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 Helicopter Flight to Ruffles Forest Retreat 

 Helicopter Flight to Ruffles 

$345.00 Per Person
All of our flights are private

Lunch and overnight stay options available

Summary

Experience the tranquility from a five star forest retreat

Ruffles is a beautifully secluded Forest Retreat, perfect for weekend getaways, or afternoon lunch tours. Perched on top of the iconic Gold Coast Hinterlands, the restaurant and the state of the art spa have some of the best panoramic views in the region

With the log fireplace burning in the background creating a warm and inviting environment, Ruffles’ fine dining, award winning restaurant Vue 175, offers an innovative dining experience without compromising the true flavours of the freshest locally sourced produce

For those looking to stay, Ruffles’ Lodge Villas are a delightful blend of warmth and nature. Each one is beautifully appointed with private outlooks, natural timbers and warm interiors

Ruffles Lodge - Dining
Lunch

Lunch at Ruffles

Customers flying into Ruffles can dine at the award winning Vue 175 Restaurant.

You do not need to pre-purchase any packages. You can simply arrive, dine and pay on the day. The menu can be found on the ruffles webiste, or alternatively click here to view it as a PDF

Lunches at Ruffles are available 7 Day a week 

Lunch at Ruffles Retreat
Weekend Away

Staying at Ruffles Lodge

If you would like to be dropped off at Ruffles, and then picked up on a later date the total cost is an additional $245.00 per person.

Since the flight is on an other day, it doesn’t matter how long you stay. The price will be the same

Ruffles Spa
Inclusions

What is included?

    • The package price is Per Person. Minimum of 2 people per flight
    • Base package is a direct flight. Most of our customers select an additional scenic flight
    • For manifest of up to 3 Passengers we utilise our R44RII*
    • For manifest of 4-6 Passengers we utilise our Bell 206 LongRanger*
    • For manifests of 6+ we utilise a combination of helicopters
    • Pick up at the Terminal Building Archerfield Airport – (Or if you have access to a property large enough to facilitate a helicopter landing then contact us to discuss)
    • We will secure the landing permission and your restaurant booking if you chose to dine there
    • We will secure booking for a vehicle to drive you from the helipad to the resort
    • Spend up to two hours on the ground for lunch (can depart earlier if you wish), with lengthened stay options available during checkout
    • The direct return flight time to Ruffles is around 40min (20min each way)
Experience Timeline

Bekaa Air operates flights from Archerfield Airport up to 7 days a week. Generally we operate when we have flights scheduled for that day and arrange rosters around those requirements. Flight’s depart during daylight hours

We utilise 2 lounges. First one; the more popular option is the Archerfield Terminal Building, which has been built in Art Deco Style and features floor to roof windows with a panoramic view of Archerfield’s main apron. This lounge is complimentary with a purchase of any Bekaa Air flight

Second option is our Qantas Imperial Airways Lounge at JetBase – Brisbane’s first hangar, ever. Tastefully decorated in memorabilia from early 20th century era, passengers enjoy an assortment of complimentary beverages and top class service. This service is available before and after the flight; with a flat rate of $90.00 per flight for any number of passengers

If you’re utilising our Qantas Imperial Airways lounge, you can arrive up to an hour prior your departure. Our flights are scheduled to commence safety briefing and boarding 10 minutes prior. Please note that sometimes we may have an other flight scheduled prior to yours and may still be in the air when you arrive

Prior to embarking upon your flight, you will be greeted by your personal pilot and run through a safety briefing. A few photos later, and once strapped in; the helicopter will be started, warmed up and systems will be checked. We will then fly the track shown below

During the flight you’re free to use your mobile phones, cameras and go-pros. As an optional extra you can purchase a recording as part of your flight

Upon landing, we will wait for the blades to stop prior to disembarking the helicopter. Passengers will have an other opportunity to take photos with the pilot and ask any questions

 On to the views 
Direct Flight - (Base Price)

Most of our customers upgrade to a Brisbane CBD Scenic, which really does take the experience to the next level. If you’re looking to get from the airport and back the fastest, or on a budget the direct flight is the choice for you. Don’t worry, we do not implement techniques to up-sell every flight, or treat any of our customers differently – everyone gets the same Bekaa Air service

P.S. Seriously – if you’re already stretching your budget, your loved one will be over the moon with a direct flight

City Scenic (+$99.00)

Spice up your flight with a Brisbane City scenic. You will be taken past St Lucia and the Gabba, across the Brisbane River. Past Kangaroo Point and the botanical gardens. We will bend a left around the Meriton to showcase the northern side of Brisbane. Then we will complete an other arc flying past West End and Southbank. All this at a perfect height of 1000ft (300m) above the terrain bellow.

