Your Ballarat Hot Air Balloon Flight

Ballarat is a beautiful town in an area loaded with history, surrounded by stunning farmland and nature. First settled in 1838, Ballarat exploded with the discovery of gold in 1851. To this day Ballarat remains a vibrant example of Australian culture, food and local experiences (learn more here). A hot air balloon flight over the Ballarat region is an experience like no other, serene and entertaining.

After your flight enjoy an optional delicious champagne breakfast. To purchase a voucher for yourself or someone else to join a future flight over Ballarat, please send us an email here. Note flights over Ballarat will commence 1 Feb 2019.

Your Ballarat Hot Air Balloon Flight includes:

  • One-hour (approx) hot air balloon flight over the delightful Ballarat region

  • Delicious champagne breakfast after your flight (optional)

  • One of Australia’s most experienced hot air balloon pilots and crew

  • Full insurance

  • Transport to and from the launch and landing sites

  • Learn about the history of the oldest form of aviation from your pilot

  • Easy car parking at our meeting place

To book a flight in Ballarat, please request your date here.

On the morning of your hot air balloon flight:

Pre-Launch

We meet in Ballarat or nearby. Our meeting time is about an hour before sunrise, and varies throughout the year.

You will meet your pilot and crew, and can ask them anything you want to know about hot air balloons.

After a short briefing by your pilot, we transport you to the launch site.

The launch site is chosen by the pilot based on the wind directions on the morning.

On the launch site you can assist with the inflation of the balloon, take photos, or watch the whole process, as you wish.

Once the balloon is inflated, your pilot will give you a final briefing and you’re off into the sky.

In-Flight

No motors, no noise. You're floating gently in the air.

Because you are moving with the wind, you won’t feel any wind chill.

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Ballarat region.

You’ll fly for approximately one hour on your hot air ballooning experience.

If you are interested in more detailed information about how balloons fly and steer, see our FAQ or ask your pilot on the day.

Post-Flight

Your pilot will most likely land the hot air balloon on the land of a friendly farmer or landowner.

If you would like to help pack up the hot air balloon the crew would love your help, and will show you the technique.

Once the hot air balloon is packed up, we will drive you back for your champagne breakfast.

Family or friends can join you for the breakfast experience to celebrate your hot air balloon flight. Tell us before your flight and we will book them in for $40/person.


What to wear and bring:

  • A warm jacket

  • Comfortable layers of clothing

  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes and warm socks. We will be walking on grass and parkland so heels are not acceptable. Your feet may get wet so bring a change of socks.

  • A hat, cap or beanie. The burners radiate heat, so we recommend a hat, or a beanie in winter.

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves in winter

  • Camera

Notes on clothing:

The coldest part of the morning is on the launch site, because a layer of cold air settles on the ground overnight. Once you are in the air above this layer, the temperature will rise and generally be very comfortable. Because the balloon moves with the wind, you won’t feel any wind chill. As a guide, our pilot flies with a t-shirt and shirt all year round, but bring layers for the launch site.

Parking:

Parking is free and easy at our meeting place. Your pilot will confirm your meeting place closer to the flight date.