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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns provided by Hot Air Balloon Cairns

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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
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Tour snapshot
Aerial views of the Atherton Tablelands from a balloon vantage point
Duration:
4–6 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
80
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Get the best possible views of Tropical North Queensland on this sunrise hot-air balloon ride. Get frame-worthy photos of Atherton Tablelands as the dawn breaks, and hear commentary from your guide along the way. You can roll right out of bed and enjoy convenient pickup at your hotel in Cairns, Palm Cove, or Northern Beaches.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • In-depth commentary on the area from your pilot
  • Customize your experience with different tour length options
  • Commemorative certificate to hang along with your stunning photos
What to expect
When booking, select your flight duration to fit your schedule. Arise early for convenient pickup at your Cairns, Palm Cove, or Northern Beaches hotel. Convenient hotel pickup means you only have to be semi-awake for the pre-dawn ride to the launch site, where you climb into the balloon's sturdy basket and take off. Take in spectacular views of the Atherton Tablelands' rolling hills, rivers, and farmlands as dawn breaks. Snap photos and listen to engaging commentary on the area from your pilot, who points out all the local highlights. Land gently just after dawn and help the pilot deflate, roll, and repack the huge balloon for an unusual experience to finish your tour. End with drop-off back at your hotel in time for breakfast.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • In-depth commentary on the area from your pilot
  • Customize your experience with different tour length options
  • Commemorative certificate to hang along with your stunning photos
What to expect
When booking, select your flight duration to fit your schedule. Arise early for convenient pickup at your Cairns, Palm Cove, or Northern Beaches hotel. Convenient hotel pickup means you only have to be semi-awake for the pre-dawn ride to the launch site, where you climb into the balloon's sturdy basket and take off. Take in spectacular views of the Atherton Tablelands' rolling hills, rivers, and farmlands as dawn breaks. Snap photos and listen to engaging commentary on the area from your pilot, who points out all the local highlights. Land gently just after dawn and help the pilot deflate, roll, and repack the huge balloon for an unusual experience to finish your tour. End with drop-off back at your hotel in time for breakfast.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 2990C30_C60
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Insurance Levy
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Digital photo package
  • Glass of Bubbly or Juice on landing
  • Entry/Admission - Atherton Tablelands
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup from Yorkeys, Holloways, Kewarra
Duration
4–6 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up at hotels in the Cairns and Northern Beaches areas.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • All passengers must be able to get into the balloon basket unaided to the satisfaction of the pilot, or they will not be able to fly
  • Children aged 4 years and under are not permitted to fly
  • Mobile phone contact required when booking
  • Pregnant women unable to travel
  • Please provide mobile phone number or email address at time of booking
  • Flight time is minimum 40 minutes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Insurance Levy
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Digital photo package
  • Glass of Bubbly or Juice on landing
  • Entry/Admission - Atherton Tablelands
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup from Yorkeys, Holloways, Kewarra
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up at hotels in the Cairns and Northern Beaches areas.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4–6 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • All passengers must be able to get into the balloon basket unaided to the satisfaction of the pilot, or they will not be able to fly
  • Children aged 4 years and under are not permitted to fly
  • Mobile phone contact required when booking
  • Pregnant women unable to travel
  • Please provide mobile phone number or email address at time of booking
  • Flight time is minimum 40 minutes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Hot Air Balloon Cairns
  • 1
    Atherton Tablelands
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    The Atherton Tablelands is the area over which we fly our hot air balloons. You will experience this area at dawn - the best time of the day to spot wallabies, kangaroos, many different species of birds, and other wildlife. In addition, you may fly over many different crops as The Tablelands are known for their fruit and vegetable produce. Keep an eye out for crops of mangoes, bananas, lychees, avocados, pineapples, limes and more.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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R0B4810
Townsville, Australia32 contributions
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Our first hot air balloon flight and we were not disappointed. Our guide Hitoshi picked us up on time from our accommodation for our transfer to Mareeba where we met the rest of the Hot Air Balloon Cairns team, Balloon Pilot Bob and Ground Crew Ryan. Hitoshi took the time to go over the morning’s itinerary, before we got to the launch site as the rest of the team prepared the balloon for flight. After a safety briefing from Bob, we were soon away and floating gently across Mareeba Valley. Bob shared his local knowledge of the area and pointed out different features as we passed overhead all while skillfully changing altitude to take advantage of the wind layers to glide us across the valley. At the end of the flight we touched down in a farmers paddock, much to the surprise of the local cattle, with Bob managing to keep the basket upright after sliding along to a halt. After landing we pitched in to help pack up the balloon (this is optional and you don’t have to participate), before enjoying a sparkling wine toast. The early morning wake up call is well worth it, you will not be disappointed.
Written February 24, 2021
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Thanks for the great write-up, R0B4810! With Hitoshi, Bob and Ryan you were in good hands by the sounds of it. We'll be sure to pass on your comments to the team - many thanks for joining us!
