a helicopter without doors - perfect for taking the best shots with your camera or smartphone. For a thrilling adventure, book a Black Ops Military-Style Helicopter Mission. You’ll fly in a jet-powered McDonnell Douglas 500E Black Ops helicopter at speeds of 240km/h! As well as being used by police & military from around the world, these helicopters also feature in several movies including Apocalypse Now, Black Hawk Down, The Italian Job, and Mission Impossible. During the flight, a personal GoPro will capture footage from your helmet which you can take home after the experience.

Brisbane
Brisbane
 

Discover Brisbane from above with a guaranteed window seat for the best views. Soar over the Brisbane River, the famous "Gabba" Stadium and the Story Bridge. Or you can choose a flight over Mount Coot-Tha and the surrounding sights of Mount Tambourine, Indooroopilly, Fig Tree Pocket and Jindalee. For an added adventure, combine a flight with a winery visit and take a helicopter ride to Sirromet wines. You'll enjoy two hours of wine tasting and lunch at their fine dining restaurant before flying back to Archerfield Airport over the Brisbane CBD.

Melbourne
Melbourne
 

Melbourne has fantastic options for a helicopter tour. You can choose to fly over Phillip Island, with views of beautiful beaches and rocky coastline that are home to penguins and seals. You’ll also pass over the Grand Prix circuit, Woolamai Surf Beach and the San Remo Bridge. Or choose a Geelong flight, and enjoy views of Victoria’s second-largest city, including Corio Bay, Barwon River and the Geelong Waterfront. And if you fancy getting behind the controls, book a pilot training experience. After a safety briefing and intro to the helicopter, you will take to the skies where you will have the chance to take full control of the aircraft.

Perth
Perth
 

In Western Australia’s capital, there are plenty of great helicopter experiences to choose from. If you love the coast, then choose a beaches helicopter flight from Jandakot Airport. The 30-minute trip will take you over Fremantle Port and the white sands of Cottesloe, Brighton and Scarborough beaches. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see Rottnest Island on the horizon. North of the city, take a flight from the picturesque Yanchep National Park, out onto the turquoise waters of the Yanchep Lagoon and south to the remains of the historic Alkimos Wreck. You can choose to fly without the helicopter door for an added thrill. After the flight, take some time to enjoy the beautiful national park and its many resident kangaroos.

Gold Coast
Gold Coast
 

There is plenty of excitement to be had on a helicopter ride on the Gold Coast. You can take a trip over the beautiful beaches, the impressive skyline of Surfers Paradise and the beauty of Stradbroke Island. Or you can combine a flight with another exciting experience; a jet boat around the Gold Coast Broadwater. The 50-minute ride will be packed with 360-degree spins, slides and shallow water skimming, to really get your adrenaline pumping. Then you’ll take to the skies on a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Gold Coast. Keen anglers will love the heli-fishing experience, curated by Channel Seven fishing guru, Paul Burt. You’ll travel by helicopter over Surfers Paradise and South Stradbroke Island to a secret fishing location, where you’ll enjoy a private fishing tour with your expert guide. Catch opportunities include flathead, whiting and jewfish. The tour ends with a delicious pub lunch. One of the most unique helicopter flights in Australia!

Whitsundays
Whitsundays
 

The Whitsunday Islands are home to Australia’s most famous beach - Whitehaven Beach - as well as a stunning stretch of the Great Barrier Reef, beautiful islands and more. Seeing all this from above is an unforgettable experience and one of the most exciting helicopter tours in Australia. Departing from Airlie Beach you will soar over beautiful beaches including Whitehaven, as well as Hill Inlet and Heart Reef - the perfect photo opportunity. In addition to an hour-long flight experience, you can book a two-hour helicopter tour that lands on famous Whitehaven Beach, where you’ll have time to swim and enjoy the incredible white sands before heading back into the sky on your return to the mainland.

Uluru
Uluru
 

One of the most iconic helicopter rides in Australia has to be a flight over Uluru. Choose from a 15, 25 or 36-minute scenic flight over the world's largest monolith, while your pilot shares insight into the cultural and spiritual significance of Uluru for the Anangu people, the traditional landowners. The longer flights also fly over Kata Tjuta, which means ‘many heads’. This area of 36 conglomerate rock domes is sacred to the Aboriginal Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years.

Broome
Broome
 

For the ultimate bucket list experience, take a 3-hour Horizontal Falls Helicopter Tour. Taking off from Broome airport you’ll travel by plane to the Derby base and transfer to a helicopter. From here you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights as you head north to the spectacular Horizontal Falls. Described by David Attenborough as ‘Australia’s most unusual natural wonder’, it’s only from above that you can truly experience the incredible falls. The helicopter will fly low for the best possible views and you will also see the Kimbolton Ranges during your flight. Back in Broome, take a scenic flight over the Broome Peninsula. The 30-minute flight offers aerial views of all 22km of Cable Beach, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, and Broome Jetty, and you may even spot a crocodile from above!

Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley
 

For ultimate luxury, take a private flight over the beautiful Barossa Valley. Admire the vines from above and see where the magic happens as you fly over some of Australia’s best wineries. With no other passengers, you are guaranteed the best view, and your experienced pilot will tell you all about the sights below, including Seppeltsfield, Maggie Beer’s farm and the famous Wolf Blass, Jacob’s Creek and Penfold’s Wineries. You will also fly over Tanunda and see beautiful old churches and buildings, including Chateau Tanunda. 30, 20 and 10-minute flights are available.

Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon
 

Take a scenic flight over the stunning Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory. The spectacular landscapes of the red centre are best viewed from above and there is also the chance to see Watarrka Lookout, Kings Creek, the George Gill Range and Carmichael Crag on the 30-minute flight. If you’re limited with time or budget, then 8-minute and 15-minute flight options are also available from Kings Canyon Resort.

 

 

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