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Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise
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Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

By Global Ballooning Australia
Recommended by 99% of travelers
99% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
There is no more spectacular view of Melbourne and the Yarra River than from the basket of a hot-air balloon at sunrise. On this unforgettable tour, experience Melbourne at its most magical as you float over its modern skyscrapers, scenic waterfront, and green parks; enjoy incredible aerial views; and then celebrate your safe landing with a Champagne breakfast (optional).
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$400.53
per adult
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Ages 6-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Take in spectacular views of Melbourne at sunrise from a hot-air balloon
  • Float over the Central Business District and along the Yarra River
  • Upgrade for a celebratory Champagne breakfast after your flight

  • Sparkling buffet breakfast (option to be selected at time of booking)
  • Professional guide
  • Approximate 1 hour sunrise balloon flight over Melbourne
  • Complete flight, ground insurance & launch/ landing government fees in and around the city
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel Transfers

From the launch site in East Melbourne, hop aboard your hot-air balloon for a thrilling ride. After a safety briefing, lift off and soar over the Central Business District and along the Yarra River, following a route chosen by your pilot depending on wind conditions. From high above the city, get a bird’s-eye view of landmarks like the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, and the Eureka Tower; float over residential neighborhoods, beautiful parks, and scenic waterways; and watch the sunrise over the city. Land and transfer to Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne, where you can toast to your unforgettable experience with a glass of Champagne and start the day with a delicious breakfast (if breakfast option selected at booking).

Start:
  • Pullman Melbourne On The Park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
    Parking is available under the Pullman Hotel for a discounted rate of $10. Enter the car park off Wellington Parade, take a ticket and proceed through the boom gate, park underneath the hotel & take the lift to the ground floor where our team will welcome you. You may also find street parking.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3127MEL

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 6 years
    • A maximum of 10 people is permitted per balloon basket
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If your Melbourne balloon flight is canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a refund.
    • Dietary requirements can be catered to for breakfast - please advise at time of booking if required
    • Due to limited capacity, changes within 7 days of travel are not permitted and will incur amendment fees
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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 10 travelers

    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3127MEL

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    • Global Ballooning Australia
      1,464
      Australia
      Joined in April 2008
    • joyek206
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very disappointed and mislead
      This company cancelled our trip and would not provide a refund as was promised beforehand. Very disappointed and out of pocket tourists. Do not book with this company.
      Written May 10, 2024
    • nch1245
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An unforgettable flight experience
      It was a flight of a lifetime for us! The team at GB was efficient, well organised and very professional. We were pleased, and assured, to see that they took great effort to check the weather condition as there was a slight drizzle in the early morning, and the flight eventually took off from another site. Special kudos to Raine - she was very friendly and energetic, and helped to take photos and videos for us and everyone else. It was interesting to watch our pilot Jacob "fly" the balloon as we were just next to him, and he ensured a smooth flight and landing. He even pointed out the hopping kangaroos just before we were landing. The whole experience from the balloon being inflated to assisting in packing up, the stunning views over Yarra Valley, and the floating feeling was truly amazing. Thanks to Theo too, for the safe transfers to and fro CBD. Just 1 comment - the breakfast at Balgownie was average and a little over priced, just because it included a glass of champagne, but the vineyard view outside is very picturesque. We would definitely recommend Global Ballooning!
      Written May 7, 2024
    • ysk_292
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommended amazing experience!
      Safe & Amazing experience and amazing team. Very professional and smooth arrangement, they are very responsive over their App as well to help with any last minute queries. Opted for the breakfast and CBD transfer as well which were both great as well! Highly recommended
      Written May 3, 2024
    • Q2997TEamyl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The hills, the clouds, the picturesque view.
      What a way to enjoy the view of the Yarra Valley and surrounding suburbs. The team at Global Ballooning were all enjoying themselves and so made it more enjoyable for us. We were on the biggest balloon with the best pilot, Jacob. From the start of helping out to set up the balloon, to the hour flight that didn't feel like that long, to landing, packing up, it was all part of the amazing experience. Highly recommend!
      Written April 26, 2024
    • zaralschulz
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience!!
      Views were amazing! The pilot was great and I would 100% recommend. At the start, I was a bit nervous but it is so surreal once you’re up in the air. It’s peaceful and I ended up loving it.
      Written April 21, 2024
    • J8401ORdaniellem
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great ballooning experience
      Awesome experience. Very organised and professional. Highly recommend. Early morning totally worth it. Ticked off the bucket list.
      Written April 19, 2024
    • lhussey2018
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The fog just made it more magical
      The whole experience from inflating the balloon to packing it up is terrific. It was a foggy morning in the valley so we were truly amazed when the world looked so different above the clouds, it was gorgeous. To watch a new day wake up whilst floating around in the air is magical, plus the fog just added to our whole experience, it didn't take away from it at all. We could see the ranges poking out above the clouds, we could see our shadow on the clouds below us and then when we had to descend, they were all encompassing with no visibility, just the sensation of quietness. Add to that listening to the sound of the burners from other balloons as they were landing around you and trying to focus on where they were because you could hear them before you could see them was like a discovery. All of this as well as the ride back to the vans across the paddocks were what made the whole morning so much fun. From making the booking to eating the breakfast the staff and crew were welcoming, friendly, professional and safe. A big thank you to our pilot Jacob and the ground crew. We chose this to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and I'm so glad we did because we will remember and talk about this for years to come.
      Written April 14, 2024
    • IM_Touringtheworld
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Bit Lacking
      It was a cloudy day and the ride got a bit boring! It felt like we just stood still. Other rides I have been on cover a lot of territory to see the area. We kind of just went in a sloooow circle, not spectacular at all. But it was fun to help set up and take down. Our Pilot was great. Breakfast was good, at a local winery in a beautiful setting! BUT...ony one SMALL glass of champagne was offered.
      Written April 9, 2024
    • T4474YJrebeccav
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Over the valley in 60 minutes :)
      The pilot was great, he was friendly and answered all of our questions well. The pilot made us feel safe. He knew the area and could point out landmarks, he even took us over a mob of jumping Kangaroos! We loved being involved in the set up and pack up. It was a smooth flight and landing. As a person with mobility issues, I appreciate the availability of the accessibility basket. It made everything easy and the whole team was very helpful. Would highly recommend Global Ballooning!
      Written April 2, 2024
    • melbournesharon
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Professional and lovely experience
      Very professional and felt very safe. Kiff was amazing and took us over a lovely part of the Yarra Valley. Going above the clouds was amazing too!
      Written March 24, 2024
    • T9014PIricardos
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing start of the day
      What an amazing way to start the day. Everyone was very efficient, professional and amazingly friendly. Everything went very smooth and safe. Highly recommend doing this. I am definitely coming back for more 🤗
      Written March 23, 2024
    • Andrew M
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A bucket list item that truly lived up to high expectations
      Super well organised, fabulous pilot, gorgeous views and a superb landing. An absolute highlight, thank is Jacob and team!
      Written March 15, 2024
    • Trudi-Boffy
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bucket list
      A well organised team with great communication. Loved watching the whole experience from the balloons being filled to assisting to pack them away at the end. My daughter who had it on her 30 things to do before she’s 30 list, had a great time. I joined her and had a wonderful time, not nervous at all. A fantastic experience and a lovely buffet breakfast which was very tasty Thank you to you all you do an amazing job.
      Written March 15, 2024
    • Curious40848286978
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      great balloon ride
      everything was perfect. i brought my 85 year old mom on this flight. the staff couldn’t have been better. from start to finish they always made sure she was ok. from getting off the bus to getting in and out of the balloon.
      Written March 14, 2024
    • rozo123
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely brilliant experience
      Absolutely amazing experience. Early start but what an incredible experience. Fantastic pilot, the views are incredible & the breakfast is a perfect way to finish the experience. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful flight & morning.
      Written March 14, 2024
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    Panthea
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles

