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Published August 29th 2012
Myself, my sister and my mum all went up in a hot air balloon with 'Hot Air' on the Gold Coast in May 2012. It was one of the most fantastic things any of us have ever done. A tour bus picked us up from our hotel at 4:30am and we were driven to the launching location in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
They don't know the exact site of where you leave from until that morning, as it depends on the weather. After going through all the safety things, we left the bus and 'boarded' the basket in the paddock.
The sight of the huge hot air balloon being inflated was amazing in itself. The basket was a lot bigger than I expected, and fit nearly 20 of us.
It was a very surreal feeling floating up off the ground and drifting away up in the air. It was foggy the morning we went, but it didn't spoil it, in fact, it made the views spectacular as we floated above the fog and looked out over the hinterland. The sun rising was also amazing.
We would have been up in the air for longer than we expected, over an hour. I was a bit apprehensive about going up but once you are up there, you don't even think about it! The pilot and the other two guys working for the company were great and very funny.
The bumpy landing added to the experience. Once we were out, everyone helped fold the gigantic balloon up and into the trailer, then we all hopped on the back and headed back to the bus.
We then went to O'Reilly's Vineyard for a delicious hot and buffet breakfast and a glass of champagne to celebrate a safe flight.
I would recommend this experience to everyone.
Please consider the following if you want this fantastic experience
Fitness and Experience:
No particular level of fitness or experience is required but you must be able to stand up for the duration of the flight.
Please mention of any medical concerns at the time of booking, so that we can accommodate you on the day.
There is a maximum weight of 115kg.
Women who are pregnant are not able to take part in this balloon flight.
If you have any special dietary requirements for the breakfast, such as a vegetarian diet, please ensure you mention this on the booking form.
What to Bring/Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing such as jeans or trousers and a light shirt (avoid whites).
Wear a cap in summer or beanie in winter if desired.
Wear solid shoes as the ground is often covered with dew in the early morning In winter, when it is a little cooler, bring a jacket or jumper that you can take off as the morning warms up (don't be concerned about being cold as the difference between the temperature on the ground and in the air is minimal. Also, there is no wind chill factor we move with the breeze).
Bring your camera or video to capture this spectacular panorama - a photographer's paradise so bring lots of film.
What is Supplied:
4 hour ballooning experience
Professional ballooning pilot
Lavish buffet breakfast
Commemorative flight certificate
Experience is for one person