Let’s face it, there is nothing glamorous about being abruptly woken up by your alarm whilst on a holiday – but sometimes there’s an extra special experience that makes it all worthwhile. Hot Air Ballooning is one of those unique experiences and anyone that has done it will tell you that there really is nothing quite like the spectacular views you get whilst floating silently in the air and watching the sun rise over the ever changing landscape below.

So, if you are looking for something extra special to do on your next getaway, then look no further. A balloon ride is truly magical no matter where you depart from, but we’ve selected 5 of our favourite hot air ballooning locations around Australia.


Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland

Many people visiting the Gold Coast stay confined to the beach area, but one of the most stunning parts of this region is the Gold Coast Hinterland. Away from the chaos of the coast, this lush green mountainous landscape is the perfect setting to watch the sunrise from above. Due to its position away from the coast, the balloon is able to travel higher than usual providing even more spectacular panoramic views.


Alice Springs, Northern Territory

There is nothing like a balloon ride in the country’s iconic Red Centre to really appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback. Drift over spinifex grasses and mulga scrub whilst taking in views of the rugged MacDonnell Ranges, huge cattle stations and wildlife such as the big red kangaroos that can be spotted most days.

Red Centre, Outback Hot Air Ballooning

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Enjoy the breath taking panoramic views of the lush green hills and the stunning coastline of laid-back Byron Bay as you’re taken to new heights on this adventure of a lifetime. The amazing views of the volcanic caldera of Mt Warning will be one of the many highlights of your ride, along with being among the first in Australia to witness the sunrise over the most easterly point in the country.


Port Douglas, Far North Queensland

Imagine soaring high in the air with ancient and exotic rainforest on one side and sweeping views of the world’s largest coral reef on the other side. This is a unique opportunity to see the best of two world heritage listed worlds coming together – The Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef. A truly unique and unforgettable experience.


Yarra Valley, Victoria

The Yarra Valley, Victoria’s famous wine region, is spectacular to view from above. The uninterrupted views of undulating hills, vines, and pristine rivers – often covered with a fine mist – make this a magical place for your balloon ride. Enjoy a glass of locally produced sparkling wine as you watch the mists clear and the sun light up the beautiful landscape below.


No matter which hot air ballooning experience you choose, we highly recommend you book in advance to avoid any disappointment. As the rides are weather dependent we strongly advise to schedule your booking as early as possible in your holiday so that you still have additional days left in case of cancellation.

Browse our catalogue of unique and luxury accommodation around Australia to combine with your hot air balloon ride. And if you need any help arranging your holiday, please contact a Getaway Specialist.


Images Credit: Visions of Victoria, Tourism Australia & Time Out