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Maffco Brewery & Taphouse

From: $1,750.00 Inc. GST

* This Heli-Experience is suitable for 2-3 people (3rd person $75 extra) and includes lunch

Your private helicopter flight departs Lake Entrance towards The Silt Jetties then inland over Stratford and arrives at Maffco Brewery & Taphouse for lunch, a newly establish brewery and distillery focusing on local produce and relationships with local producers. They brew their own range of beers on tap, as well as showcase other Gippsland beers. Their food focuses on telling the story of Gippsland and the love that the local farmers have for producing their products. They operate in a main hall with “brewery” type food, as well as a fine dining restaurant.

Indulge in a shared grazing platter of local and house made items such as cheese, meats, pickles, olives, etc. Select a main meal from the menu and a schooner of Maffco tap beer or local wine.

Afterwards walk the grounds, admire the restoration and meet the brewer (if available on the day).

Return to the helicopter to fly coastal along Ninety Mile Beach passing Ocean Grange and the Barrier before turning inland at The Entrance towards the airfield.

An infant may be added free of charge. Select a preferred date and time. We will confirm the booking or offer an alternative date and time. No payment is required until the booking is confirmed.


From: $1,750.00 Inc. GST

Our helicopters have max individual passenger weight of 130kg.

Our helicopters have a total passenger weight of 275kg.

Additional Information

  • Full Experience: Approximately 3 1/2 hours.
  • Flight Time: Approximately 33 minutes there and 37 minutes back.
  • Depart: Lakes Entrance Airfield, East Gippsland at 11:15am in time for a noon lunch.
  • Destination: Expected time on the ground at Maffco is approximately 2 hours.
  • Product Code: HELI7

* Note: This Heli Experience is suitable for 2-3 people (3rd person $75 extra) and includes lunch. Bookings essential as this Heli Experience is subject to availability, weather and weight restrictions.

A 100-year-old derelict factory, a couple of locals with a dream and a community who rolled up their sleeves to help – Maffra’s brand new Maffco Brewery & Taphouse already boasts a solid yarn. The former milk-factory-come-farm-supplies-store was derelict for so long, it was very nearly sold for its bricks. Thankfully, the owners were holding out for a better offer that would breathe new life into their community.

So, it was a welcome visit when beef farmer and stock agent, Nicky Reeves, and secondary college teacher, Lashay Tricker, came forth with a dream of seeing local beef – including their own – hitting the plates of a bustling brewery. Their vision was to put the tiny village of Maffra on the epicurean map by complementing the area’s bourgeoning foodie scene. A clutch of award-winning wineries and the heavy hitter destination restaurant, Tinamba Hotel, are in the town’s orbit.

The renovation was an inspiring story of community spirit. The tradespeople, the brewer and distiller are all local. Working-bees saw committed locals come out in droves to help. The renovation was regularly interrupted as community members dropped in with old photos, stories and original milk bottles that have since been recessed into the wall to preserve and display them. Everything that could be salvaged has been, from original beams to an old out-building, even the bar and restaurant furniture has been made using the old exterior cladding and fences.

The hyper-local vibe has continued since the doors opened. Hearty and delicious meals celebrate a host of nearby small-scale producers, including beef from Nicky and Lashay’s own farm, of course. Maffco pale ale, lager and farmhouse ales are sliding across the bar and we’re eagerly awaiting the first batches of the distillery’s gin, vodka and rum.

A whole new story is just beginning for this reborn Gippsland gem.

Don’t forget to pack your camera!

Preferred booking time not available online? Please do not hesitate to contact the team at Lakes Entrance Helicopters for assistance during office hours on (03) 9017 0120 or email us at

All Flights

  1. Prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD).
  2. All flights are subject to a minimum of 2 passengers.
  3. Our helicopters have a maximum individual passenger weight of 130kg.
  4. All flights are subject to weather and air traffic control. The Pilot In Command has the final word over the flight.

Scenic Flights

  1. Our helicopters have a total passenger weight of 275kg.
  2. Our helicopters have 4 seats and carry 3 passengers. One infant under the age of 3 may be carried on an adult lap free of charge.
  3. Groups with 4 or more passengers will become multiple flights. Keep this in mind when booking online as multiple bookings can be added to the cart.

Heli Experiences

  1. Children must be 12 years and older for HeliSUP.
  2. Children must be 16 years and older for Bathe, Graze & Fly.
  3. Reconfirmed by LEH staff the day before. Prior payment may be required.
  4. Flight time may be extended or path altered at extra cost provided safe to do so and dependant on available fuel or all up weight of fuel and passengers.

Payment, Cancellation & Refund

Our payment, cancellation and refund policies are very straight forward. You pay on the day at the airfield using cash or credit card, you can cancel anytime prior to scheduled departure without penalty and refunds are processed using the same payment method (cash or credit card).


  1. Payment by cash or credit card at the airfield on the day of flight.
  2. Scenic Flights and Heli Experiences are paid prior to scheduled departure.
  3. Charter Flights have the option of post flight payment using cash, credit card or invoice.


  1. A booking may be cancelled anytime prior to scheduled departure.
  2. Customers who are 15 minutes or more late (without notice) for their scheduled departure will be automatically cancelled.
  3. Cancellation of a flight due to weather conditions called by the pilot or unavailability of aircraft or staff will receive an option of rescheduling the flight or a full refund.


  1. Refund requests are only accepted on the day of flight and processed using the same payment method.
  2. Once the flight departs a refund is no longer available, even if a customer requests an early return to base.