Silos Winery & Waterfall Tour
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Wollongong, NSW
- Product code: SILOS45
- From Kiama to Gerringong and then Silos Estate for lunch.
- Return from Silo's via the mountains, waterfalls and gorges of the Great Dividing Range
- A packed 45 minute flying schedule of spectacular mountain and ocean views
- Experience the unique thrill of a helicopter take-off and landing
- Only minutes flying time from base to the golden beaches and rugged mountains of the Illawarra
- Keep a lookout for whales and dolphins
- Informed commentary from your friendly pilot
- A comfortable helipad viewing lounge for all your family and friends
- Free tea and coffee before and after your experience
- Kiama Blowhole
- Silos' Estate Restaurant
- Kangaroo Valley
- Carrington Falls
- Headsets are available for all passengers inside the helicopter so that they can talk to eachother and share the experience while flying.
- Feel free to engage your friendly pilot for his informed narrative and commentary
- Customers should allow 3.5 hours in total for the whole experience including check-in, safety briefing, photo opportunity around the helicopters, boarding, flight time and then disembarking after flight.
Free tea and coffee facilities, as well as a comfortable viewing lounge overlooking the helipad, is available for all passengers as well as for family and friends spectating on the ground.
Detailed Tour Description
Our outbound route toward the renowed Silo's working vineyard and restaurant is via the scenic coastline of the Illawarra's south coast. We'll join the coastline at Kiama where you’ll have a birds-eye view of the famous blowhole and fishing harbour. The coastline south of Kiama, as we track towards Gerringong, is as spectacular as it is dramatic. Having seen the meandering, rolling, Kiama to Gerringong walking track from the air, you'll want to make that the next item you tick off your bucket list. The architectural masterpieces built as homes in some of the hill and valleys just off the coast are a sight to behold and a dream residence for most.
Soon we turn towards the picturesque village of Berry. Famous for its arts and crafts shops and its cafes, Berry is also home to the famous Silo's Vineyard and Restaurant. Its hard to resist the temptation to look down but every now and then make sure you take a look up and out to capture the full panorama of the mountains and rolling foothills in which Berry was originally settled back in 1822. This is some of the most beautiful countryside in Australia and a real treasure to behold. Before long we are on final approach for Silo's, established way back in 1870, long before a helicopter was ever considered in the minds of rational people, but now a means of transport to bring guests to sample their "honest and fresh, farm style food" and their selection of wines fermented from grape vines hand pruned and picked on the premises.
After a couple of hours for lunch, wine tasting and a relaxing walk around the grounds, it is time to head home. But its not as if the adventure is over. As we fly back over the mountains and valleys of the Great Dividing Range, the evergreen Kangaroo Valley spreads out before us. The entryway to the quaint, historical Kangaroo Valley village is the mighty old Hampden Bridge, a wooden and iron suspension bridge opened for traffic way back in 1898. An aerial view provides a much better platform to appreciate the extent its span.
Keep a lookout for the lakes of the Fitzroy Falls Reservoir and Wingecarribee Reservoir, spectacular engineering feats in their own right but all part of the greater engineering marvel that connects these valuable water resources to the Avon, Nepean and Warragamba Dams via huge networks of underground pipelines and pumping stations. You'll see the incredible man-made gorge feeding Fitzroy Reservoir to the Kangaroo Valley Pumping and Power Station. Next on the itinerary are the magnificent waterfalls and gorges of Carrington Falls, a well known treasure to locals and a fantastic sight to witness from the air.
As we track homeward bound and back over the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range, keep a lookout for the tree top walking platform and viewing tower of the Illawarra Fly. Give a wave to the tourists as you fly over the mountain ridgeline and down into the Illawarra coastal plains. This is an ideal time to look up and take in the full majesty of the Illawarra Region, a land caught between the mountains and the sea.
And all too soon you are back at base, with a mind full of memories and a camera full of images to reminisce over until ... next time!