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Adrenaline has a range of mesmerising scenic helicopter tours on offer in all the greatest locations across Australia, from Sydney to Gold Coast, Melbourne to Perth.
What are the best helicopter rides in Australia?
With the huge range of Australia-wide helicopter rides available to choose from at Adrenaline, finding the perfect flight for you is easy.
The best helicopter ride in the country is a matter of opinion and depends on where you’d most like to fly, but some spots are especially popular. Read on for a little inspiration, browse our full range of experiences, or use the filters to narrow down your helicopter ride search by location, state, price range or popularity.
Helicopter rides Sydney
Helicopter flights over Sydney are right up with the very best in the world. The best-selling helicopter scenic flight for two (30 minutes), high above Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour, includes the added bonus of a third person flying free. Taking off in a modern Robinson helicopter on your private flight, you’ll enjoy aerial views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and maybe even out to the Blue Mountains in the distance.
Seeing these famous sights from this angle is sure to thrill even the most experienced of adventurers. What’s more, every passenger in a Robinson helicopter has a window seat, so there’s never been a better incentive to see Sydney’s best landmarks with your head in the clouds.
Keen for a faster thrill with coastal views? In just 20 minutes you can tick of the world-famous Bondi Beach, plus Taronga Zoo, the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more.
All flights offer up some unbeatable photo opportunities and the best views of Sydney skyline and beyond. Take a look at all products to find the options that’s best for you.
If you’re after a little more combat-style action, then how about the Black Ops military helicopter flight in Sydney? This even includes Go Pro footage to take home.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to strap yourself into one of the most dynamic helicopters in creation: the jet-powered McDonnell Douglas 500E (MD500E).
This unique package is for one flier and features a 20-minute flight aboard the legendary aircraft made famous in cult film “Apocalypse Now”, “The Italian Job” and “Mission Impossible”.
Helicopter rides Melbourne
You’ll find a range of Melbourne helicopter rides available to choose from onsite. A popular option is the 18-20-minute Melbourne city orbit tour. This incredible sightseeing experience from Essendon Airport gives you chance to tick off a number of must-see Melbourne landmarks in a matter of minutes. Look out for the MCG, Eureka Tower, Rod Laver Arena and many more.
You and a friend will delight in a scenic flight 1,000 feet above the city while revelling in the breathtaking beauty of Melbourne and its surroundings. If you can stretch to a slightly longer flight you’ll also be able to take in sights like Phillip Island and the magnificent coastline.
Don’t forget, there’s much more to Melbourne than the CBD. Check our full range to find the right helicopter ride for you, whether that’s the city sights or a journey that also takes in iconic coastal scenery like St Kilda and the Great Ocean Road.
Helicopter rides near you
We pride ourselves in having a huge range of helicopter rides from Australia’s best experience providers.
There are too many locations to talk about all of them here, but rest assured that Adrenaline is your one-stop-shop for helicopter rides in locations including:
What to expect on your first helicopter ride?
Helicopter rides are always a magical experience, whether it’s your first flight or the latest of many. After all, this is a thrilling bucket list activity in every sense. But your first helicopter flight tends to be extra special and is a time you’ll never forget.
It’s an adventure that’s sure to take your breath away and the perfect experience to share with a friend or loved one. We promise you’ll be completely enthralled and keen for more after your first helicopter ride.
What do you need for your scenic flight? An adventurous spirit certainly helps, but in reality you’ll be supplied with everything you need on the day. Dress comfortably and remember your sunglasses and camera for those all-important souvenir photos. Helicopters have inbuilt air-conditioning and heating, so simply bring a jumper if the day is nippy and wear appropriate, light clothing for warmer weather.
There is no turbulence encountered in helicopters, thanks to their sleek bodies and tubular blades, so if you’re worried about a bumpy ride you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Noise-cancelling headphones are supplied, so sit back, relax and listen to the informative commentary supplied by your experienced and expertly trained helicopter pilot. Feel free to ask any questions you may have during your flight.
First-timer nerves tend to disappear after take off and you’ll instead be fully focused on the spectacular views as you soar through the sky. The entire experience is thrilling, memorable and a real must try.
How to check the safety of a helicopter tour?
Concerned fliers should check that the company running the tours has the necessary permits and licensing to provide these unforgettable experiences. The gold triangle of helicopter tour safety is centred on three crucial elements: regulation from an official administrative body, seatbelts and harnesses, and emergency preparation.
Most companies also have a closed-door policy when flying high, except in the event of specially equipped aircraft for professional photography flights. If you check the registration, wear your seatbelt and take note of safety instructions provided prior to take-off, joyriders are assured of the smoothest, safest and most enjoyable flight possible.
You could also view reviewer feedback on social media channels, which is an great way of finding out what other people thought of the experience and how many have taken the helicopter ride in the past. All Adrenaline helicopter tours are supplied by leading experience providers, so you can be sure they exceed expectations in all of these categories.
With years of experience as a leading seller of gift vouchers and unique adventures throughout Australia, Adrenaline is fully qualified and expertly equipped to make all your dreams of the ultimate helicopter ride come true.
How much do helicopter rides cost?
A helicopter tour is surprisingly affordable. Prices start from as little as downwards of $100 for a 10-minute scenic flight to less than $300 for a learn-to-fly helicopter 30-minute experience in Melbourne or Sydney and can scale upwards of $550 for a helicopter pilot training one-hour session.
Adrenaline also offer other reasonably priced helicopter adventures over some of the nation’s most picturesque landscape, such as the stunning Hunter Valley wine region, which includes a deluxe lunch and champagne experience. This fly and dine package includes a breathtaking scenic flight in a luxury Robinson R44 chopper and fly-in gourmet, three-course lunch and wine tastings at one’s of the region’s premium wineries. For all this, you’ll only be paying slightly more than $350.
Those with a bigger budget and a sense of adventure could go for a Doors-off Helicopter Aerial Photography Flight with Pro-Camera Hire for up to three people. This takes off from Mascot Airport in Sydney and is an experience that’s sure to impress photography lovers.
All Adrenaline helicopter rides are from leading suppliers and backed by our Lowest Price Guarantee. This means you can book with confidence that you're getting a great deal.