What to Expect - The Flight Process
Your pilots and crew will be on hand to welcome you when you arrive at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort on Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara at the designated time (pick from local accommodation can also be arranged by calling 07 5578 3026). In the event that your flight needs to be altered or cancelled due to unsuitable weather, you will receive a call from your pilot the evening prior to you flight. Enjoy a tea or coffee as you sign-in. See how the pilot checks the morning’s local winds conditions and listen while he or she gives you a short flight briefing.
Your adventure begins with a trip out to your launch site. This is determined by your pilot and depends on the wind direction on the morning - we have over a dozen launch sites to choose from! This is a good opportunity to get to know your pilot and crew and ask any questions your may have.
Once you have arrived at the launch site it takes around 20-25 minutes for the balloon to be inflated and standing upright ready for boarding. You are welcome to help with the setup of the balloon or simply stand back and take photos as your aircraft takes shape and comes to life.
As the new day dawns you will ascend into the sky in your colourful balloon. Your balloon will float gently along the breeze and in your basket you will feel completely secure, with very little sensation of movement. During your flight you may find yourself drifting just above the treetops then moments later effortlessly ascending to heights of 2000 feet or more.
After approximately one hour your will be greeted by your ground crew as you touch back down to earth. The balloon is packed away with lots of laughs, then you hop back into our vehicles and we return to the Mercure Gold Coast Resort for a champagne breakfast.