Ballooning over Melbourne


A few companies offer hot ballooning over Melbourne. This is a fabulous experience. The only drawback is getting up very early (4am or so) to reach the taking-off site before dawn. The site varies every day and you get an early call to let you know where it’s going to be or if it’s going to happen at all! Because of the wind it gets often cancelled, so you have to keep trying. Having said that, it’s worth the wait and you won’t regret it. It takes a few minutes to be up in the air and from there the view over the city, the beaches, the bay and the suburbs is breathtaking. You don’t know where you’re going to land before you’re up because it depends of where the wind will take you. Quite an experience. I often get up in the morning to see a few balloons flying over our place, so I was happy to see our house from the air for once. Loved every minute of it! Certain companies follow the flight with a beautiful breakfast/brunch at one of the city’s international hotels. A real treat. Highly recommended.

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4 responses to “Ballooning over Melbourne

  1. wow, surprised they go over the city! it’s usually pretty dangerous as buildings can cause unexpected thermals

    understandable that you have to get up early – means the sun hasn’t heated any of the surfaces so is considerably safer

    looks like it was fun tho

    • okay, you are definitely more technical than I am :-) it must be quite safe as they do it all the time – I have been living in Melbourne for nearly two years and see the balloons all the time. having said that, we don’t fly over the Central Business District, but next to it. am not sure this would be authorised (on top of the issue you are mentioning)

  2. Wow! I’d love to go hot air ballooning, but I’m terrified of heights!

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