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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 travellers
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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).

Ages 6-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English

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
  • Hassle-free pickup at your Melbourne hotel
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kathryno455
kathryno455
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Hot Air Balloon over the Yarra Valley
Had a fantastic, peaceful flight over the Yarra valley. I don't like heights but quickly was at ease with this expe
858lizd
858lizd
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Yarra Valley Ballon Flight
Brian and his team were absolutely fantastic. So much knowledge and Brian gave us such a fantastic experience in th
A T
A T
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Wonderful morning in the Yarra Valley
Amazing experience. Beautiful scenery and Brian (our pilot) and the crew we just fabulous. Would highly recommend t
D4950HElaurav
D4950HElaurav
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Definitely recommend 20/10
What an unforgettable experience! From exceptional customer service to breathtaking views. My husband and I were ab
christineandgavan
christineandgavan
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Fabulous experience
We tried this tour for the first time as a surprise for hubby’s birthday and it exceeded everything I thought it wa
846destineeh
846destineeh
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Truly Unforgettable Experience
My mom and I went on this tour while we were visiting Melbourne. It was a stellar experience from start to finish.
drpriyankpatel
drpriyankpatel
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Yarra valley balloon flight
We had an amazing time. The entire team was very friendly and warm. They were very accommodating, went out of their
bradrX6155US
bradrX6155US
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Amazing
Great guides and pilots And great experience Pity the winery shop wasn’t open to buy a bottle or two after breakfas
SMM2180
SMM2180
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Floating above the farmlands @ sunrise
A delightful way to start the day. Beautiful scenery & fun experience for the four of us, ages 25-63! Breakfast was
Ice_Wall_Navigator
Ice_Wall_Navigator
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Yarra Valley Sunrise
Loved the sunrise, absolutely glorious! Jacob was our pilot, trip went smoothly...definitely wear comfy shoes and j
Simone S
Simone S
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Up up and away…….
Absolutely phenomenal. Floating through the sky, so peaceful and tranquil with mist rolling underneath…..What a wa
658helenaa
658helenaa
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Like floating on clouds
This was the most amazing experience, it was so smoothe, like floating on clouds, it didfeel like it was up really
amymary4
amymary4
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Beautiful, peaceful sunrise excusion
We booked Great Ballooning in combination with the Wildlife and Wine tour with winetrekker. We were picked up from
stevenlR5798VN
stevenlR5798VN
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WOW !!!
I had a sunrise hot air balloon experience of Melbourne, which was spectacular. Staff super friendly and a great pi
A7037BFgerardhale
A7037BFgerardhale
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Beautiful morning above the clouds
We enjoyed the whole experience. However, being above the clouds in the peaceful and serene atmosphere at sunrise w
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Ben K
7 contributions
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 5 November 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 11 November 2021
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Tina L
2 contributions
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 22 May 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 30 May 2022
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Tim J
23 contributions
Amazing experience & run like a well oiled machine. Harry & Scarlett were awesome & explained everything along the way.

Our Yarra Valley trip got cancelled due to the weather, but they accommodated us with the Melbourne CBD Balloon Flight the next day as we were travelling to the city.

The flight was peaceful with amazing photo opportunities & awesome to see how the balloons are setup & inflated.

A great way to see Melbourne, especially if you’ve been many times before

I tried to post a YouTube video of the whole experience but TripAdviser made me take it down (despite it being within their guidelines)
Written 24 January 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate it and we appreciate you trying to upload a video onto YouTube ( I wonder why they took it down?). I'm sorry that the Yarra Valley flight did not go ahead but I am delighted to hear that you got to fly over Melbourne the next day. We really try to make it a exhilarating yet safe experience for everyone. And our team work so hard to be well organised so that the morning goes smoothly. Harry and Scarlett are a great team and I'll pass your comments back to them. The views are definitely magical and make the early morning worthwhile. Thank you for your 5* review and I will pass your comments the team. We would love to fly you again one day in another one of our wonderful locations warmest regards, Danielle and the GBA team
Written 8 February 2023
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KazzyK345
Melbourne, Australia92 contributions
Sep 2022
This experience was just spectacular. It was extremely well organised, executed brilliantly and at all times we felt safe and well taken care of. The pilots clearly know exactly what they are doing and ensured that we had a wonderful time.

We knew exactly what to expect, what was going to happen and when and Kiff was also very good at knowing all the landmarks along the way!

I couldn't recommend this experience and Global Ballooning more highly.
Written 11 September 2022
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We are always so delighted when we receive reviews such as yours as we really try to make it a exhilarating yet safe experience for everyone. And our team work so hard to be well organised so that the morning goes smoothly. Flying over Melbourne with Kiff is definitely a must do as he is legendary in the hot air ballooning world. He started Global Ballooning 30 years ago and now all of his children have become hot air balloon pilots that also fly for us - something that we are so proud of. Thank you for your 5* review and I will pass your comments onto Kiff and the team. We would love to fly you again one day in another one of our wonderful locations warmest regards, Danielle and the GBA team
Written 13 September 2022
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James Robinson
2 contributions
Nov 2020
After many months of waiting (due to CoVid) we finally went on our Global Balloon flight today. It was well worth the wait!
It was even worth getting up way too early to be at the hotel meeting point at 4.30am. Argh! From there we all drove to a park just north of Melbourne city and started to help get the balloon set-up and ready to fly – all very easy and remarkably quick. We were in the basket and going up just as dawn was breaking – perfect timing.
We were a bit nervous beforehand and on the way up, but there was really no need to be. Our pilot, Kiff, has years of experience and filled us with confidence. After flying for just a few minutes the nerves were gone and all we could think about was the amazing view we were seeing.
The day was perfect and we landed exactly where Kiff said we would without any difficulty or drama.
After landing we packed up the balloon and drove back to the hotel for a very happy breakfast.
Overall it was a fantastic experience. The service was excellent and professional. It was certainly worth the expense as, probably, a once in a life-time experience - although now I’m hooked and would love to go up again! We would definitely highly recommend a Global Ballooning flight over Melbourne to everyone.
Written 29 November 2020
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GlobalBallooningAus
Dear James, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review - it truly means the world in these times! We're so happy to have been able to had the opportunity to once again take passengers sky high to enjoy Melbourne from a unique perspective. It's always so lovely to read how much our passengers, like yourself loved their experience & we're so glad you're hooked. Maybe next time you'll join us in the Yarra Valley! Take care, Kate & the team at Global Ballooning
Written 30 November 2020
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Aparna R
Pune, India19 contributions
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 28 February 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 1 March 2021
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sealspeak
Melbourne20 contributions
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 22 March 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 23 March 2022
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Elizabeth S
1 contribution
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 7 February 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 9 February 2022
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LBH
1 contribution
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 30 December 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 30 December 2020
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Panthea
6 contributions

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 4 December 2020
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GlobalBallooningAus
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 6 December 2020
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