Aviation Training


Company Background

Yarra Valley Aviation is based at Lilydale Airport (13 McIntyre Lane, Yering) in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs, just 45 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. Whether you are after a Scenic Joyflight, an unforgettable Air Safari experience, require an Air Charter service, or have a desire to take the controls yourself and learn to fly, we have an aviation solution for you.


Looking for an unforgettable aviation experience? Yarra Valley Aviation offer a variety of packages, where you are able to enjoy the thrill of flying by yourself, or with friends and family. Personalised gift vouchers are available for all of these experiences – call us on 03 9739 1211 or email info@lilydaleairport.com.au to book today!

Top 5 Personal Adventures

• Try your hand at flying a REAL Aeroplane – 1.5hrs
• Feel the”G” Force on an Aerobatic Adventure Ride – 1hr
• Scenic Flight around Melbourne (perfect for 2) – 1hr
• First 3 Flying Lessons package – 4.5hrs
• Champagne Sunset over the CBD for 2 – 1.5hrs

Top 5 Group Adventures

• 12 Apostles & Great Ocean Road flypast – Apollo Bay lunch option
• Rock Star Skiing at Mt Hotham for the day – perfect for 4 or 6
• Wine tasting and lunch at Milawa Brown Brothers – perfect for 4, 6 or 7
• Bring your bikes & hop out at Mt Beauty, hop on at Mt Hotham – for 4 or 5
• King Island indulgence of cheese & seafood – perfect for 4, 6, or 7

We LOVE tailoring personal adventures so if there is a place you want to go, an event you don’t want to miss or something you just have to see, call us and we’ll make it happen just for you!
Melbourne City and Yarra Valley Scenic

Beauty of the Valley to the bustle of the City

Departing Lilydale you will take in the amazing views of the Yarra Valley including the local farmlands, vineyards and the surrounding mountains (The Great Dividing Range to the North, and The Dandenong Ranges to the South-East). You will then track into the City and circle the famous MCG, Eureka Tower, St Kilda Beach, Albert Park Lake F1 track and Melbourne Exhibition Buildings to really see Melbourne’s sights from the air!
45 mins – $300 for up to 3 people, extras $100 per person

12 Apostles and Apollo Bay

Explore Victoria’s picturesque coastline

Take in the breathtaking Great Ocean Road from the air AND the world famous Twelve Apostles, in just 1hr flying from Lilydale. Departing the Yarra Valley you will fly past the CBD then along the edge of Port Phillip Bay to Geelong before tracking direct to the Twelve Apostles. We then descend to just 1,500ft and fly West then East so everyone on board gets great photos of these spectacular cliffs. The flight then gets really exciting as we descend to 500ft and follow the rugged cliffs and remote beaches to Cape Otway and around the corner to land at the seaside village of Apollo Bay. After a relaxing walk (or taxi) into town for a 1hr light lunch (not included), we head Eastbound hugging the Great Ocean Road at clifftop height past Lorne, Bell’s Beach, Torquay and Anglesea before crossing the Port Phillip Bay Heads where your camera will receive another workout!
$1100 up to 4 people

Try your hand at flying a REAL aeroplane

Try your hand at flying a REAL aeroplane!

At one time or another almost eveyone has dreamt of being able to fly. Be one of the few who actually take the next step, and try the controls of an aircraft yourself. One of our friendly and experienced instructors will explain the basic theory involved in controlling the aircraft from inside our airport training rooms. Following this theory, you will then be able to taxi the aircraft for take off and, once airborne, you will take the controls and experience what it is like to actually fly.
Make someone’s lifelong dream come true or tick off your own bucket list item. This experience includes a certificate and photograph to remind you or your loved one of this achievement
90 mins – ONLY $140 for 1 person

Feel the ‘G Force’ on an Aerobatic Adventure

Feel the ‘G Force’ on an Aerobatic Adventure

Perfect for adrenalin junkies, would-be-fighter-pilots and those that like the scary rides at Disneyland – this experience will push your limits! Your experienced instructor will fully brief you on all the extreme manouvres – Loops, Stall Turns, Barrel Rolls, Cuban-8s, Half-rolls and Spins are all in the mix. You will then be carefully strapped down in a 4 point aerobatic harness before you both turn skyward and climb to let the fun begin. Don’t worry, your pilot will be checking that you are ‘UP’ for every turn during this daredevil ride. Our guarantee? To leave you a little shaken, not stirred!
45 mins – $199 for one person max

