Hot Air Balloon

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A Hot Air Balloon Flight is an awesome way to start the day! As an activity done during sunrise, it’s a great idea for anniversaries and birthdays! Have the wind sweep you over vast landscapes where you can experience panoramic views over valleys, cities or water-bodies.

A Hot Air Balloon Experience is diverse and is popular among a range of celebrations. Most commonly popular for couples to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, it is perfect for a romantic start to the day. Many of the experiences listed on AirShare will include a post-flight breakfast with champagne.

It is a rare experience in that directing the flight path is almost entirely dependent on wind-direction on the day of flight.

Minimum Requirements and Rules

Children below the age of 4 will not be permitted on a hot air balloon. This is for a number of reasons, not least of which a flight in a balloon is probably not their cup of tea. They may be left at the initial meeting spot of the flight for the duration of the flight, however we recommend they be cared for at home.

We recommend that you wear appropriate attire for the flight. Sunglasses and a maybe a hat are a good idea as the early-morning sun can get quite piercing. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather. If it’s a freezing cold morning, it might not be wise to come in a singlet and shorts. Unless you’re wired that way! If its hot and humid, a jumper with nothing underneath and track-pants might get a bit warm in the cabin. As a rule of thumb, the temperature in the cabin is roughly the same as it is on ground. The higher altitude will get slightly chilly, however this is mostly offset by the warm air keeping the balloon afloat so check the forecast and dress sensibly – for your own comfort!

Hot to Prepare for a Hot Air Balloon Flight

While we talk about a balloon flight being a fairly low-adrenaline relaxing experience, we understand that there are a significant number of flyers with a fear of heights. As much as we think it’s always a good idea to push the boundaries of comfort zone, sometimes it’s not feasible. So in the case where you have had an overly averse reaction to height in the past, we must remind you to exercise caution. Only join a hot air balloon flight if you think you are able to endure it. Due to the nature of how the balloons fly, landing outside of the planned route will only be executed in very acute circumstances.

Best Places to do a Balloon Tour

The Great Dividing Range is a long strip of plateaus and low mountain ranges along the (almost) entirety of the eastern coastline of Australia. And by long, we mean 3,700km’s long. It spans almost the entirety of the eastern coastline of Australia and encounters various ebbs and flows, with some truly spectacular sights along the journey. Penetrating through Queensland, NSW and Victoria, the great dividing range is a relatively short distance from many of the major cities in Australia. Due to it’s picturesque nature, many of the hot air balloon experiences in the major cities along the east coast will fly over the mountain ranges.

AirShare has hot air balloon flights in most available cities across Australia. Unfortunately due to weather constraints, experiences in Hobart are not possible.

Do It At The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Hinterland is an often-forgotten gem in south-east Queensland. You don’t need to travel far west from the world-class Gold Coast beaches to experience this treasure.

The Gold Coast to Brisbane Hot Air Balloon Experience begins it’s 4 hour journey from Nerang or Canungra. Departing from a wide open field, it heads north-west to glide over the gorgeous Great Dividing Range. Finalising the flight in south Brisbane, the Balloon will land safely in a field to be transported back.
This one is a great hot air balloon experience if you’re based in Brisbane or the Gold Coast and are looking for a unique and awesome start to the morning.

Do It In Sydney

The Hunter Valley Region blooms westward from Newcastle on the NSW central coast. It boasts beautiful countryside and a litter of internationally acclaimed wineries. As an awesome contrast to the busy Newcastle city and Nobbys Beach, the hinterland of the Hunter Valley is rich in colour and vibrance. It’s particular special on sunrise and sunset, and that’s why we highly recommend an early morning hot air balloon flight if you’re around the area!

The Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Trip is one of the most beautiful scenic experiences on the central coast. After a magical hour long flight through vast landscapes lit by the morning sunrise, you’ll be transported to the Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza for a buffet breakfast with champagne. This is a special one, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better hot air balloon flight for such a low price!

