Tour ID: 10032731

On day One experience a balloon Flight over the Mareeba Valley on the Atherton Tablelands, then spend half a day experiencing Fitzroy Island: a continental island just 30 klm (45 minutes) from Cairns.

  • 30 minute hot air balloon flight
  • Fitzroy Island transfers
  • Lunch on Fitzroy Island


Depart Cairns early morning to travel to Mareeba Valley on the Atherton Tablelands. The balloons are inflated in a spectacular display, and prepared for flight. The first flight gracefully lifts off, while passengers for the second 30 min flight board the coach and chase the balloon to its landing site. The second flight lifts off while the passengers from the first flight travel aboard the coach to the pack-up site. Have fun helping pack-up our giant Balloons before boarding the coach for a comfort stop. Before we head home your have the opportunity to view & purchase your in-flight photo’s taken of the morning. Then we return you to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.

Once at the Reef Fleet Terminal, check in for you half day cruise departing at 11am to Fitzroy Island by fast catamaran taking only 45 minutes, keeping to the calm waters of the coastline and passing spectacular scenery.

The beach hire hut has a range of snorkeling gear hire, plus they can book you on the glass bottom boat tour. From here you can also hire a paddle ski and explore Welcome Bay, or try the fun of the Ocean Trampoline.

Things to do on Fitzroy Island :

- Snorkel directly from the beach
- Beach Hire of snorkel equipment, paddle ski kayaks, giant ocean trampoline, glass bottom boat tours
- Sea kayaking Half day tour
- Nudey Beach
- Bushwalking on National Park walking tracks

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    - 30min balloon flight
    - Friendly helpful crew
    - Flight certificate
    - Return Ferry Transfers on a high speed ferry (45 min. Transfer),
    - Picnic Lunch (Fitzroy Island)

  • Available for purchase/hire:

  • Duration:

    1 day

  • Departure:

    4:30 AM Daily

  • Return:

  • Departure points:


  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    You will be collected from accommodation for Ballooning. Please add your accommodation details on the booking form and we will send pick up information.
    We drop you at the Reef Fleet Terminal in time to check in for your Fitzroy Island ferry transfer departing at 11am.
    You leave Fitzroy Island at 4pm, and on your arrvial at the Reef Fleet Terminal your tour ends. Transfer back to your hotel is NOT included.

  • What to bring:

    Ballooning: Warm clothes in the winter months, but do NOT where light coloured clothing as its easily stained by the volcanic soil
    Camera or Video Camera
    Hat and comfortable shoes (no high heels)

    Fitzroy Island: Towel, swimming costume, sunscreen, hat.

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    4 - 14 years old.

  • Additional Information:

    Balloon Trip
    A pay on board levy of $30.00pp compromising of Civil Aviation insurance, landing fee and part recovery of public risk insurance premiums and government taxes and charges is applicable.
    Avoid wearing white or light coloured clothing for Balloon trip

    Important: - Ballooning is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant.
    - It is a CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulation that you are able to climb in and out of the basket unassisted

    Fitzroy Island
    A $5.00 per person Pay on Board fee for insurance charges, Cairns Port Authority per passenger levies, fuel surcharges, government taxes and charges and administration charges is payable on the day of travel.

  • Destinations:

    Mareeba and Fitzroy Island

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