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Living the High Life: The Top Six Luxury Helicopter Rides in Australia

“It is like a dream to feel the machine lift you gently up in the air, floating smoothly over one spot,” – helicopter pioneer, Igor Sikorsky experienced the luxury of the first helicopter ride back in 1939. Some things never change. Today, there still isn’t a better way to enjoy the beauty of a landscape than from up above.

With no shortage of stunning locations and landmarks, Australia is the perfect place to take a scenic flight in a private helicopter and experience spectacular sky-high views. From a private flight over the picturesque Broome to a helicopter ride exploring the Great Barrier Reef, here’s a look at the best luxury helicopter rides in Australia.

Private Broome Escape

The charming Broome coastline is the perfect canvas for a magical private helicopter ride. The 50-minute flight soars over the world-famous Cable Beach, continuing north above Willie Creek before landing at a secluded beach. The dazzling shades of blue are the perfect backdrop for a fine dining beachside picnic with a table, chairs, umbrella, gourmet food and wine. An hour and a half is plenty of time to head into the water for a swim or wander along the shores. The private pilot then flies back past the beautiful beaches before landing back in Broome at sunset.

Sydney Harbour and Beach Flight

Although the other states might have something to say, there arguably isn’t a city in Australia with as many iconic sights as Sydney. The best way to experience many of the New South Wales capital city sights is from the air. The private scenic flight soars over Sydney’s iconic golden sand beaches from Coogee to Curl Curl, before circling Middle and Sydney Harbour. The aerial adventure is one of the best helicopter tours of any city. Experience unparalleled coastline views and an uninterrupted look at landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Great Barrier Reef Flight with Picnic

There are few Australian landmarks more world-renowned than the Great Barrier Reef. And there are few better ways to explore the wonderful site in all its glory than a private helicopter ride. Departing from Port Douglas the breathtaking scenic flight soars over the wonderful coral-studded waters before landing at the pristine Undine Cay. The low sandy island surrounded by a stunning reef is the perfect spot for a gourmet picnic and a snorkel with magnificent marine life. There are two hours to soak in the turquoise waters, wander down the beach or relax in the sand.

Private Flight to Ocean View Estate

Can it really be a luxury helicopter ride in Australia without stopping at a winery? From Archerfield to Ocean View Estate, the private helicopter ride goes right to the cellar door passing over Brisbane’s beautiful skyline. Gaze over the rolling hills of Ocean View before touching down at the award-winning vineyard for a gourmet picnic and wine tasting. Sample the selection of exceptional wine or finely-brewed craft beer and explore the scenic grounds for up to two hours.

Whitsundays Flight with Beach Visit

While the Whitsundays are gorgeous however you explore them, seeing the iconic waters from the seats of a private helicopter is something special. The flight soars over famous sights such as; Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Island, Hill Inlet and Airlie Beach, before landing at a private part of the 7km Whitehaven Beach. For an hour and a half exploring the brilliant sea and white sand, whether that’s going for a swim, sunbathing or strolling the shores.

Scenic Flight Over Uluru and Kata Tjuta

There’s an undeniable beauty and grandeur about Uluru and Kata Tjuta. In the heart of the Northern Territory, two of Australia’s most iconic natural marvels are best viewed from the skies. The luxury helicopter ride cruises over the world’s largest monolith of Uluru and then onto Kata Tjuta with a guided tour of their spiritual and cultural significance. The tour also passes above the magnificent Walpa Gorge and Mount Conner all with the sun setting in the background.

If cruising the waters is more your thing, have a look at the best yacht charters in Australia.

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