    Today was our first hot air ballooning experience and it was amazing! We met early at Balgownie Estate and then a short drive to the take off area. The whole team were very friendly and helpful and made the day even better. Our pilot, Brian, guided us across the valley as the sun rose over the hills and kept us entertained with plenty of quality dad jokes. Floating through the air was peaceful and inspiring and a unique feeling. Following the flight we were taken back for a tasty champagne breakfast. It was a great day all round.
    Written December 4, 2020
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    Hi pantheaf, Thanks for taking the time to review your experience! So exciting that we could burst your hot air ballooning cherry & you had the opportunity to hear all of Brian's 'Dad jokes'. I'm sure you'll never forget it :) Take care, Kate & the team at Global Ballooning Australia
    Written December 6, 2020
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    LBH
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020 • Couples
    This experience was amazing - my partner and I loved every second of our hot air balloon trip! The views and sunrise were spectacular. Kiff was an excellent pilot and I would highly recommend Global Ballooning to family and friends or anybody considering a hot air balloon trip. Can't thank all the team enough!

    Trip taken on 29 December 2020
    Written December 30, 2020
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    Thanks so much LB3_reviews! We're so pleased you both enjoyed the experience. Kiff has been flying balloons for over 30yrs and is the proud owner of this wonderful company. Appreciate your support in choosing to fly with us. Wishing you a wonderful 2021, Kate & the team at Global Ballooning Australia
    Written December 30, 2020
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    Aparna R
    Pune, India19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2021
    We went ballooning on what was the most perfect day all year, and the experience was made even better by the friendly, professional experience we had courtesy Global Ballooning Australia. Our flight had to be postponed earlier due to low cloud cover, and it was super easy to schedule it for later. Updates were given on the app when promised, and the pilot during our flight was friendly and funny. He explained conditions and some intricacies of steering very well to us, and even beautifully managed to ensure some privacy to a couple who got engaged up in the air! It was a mellow beautiful morning over Melbourne, made perfect by the dreamy hour we spent in the air and the lovely breakfast we had after at the Amora. 5 star experience all around, highly recommend this.
    Written February 28, 2021
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    Thanks so much for your outstanding review - it means the world to us! Nice to know that you learnt all about the meteorology side of how the balloons works and is steered - it is a very interesting component and trickier than we all think :) Hope you never forget your time with us, Kate & the GBA Team
    Written March 1, 2021
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    Ben K
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    First thing is first. I don’t like heights. I almost didn’t book, because the clarity of English from the person on the phones was very unclear, when I was asking questions that I’m sure certain other people in my position might have asked. When I’m paying $500 per person (2k for my group of 4), I expect clear concise communication. That’s a minimum. So not really the best start, which almost dettered us from booking.

