Bird’s-eye view on offer
T he dramatic landscapes of the Wimmera and Mallee have long held an attraction for people in pursuit of wide-open spaces, and that is certainly the case for flying enthusiasts.
The vast horizon extending from the Grampians can be awe-inspiring when given the opportunity of a bird’s eye view, and one of the primary reasons why the region has had the opportunity to host state, national and international gliding championships. People from around the world want to come to the region to see it from the air.
One of the best times to enjoy the experience is during the generally mild changeover from summer to autumn, especially when combined with one of the biggest events on the Wimmera calendar.
Wimmera Machinery Field Days has developed a partnership with Grampians Helicopters to allow patrons to extend their experience to the air.
A view from the air, while amazing in its own right, also provides a rare opportunity for people to gain insight in the scope of the field days and how it has expanded at its Wimmera Events Centre site at Longerenong.
Grampians Helicopters is a growing Stawell-based business helping spread the word about unique ways of experiencing the Wimmera.
While the business has been swooping into some of the region’s rare and iconic locations for excited passengers, the Wimmera Machinery Field Days did some swooping of its own in encouraging the business to be part of the March event.
Field days manager Murray Wilson said part of the backbone of the field days was the opportunity they provided for new businesses.
“It allows them to exploit major exposure and high-volume business trade over three busy days,” he said.
Grampians Helicopters has captured the imagination of regional visitors and locals alike, especially with its wine-tour drop-in, fly-out tours of the Grampians.
Grampians Helicopters’ Justine Neofitou said the field days provided the fledgling business with ‘fantastic’ exposure.
“Justin our pilot was born and raised at Warracknabeal and knows the region very well,” she said.
“Our business is not only for the benefit of tourists but also for locals who are looking to do something special and don’t want to travel to Melbourne to get that experience.
“With our joy flights on offer, we can expand on the field days feature activities and add to the atmosphere by providing something special for people to do.”
Grampians Helicopters will provide five, 10 and 15-minute joy flights during the three days, starting from $60 a person.
Mr Wilson said the offer was an amazing opportunity for patrons to see just how big and impressive the field days site was from the air.
“It will certainly give people the chance for a unique view of the field days site in its entirety. We expect it to be an exciting and popular feature for the field days this year,” he said.
Grampians Helicopters will operate each day of the event from the east side of the site with a variety of flight offers.