Please note that the City is inside Brisbane Controlled Airspace. Whilst we do everything possible to secure a clearance into this airspace sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances [such as a rescue helicopter coming to land] we may not be allowed in. In this case we will fly past South Bank and West End at the edge of the controlled airspace we will then make a left turn and fly overhead Mt Cootha and the TV Towers giving you a view of the entire Brisbane area. If it’s clear you will be able to sometimes see all the way to Southport and the Glasshouse Mountains

$99.00pp

Gold Coast Scenic (+$305.00)

This Gold Coast scenic flight is simply breathtaking. Unlike some companies who only take you up to South Port/Sea World. We are going to fly coastal southbound all the way past Q1 and Broad Beach at 1000ft. Then we are going to descend down to 500ft (150m) for a closer look on the way back to the spit. Endless Beaches, beautiful skyscrapers and brilliant blue water. No wonder it’s called surfers paradise

$305.00pp

Moreton Bay Scenic (+$305.00)

If you want the best experience, nothing comes close to the paradise that is Stradbroke and Moreton Island. Your flight path is going to take you eastbound. Past the QEII Stadium and Mt Cotton. We will then pass Siromet Winery and Redland Bay/Victoria point. A few island hops away as it’s known to the locals, is North Straddie. Here is where the real fun begins; our customers often spot whales, dugongs, sting rays, sharks amongst perfect beaches and sandbanks. We will take you all the way to the most northern tip of Moreton Island, North Point Light. Next stop Tangalooma Resort where once again we will descend to have a look at numerous shipwrecks scattered around the bay. As we turn back everyone will get an opportunity to share the other side of the experience.

$305.00pp

 FAQ 
Do you have operating hours?

We don’t have operating hours because we operate around your requirements. As long as there is light, we can fly (approx. 30min prior sunrise and 30min after sunset, but season dependent). You can call us any time between 8:00 – 17:00, with the phone being forwarded on to our Chief Pilot outside of business hours. We can land almost anywhere as long as it’s large enough to accommodate our aircraft and we can ascertain landing permission from the landowner. The only exception is our sunset flight which has it’s own time-slot each day

Can we talk during the flight?

Yes. All of our aircraft are equipped with the best Noise cancelling headsets by Bose. They are crystal clear and cancel out a significant portion of the outside noise. Your pilot will also provide commentary and let you talk between each other

What are the age/height/weight restrictions?

Whilst there is no laws restricting us to a certain age; passenger safety and taking care of you, our customers is always our number one priority. This is why we have made the decision to set the minimum age at 3. Infants who are younger are still developing their neck muscles. In the event of turbulence which is minor nuisance to adults can lead to whiplash in infants. Adult sized headsets fit poorly over their heads which can also lead to hearing damage. The flight can also be sometimes frighting for them, which can take away from the experience. Best leave them at home with a baby sitter and enjoy the helicopter flight

There are no height restrictions

In our R44RII helicopter which most flights are based on the maximum seat limit is 136kg and maximum payload is around 270kg

Our Bell LongRanger seats up to 6 and doesn’t have a per seat limit

What is your cancellation policy?

We are proud to have one of the best cancellation policies in the industry

All of our tours & scenics are private flights, and as such our cancellation and reschedule policies are a lot less restrictive than what you would find elsewhere. If you would like to reschedule your flight we ask that you do so with a 24 hour notice. Within this window our full refund policy applies, (Please note that a 1.95% merchant fee gets deducted from this process by PayPal/Stripe)

In case you can no longer make your flight on the day and would like to cancel your flight, a $100.00 cancellation fee gets deducted from the total refund amount

On the day if  deem the conditions to no longer be safe to fly, Bekaa Air customers can either reschedule to any other day or receive a 100% refund. If the weather is marginal (aka safe to fly but less appealing to do so, eg when it’s raining) we can offer full refund or to reschedule your flight to an other day

We try to strike a balance between the very competitive nature of flight operations, looking after our staff, as well as making sure that you have the most flexible policy that we can offer

 About your flight 
How long can we stay?

The basic package accounts for two hours. If you require more time you can select for up to 4hrs (overnight/weekend stays exempted)

Can we use our phones and Go-Pros?

Yes. Unlike a commercial jet-liner, your phones do not need to be turned to airplane mode. Nor do we charge extra for this

Will we be sitting next to someone?

This is what makes our approach unique. All of our tours, including the scenic flights – are private. This means that when you book your flight for two people, we will not sell the remaining seat to anyone else. Whilst this inadvertently means we make less on each flight, we have made this decision so we ultimately provide a better experience for our customers

Can I fly to/from somewhere else?

You can fly to anywhere you like. You can fly from anywhere you like. All we need is a written landing approval from the land-owner and an assessment by us to make sure that the area meets our safety requirements. The tours you see on our website are the hand-picked ones that meet our quality requirements. Instead of listing as many places as we can, we have selected each individual winery, lodge and resort as a top performer. You will not go wrong no matter which place you chose

Purchasing your Ruffles Lodge Flight

 Private Helicopter Flight – $345.00pp 

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