Skydiving in Melbourne: Know Before You Go
The Victorian capital city of Melbourne is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southern hemisphere. The city is flanked by the wine country, Port Philip Bay and the Bass Strait, and lush forests all around; this makes Melbourne the perfect place to go skydiving.
The city has three skydiving facilities: Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda. Each dropzone is unique in the kind of surreal views you can witness, like something out of a Tennyson poem. More importantly, these facilities are well-equipped with the safest technology and boast only experienced, professional skydivers.
Our guide brings to you everything you need to know about skydiving in Melbourne.
Skydiving in Melbourne: General Information
Skydiving in Melbourne is always at the top of tourists’ bucket list when they visit the land down under. The facilities are not just for solo/experienced skydivers, but also for first-timers and beginners! If this is your first time, you can go tandem skydiving in the city.
Skydive at Great Ocean Road to get breathtaking views of the Bells Beach and the Bass Strait, as you descend from 12,000 or 15,000 ft above sea level. If you go skydiving at Yarra Valley, get stunning views of the idyllic wine country just below you and a distant view of Port Philip Bay. Perhaps the best skydiving destination in Melbourne is St. Kilda. It is by far Australia's most popular skydiver destination due to the magnificent view it offers of Melbourne's bay and CBD from 15,000 ft in the air.
Across all locations, prepare to spend about 3-4 hours of your day there. Depending on the weather, availability of slots, training sessions and more, it will take a while before you go skydiving. You can book a slot as early as 07:00-08:00 AM, allowing you to plan your day accordingly.
If you opt for tandem skydiving in Melbourne, you will be given a short 30-minute training session regarding basic do’s and don’ts before/during your skydive. Post this, you board a small aircraft, after which, with your tandem instructor, you’ll jump out. Your instructor will be attached to you via a harness. The first part of your jump, which is the freefall, will last for about 60 seconds. Your tandem skydive instructor will then deploy the parachute after which you will blissfully glide back down to Earth. You’ll then have about 5-7 minutes to take in the splendid views.
Best time to skydive in Melbourne
The weather in Melbourne is pretty favorable throughout the year. October to April are comparatively the warmer months, with the average temperature ranging between 17-21 degrees Celsius. May to September sees a cooler period, with pleasant winds and temperature. You can go skydiving at any time of the year in Melbourne. Keep in mind that the city experiences rainfall through the year, so your skydive might be delayed by a few hours or at worst, a few days. It is recommended that you go skydiving in Melbourne in the first half of the day to get the best views and clear photographs.
Skydiving in Melbourne: Safety Rules and Regulations
There are a few safety guidelines to follow before skydiving in Melbourne so that you make the most of your jump.
Individuals weighing under 110 kg are allowed to participate in skydiving. Those between 95 kg to 110 kg will need to pay an additional amount. Participants will undergo a basic medical checkup before skydiving. Pregnant women, individuals with heart conditions, epilepsy cannot go skydiving.
The minimum age required for participation is 12 years. Those between 12-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Wear loose, casual clothing for this activity. A jumpsuit, track pants and t-shirts is advisable to protect yourself from the chilly wind at high altitude. Wear sneakers or running shoes. Ensure that your clothing isn’t loose enough to get stuck in the parachute. Collared clothing, hiking boots, and high heels are not allowed for this activity.