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Helicopter Rides to the Melbourne Cup

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Arrive in style but hold onto your hat
To The Cup by helicopter

You have to imagine this. You have never been on a helicopter ride. You fly over Melbourne, over the skyscrapers, the roads and traffic. The city is spread beneath you. It's a special day. Melbourne Cup Day. As you arrive at Flemington, you see the emerald green race track, slowly, slowly coming into focus. Then as you get closer all the pomp and colour comes into sharp relief. Then you touch down adjacent to the course starting straight. Talk about making an entrance.

Helicopters are a great way to get to the Spring Racing Season, Expensive yes, but at least you avoid the gridlock of traffic below and you get to arrive in style. Although hold onto your hat!

Hold on to your hat!

And if you have never been in a helicopter before, it makes a special day a sensational one. You will have all that adrenalin pumping.

And you could perhaps get the helicopter one way and ride on public transport the other way just to pay penance for your indulgence

There are also a few cheaper times to arrive by helicopter. Here are the details.


Melbourne Cup Helicopters
The return cost is $470 on Derby Day or Cup Day
One one way is $300

Oaks Day or Emirates Stakes Day
is return $400 or one way $255

But if you fly off peak there is a 15% discount. That would mean flying between 810am on Derby Day or on Melbourne Cup Day
between (8-10am & 12-5.30pm)

On Stakes Day, kids under 14 fly free or at least one child can fly with each paying adult.

For my article on fab ways to get to the The Cup by boat click here.
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Why? To make an entrance
When: During Spring Racing Carnival
Phone: Book by phone on 1300 724 927
Where: Flemington Race Track
Cost: From about $300 one way
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