Tuesday, December 06, 2022

5 of the Most Amazing Places to Go Hot Air Ballooning in NSW

Whether you want to make a romantic gesture or have a once in a lifetime experience with your crew, hot air balloons are great out there when it comes to magical experiences. After all, there’s nothing quite like watching the world disappear beneath you when you fly high in the clouds.

And with such stunning and varied landscapes spread across NSW, why wouldn’t you want to see them from above? From spectacular shorelines and bucolic pastures to rolling vineyards and rugged mountains, NSW has some stellar places to soak up the top. What really stuns us, though, is capturing all of these scenes at sunrise, when Technicolor goes from sky indigo to rosy pink to blood orange to soft blue. dreamy.

Want to land in the clouds? Here are the best places to go hot air ballooning in NSW.


Hot Air Balloon In The Morning SkyIt doesn’t get much better than towering over lush hills, vineyards and sprawling farmland, which is why Canovindra might just be the top spot in the state for hot air ballooning. Situated between Orange and Coura on the Belubula River, the historic town is surrounded by picturesque pastures. But it’s not just the scenery that makes it such a top spot for flying. Every April, the Canovindra International Balloon Challenge takes a ton of hot air balloons into the skies over nine days. It is one of the largest hot air balloon events in the Southern Hemisphere, with an estimated 5000 visitors traveling to the area to attend and watch the spectacle. This year, the event runs from Saturday April 2 to Sunday April 10, culminating with the spectacular Cabon Community Balloon Glow, on which hot air balloons light up the night sky.

As Canovindra is known as the “Balloon Capital of Australia”, there are a number of companies that offer hot air balloon flights. Balloon Aloft has partnered with Canowindra International Balloon Challenge for the event and is operating sunrise passenger flights over four days, meaning you can get in on the action. Flights cost $350 per person. Book here.

Balloon Joy Flights is also offering flights every day during the festival that include a champagne picnic breaky after getting your feet back on the ground. In addition, Balloon Joy operates hot air balloon rides in the area year-round, with packages ranging from magical sunrise flights and short climbs for groups to private jaunts and special occasions. Prices range from $230-650 per person. Book here.

Adventure experience platform Adrenaline also lists hot air ballooning rides on Canowindra, as does Red Balloon.

hunter valley

Man Surrounded By Hot Air BalloonsPlanning a cheeky wine trip to the Hunter? Why not take a hot air balloon flight over the vines to really make it a memorable trip – even after all those vino samples. You’ll get to see Australia’s oldest wine region from a new perspective, which is great too. From above in the clouds, the valley turns into a patchwork of fields, vineyards and clusters of gum trees. Like any hot air balloon flight, the view is most magical at sunrise, which means waking up bright and early – trust us, it’s worth it.

Since Hunter is a popular tourist destination, there are a few operators to choose from. Beyond Ballooning is a local family-owned and operated business that operates daily flights. If you’re into romantic gestures, its smallest balloon holds just two passengers for a cool $1699-1999. Otherwise, its fleet of hot air ships can take groups, with its regular ride costing $279 per person. Book here.

Hunter Valley Ballooning has been offering daily flights over the region for decades and specializes in premium ballooning experiences. Group rides cost $289–309 per person, while exclusives will see you paying $1999 for a couple and $2800 for a group. Book here.

Balloon Aloft is another operator and has a wide variety of flights to suit any type of flyer (and budget). Whichever flight package you choose, you’ll take into account endless vineyards, mountain ranges, national parks, and farmland as you float through the clouds. Book here.

Cloak, Red Balloon, and Adrenaline also offer hot air balloon trips to Hunter Valley.

byron bay

Hot Air Balloon Over The InteriorThere are many reasons to book a trip to Byron Bay—the sun, the surf, the restaurants, the markets… the list goes on. If you are keen to soak up the beauty of the coastal city and the surrounding hinterland, you can’t go wrong with soaring in the clouds.

Local company Byron Bay Ballooning operates sky-high adventures on the beach or in the hinterland—and, as Byron is Australia’s easternmost point, you’ll be one of the first to see the sunrise. The Three Blue Ducks are also breaky at The Farm after an hour’s flight. Flights start at $279 per person. Book here.

Balloon aloft also flies over Byron Bay. Depending on the wind conditions on the day of your hot air ballooning, you can fly over the ocean, roll into the hinterland, or take in the scenery around cities such as Bungalow, Mullumbimbi, Nimbin, or Lismore. Flights start at $260 per person and include breakfast at the farm. Book here.

You can also book adrenaline and hot air ballooning experiences through Red Balloon in Byron.

The Northern Rivers area is currently experiencing flooding and heavy rainfall, so be sure to check any weather warnings through the Bureau of Meteorology.


Hot Air Balloon At SunriseFor more bucolic views, take the 3.5-hour car tour to Mudgi for the Hot Air Balloon Trip over paddocks, parkland, valleys, mountains, and more. Plus, it’s got the bonus of being the location of many attractions, from wine country to buzzing regional eateries. You will really enjoy all that fresh country air on a hot air balloon trip here.

Balloon Aloft runs the game here, offering sunrise flights every Thursday – Monday. Your adventure begins at Mudgi’s Cad Kitchen before getting ready for take-off. You will then soar to the skies for about an hour, followed by a hearty breakfast. Prices range from $299–319. Book here.

You can also book through Adrenaline, Red Balloon, Cloak and Thrill Experience.

camden valley

People In Hot Air BalloonsDon’t want to travel for hours just to get your hot air balloon thrilled? Then consider Camden Valley to float in the sky. Just an hour’s drive from Sydney, Camden Valley boasts stunning landscapes, mountains, rivers and historic homes – all of which you’ll find from a bird’s-eye view.

Again, Balloon Aloft MacArthur operates in this part of the area. Fun Fact: The company operated Australia’s first commercial balloon flight here more than 40 years ago. The experience includes breakaways at the delightful Camden Valley Inn (where you can even book a stay the night before) and prices range from $269–319. Book here.

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