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9° & CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 19 JULY IN MELBOURNE
By Sarah Ward
June 17, 2019
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iFly Is Melbourne's Soon-to-Open Indoor Skydiving Centre

Soar through the air — without having to jump out of a plane.
By Sarah Ward
June 17, 2019
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Always wanted to soar though the air, but never felt the need to jump out of a plane? That's where iFLY comes in. Open on the Gold Coast since 2016 and in Brisbane from last month, the indoor skydiving chain is about to set up shop locally.

Set to launch in Melbourne this August, the chain is hoping to cater to daredevils who like their thrills a little closer to home (and closer to the ground).

Once it launches in Essendon Fields, you'll be able to hop into a vertical wind tunnel and pretend you're free falling above the earth. (You can also pretend you're reliving whichever skydiving-based movie scene takes your fancy — finding your inner Keanu, Point Break–style, is our pick.)

iFLY Brisbane

Here's how it works: the vertical wind tunnel whips up wind from above, which is then pushed down the sides of the structure. Next, the air is channelled up out of the floor, into the enclosed glass chamber. Eager adrenaline junkies then float on the kind of cushion that no one can see — while supervised by a certified skydiving instructor, because safety still matters.

You'll be fully briefed on what to do beforehand — and you'll end up riding the wind for around a minute, which is approximately one-and-a-half times the usual tandem skydive length according to iFLY. Or, you can opt for a double jump, spanning twice the length.

iFLY's packages start from around $69, which gets you two flights.

iFLY Melbourne is slated to open at 2 Burns Street, Essendon Fields. 

Top image: iFLY Brisbane.

Published on June 17, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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