A Melbourne Hot Air Balloon Rides takes in the spectacular Melbourne skyline from a whole new perspective; it's an unforgettable hot air balloon ride of a lifetime. A balloon ride over Melbourne offers impressive views of Melbourne’s famous attractions including the MCG, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Albert Park Formula 1 racetrack and the iconic Yarra River.
Meeting at the Sofitel Melbourne, our sunrise Melbourne balloon rides are approximately one hour in flight duration and take in stunning views of the city and its suburbs. Following your Balloon Aloft Melbourne hot air balloon ride, we return to the Sofitel Melbourne for a delicious breakfast and champagne celebration at No 35 Restaurant located on the 35th level of the Sofitel Melbourne.
We can cater our Melbourne sunrise hot air balloon rides for individuals, couples and groups. For special occasions, our open dated Melbourne Balloon Flight Gift Vouchers make the ideal gift. Let our dedicated team of professionals help deliver the perfect hot air ballooning experience!
Keep in mind that hot air ballooning is a weather dependent activity. The weather over the winter months is often less suitable for flights than at other times of the year. If the weather on your scheduled day of flight is not suitable for a safe, fun flight then your flight will be cancelled. Due to the less suitable weather experienced over winter, we schedule fewer flights over the winter.
Balloon Aloft Melbourne acts as an agent for all Melbourne flights.
Your pilots and crew will be on hand to welcome you when you arrive at the Sofitel Melbourne at the designated time. Enjoy a tea or coffee as you sign-in for your balloon rides and listen while your pilot gives you a short flight briefing.
Your adventure begins with a short drive in our vehicles to your launch site. The exact launch site used on the day is determined by your pilot and depends on the wind direction on the morning. We have over a dozen launch sites to choose from around the city. This is a good opportunity to get to know your pilot and crew and ask any questions your may have.
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 sun rises you will ascend into the sky in your colourful balloon. Your balloon will float gently along the breeze; in your basket you will feel completely secure with virtually no sensation of movement. During your flight you may find yourself drifting just above the buildings, trees and houses, then moments later, effortlessly ascending to heights of 2000 feet or more. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture views of the Melbourne from a perspective like no other.
After landing we will pack the balloon away and then transport you back to the Sofitel Melbourne where the excitement of the morning continues over Melbourne’s best hot air ballooning breakfast served at No 35 Restaurant on level 35 of the Sofitel Melbourne. Relax and enjoy a glass of champagne with your fellow passengers and your pilot as you celebrate your exhilarating morning. Photos and souvenirs will be available for purchase during breakfast.