Do It In Melbourne

Melbourne is one seriously gorgeous city. Known for it’s culture and experience-centric lifestyle, residents are spoiled for choice with an abundance of awesome things to do around the city. So it’s no surprise that Melbourne offers one of the most unique hot air balloon flights in Australia.

The Melbourne Hot Air Balloon Flight is particularly special as it is the only balloon experience which hovers over the city. Departing from The Pullman, this takes you on an hour long trip over the city and surrounding suburbs.

Do It In Canberra

Canberra is often referred to as the hot air ballooning capital of Australia, and hence has some fantastic experiences on offer. With a long history as the host of the internationally famous Canberra Balloon Spectacular, enthusiasts flock from around the world to see the great spectacle.

The Canberra Balloon Tour is a brilliant hour long flight which departs from Old Parliament House. Taking in the sights of the Australian Capital, you’ll be taken over Lake Burley Griffin.

Do It In Cairns

The Cairns Hot Air Balloon Experience over the Atherton Tablelands is a fantastic value flight for those in the northern end of Queensland. It’s a cheap flight with character aplenty. Taking off from Mareeba, you’ll slowly hover upward and south toward the famous rainforest where you’ll encounter dense bush land and waterfalls. The Atherton Tablelands is famous for it’s exquisite flora and fauna in the North Queensland hinterland and this flight is the perfect way to experience it.

Do It In Alice Springs

A Hot Air Balloon flight in Alice Springs is an authentic flight which explores the true heart of the Australian outback. On a trip which departs about 15km’s south of the Alice Springs town centre, you’ll float up and fly above the Macdonnell Mountain Ranges. It is rare to experience the sheer vastness and rugged terrain of the Australian desert, but a ballooning tour is one of the best ways to do it!

Do It In The Barossa Valley

If you’re based around Adelaide, a 1-hour trip up north to the Barossa Valley wine country is an absolute must-do. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or hold a general appreciation for environmental beauty and incredible country-land – the Barossa Valley is about as good as it gets.

The Barossa is so in tune with the turn of the seasons, which makes for perfect long-term harvesting conditions for perfect seasonal food-growing conditions. It is not uncommon for the summer days to reach up to 50 degrees celcius and winter nights below 0 degrees. This means the early mornings can certainly get a bit nippy! Whilst very chilly, an early morning Hot Air Balloon flight over the Barossa during the winter months is an experience like no other. Floating over the frosty vineyards in a balloon is a breathtaking experience. But don’t just take it from us; check out one of our flights.

The Barossa Valley sunrise hot-air flight begins at the Novotel where you’ll enjoy a coffee or tea for an early pick-me-up, and then you’ll be transported to the departure location of the day.
On the hour-long flight, you’ll experience Australia’s most prestigious wine country. Hovering over a series of internationally acclaimed vineyards, you’ll have a first-hand experience of how the wineries operate and the scale of the operations to provide quality wine around the globe. And at the end of it, you’ll return to the Novotel for a deluxe buffet breakfast with sparkling wine at the The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant.

Do It In Perth

It’s no surprise we love hot air balloon flights over beautifully green valleys and picturesque sceneries. Located just north-east of Perth is a magical landscape called the Avon Valley. Rich in various hues of natural greens and yellows, the valley features farms, fields, crops and forestry which all blends to make a wonderful scenery for a hot air ballon flight. It’s one seriously incredible spectacle. We endeavour you to check out the pictures for yourself!

The Avon Valley Hot Air Balloon Experience floats over the Perth hinterland in the early hours of the morning through the Moondyne Nature Reserve and (you guessed it) Avon Valley National Park. Over the course of the 60 minute flight, you’ll experience some of the best views Western Australia has to offer. And upon return, it’s time for the bubbles! We think the perfect way to finish a hot air balloon experience is with a tasty buffet breakfast with champagne. And the Perth operators seem to agree! After the packing up of the balloons, you’ll be transported to the Rivers Edge Cafe for some great food and refreshing drinks.

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