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“Sunrise Ballooning, Awesome”

Hot Air Balloon Cairns
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$209.57*
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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Ranked #36 of 161 Tours in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the hot air ballooning capital of Australia, when you fly here in Cairns as it just like a balloon festival every day. Come flying & enjoy the wonder, romance & silence of the Australian bush as you see kangaroos & Australian wildlife from a very different perspective. So many colourful balloons, the Koala, Roo, World Globe, Honeymoon, Aussie balloons and more. Connect before the Great Barrier Reef to Quicksilver, Great Adventures Big Cat Green Island and more same day. Combine with Skyrail and Kuranda Tours, No bookings fees or credit card fees when you book with us direct and maximum flexibility in dates and refunds too
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Sunrise Ballooning, Awesome”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We had an amazing time watching the sunrise out of the Airballoon Over FNQ, It was a fantastic experience with picturesque views, wildlife running around and The floating on air feeling makes it all so calm. A must do on a visit to Far north queensland.

Visited August 2013
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Stainless202, Owner at Hot Air Balloon Cairns, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Hi David - We much appreciate your time taken to leave us a review and share that beautiful sunrise shot with all - great to hear you saw heaps of roos and wallabies too and had a great time in the North ! Thanks
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Puglia, Italy
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“Fantastic!”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Our experience with Hot Air was wonderful. They picked us up at our resort in Palm Cove then drove us to meet the bus with the rest of the passengers from Cairns. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Views were amazing. Husband was a little nervous at first, but couldn't believe how smooth the ride was. Only advice to future travelers is to pack something to snack on. On the drive up, we stopped at a rest area with a coffee truck, but otherwise, didn't get to eat until we were back in town close to 930 (we were on the second flight and had a 415AM pick up).

Visited August 2013
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Stainless202, Owner at Hot Air Balloon Cairns, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thanks for your feedback Nat - and great to hear you enjoyed your morning out. Our team are professional and switched on as you found out so we appreciate your accolades there and will pass them on. As you say by all means bring a snack if you wish - our first flight "express" is $20 more expensive and returns to meet the reef boats at 08.30 the mixed "normal" flight is $20 less expensive and is back for around 9.30 with a coffee stop along the way. Personally I love the light of the second flight and you often fly a longer distance and go higher as the weather conditions are a more know quantity by that time of the morning. All the best and thanks for the feedback.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Cairns/Mareeba hot air balloon ride”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

After booking and being advised the shocking pickup time of 4:15 LOL, Shane the coach driver called to confirm details and pleasantly advised revised pickup of 4:40am. AWESOME
Shane, who sounds like Australian comedian Dave O'Neil in every way, arrived on time and kept us entertained all morning.

The entire morning was extremely well run and considered - from perfectly time comfort stops with good welcome coffee available to purchase, concise briefings, safe ballooning chasing lead by Eva and not to mention the wonderful flight.

We were on the second flight of the morning and boy was that great. The weather was perfect if a little cold. We were so lucky to have Jay as lead pilot and Pepe assisting as they decided that we had plenty of gas and such perfect weather so we flew for 50mins ALL INCLUSIVE. At all times we felt safe and had no concerns, the expertise and passion were evident.

Wonderful morning worth the early start. We were dropped in Kuranda to continue our tour and then journey back to Cairns via the restored Kuranda Rail Service in Gold Class (fabulous).

We booked our balloon ride (http://www.hotair.com.au/cairns) as part of a package - the Kuranda Ultimate Experience package through Queensland Rail Travel and from discussing with other people during the day seems we had a great value and quality deal.

Great day all round well worth the early start and great value.

Highly recommend.

Visited August 2013
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Stainless202, Owner at Hot Air Balloon Cairns, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Hi Vic, It's good to hear your detailed feedback on your morning with us and delighted that you had such good time including the Kuranda package that you booked with us. Doing it on the same day like that certainly does make the most of your time when you're on holiday. We will pass on your comments to Shane and the team, thank you very much for taking the time to give us your feedback which is appreciated by all here.
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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Loved it!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Hot air ballooning is a MUST DO in Cairns. Beautiful sunrise and views almost guarenteed, really funny yet knowledgable staff and a very warm welcome.
We accidently missed our first ballooning experience but the staff were brilliant and rearranged it for the next day with no problems.
Overall an amazing way to start the day.

Tia, Suzy & Richard

Visited July 2013
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Stainless202, Owner at Hot Air Balloon Cairns, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Tia, Suzy & Richard, Great to hear that you found our welcome so warm on a cold winter's day in cans which would have been at least 16 degrees c :) and that your initial hiccup didn't get in the way of enjoying a really fine time with us, best wishes and thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
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Hong Kong, China
1 review
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Our hot air balloon ride over Mareeba, Cairns with Hot Air has been wonderful. The staff including the coach driver, the pilot, the co-pilot are all very professional. It was an amazing experience for my husband, my little boy and myself to go up and enjoy the tranquility in the air while relishing the beauty of the blue sky and the bright morning sun. The pick up, the ride, the pack up and the drop off by Hot Air staff are very well organized.

Visited July 2013
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Stainless202, Owner at Hot Air Balloon Cairns, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Hi Monica, Thank you for your great review which is appreciated I'm sure by other travellers researching their holidays in Cairns, you mentioned the packing up of the balloon which we find it is often a highlight of peoples experience with us, our crew make a lot of fun and this could see that you enjoy it so much, with best wishes from the team at Hot Air
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