Hot Air Balloon Flights Over Melbourne City
Now you are ready to see Melbourne by balloon and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime with Melbourne’s most experienced hot air ballooning team. The following information can be used as a guide as to what our mornings involve.
Reconfirming your flight
Please call BalloonMan on 1800 HOT AIR (1800 468 247) or +61 3 9427 0088 the day prior to your flight. We will take this opportunity to speak with all our passengers on what to expect on the next morning. At this time we will clarify your wake up and meeting times for the morning along with a weather forecast prepared by the aviation department at the weather bureau.
Wake-up call and meeting place
Chris makes his final decision to fly on the morning of your flight. Chris will only call you out if the weather is favourable for a balloon flight. We meet our passengers in the main lobby of Grand Hyatt, on the Corner of Russell and Collins Streets, one hour prior to sunrise – please view our Passenger Guide for full details, map and parking directions.
Keep in mind that sunrise times differ throughout the seasons so our meeting times also differ. Wake up and meeting times are clarified with you when reconfirming your flight. For all our visitors to Melbourne and locals staying at a hotel in town complimentary transfers are available upon request.
Selecting the launch site
Hot air balloons travel with the wind so much of our navigating actually takes place prior to take off. With Chris’ wealth of local knowledge and experience in Melbourne, careful consideration will be taken for our choice of take off site to give you the best flight available on the day of your hot air ballooning over Melbourne. We then leave as a group to the launch site by mini bus to one of Melbourne’s many parks to inflate the balloon ready for take off.
The choice is yours, roll up your sleeves and help prepare the balloon for flight or sit back and enjoy the spectacle as Chris fires up the balloon. Either way it’s great fun. The excitement builds and anticipation mounts as the time draws closer to a sunrise lift off for your hot air ballooning adventure over Melbourne.
Ready for take off
It’s time to climb aboard the wicker basket under instruction from pilot and ground crew. Chris will provide a full passenger safety briefing at this time as to what to expect throughout the flight and landing. With a burst of flame from the burners it’s up, up and away!
Your ballooning flight
Sunrise is flight time. The balloon will climb slowly to cruising altitude; you will drift silently with the wind and take in the most magnificent perspective of Melbourne available only from a hot air balloon. Generally we average over an hour in the air each morning. Often we fly over the city, however this cannot be guaranteed on any particular day. Hot air balloons travel with the wind therefore our flight paths each morning are quite different day to day. You are likely to take in many of Melbourne’s landmarks such as the Yarra River, MCG, Arts Centre, Rialto Tower, the Royal Botanic Gardens and many more of Melbourne’s lovely parks and gardens.
It’s time to land, so stowe away any loose articles and assume your landing positions. Chris will bring you back to earth with a gentle bump, occasionally the balloon will lay over on landing. It’s all a part of the fun, time now to pack up the balloon and head off to breakfast and a glass of champagne to celebrate your adventure of a lifetime.