The combination of the hot air balloon ride with a champagne breakfast on the verandah of the Queenslander they call the Grand Homestead at Canungra Valley Vineyard, was spot on for treating my Mum last year for Mother's Day. The morning went so well, we're planning to take my Mother-in-law next month.
The morning really has two parts and we're not sure which was the highlight, both possibly, as the delicious breakfast experience at the Vineyard was made all the better with the appetite we'd built up from our early sunrise start and all that hinterland fresh air.
Of course, the balloon ride itself was impressive but yet also surprising; we were impressed with the views and all the interesting facts Blake our pilot passed on and surprised by the size of the balloons, ours was 20 metres taller than the clock tower at Brisbane City Hall, who knew!
The morning we flew, Blake said we ascended up to 4000 feet, where we could see a 180 degree view from the Gold Coast's Q1 silhouetted against the sparkling waves of the beach in downtown Surfers Paradise, all the way north to Aurora Towers in Brisbane CBD, the visibility was amazing. Seeing the three balloons bob around the blue skies above a blanket of green was very tranquil but yet a tiny bit exciting too.
The remarkable colours of the sunrise that day, reflected on the clouds and the landscape kept changing every few minutes, making the photo of Mum and I, taken with Lamington National Park & Mount Tamborine in the background, really really special, second only to the photo of she and I, at our wedding.
So if you are looking for something for Mother's Day or maybe her birthday, consider a morning floating up, up and away with your mum in a hot air balloon.