Scenic Sydney Helicopter Tour

With only a few days to explore all of Sydney, I was in search of a unique experience that would allow me to see the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and countless beautiful beaches. As usual, I turned to the trusty hashtag on Instagram to find ideas from fellow travelers and Aussie locals. After posting #SydneyScenicTour #HELP, someone suggested the idea of a helicopter tour over the city.

I had never considered the possibility of touring the city by ‘copter, mostly due to the perceived cost and the fact that I get severe motion sickness with the slightest breeze.

At the recommendation of a friend, I booked with Sydney HeliTours. I was thrilled to see the many affordable options, from scenic flights to the “doors-off” adrenalin adventure! They even offer aerial photography flights for professionals looking to capture high quality footage from a bird’s eye view.

I chose the popular Twilight Flight, with stunning views over the harbour, coastline, and picturesque beaches.

Sydney Helicopter Tour Video


Sydney Helicopter Tour Photo Gallery 

Sydney HeliToursViews from the ground weren’t so bad either 😉

Helicopter SelfieReady for takeoff!

Sydney CBD Aerial ViewOur flight began by flying directly over the CBD

Sydney Tower Aerial View…and practically grazing the top of the Sydney Tower

Sydney Opera House Aerial ViewNext, we flew directly over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with amazing views of the Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge Aerial View

Sydney Harbour Aerial View

Sydney Coast Aerial ViewAfter circling the harbour, we headed north to explore the Sydney Coast

Sydney Northern Coast Aerial View

Sydney Northern Harbour Aerial View

Sydney Beaches Aerial View

Sydney Coogee Beach Aerial View

Sydney Manly Beach Aerial ViewManly Beach (anyone else see a turtle here?)

Sydney Bondi Beach Aerial ViewBondi Beach

Sydney Eastern Suburb Aerial View

Sydney Coast at Sunset

Sydney Harbour at SunsetOne last spin around the harbour for sunset views

Sydney City Skyline at SunsetCity skyline at dusk, last sight before landing

Sydney HeliTours Pilot & CrewThe amazing pilot and crew at Sydney HeliTours

What You Should Know 

1. If you’re prone to motion sickness like me, don’t sweat it! You’ve probably experienced more turbulence on a commercial flight. Riding in a helicopter feels more like a hovering spacecraft — one moment you’re on the ground and the next you’re up in the air, without ever noticing the ascent.

2. Don’t be offended when your pilot asks you to step on the scale prior to the flight. It’s important to balance out the weight of all passengers. Your seat placement will also be determined by your weight relative to other passengers.

3. The noise-canceling headphones allow you to clearly hear the pilot when he gives commentary on the views below. You can also speak to the pilot and fellow passengers, but don’t worry — only the pilot can communicate with the airport tower.

4. For high quality pictures, make sure you avoid capturing reflections off the glass. Shoot on continuous burst mode and wear dark clothing to reduce your own reflection.

About Sydney HeliTours

I can’t say enough great things about the crew at Sydney HeliTours. They are professional, knowledgeable and a lot of fun! They made me feel right at ease and provided really interesting, fun facts about Sydney throughout the flight. The views were absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Want to read more? Check out raving reviews from other travelers on TripAdvisor.

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Many thanks to Sydney HeliTours for the complimentary tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Have you ever been in a helicopter before? What did you think?

About the author

Rachael Evans

Hi, I'm Rachael! California girl at heart, currently living in the Land of the Rising Sun. I have a serious travel addiction and I'm not looking for the cure.

  • Emily Kyle

    I wish I would have known about this when I went to Sydney 2 years ago! Can’t wait to get back to take one of these tours!