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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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Cairns, Australia
Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
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icon4 to 6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get a bird’s-eye perspective of Tropical North Queensland on an unforgettable hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Soar over the Atherton Tablelands as golden sunlight breaks across beautiful farmlands, rivers, and forests. Choose the duration of your flights and enjoy pickup and drop-off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Palm Cove hotel. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful way to start your day!
  • Early-morning hot air balloon flight over Queensland's Atherton Tablelands
  • Free commemorative flight certificate
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Pickup and drop off from all centrally located Cairns, Northern Beaches, and Palm Cove hotels
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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
Gratuities
Hotel pickup from Yorkeys, Holloways, Kewarra

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4:00 AM
We pick up at hotels in the Cairns and Northern Beaches areas.
Greet the sun as it rises over Tropical North Queensland on a memorable hot air balloon ride. Be prepared for early morning pickup at your Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Palm Cove hotel in order to be in the air by daybreak. After traveling to the launch site, climb aboard a sturdy basket and watch as flames fill an enormous balloon with hot air.

As you rise off the ground above the scenic Atherton Tablelands, get a fantastic aerial perspective of the region’s farmlands, rivers, and rolling hills in the distance. Your pilot points out unique features and points of interest as you float over the beautiful terrain. Watch morning fog dissipate as the sun washes the landscape with a rosy, golden light, and wave to other balloons that maybe floating nearby.

After your time in the air, return gently to the ground. Help deflate, roll, and repack the enormous balloon with your crew and fellow passengers for a fun and interactive finish. Receive a certificate to commemorate your spectacular flight, and relax on the return drive to your hotel.
Itinerary
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Hot Air Balloon Cairns
You will be met by our professional driver at your pick up location to be transfered to your Hot Air Balloon ride. As the day begins, you will experience a wonderful hot air balloon flight above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. After your flight and landing, enjoy games and lots of laughs as your pilot, crew and driver lead the fun of packing up your hot air balloon. Your hot air balloon experience finish time varies with the seasons (summer, winter and the time of sunrise). Your driver can drop you back to your Cairns accommodation or, with prior notice, we can drop you off to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Skyrail, Tjapukai or perhaps a Cairns cafe or restaurant if you would like to have breakfast at your own arrangements.
Stop At:  
Atherton Tablelands
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hot Air Balloon Cairns
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns.

