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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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Cairns, Australia
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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
Hotel pickup and drop off
Commemorative flight certificate
Insurance Levy
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Hotel pickup from Yorkeys, Holloways, Kewarra

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at hotels in the Cairns and Northern Beaches areas.

Departure Time

4:00 AM
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
Pass By:  
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 Cairns

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns.

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Amazing experience
Tourist63821359831
, Mar. 2019
I just wanted to say what a great experience this was and one we will never forget. The team was brilliant and so friendly right from the moment I booked it as I wanted them to send me a voucher as it as was a gift which they did within 12 hours. Couldn’t recommend them anymore
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Really enjoyed the experience on the...
chris
, Jan. 2018
Really enjoyed the experience on the balloon, sunrise, amazing view. Down side was instead giving people the photos taken from their camera on the balloon for free, they charged you if you want to download it from their site. They gave you the balloon paper thing which was nothing special.
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I'm completely freaked out by...
hollyinmaui
, Mar. 2017
I'm completely freaked out by heights. But seeing the kangaroos bouncing from up in the balloon and the sunrise was pretty amazing .
star-5
Absolutely awesome! I've always...
DEREK S
, Jan. 2017
Absolutely awesome! I've always wanted to go in a hot air ballon, and this flight was everything I'd hoped for. The sensation of floating over the beautiful landscape in silence was fantastic, it has to be experienced to appreciate it! When I was dragging myself out of bed at 3.30am I wondered why the hell I'd booked this, but it is 100 worth it - all the ground crew were so friendly and helpful, and our pilot Bob was fantastic. If you are in Cairns, I'd thoroughly recommend this, you won't regret it.
star-5
This flight was everything that it...
Dorothy H
, Jan. 2017
This flight was everything that it was advertised to be. The flying area is beautiful and so was sunrise that morning. We took the one hour flight and it is worth it!!! Even though you may not fly far, the flight changes as you go along. It was in the second half hour that we saw all the kangaroos on the ground. Our pilot was excellent!!! This is just plain fun!!!
star-3
Good crews, punctual during pick...
Hendy B
, May 2016
Good crews, punctual during pick up. The ride itself was smooth, I didn't feel any fear for my first ever hot air balloon ride. The balloon basket where the people stand was too small for the number of people that is put in. They put 4 people in each section, and it's really tight with not much space to move. I found it hard to enjoy the scenery too, simply because there's not many interesting things if any to see. Sure it was great to see the sky at dawn, there were some foggy areas as well, but apart from those, it's just forests, farms, and flock of birds. Also 30 minutes is really quite short. Maybe if you go for another ride you might end up seeing something more interesting, maybe or maybe not. Magical, uh not really, at least not for me unfortunately.
star-5
We LOVED IT!!!!! The staff was...
Mary E K
, Apr. 2016
We LOVED IT!!!!! The staff was excellant!!! They tried to get us up before the sunrise but they felt it was too windy, so we watched the other ones leave. Thats ok. I would rather stay up then come down early. We got up after the sunrise. It was still pretty. I recommend this immensely!!! And this company!!!! Its a great adventure!!!!
star-5
Excellent! Even though it was cloudy...
karla.esbona
, Feb. 2016
Excellent! Even though it was cloudy, being above the clouds was an amazing experience with the sunrise. They also were kind to drop us off at the airport after our ride.
star-5
Balloon ride kept going on and on as...
nayan m
, Oct. 2015
Balloon ride kept going on and on as they couldn't find safe place to land. I was about to miss my flight but the team ensured I am at airport at earliest. Cheers to great effort from them .. Must do if you are in Cairns
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Waking up very early to catch the...
Milts
, Sep. 2015
Waking up very early to catch the sunrise was worth it. Staff was very professional and ensured the safety of all the passengers.

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