Melbourne City Night Flight

Rivers of sparkling lights

Following a similar flight path to our Yarra Valley and City scenic flight, with two distinct differences. Firstly, you will be able to view the nighttime City skyline from the air and take in the amazing sights of Melbourne alight. Secondly, we’ll include a complimentary bottle of local Yarra Valley sparkling wine for a truly memorable Victorian travel experience. Flights normally depart just before sunset so you can see the city transform into rivers of sparkling light!
45 mins – $399 for up to 4 people, extras $100 per person

Mt Hotham Day Ski Package

Ski Like a Rock-Star!

Love skiing or boarding, but hate the drive? This is the package for you! The rich and famous travel by private plane because it is time efficient and truly luxurious however they probably don’t want you to know how affordable it really is.

Departing Lilydale at 7.30 in the morning, the flight to Mt Hotham Airport is just 45 minutes! There we transfer you by 4WD direct to the summit so you can clip in and be riding Imagine, Snake Gully or the Orchard by 8.45am! Your boarding or skiing will be better knowing all day, your route home is at 10,000ft warm and relaxed and enjoying a beer above the clouds.

Take full advantage of the day to ski until lifts close, then be whisked back to the airport to get airbourne by 5 and home by 6.00pm! Lifts close at 4.15pm, so why not ski until then?
Return charter and transfers just $1300 for up to 4 people, extras $300 per person

Air Safaris

Air Safaris, in the tradition of the golden age of air travel, provide a unique way for groups to travel to places that are either inconvenient or inaccessible by other means of transport. Plan your once in a lifetime trip from one of the regular trips we provide below, or custom make your own Air Safari.

Whatever the destination, or requirements, Yarra Valley Aviation has the capablilities to make your Air Safari experience unforgettable.

Inland Air Safari

Explore the vast Australian Outback from the air.

Australia is a vast continent, and nowhere is this more applicable than in the Outback. One of the best ways to explore this area is by air, giving a unique perspective, and making the distances seem shorter.
We can tailor make an itenary for you taking in such destinations as White Cliffs, Broken Hill, Cameron Corner, Birdsville, etc.

Three Hummock Island Escape

A magnificent pristine environment experience
3 days / 2 nights

Three Hummock Island, situated just off the North West coast of Tasmania, offers a once in a lifetime experience in a one of a kind location. With a population of just two for the majority of the year, you will virtually have your own private island for the duration of your stay. Three Hummock Island has one of the purest environments on the planet. Crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, inland lakes and forests remain largely untouched. The island is also home to abundant native wildlife, making it a nature lovers paradise.

Great Outback Pub Crawl

Once in a lifetime pub crawl with a difference
3 days / 2 nights

Departing Lilydale Airport you will get to watch the scenery change outside the aircraft from hills, to farmland, to eventually large dry cattle and sheep stations, heading for your first two pubs at White Cliffs. This tiny opal-mining town is extremely photogenic and features a uniquely Australian underground bar! Here we will have a BBQ lunch, and a short walk down the hill to pub number two and even a quick sticky beak into an opal mine. Following lunch you will depart for pub number three (Wishing Well pub) and then onto Tibooburra for pubs four and five as well as dinner and an overnight stay at the famous Family Hotel.

After breakfast you will depart Tibooburra for the extremely remote Cameron Corner, where we can literally taxi the plane up to the front yard of the pub! Here, you might like to try golf at Australia’s only golf course laid out over three states. The next stop on your advenutre is Birdsville, which has possibly the most famous Outback pub in Australia. There is a fascinating Outback Working Museum here as well as plenty of photographic opportunities and the chance to swap yarns with locals.

In the afternoon you will fly over the vast Lake Eyre and onto William Creek for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day three sees you depart William Creek for Arkaroola (one of the highlights of the South Australian Outback), then on to Broken Hill and Silverton, before departing Broken Hill for Lilydale.