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star-5
Landscape from the sky
Alexandra_M
, Aug 2022
All the operators where so nice and friendly. Watching the sunrise over the mountains was beautiful. The overall experience was calming and comfortable
star-5
Amazing experience
SHARON_E
, Aug 2022
From the moment we were picked up by our guide Brownie , we knew it was going to be a great experience. He was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained, the ride to Mareeba was great . When we got to our area to take off , we were given all the information and instructions very clearly . Our pilot Frank and his offsider Brian were awesome . The amazing views and feeling of being up in the sky was the most magical thing we have ever done . Worth every dollar . The landing was perfect and even helping packing up the balloon was a awesome experience. And the champagne and chatting afterwards just finished it all off wonderfully . Thank you again to Frank for the best ride ever .
star-5
It was a good start to the morning
Stewart_D
, Aug 2022
The driver and the bollon pilot where good and very informative of what they where doing and the area , and would recommend you to recommendtanyone
star-5
Calm, peaceful, beautiful views, a great experience.
Gaye_C
, Jul 2022
It was peaceful and floaty, not at all gut lurching. Our landing was smooth. I loved it and would do it again. Our pilot was awesome and I liked hearing the communications with the other balloon and the crew on the ground. Walking inside the balloon after it came down was an "on the ground" highlight.
star-4
Must try
Sarita_P
, Jul 2022
The crew were good and ensured we had a good experience....right from hotel pick up to the balloon ride
star-5
Fantastic morning a great way to start the day
Rodney_D
, Jun 2022
The whole morning was special but I think the team that run the morning have a great connection with the group. Well done to them for making it a special event.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The most exhilarating thing I have done in my life!
Laurie_R
, Jun 2022
Frank Roy and Tony were amazing. The whole experience made us feel like we were in great hands. Floating up in the sky was calming and peaceful and seeing the sunrise was magnificent. I would recommend this to anyone!
star-5
Cairns Hot Air Ballooning
Marie_M
, Jun 2022
The coach driver was hilarious, and the balloon 🎈 ride was amazing. Highly recommend anyone travelling to Cairns to participate in this exciting activity.
star-5
Memorable experience with fantastic crew
Tecky_T
, Jun 2022
Brownie, the driver/guide is fantastic and humorous and lit up our early morning blues. It was the second early morning for us as the first one was cancelled because the winds were eventually too strong for the flight in the first morning to take place. Brownie, such a great personality, more than made up the disappointment in the first morning with his attentive service. Further, he extended great hospitality in introducing places to visit enroute to my drop off point after the flight as it is my first time in Cairns. The flight was very memorable. Neil, the pilot, engineered a perfect landing. Balloon packing was fun! Definitely a trip not to be missed!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Trip of a lifetime
Ian_B
, Jun 2022
What an experience this was. The early start was sure made up for. Such a professional team of guides. Amazing balloon ride with stunning views. Highly recommend
star-5
Unforgettable experience
Chelvagnanam_K
, Jun 2022
A unique experience that should be experienced by all who can afford it . You will never regret the experience.
star-5
Amazing, must do in cairns
Tanaya_K
, Jun 2022
Seeing the gorgeous sunrise from the balloon was a very special experience. The staff was also very good and friendly.
star-5
First timer .....
Kerry_B
, Apr 2022
This was my first ever balloon flight and the great team of people made it very memorable.... from the dawn lift off to the smooth landing it was breathtaking. As well as a great flight I was very surprised that on landing, we were allowed to walk around inside the balloon to take photos. I very memorable day ,one that I plan to do again in the future! Kerry
star-5
The crew were all...
Jason_B
, Apr 2022
The crew were all friendly and it was an excellent experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for joining our tour, Jason - we're glad you enjoyed your morning!
star-5
A must do adventure with a great operator
Stephen_C
, Apr 2022
Absolutely magic. Once in a lifetime experience. Tony our bus driver was just the right mix of funny and helpful. Frank the pilot was a master. Landed right where expected. The culture of the entire team was fabulous, felt so welcome and the team so grateful to have us there. Can not recommend enough.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Wonderful to read, thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience! 🥂🎈🙌🙏😍
star-5
Awesome experience
Malcolm_H
, Apr 2022
The whole experience was awesome from start to finish. The guys were very friendly, thoroughly enjoyed it.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for flying with us and leaving your great feedback. 🥂🎈📸🙌🎈
star-5
It was the best...
Kylee_T
, Feb 2022
It was the best experience it was the perfect end to our honeymoon I highly recommend this if you ever get a chance Bob an his crew will make your experience worth while ..
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Awesome to read your review, and thanks for joining us, Kylee. We're thrilled your honeymoon ended on such a high! 😍🎈🥂🎉
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Could not ask for much more
Jay_H
, Jan 2022
The staff (Hitoshi, Bob, and Roy) were amazing. So friendly, thorough, and great for laughs. The flight itself was run professionally, beautiful views and weather, definitely would do it again
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Much appreciated, Jay. Thanks for posting your great feedback. 🙏😍
star-5
Bucket List tick off
Darren_S
, Nov 2021
Great morning trip. The crew at 'Hot Air' were great and made the trip a special highlight. Thoroughly recommend a hot air balloon ride.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for joining us, Darren! 🙏😍
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The 3 amigos balloon flight
bernadette_o
, Nov 2021
The professional and helpful service Frank, Brian and Tony gave us will be unforgettable. I will be highly recommending the balloon flight to family and friends, I will also be recommending the 3 amigos as I will think of them as that because they made us feel safe. I would also like to say thanks guys for all your help.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us - including our 3 amigos! 📸🙌🎈

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