There's something about hot air balloons that make me just a tad bit scared. Perhaps it's my childhood fear of heights or perhaps it's the fact that you are in a basket being lifted by a bag that contains flames heating the inside air. It's a scary thought but one thing that provides comfort to my mind is the scenery I will experience. Imagine yourself floating high above the skies looking down on the Melbourne CBD and looking far out into the horizon. Now isn't that a much more pleasant thought.
If you're in dire need of the gift idea, looking for a unique way to propose to a loved one or just wanting to view the morning sunrise, then hot air ballooning is just the perfect ticket for you. Melbourne offers a wide range of companies that provide the hot air balloon experience to the public. The companies that I present to you all come highly recommended and are for you to enjoy:
Go Wild Ballooning offers the hot air balloon experience over the stunning country landscapes of the Yarra Valley. View Victoria's most beautiful wine region filled with lush green fields, stunning mountain ranges, picturesque vineyards and the streaming Yarra River.
With several packages to choose from, Go Wild Ballooning wants you to fully experience and appreciate the beauty of the Yarra Valley. Standard Hot Air Balloon Flight Weekdays (Monday Friday) With Breakfast, $250 per person
Without Breakfast, $225 per person
Weekend With Breakfast, $310 per person
Without Breakfast, $285 per person
Hot Air Balloon Flight and Yarra Valley Winery Tour
This is a full day which has everything Yarra Valley has to offer.
This package includes:
-Starting with your morning sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley
-A truly gourmet champagne breakfast at Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel
-A winery tour where you will be able to experience the taste and aromas of the Yarra Valley wines
-Delicious mouth watering lunch at a Yarra Valley Winery
City Transfers can be arranged
Weekdays (Monday Friday) - $360 per person
Weekend - $420 per person
Sky Diving Packages
For crazy daredevils, experience the Yarra Valley with an adrenaline rush through Go Wild Ballooning's Sky Diving Package.
This package includes:
-The Hot Air Balloon flight over the Yarra Valley
-Gourmet Champagne breakfast at Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel
-Wine tasting at the award winning Yering Station
-Cheese tasting at the Yarra Valley Dairy
Midweek $645- per person
Weekend / Public Holiday $705- per person
Picture This Ballooning operates hot air balloon flights over the Melbourne city. They offer a good mix of deals and specials, all including a free inner city pick up from any hotel and complimentary coffee and tea on arrival at Sofi's Lounge in the Melbourne Sofitel on Collins.
Melbourne Balloon Flight Only
Adult Rate - $ 299 per Person
Child Rate - $230 per Child
Adult Rate - $340 per Person
Child Rate - $230 per Child
Melbourne's Best Balloon Flight
Melbourne's Best Ballooning offers a complete hot air balloon experience with breakfast at the Sofitel after your flight.
Adult Rate - $375 per Person
Child Rate - $270 per child
Romantic Flight for Two
Spoil your loved one with this couples package where you will receive your own private balloon with your personal pilot and crew. With this package, you will be driven to the landing site by your own personal chauffeur in a classy luxury limo. For a small extra cost, the hot air balloon experience can be completed with in-flight champagne, chocolates and arranged roses just to create that little extra romantic atmosphere.
$1950 per couple
Corporate Balloon Flight Up to 10 people
Whether it be impressing potential clients, an exercise to strengthen the team or a bunch of mates wanting a good time out, the Corporate Balloon flight is the best option for you.
Together you can experience being rulers of the world, complete with breakfast on your own table at the Melbourne Sofitel. Put together a group of 10 people and save up to $75 off!
$2995 for the group
For the flexible and patient, this is the perfect deal for you. Place yourself on the Picture This Ballooning Waiting List, and once they have room, you'll be able to experience the skies with discounted prices of up to $90 off. You will receive the normal features of free inner city pick up and complimentary coffee and tea at Sofi's Lounge, but for an extra $40 per person, you can too enjoy the breakfast option at the Melbourne Sofitel.
Global Ballooning offers a fine hot ballooning experience, with locations in both Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. Whether you fancy a trip to the Valley, or prefer to stay within the city limits, Global Ballooning have what you need in terms of a good flight experience.
For the Melbourne flight, guests are picked up from the Hilton on the Park, after which a short briefing will commence with the pilot.
The hot air balloon flight last approximately an hour where you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Melbourne city and the surrounding suburbs.
If you take the Champagne breakfast option, the hot air balloon experience will be completed with breakfast at the Hilton on the Park.
Melbourne Balloon Flight
Adult Rate - $350 per Person
Child Rate - $270 per Child
(The Minimum Child age is between 6-12 yrs)
Melbourne Flight with Champagne breakfast
Adult Rate - $375 per Person
Child Rate - $285 per Child
The Yarra Valley hot air balloon experience is cheap than their Melbourne counterpart with what I believe to be a much more glamorous view.
Pickups are organized from the Rochford Wineries, after which you will be short beefed on upon arrival. Again, the flight will last for about an hour where you will be able to enjoy the beauty that the Yarra Valley has to offer. With the champagne breakfast option, the flight will be completed with breakfast at Rochford Winery
Yarra Valley Flights
Adult Rate - $290 per Person
Child Rate - $225 per Child
Yarra Valley Flight with Champagne Breakfast
Adult Rate - $315 per Person
Child Rate - $240 per Child
Both the Melbourne and Yarra Valley flights include a souvenir pack with wine tasting voucher at Domaine Chandon, flight certificate and in-flight photography with the opportunity to purchase a souvenir CD compilation and DVD pack after the flight.
Balloon Sunrise was founded in 1986, becoming the first commercial hot air ballooning operation in Australia. Balloon Sunrise operate hot air balloon flights over the great city of Melbourne, and the beautiful Yarra Valley.
Balloon Sunrise offer two types of rides for the public, Silver Ticket and Gold Ticket.
The Silver Ticket price is the hour long hot air balloon flight that overlooks the city of the Melbourne or the Yarra Valley.
The Gold Ticket is a package deal that includes the one hour hot air balloon flight along with other exciting features such as a 5-star gourmet champagne breakfast at a luxurious hotel, a free City hotel pick up and a Balloon Sunrise cap.
Melbourne Sunrise Prices Silver Ticket - $350
Gold Ticket - $375
With the Gold Ticket is a package, the gourmet champagne breakfast will be held at luxurious Langham Hotel Melbourne, where you may have the chance to talk with your pilot and listen to his stories of adventure.
Yarra Valley Sunrise Prices Silver Ticket - $310 per adult
Gold Tickets: - $350.00 per adult
With the Gold Ticket is a package, there will be a complimentary wine tasting at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort Spa after your flight, and yu will also receive a Natskin Spa Pass Valued at $15.
Hot air ballooning is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which ensures the highest standards in the licensing of pilots, training, maintenance and quality control of operations. If the pilot of your hot air balloon decides that the weather conditions aren't favorable, then the flight will be postponed to another time.
While you're up there in the air, the temperature in the air will be no colder than on the ground. So always remember to bring some comfy warm clothes and a healthy adventurous attitude. Go on and feed your curiosity and gently float amongst the clouds on a Hot Air Balloon ride.