Osborne Heli Tours
Osborne Heli Tours Wheelchair Access
I contacted them a few weeks before our trip to ensure they were comfortable with accommodating a wheelchair user. I had been on a helicopter flight before, so I knew it was possible and we could manage the transfer ok, but it is always a good idea to check with each company and to confirm everything.
Wheelchair Access To Helicopter
Osborne Heli Tours were very accommodating with the wheelchair and had no issue at all. The guys that worked there were very friendly and helpful.
The ground to the helicopter from the office is step free but it is made of small pebbles which can be tricky to drive on in a wheelchair, but I managed ok. The entry and exit to the office is also step free.
Mum just picked me up and transferred me to the helicopter with out any trouble. It was just like getting in a car. Nicky sat in the front to get some awesome Go Pro footage, while mum and I sat at the back.
Once we were seated, the guy on the ground then pushed my chair out of the way and stored it until my return.
Amazing Port Arthur Helicopter Views
The views were breath taking. Being able to see everything from birds eye view is amazing. We did run into a little turbulence on the way back, but we still absolutely loved the flight and seeing port Arthur from above
Sadly we did have an issue with our head sets. Once we took off we realized the head sets where mum and I were sitting at the back weren’t working, so we were unable to hear the pilots commentary or communicate with Nicky and the pilot. This was a huge disappointment as we had no idea what we were looking at or the story behind it. Even though we loved soaking in the views it would of been nice to hear the story behind what we were seeing.
I’m not sure if the headsets were faulty or weren’t turned on correctly, but hopefully they sorted out the issue for the next people.
On our return, my wheelchair was bought back out to me.
We really enjoyed our Osborne Heli Tour during our Tasmania adventure. We captured some great Go Pro footage and are so glad we experienced Port Arthur from above. I highly recommend to take a tour with them if you are visiting Port Arthur and you are able to manage the transfer to and from the helicopter.
Even though Osborne Heli Tours is step free, the transfer to and from the helicopter will be difficult for most wheelchair users, therefor I give it a rating of 3 for wheelchair accessibility, but a 4.5 star rating for service.
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*