For my Christmas present last year, my Mum and Dad surprised me with a photography Ariel flight over Sydney. This was my first time in a helicopter and I was so excited by the chance to see Sydney from the skies!
I chose a date to fly and found myself three days after Christmas taking the front seat of a chopper! As it was a photography experience as well as an ariel experience we were offered use of their Canon cameras to get faster shutter speeds and better quality than our phones and smaller cameras possessed. With my go pro tethered to the helpocopter and my camera firmly secured around my neck we were given a quick safety briefing and prepared to set off. The two others on my flight had met online and were friends. They were from the UK was well and had just landed in Sydney and were using the experience as a chance to see the area and get their bearings of the city. Both were lovely and offered photography tips and laughs as we went up.
Flying in a helicopter was an amazing experience and the first few moments when we took off were surreal. Being in the front and seeing such an open view of your surroundings was very different to the view you get in a plane and therefore when we took off it felt very unreal. Another thing I noticed straight away was the movement of the helicopter and how every little turn or brush of the wind can really be felt. Being a fan of light turbulence and bumps I quite enjoyed this though and found it really fun!
As we left the airport, we quickly got a view of the city. We flew straight towards it and before we knew it we were flying directly above the sky scrapers of Sydney's Central Business Distrcit. We next headed over to the harbour and over the bridge, getting some great shots of the landmark from all angles. The view from this angle is spectacular and you can see all of the Eastern suburbs and their beaches as well as the expanse of the city and wider Sydney. I could even see my house looking over the harbour and botanical gardens. We then circled the Opera House and lew onwards to the opening of the harbour and Manly.
It was beautiful flying over the Harbour and getting to see the city from a different perspective. We passed over Manly for some sea shots as the lighting was better in the Northern beaches for late afternoon. We then headed back South along the Eastern suburb beaches past Bondi and Coogee. As I was in the front, my view at this point was overlooking the sea to the left but I still managed to get some nice shots of Bondi and the city beyond even if they were through glass. With some final views of the most Southernly beaches of Sydney we landed back at the airport and left the helicopter. We took some shots in front of it and headed back to the city! It was such a cool experience and I defiantly loved that way of travel, I'll be looking into more helicopter flights in the future for sure! I really enjoyed the new perspective and the feeling of being up in the air in such a smaller mode of transport. I would recommend doing a helicopter flight whilst in Sydney. It's a lovely way to see the city and arguably the best view. I flew with Blue Sky helicopters and they provided great service and the staff were personable and friendly. I also got some amazing photos which I've shared throughout the post.
I must finally give the biggest thanks to my parents who surprised me with this experience. It was an amazing treat and I loved every minute of it. It's an experience I won't forget soon and can't wait to hopefully repeat somewhere just as epic in the future.