For the highlight of a Gold Coast holiday join Balloon Down Under for the romance and adventure of a wonderful hot air balloon flight over the Gold Coast. Float gently above the Gold Coast and hinterland. The experience is amazing - it's like being on a magic carpet ride, with incredible views from Brisbane to Byron and the whole of the Gold Coast. They fly every day of the year (weather permitting), always early in the morning when they float with the gentle wind at sunrise.
Family owned Balloon Down Under is the longest established ballooning business in Queensland, Australia, with over 25 years experience and a 100 per cent safety record. Complimentary return hotel transfers are available to Gold Coast visitors. Also included is welcoming tea, coffee and biscuits on the launch field, a bottle of cool water after the flight, and a lovely champagne full buffet breakfast at the Mercure Resort Gold Coast - the perfect place to sit back and savour the wonderful morning.
Enjoy the story of the history of ballooning and why they have champagne after each balloon flight, followed by the presentation of personalised flight certificates.
The memories will last forever!
Children aged from three to 13 years are welcome. A stand is available to assist them see over the edge of the balloon basket.
Cancellations require 48 hours notice, allowing management to re-book vacant places. "No shows" on the flight morning and late cancellations will be charged for. As safety is first priority and ballooning is a weather dependent activity, flights may sometimes have to be cancelled due to unsuitable weather. In such an event a full refund is given and no cancellation fees apply. Customers are encouraged to reschedule their flight if possible.
Please note that the regulations of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority prohibit the carriage of disabled persons and infants under three years of age in a balloon. If in doubt, please discuss your needs with Balloon Down Under.
Pets are not allowed.
As the dawn light slowly creeps across the Gold Coast you will experience the oldest and most romantic form of aviation in the world.
You can assist the pilot and crew to prepare the balloon for flight. Once aboard the wicker basket, your magical flight begins. The launch is so gentle you will not even realise you have left the ground. The peace and gentleness of ballooning will surprise you and the views are outstanding. This is the most amazing way to see the marvellous Gold Coast area.
You are about to experience the romance and adventure of the oldest form of flight, in a hot air balloon. To make your experience enjoyable and memorable, here are some helpful hints.
Balloons only fly once a day, just after sunrise when the breezes are at their calmest, early morning starts are essential. Casual clothing is suggested, and closed toed shoes are a good idea as sometimes the balloon will launch and land in a paddock with long wet grass. It is no colder up in the air than it is when you walk out of your front door, so just wear what you are warm and comfortable in. Layers are a good idea as it gets warmer as the morning
proceeds. Don't forget sunglasses, camera, and a hat if needed.
After the flight and balloon pack-up, it is off to Chelo's Restaurant for a lovely champagne, full buffet breakfast. The story of the history of ballooning and why champagne is part of ballooning is followed by the presentation of your personal Flight Certificate; the ceremony will be enjoyed by all. In flight photos and others of the morning are available for purchase on CD.
Total tour time is approximately four, to four and a half hours.
How To Get There:
Local passengers for the balloon flight will be met at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa, in the hotel lobby. There is ample undercover car parking available. From the M1 Motorway take Exit 71, at Nerang. At the top of the exit turn into Nerang-Broadbeach Road, heading towards Broadbeach. Approximately three kilometres along Nerang-Broadbeach Road you will turn left into Ross Street. The entry to RACV Royal Pines Resort is on the left. Follow the signs to the hotel car parking. From the underground car park take the lift to the Resort lobby. That is where they will meet you at the time advised at the time of making your booking.
Gold Coast visitors can use the complimentary transfer service to and from their hotel.
Office hours are 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. each day. Bookings can be made by telephone up to 8.00 p.m. of the evening prior to the flight, and by email or fax by 4.00 p.m. the day prior to the flight. Email and fax bookings should be confirmed by telephone.
Packages, VIP tours and family rates are available, please contact the operator for details.
Up to 250 conference attendees can be catered for per morning flight, as well as smaller meeting groups of 10 or more. Please contact Balloon Down Under to discuss your requirements and details so a special package can be tailored to the needs of the group.