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.         

Getaway Regions

Gold Coast Hinterland | Alice Springs | Byron Bay | Port Douglas | Yarra Valley


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. For more details visit Go Ballooning.

Where to stay

The Gold Coast & Hinterland region has some spectacular accommodation options for your next getaway. For larger groups, check out Toby’s Beach House, Pacific Breeze or Casa Royale. If you’re after something more hidden, Pethers Rainforest Retreat in the Hinterland is a great option for couples.


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. Check out Outback Ballooning for details.

Where to stay

Stay at one of Australia’s most iconic and luxurious lodge, Longitude 131. Perfectly suited for couples or groups.


Enjoy the breathtaking 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. For more information check out Byron Bay Ballooning.

Where to stay

There are many options when it comes to luxury accommodation in Byron Bay and the hinterland area. For spectacular views of the hinterland and suitable for larger groups, check out Amileka, Rockinghorse House or Villa St Helena. If you love to be close to the beach, The Palms at Byron or Seaview Sanctuary are a great option. If you’re with a large group, the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa can cater for up to 275 guests.


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. More information can be found on Hot Air Balloon.

Where to stay

From luxurious beach-front homes to hidden gems, there are many options for you to choose from when staying in the area. If you’re after a private holiday home, check out Port Douglas Villa. Couples will enjoy the Daintree Ecolodge or Mist At Cape Tribulation. For family or group getaways, Niramaya Villas provides multiple, private villas with either 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms.


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 lights up the beautiful landscape below. For information visit Go Wild Ballooning.

Where to stay

The options in the Yarra Valley are perfectly suited for a romantic getaway. Both Botanica Editions or the Nissen Hut at Glenlowren are a popular choice for anniversaries or special occasions. For a group of 6, check out Eagles Nest Luxury Mountain Retreat…the views from the jacuzzi are spectacular.

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 scheduling 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