Charter Flights

Charter Flights offer you the flexibility to travel to places that are inaccessible by other means of transport within an efficient time frame. Charter flights allow you to travel when it suits you, rather than on someone else’s schedule, and in luxury and comfort.

For business travellers Charter Flights are a cost effective means of travel to regional and country destinations, with less time spent in transit, and more time at your destination. You can ensure maximum productivity, with the flexibility of what is essentially your own business aircraft, allowing you to dictate your own schedule.

For personal travel Charter Flights allow travel directly to your destination, without the headache of connections, or several modes of transport. You can travel when it suits you, with the convenience of departure directly from our comfortable private lounge with full facilities available. Chartering with Yarra Valley Aviation means your entire family (including pets) begins it’s holiday together from the moment you arrive at Lilydale Airport.

Business Charter

Make the most of your time
With a wide range of aircraft and vast experience in charter flights, Yarra Valley Aviation can get you to your business destination and back, in minimum time, with minimum fuss, and maximum time spent at your destination. Reduce travel times, eliminate the need for overnight stays, and simplify your travel plans. Contact us to discuss your business charter flight needs.

Freight Charter

Get your goods where you need them

Do you absolutely have to get something somewhere right away? Sometimes it seems the inability to get the smallest item to where you need it can disrupt your entire operation. Yarra Valley Aviation offer a wide range of Freight Charter solutions to take practically anything anywhere, at any time, with minimum fuss.

Call us to discuss your freight needs today.

Flying School

An aviation “taste-test”

At one time or another almost eveyone has dreamt of being able to fly. Be one of the few who actually take the next step, and try the controls of an aircraft yourself. One of our friendly and experienced instructors who will explain the basic theory involved in controlling the aircraft. You will then be able to taxi the aircraft and once airborne you will take the controls and feel what it is like to actually fly.

Learn to fly

The RAA Pilot Certificate / RPL (Recreational Pilot License) phase is the first step in becoming a pilot. One of our instructors will guide you through a simple step-by-step process, which breaks learning to fly down into a series of individual lessons focussed on the fundamental skills required to safely control the aircraft. This phase of training contains one of the most exciting stages in all pilots’ flying experiences…. your “First Solo” flight. Once you have attained your RAA Pilot Certificate or RPL, you are free to fly whenever you like within the local area of the aerodrome.

Spread your wings

After learning to fly, the next logical step is to use this new found skill to travel. During the Cross Country endorsement / PPL phase you will learn to plan flights, navigate, and how to deal with unexpected changes in conditions during a flight. Once you have finished this stage, you are free to explore the entire country by air.

Advanced Training

Yarra Valley Aviation offers a wide range of advanced pilot training including:

• Instrument Ratings
• Aerobatic
• Formation

Lilydale Airport

Lilydale Airport

Yarra Valley Aviation is situated at Lilydale Airport, on MacIntyre Lane half-way between Lilydale and Yarra Glen. Prior permission is required to land and this can be obtained in person or by phone from Flight Operations at Lilydale Flying School on (03) 9739 1211.

Permission can NOT be obtained on CTAF 119.1 or from anyone other than an employee of Lilydale Airport.

We ask that you refer and adhere to our Local Procedures to ensure that we look after those live close by. Tiedowns are available to the south of the Lilydale Flying School building.

Lilydale Airport is open 8.30am to 5.30pm 7 days per week except Christmas Day. Runway lights are available by prior arrangement and are pilot activated on CTAF 119.1.


Lilydale Airport is a Fixed Base Operator and can provide everything a visitor arriving by air needs:

AVGAS and JET-A1 – payment by cash, cheque or credit card/EFTPOS (no carnet)

Internet, phone & fax facilities in comfortable lounge with fresh coffee/cold water

Rolfe Aviation Maintenance (weekdays, weekends by arrangement)

Accommodation – hotels, hostels and bed & breakfasts

Fly-in visitors can pick up a car by arrangement and enjoy a wide range of attractions within just a few minutes drive. These include some of Australia’s finest wineries, the Healesville wildlife sanctuary, great golfing or bushwalking, elegant accommodation & fantastic restaurants.


Contact Us

Address:  Lilydale Airport, Macintyre Lane, Yering, Victoria

Tel: +61 3 9739 1211

Web: www.yarravalleyaviation.com.au