    However…..the experience on the day was chalk and cheese. They clearly have staff have are experienced and have been doing this for a very long time. They immediately put my mind to rest and really gave us an unforgettable experience.
    Written November 5, 2021
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    I'm so glad to hear that you conquered your fear of heights to traverse the skies in one of our balloons. I don't like heights either but it never worries me when I'm in a balloon. Our team are very professional and we aim for a totally unforgettable experience, so I'm so glad that we were able to provide that for you. We also feel very blessed to have such a strong multilingual team working for us, and we see it as an asset but we appreciate your feedback on this matter. kind regards, Danielle and the GBA team
    Written November 11, 2021
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    OnAir422696
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    This is one of a kind experience. We were allowed to participate in certain steps in getting the balloon inflated and certain steps in putting it away. For us with some degree of curiosity it kind of fulfilled that part. The views are of course amazing. The red sunrise was majestic. I would recommend this activity. Our crew was also awesome.
    Written February 21, 2020
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    Thanks so much for your lovely review! It is interesting to learnt all about how the balloons works and the meteorology behind it - it is a very interesting component and trickier than we all think :) I'll be sure to pass this onto our team. Hope you never forget your time with us, Kate & the GBA Team
    Written March 1, 2021
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    Tina L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    Fantastic experience. It was so well organised from hotel pick-up to our great pilot who was so friendly and helpful.
    The weather co-operated with a gorgeous sunrise and flying low over the city was amazing.
    Such a great experience that very few cities around the world offer.
    Written May 22, 2022
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    Thank you for your feedback :) It's always great when the weather does what we want it to! We're glad you enjoyed our experience. We consider ourselves so lucky to live in a city that will allow hot air balloons to fly over - it's one of only a few. It's a wonderful way to start the day Kind Regards, Global Ballooning
    Written May 30, 2022
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    Elizabeth S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2022
    From getting the balloons airborne, through floating across the sky at sunrise and then packing up, it was a great morning. The pilot was experienced, Rain (organiser) was a delight and everything ran smoothly. It was a really beautiful experience.
    Written February 7, 2022
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    We are so happy when we receive reviews like this. Raine is a delight and a real bundle of energy. She takes great photos too. So glad that you got to experience such a beautiful morning with us. warmest regards, Danielle and the GBA team
    Written February 9, 2022
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    Isabella
    Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    What a magical morning in Melbourne. Kiff and Mark were an awesome duo and I felt so calm in their very capable hands. As someone who's typically a little afraid of heights, I was so surprised by how serene and beautiful the whole experience is. I wasn't afraid at all! From start to finish, the morning was such a unique and special way to see Melbourne and especially fantastic to find out that Melbourne is one of the only cities that you can balloon over!! I wanna do it all again tomorrow morning!!!!
    Written March 3, 2020
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    Please do come and join us again, we have a special offer for returning customers! You will be surprised at how different the same flight location can be on a different day or time of the year, it's always magical.
    Written March 4, 2020
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    sealspeak
    Melbourne41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022
    From the moment we arrived at the hotel meeting spot, we felt in good, safe hands. The team was organised, efficient and made us all feel happy to be there. It was a special treat for our daughter's 13th birthday, shared by her older brother and parents. The whole process of sending up the weather balloons and blowing up the big balloon was fascinating and fun - but nothing could prepare us for the joy and wonder of floating over our beautiful city on a perfect Autumn morning. Our pilot Steve was so experienced and calm, we never felt the slightest bit anxious. When it came to landing, I was expecting a bumpy experience, but it never happened! Once again, teamwork came to the fore as we helped pack up the balloon - even that was a wonderful shared experience. This is genuinely one of the best things we have ever done as a family, and I would encourage anyone, even slightly interested, to give it a go. You won't be sorry
    Written March 22, 2022
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    We love receiving reviews such as these. What a wonderful way for your daughter and family to celebrate her birthday. thank you and we would love to fly you again in one of our other fabulous locations. make sure you mention that you are a frequent flyer to receive our discount kindest regards, Danielle and the GBA team
    Written March 23, 2022
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    Digby1960
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021
    A perfect day ! Decided to tick off a "bucket list" item by taking the entire family (10 of us) for a flight over Melbourne. From the moment we enquired every contact with the team from Global Ballooning was first class.
    The flight itself controlled by our wonderful pilot Kiff was simply amazing.
    We all felt very safe throughout.
    Couldn't recommend Global Ballooning more highly.
    Written April 25, 2021
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    How wonderful that you were able to fly with your entire family - that would have been truly magical. We love hearing that you had an awesome experience and that you felt safe throughout. Safety is always our number one priority. I will pass your lovely review onto Kiff and the team. many thanks, Danielle and GBA
    Written April 28, 2021
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