Written June 4, 2021
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Sean
South Australia, Australia77 contributions
Was hesitant to book this and on the morning of the flight I was even more concerned with much cloud cover from our launch point at Mareeba. However it turned out to be a great experience. Our pickup driver from Mareeba (I think it was Roger) was a crack up and kept us laughing most the time. Watching the balloons being inflated was spectacular and then our pilot Josh took us up. Only a little cloud time to get us moving in the right direction and then the clouds disappeared and it was amazing scenery and very peaceful. Even the landing was smooth and the staff even made it fun to pack up the balloon before enjoying a sparkling wine. Would recommend this for all ages.
Written July 21, 2021
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Thanks thebellsAU! This is wonderful to read, and we're thrilled you enjoyed your morning with us.
Written July 27, 2021
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Bill Parmenter
Casino, Australia78 contributions
Very prompt pick up from our hotel in Cairns 0355am, friendly driver “Tony”did the Covid requirements, proof of vaccination temperature check, then onto pick up other people in Cairns, a very good driver.
Time for a coffee or pee stop in Mareeba before travelling out to our take off site, was good watching the balloon being inflated as dawn was approaching, once inflated assistance was given to those requiring when boarding the basket in your assigned positions. A great pilot “Bob” explaining what was involved to get airborne and the brace position for landing. A wonderful way to spend an hour drifting over the Mareeba land forms and watching the sunrise. Upon landing we were asked if we would like to assist in deflating the air out of the balloon, many of us gladly assisted. Great photos where sent onto our respective contact details and a nice champagne was offered. Would thoroughly recommend you take the opportunity to do this if in Cairns.
Written February 18, 2022
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What a great write-up, thank you Bill! We're thrilled you enjoyed your first Australian hot air balloon experience with us. Glad you enjoyed the complimentary glass of bubbly and photos as part of the package too. 😍🎈🥂🎉
Written April 26, 2022
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..Rich j
14 contributions
Great morning out and about for our first time in a Hot Air Balloon. Absolutely loved it, amazing sunrise experience. VIP experience was worth the extra $$$ for the private vehicle from Cairns to Mareeba, returning via Palm Cove for a yummy breakfast at NuNu Cafe on the beach. Thank you #hotairballooncairns, excellent start to the day.
Written March 6, 2021
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Well done cm742richj on going for the VIP option! Great to hear you had a morning to remember.
Written June 4, 2021
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joan829
Burrum Heads, Australia27 contributions
My partner booked the hot air balloon ride and the wave rider on the outer reef as a combined tour. We went into the barrier reef office to ask a question and they didn't know anything about our booking? They kindly rang the ballon company who told them we needed to ring them. My partner rang them (several times) he even sent them an email he had from them with all the details price etc on. After wasting a morning of our holiday he finally spoke to the manager who informed him the booking was a staff error and we couldn't possibly have the deal for that price?? We feel they made the error so they should had honoured it but they wouldn't. This was part of my birthday present. They did refund us some money but we wanted to have the reef experience. Anyway we get collected for the ballon trip it took us hours to get there from our hotel. When we finally get in the ballon we could not believe it??? There were 22 people crammed together in the basket what about social distancing with covid 19? It was so uncomfortable I was stuck between my partner and another gentleman I am a size 12 I am not big. When we landed we were told to hold the handrail brace our knees and lean on the back of the basket well I couldn't do that because there was not enough room for everyone to stand side by side. How can this be safe?? What should had been a special occasion for my partner and I was a disaster.
Written August 30, 2020
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Hi joan829, I appreciate the frustration here. I believe your specific booking and its follow-up has been dealt with subsequently outside of the TripAdvisor platform, and whilst this may not change the feelings you have toward your booking experience, I do believe there are far more mitigating circumstances surrounding your experience that a reader of our TripAdvisor Reviews would not be privy to. Certainly a headline of "What a con!!!!" is not an appropriate summary of a very complex situation at a time when many local tour companies were re-connecting their operations, booking systems, and communications channels and tentatively starting business again.
Written October 19, 2020
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kazahAustralia
Australia55 contributions
What an amazing experience. We booked this adventure for our 40th Wedding Anniversary and actually did it on the day. From the moment of pick up we had a blast. Tony was an absolute cheeky character who hit it off well with my husband who is also cheeky. The bus ride to Mareeba was relaxing and upon arrival at the site to see the balloons being prepped was a great sight. Finally able to board and a little apprehensive, Frank (pilot) was amazing at making us all laugh with great knowledge and sense of humor. The flight itself was fantastic and nerves soon turned into wonder. Floating over homes, vineyards, farms etc was a sight to behold. Loved watching all the dogs barking at us as we flew over their yards.
A drop of champers and juice to celebrate after landing and packing up was the icing on the cake.
What an amazing professional and funny team. I would love to do it again. Highly recommend.
Written November 16, 2021
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Thanks so much kazahAustralia! 🥳🙌🎊🙏🥂 We loved reading your review, and it's been shared with the team, including Frank and Tony. And of course, congratulations on your 40th Wedding Anniversary!
Written November 22, 2021
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Patricia C
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
1st time experiencing a hot air balloon ride. Exceptionally well organised and highly professional made us feel very at ease. Early start well worth it for the stunning dawn daybreak and the utter tranquil setting.
