Floating through the sky on a hot air balloon ride at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, is the highlight of a holiday when riding with Hot Air Balloons, Gold Coast. Even though you have to get up really early, once you take off on your five star balloon flight over the hinterland at the crack of dawn you are completely awestruck with the experience of flying.
Floating over tree tops with Hot Air Balloons gives visitors an opportunity of taking in the spectacular scenery ranging from the skyline of the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain, and Heritage listed Lamington Park, from the basket of a hot air balloon.
Hot Air Balloon Ride to the Hinterland with Champagne Breakfast at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Homestead
Between ten to four and half past four in the morning passengers are collected from hotels with an air-conditioned coach in the areas of Surfers Paradise, or Main Beach, or else they meet at Canungra or Nerang. Arriving at the launch site they watch the sight of the hot air balloon as it is inflated. When fully inflated the balloon is actually higher than a ten storey building.
From 6am onward, depending on the time of year, the balloon is ready for lift off. Passengers are entertained by amazing sunrises and the well trained crew ready to answer any questions on hot air ballooning. The flight is full of fun and the atmosphere lively as the balloon floats on through the sky at a leisurely pace towards the rainforest area.
Earthward bound for the highlight of the tour, a champagne breakfast in the Canungra Valley Vineyard Estate of O’Reilly’s. After the flight passengers enjoy a full cooked breakfast together with little pastries while sipping their glass of champagne. Taking in the spectacular scenery of the vineyards from the verandah of the grand old O’Reilly homestead is tranquil and relaxing.
Afterwards, guests either have the choice to remain and spend more time exploring this amazing region of Mount Tamborine and the Scenic Rim, or else return to the Gold Coast with the coach.
How to Dress for Hot Air Balloon Rides
Dress as though going on a bushwalk, wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes that can be peeled off if feeling too hot. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sun barrier cream and of course, a camera.
Hot Air Balloons fly daily weather permitting, with the exception of Christmas and New Year.
Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast,
23 Ferny Avenue,
Surfers Paradise, 4217
Tel: 07 5636 1508 e-mail: [email protected]
Due to the popularity of Hot Air Balloon rides, booking is essential.