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Fowles Winery Day Experience

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  • Experience flight as it used to be on a fully restored DC-3
  • Fly to the renowned Strathbogie Wine Region in central Victoria
  • Taste specially curated wines at Fowles Winery, Avenel
  • Relax for a long lunch at Fowles Winery
  • Depart Essendon mid-morning and return late afternoon.

We fly you to the award-winning Fowles Winery in Avenel. 

Their experts will guide you through a specially curated selection of wines.

You can bring two bottles back with you, and delivery can be arranged for additional purchases.

After Wine Tasting you will be seated in the Fowles Winery restaurant for a wonderful three course lunch. Please note; drinks are not included in your fare.

We board at 10:00am and are in the air soon afterwards for the thirty minute flight. Our route takes us past Tullamarine airport, Kilmore and Seymour, and on to Mangalore Airport at 12:00 pm.

On arrival you’ll be transferred by coach to the wonderful Fowles winery at Avanel, ten minutes away.

Wine and stunning cuisine follows, taking plenty of time to reflect and consider the important things…

We return to the aircraft at 3:00pm for a 3.15 pm departure for arrival at Essendon Fields Airport at 4:00 pm.



* Return flight on Melbourne's Gooney Bird (DC-3) to Mangalore Airport and coach transfer to Fowles Winery

* Complimentary champagne in our lounge/Hangar before departure.

* 3 course lunch at a Fowles Winery.


$TBA per person, all inclusive with the exception of drinks consumed at the winery

For Corporate flights please email


Mobility Capability

The DC-3 is not as user-friendly as modern aircraft for passengers who may have mobility issues. It’s also a tailwheel aircraft, which gives the cabin an upward slope on the ground.

The on-board stairs required for disembarking at outports like Mangalore are narrower and steeper than the larger ground unit we use at home base.

The on-board stairs used at outports.

We will of course assist you if necessary in embarking or disembarking, but we need to know if you or anyone in your group uses or needs any form of mobility aid. If we are unaware of anyone in this position until check-in it’s possible we may not be able to carry them. We are happy for you to come out to our hangar prior to your flight and try the on board stairs to make sure that we are both comfortable, and that you are safe to use them.


The DC-3 is a very sound and capable aircraft, and is certified to fly in instrument conditions. It’s also equipped with modern air traffic and terrain warning equipment.

It can safely handle less than ideal flying conditions.

However, like nearly all airliners from the classic era of aviation, it is not pressurised, and flies at relatively low altitudes compared to modern aircraft.

This means that in anything other than pleasant flying conditions the passenger experience can be less than ideal.

In order to maxmise your comfort and enjoyment we only operate in good weather and comfortable temperatures.

The places we fly to are sometimes subject to extensive cloud cover, high winds and turbulent flying conditions.

These can be the cause of cancellations, and we ask for your understanding if this occurs.

We also sometimes have to cancel due to technical issues beyond our control associated with operating unique aircraft like the Gooney Bird.

Our flights are also subject to minimum passenger numbers.

Cancellations are frustrating and inconvenient for all of us.

We monitor the weather from several days prior to flights, and will keep you aware of any possible changes.

If a cancellation occurs we will advise you immediately and offer rebooking or a refund.

A special note to passengers coming from interstate:

If a late cancellation occurs we will of course rebook or refund you, but cannot reimburse travel and any associated expenses you incur travelling to Melbourne.

Please consider this if you’re contemplating flying with us.

Cockpit Jump Seat Experience

Experience the view from the cockpit of this classic airliner!

Our DC-3 flights give you the special opportunity to ride in the Jump Seat with the pilots for either take-off or landing.

For just $75 in addition to your fare you can treat yourself or a friend to an opportunity that won't be forgotten.

Please email for further information.​

The Flight Crew experience

See what goes on back-stage!

Meet us one hour before normal check in time to accompany the Captain and First Officer during their pre-flight activities, then join them on board for taxi and takeoff.

You’ll be part of the flight crew pre-flight briefing. This includes reviewing forecast weather and operational discussions, take-off and emergency procedures, required documentation and the before flight final inspection of the aircraft.

For just $175 in addition to your fare you can treat yourself or a friend to an opportunity that won't be forgotten.

Please email for further information.​

Available Dates for 2024
June 9th
July  14th
September  8th, 22nd, 29th
October  13th,  20th,  27th