The heat is on! 10 Australian hot-air balloon hotspots
Witness Australia’s immense beauty from one of the best vantage points imaginable – high above the ground.
A hot-air balloon provides a thrilling experience, allowing you to marvel far and wide at contrasting landscapes while floating peacefully through the air. In many cases, this activity ends in style with a champagne breakfast.
Looking to make your next BIG4 break even more memorable? Searching for the ultimate surprise for a loved one? Then try one of these destinations for the ride of your life.
Alice Springs, NT
The rugged landscapes of the Red Centre and surrounds are incredibly captivating and viewing them from above is truly special. Glide across the MacDonnell Ranges and admire their immense beauty while also enjoying an incredible sunrise. Also, keep watch for wildlife that may be roaming across the countryside.
Stay at…BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.
Tropical North Queensland region
From the ground, Tropical Northern Queensland reveals a wealth of jaw-dropping beauty, so it just about goes without saying that the views from above are nothing short of mind blowing. With balloon companies operating tours out of Cairns and Port Douglas, witness majestic scenery that includes the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – two World Heritage wonders – as well as the majestic Atherton Tablelands and much more.
Byron Bay, NSW
The NSW North Coast region is full of splendour and a Byron Bay hot-air balloon ride allows you to soak up all its beauty with ease. Absorb breathtaking views of the sparkling coastline that contrast nicely with the lush greenery of the sprawling hinterland.
Riding in a hot-air balloon is a sensational way to capture the immense variety and interest of the Victorian capital. Get a whole new perspective of the CBD and its wonderful positioning on Port Phillip Bay, follow the Yarra River as it snakes its way through the city and surrounds, peer towards the Dandenong Ranges, and spot historical, cultural, and sporting icons.
Yarra Valley, VIC
As one of Australia’s best-known wine regions, the Yarra Valley is filled with rows and rows of vineyards that make for a spectacular sight from the confines of a hot-air balloon. You’ll also spy farms, rolling hills, and plenty of other beautiful scenery in this tranquil region.
Gold Coast, QLD
One of the best places for a hot-air balloon ride in Australia has to be the glittering Gold Coast. Witness the region’s stunning hinterland and prized national parks, sparkling stretch of coastline, cluster of towering buildings, and much more from a vantage point that will simply steal your breath away.
The Hunter, NSW
Taking flight in the Hunter reinforces that hot-air ballooning and wine regions go hand in hand. The vineyard-cloaked surrounds make for an absorbing sight from high above, while eye-catching farms, mountain ranges, and national parks jostle for your attention, too. When indulging in the delicious food and wine of the Hunter, this experience provides the cherry on top.
Stay at…Active Holidays BIG4 Hunter Valley.
Iconic structures, beautiful parks and lakes, and sweeping mountains are all hallmarks of Canberra. The best way to see it all is within the basket of a hot-air balloon. The Nation’s Capital celebrates its love of ballooning with the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular (March).
The Barossa, SA
Another prized wine region, another ballooning hotspot. And why wouldn’t it be? Tower over the famous vineyards of leading wineries and admire the countryside and ranges in all their beauty. To add to the experience, views stretch to the ocean.
Have you had a hot-air ballooning adventure that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.
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