Frank our pilot, gave a very informed commentary throughout our flight, put everyone at ease and a fun time was had by all.
Great views throughout the trip.
Landing was exceptionally smooth, a little hop and a skip.
Photo's taken inflight and also in the balloon on landing by Tony the mini bus driver and nice touch that they provide all photo's taken via email after the trip.
Good fun packing the balloon up with Franck, Roy and Tony.
Champagne to round off the whole experience was a nice touch
overall great team work with Frank, Roy and Tony.
The trip certainly wet our appetite and looking forward to further balloon experiences.
Highly recommended.
Written March 4, 2022
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Thanks for the top review, patriciac366! It's great to hear that not only did you enjoy your morning with the team, you're now gearing up for more hot air ballooning! 😍🎈🥂🎉
Written April 26, 2022
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Alex F
4 contributions
All i can say is breath-taking!! What a bucket-list moment and experience and a MUST DO!!
The view from above, gently flowing over the tablelands is beautiful. Seeing all the sugar cane, avocado and banana plantations with lots of early morning wallabies hopping across the fields. The sunrise is stunning, with low lying mist and fog.
We felt extremely safe the whole journey from start to finish, even a being a little scared of heights. From pick up at hotel at 4.15 am to drop off at around 9.30 am, the whole experience was amazing and highly recommend this tour for such a special and memorable experience in Cairns.
Thank you Hot Air Cairns, you made us a memory that will last forever!
Written June 12, 2021
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This is wonderful to read, Z391WRalexanderf! Thanks for joining us for a hot air balloon flight, and for taking the time to leave your great review.
Written June 20, 2021
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Kim T
Cranbourne, Australia17 contributions
My wife and I had an experience we will never forget. The experience of flying through the air without any engines was fantastic, no steering just floating with the wind.
Thanks to our Pilot Josh he was great and along with his crew Doug and Hitoshi they made our 40th anniversary something we will always remember.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting that little extra experience.
Written April 3, 2022
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Fantastic to read, thanks so much E3622ZOkimt. We've shared your great review with the team, including Josh, Doug and Hitoshi. 🍾🎇🥂🎈🙌
Written April 26, 2022
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Pauline L
Adelaide, Australia9 contributions
Fabulous trip very professional team lots of fun. Tony picked us up fro the hotel and entertained us with his great sense of humour. Bob was an excellent pilot and despite this being my first such trip ever felt very safe. Wonderful views over Atherton Tablelands on a perfect morning. Would highly recommend this tour.
Written October 28, 2021
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Thanks so much, L8322HCpaulinel. Well done and congratulations on your first hot air balloon flight!
Written October 28, 2021
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Willow349
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Fantastic ballooning at Mareeba, go do it.
What a fantastic experience. A professional team made a very early morning flight look so easy. Our Pilot Josh exe
Ezzyp
Ezzyp
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Amazing experience
Absolutely amazing. Can’t recommend highly enough. All of the staff are amazing, professional, fun and informative.
F2787HPjessicad
F2787HPjessicad
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Worth the early start!
This was an amazing experience and a must do in the Cairns area. The view and feeling is somewhat surreal being at
Q7953RAtanyah
Q7953RAtanyah
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Amazing
Great morning, great people. An amazing way to start your day. Thanks to the team at Hot Air for a fantastic holida
Boambee50
Boambee50
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Just do it!!
Every glowing word that has been written about this activity is spot on. Don’t hesitate - just do it!! You will be
cayliep2018
cayliep2018
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Amazing!
We did the Luxury Balloon ride from Port Douglas with brekkie included and it was fantastic! Our driver "Brownie" w
Tommy C
Tommy C
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Hot Air peaceful bliss
Floating over the surrounds of Cairns was peaceful and a great way to begin our Queensland holiday. The Hot Air tea
martinkD395GQ
martinkD395GQ
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Funniest Crew in Town
Early morning rise (4 am) is a must, but if you don't mind the early rise you should be pretty ok. Crew super nice
Tcmcscoc
Tcmcscoc
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Exceptional
Exceptional service from Palm Cove. Enjoyable drive made even funnier with driver Tony. Felt totally safe in the ha
helsimbur
helsimbur
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Breathtaking
The first time we have done a hot air balloon ride. The take off was so smooth, I was hesitant about heights but th
kiwifrancis
kiwifrancis
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Very happy
We went from Mareeba. Tony the bus driver was very informative and friendly. When we got to the balloon we were kep
yardenak2017
yardenak2017
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Stunning!
Went on an amazing experience in the hot air balloon in Mareeba, honestly I did not expect it to be this wonderful!
Mariya L
Mariya L
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Hot air for our honeymoon
My husband purchased this as a gift for our honeymoon while touring Australia. It’s been my dream to take a ride on
dottielabelle
dottielabelle
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Just magic!
My Hubby and I completed our first ever Hot Air Balloon flight today with Hot Air Cairns. From the moment we were
C7964ROkarend
C7964ROkarend
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Super Experience
Took my elderly father on his first balloon ride (mine too) and it didn’t disappoint. Everything ran really smoothl
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