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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
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Updated 09/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 09/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • You'll get picked up
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    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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  • Aerial views of the Atherton Tablelands from a balloon vantage point
  • 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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Important Information
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Insurance Levy
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Atherton Tablelands
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup from Yorkeys, Holloways, Kewarra
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Deb wrote a review Nov 5
Australia20 contributions
Amazing experience. Stunning views - we loved it! The crew were friendly and did a fantastic job. Definitely worth the early morning start! Would recommend this tour to anyone.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Courtney M wrote a review Oct 2020
Seminyak, Indonesia5 contributions2 helpful votes
We decided to meet the crew in Mareeba ( i would recommend) it gave us more time to explore. The Hot Air Balloon team are great, make you feel at ease for the trip. The scenery is beautifu and very worth it. I would recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded Oct 19, 2020
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your feedback, and we're happy to read that you had a great morning.
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joan829 wrote a review Aug 2020
Burrum Heads, Australia17 contributions6 helpful votes
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.
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1 Helpful vote
Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded Oct 19, 2020
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.
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Sandra S wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution
I booked a flight for my boyfriend and me and we absolutely loved it. Incredibly easy to organize! The crew was amazing, very knowledgable, competent and fun! Great banter amongst them and with us. Hitoshi is an absolute legend 😁 I would definitely redommend Hot Air Cairns to
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Date of experience: August 2020
Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded Oct 19, 2020
Wonderful to hear you had a great time O8044YJsandras, and your feedback of Hitoshi has been passed on to him and the wider team!
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Stephen D S wrote a review Jul 2020
Magnetic Island, Australia162 contributions18 helpful votes
We were so frightened of heights but just wow. So so glad that we had the guts to experience this amazing trip. The staff were so great. From the time we were collected at the hotel to the balloon site we were made to feel welcomed. The ride in the balloon was one of the best
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Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded Oct 19, 2020
Hi stephends2016, thanks very much for joining us despite a fear of heights. It's feedback such as yours that is enormously helpful to other people who may be in the same situation and might be able to make a similar decision to fly with us after reading your comments. Well done!
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Hot Air Balloon Cairns
Mariya L
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
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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
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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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A Cairns highlight
We were picked up at 4:20am for the flight at around 6:20 am. As a first time balloon trip I thought this was a br
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Excellent company
Despite not actually flying due to the weather, top marks to this company and their professional staff. At each sta
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Hot Balloons
Wonderful experience must do.Everyone was very helpful we had awesome experience liked it .we were picked up from o
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Fantastic experience with professional service.
Easy communication and good service. Bus was comfortable and the staff were very professional. The flight was grea
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Sandra Q
Must do
Enjoyable morning. The pick up was a little late. But quickly the professional team and giant balloon and nice bask
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Thoroughly enjoyable, wish it were a longer ride
Up and on the road very early. I'm glad I wasn't driving. The balloons and baskets were beautiful and I felt very s
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Beata B
fantastic and unforgettable experience
Absolutely fantastic and worth the money. The trip is very well organized, they picked me up from the hotel, early
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What an amazing experience this was! Although the idea of being up in the air with no engine was a scary thought, t
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Fantastic experience
We booked the ballon ride sky rail and the Karunda rail package and I would recommend it as a must do if going to C
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Boyd W
Great balloon ride
Well run organization. Didn’t have some of the extras I have had in other parts of the world, but well done and fai
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From the beginning to finish the experience was amazing from ground crew and pilot. Very professional minimal waiti
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4am pickup was well worth the early wake up call. The bus was on time and we had a one hours drive to Mareeba. The
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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