Global Ballooning Australia has been flying hot air balloons over the beautiful City of Melbourne for what seems like a lifetime, and a favourite spot to drift over for many passengers and pilots alike has always been the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
Consisting of about 95 acres, the Royal Botanic Gardens are an iconic part of the local landscape and are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Melbourne, whether you're looking for beautiful running trails or a quiet shady spot for some self reflection.
If you've ever had a stroll through this amazing sanctuary you may have come across the Ornamental Lake, situated near the Eastern border of the park.
On a bright sunny Melbourne day you'll see the now iconic punts (A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water) being guided along the banks of the Ornamental Lake, with relaxed passengers being taken back in time for a classic punting experience.
Punting on the Lake have been cruising the tranquil waters of the Royal Botanic Gardens for just a couple of years now but are already an iconic Melbourne experience that can't be matched anywhere else (they're literally the only punt tour operator around).
Punting on the Lake is a relaxing, serene and beautiful way to celebrate a special anniversary, birthday, or reunion. The half hour tour in your private punt meanders around the islands and reveals a surprising new perspective of the Gardens.
Punting gives you the chance to see parts of the Gardens that are hidden to walkers. Aside from the incredible birdlife that makes the Ornamental Lake home, you'll see turtles sunning themselves and an amazing variety of water reeds and plants.
Global Ballooning Australia is now giving our passengers a chance to experience the joy of a punt tour by offering our Melbourne Flight + Romantic Guided Boat Tour.
Starting the day off with a flight over the 'garden city' Melbourne is as unforgettable an experience as it gets, but we thought we could try top it by following up with a punt tour in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Not only does it pair two of the most romantic rides in Melbourne, but they both show off our beautiful city's dedication to green scaping.
Punting on the Lake take their punting as seriously as we take our ballooning and it definitely shows!
If you’re considering flying with us soon, then we highly recommend you give punting a go afterwards!