Tour ID: 10009345
A hot air balloon flight is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have. Sunrise over the Yarra Valley wine region is stunning and from a hot air balloon, the patchwork vineyards offer magnificent views and photo opportunities. The scenry below is so beautiful, and you'll feel as though you are really floating. Create a memory which will last a lifetime.
Is there a better way to see the beautiful expanses of Australia than from a hot air balloon, high up in the sky? Have your breath taken away by this hour-long hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley, with mountains, vineyards and river on one side, and Melbourne city on the other. With wheelchair accessibility, this tour is perfect for all.
As you’d expect from a sunrise balloon tour, it’s an early start, but the rewards are worth it.
For those who have arranged transfers from Melbourne CBD, (departure will be around 1 hour before our flight time) we'll head east of Melbourne to the Yarra Valley, the largest winery region in Victoria. We'll meet up with our Yarra Valley based passengers at Balgownie Estate. It's an early start as we want to catch the spectacular Melbourne sunrise. With the mountains to the north, and the urban sprawl of Melbourne to the south, you’ll be amazed by all you see from your early morning balloon flight.
Your launch time will be optimised for the best possible views, so you’ll be given a precise time nearer to the day of your balloon flight. Dress code is similar to that of outdoor hiking. Remember that it’ll be cold before sunrise, and colder up in the air, so wear something warm. We recommend a hat to deflect any radiant heat from the burner which powers the balloon, flat shoes as heels are not practical, and a change of socks in case the morning dew leaves you with soggy socks. Don’t forget your camera, because you won’t want to forget a minute of this experience.
After a short briefing from your local pilot, you’ll be treated as one of the team, fully involved with setting up and putting away the balloon, and can be as involved in the launch process as you’d like. Get stuck in, or sit back and watch the experts at work, before your balloon floats off on the breeze, taking you on the journey of a lifetime.
With experienced pilots who live in the Yarra Valley as part Victoria’s leading hot air balloon team, you’ll have no better tour guide to point out all the sights below, so you can make the most of the majestic Yarra Valley.
You’ll spend an hour in the air, floating over the vineyards and rolling hills of the Yarra Valley before landing back at Balgownie Estate, where everyone does their bit to pack the balloon away. It’s actually a lot of fun, and a great way to end your flight.
With all the hard work out of the way, your reward is a visit to Balgownie Estate, an award winning winery in Coldstream, where we enjoy a delicious champagne buffet breakfast before you make your way back to your starting point to end your ballooning experience.
1 hour balloon flight, Champagne breakfast, CBD Hotel transfers, (or free parking at Balgownie Estate), Government landing fees and aviation insurance levies, Souvenir pack including FLight Certificate and vouchers for use at selected Yarra Valley wineries.
In-flight photography is available for purchase as a USB photo pack after the flight.
The balloon flight lasts approximately 1 hour, the duration of the morning is around 4-5 hours (excluding Melbourne transfers).
Meeting time in the Yarra Valley is half an hour before sunrise.
5:00 AM Daily
Between 10am and 11am in the Yarra Valley. Passengers from Melbourne retun approximately 1 hour later.
We meet at Rae's Restaurant at Balgownie Estate, 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
Please note that flight departure times vary from 4am-6.30am throughout the year based on sunrise times.
Melbourne CBD Hotel return transfers are included if requested at time of booking. Please note that city pick ups will be at least 1 hour prior to the tour departure time.
It is an active morning in the outdoors, so wear clothes that can get stained or dirty.
Please note: The burners can sometimes drip water mixed with Carbon. There is no responsibility for clothing that is stained or damaged as a part of our adventure activity.
Wear clothes as for hiking, including sturdy shoes, warm socks and a cap, plus sunglasses if you wish.
- We meet before sunrise in the Yarra Valley so depending on the time of year and weather, it can be extremely cold.
- Generally it will not be any colder in the air during the flight than on the ground, so wear layered clothing that can be removed as the day warms up.
- The burners can radiate heat so a hat is recommended.
- Your feet can get wet and cold in the early morning dew, you may like to bring a change of socks.
- High-heeled shoes are not suitable.
- Don't forget your camera.
Child prices apply to children between 7 and 12 years onclusive.
Children under the age of 7 are not able to participate in this flight.
Ballooning is an audience participation activity and you will be encouraged to assist with the set up and pack away of the balloon.
Non-flying guests are able to join the Champagne Breakfast for $35 per person. Please make breakfast reservations the day before the flight and at that stage we can give you some idea of what time breakfast is likely to be. Transfer charges may apply to non-flying guests joining us in Melbourne.
Hot air ballooning is weather dependent and all passengers are asked to check in with the pilot the night before for a weather report. If the flight is cancelled due to inclement weather passengers will need to contact Global Ballooning to reschedule.
Please note that departure times vary from 4am-6.30am throughout the year based on sunrise times
Free parking is available at Rochford Wines
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