Australia is absolutely bursting with breathtaking scenes, from pristine beaches and arid deserts to snow-capped mountains and dramatic cliffs.
These views are made even more magical when seen from the air. Satisfy your adventurous spirit and check out these breathtaking spots to go hot air ballooning in Australia.
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra
The capital of Australia is well known for its sweeping nature reserves, stunning mountain ranges and beautiful parks and lakes. Experience Canberra’s hallmarks from the air as you hot air balloon over Lake Burley Griffin. Or, you can celebrate the country’s love of ballooning at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular in March every year.
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Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Alice Springs, otherwise known as the Aboriginal Art capital of Central Australia, houses countless local art galleries, each one showcasing the rich, vibrant culture of the country. The region’s landscapes are equally astounding. Soaking it all up from the sky will carve out a special place in your heart for Alive forever.
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Byron Bay, New South Wales
Located on the north coast of NSW, Byron Bay is one of the most sought-after beach towns on the eastern seaboard. Known for its spectacular beaches and lush hinterland, Byron is full of beauty best enjoyed from the seat of a hot air balloon. Take in the ocean as it meets the rolling hills beneath you, the dazzling blue contrasting the radiant green.
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Tropical North Queensland
Tropical Northern Queensland (TNQ) is brimming with breathtaking views. These remarkable sights are only made greater from the air. Whether you balloon out of Cairns or Port Douglas, you will enjoy a magnificent backdrop as the hot air balloon glides through the vibrant blue sky. Be sure to check out TNC’s other offerings while you’re there, such as the lively city of Cairns and the incredible Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge.
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Hunter Valley, New South Wales
This famed wine growing region is a popular weekend getaway spot for Sydneysiders, Central Coasties and Newcastle resident. With plenty of cellar doors to visit, gorgeous gardens to wander around and plenty of gourmet delights to sink your teeth into, the only thing to really top the experience off is with a spectacular early morning hot air balloon flight over the valley. The views will be worth the early wake up!
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Avon Valley, Western Australia
Avon Valley is a national park located in Western Australia, just northeast of Perth. Named after the Avon River that flows through the park, the Avon Valley is widely known for its jaw-dropping scenery. The rolling hills, rivers and whimsical towns make for an amazing aerial view of the region. The Avon is one of the most spectacular places to go hot air ballooning in Australia, but especially in September and October. This is when the state’s famous wildflowers blanket the land in brightly-coloured blooms.
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Barossa Valley, South Australia
Known primarily for its red wine, the Barossa Valley is also an ideal location for hot air ballooning. The famous vineyards and wineries decorating the region are a spectacular sight from a seat up in the clouds. Ballooning views stretch from the countryside all the way to the ocean.
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Yarra Valley, Victoria
Just east of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is well known for its Chardonnay, sparkling wine and Pinot noir. Filled with seemingly endless vineyards, the view from a hot air balloon is simply spectacular. Many of the wineries, including Chandon pictured above, can organise spectacular hot air ballooning experiences coupled with wine flights and tasting, luxury picnics and stellar 3-course meals at the cellar door restaurants. How special!
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How to get to your destination
Rex Airlines flies into over 60 different destinations throughout Australia. This includes Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Coolangatta, and Canberra along with regional cities in each state and territory, excepting the Northern Territory. See the map below for details on the routes Rex Airlines flies and book your flight here.
If you’re inclined to slightly more adrenalin-pumping experiences, check out these high-octane adventures across there NT and WA.