Tripping the Flight Fantastic

The world’s first manned hot-air balloon flight was from a chateau in the Bois de Bologne in Paris in 1783, witnessed by a crowd estimated at a rather Trumpian 400,000, including Louis XVI and Benjamin Franklin. This morning we can only muster a few cows in a field off the Maroondah Highway near Mansfield, central Victoria. Still, we’re asked to be mindful of their presence in the pre-dawn gloom, mainly because of what we may step in. Keeping well back while the craft is “fuelled”, we finally get the boarding call from Global Ballooning pilot Georgia Croft and have...

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by Jeremy Bourke, Weekend Australian | Sep 9, 2021

LIGHTER THAN AIR: Australian Ballooning History

I have always been great fan of History – it was my favourite subject at school, and I always find myself gravitating towards literature based on events and exploits of days gone by. In many ways this appreciation of the deeds of remarkable pioneers and fearless adventurers has inspired me to travel and to also push myself onwards into the unchartered waters of discovery within myself. As we busily go through our day-to-day life, we tend not to consider that our time on this planet may also one day be part of history. It is only until a dedicated...

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by Kiff Saunders | Aug 24, 2021

The complete guide to Ballooning like a dad this Father’s Day

Here at Global Ballooning Australia, we appreciate all the different dads in our lives. No two are the same. Although dads have a way of, well… being dads. From the caring stereotypes to the downright cringe. But we love them, and we know you do too. This guide will show you why a balloon flight this Father’s Day is the perfect gift for all types of dads in your life, no matter the stereotype.     The DIY/Handyman Dad – We all know a dad like this in our lives. The one who seems to have been building a...

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by Harry | Aug 13, 2021

Quintessential Mansfield experience guide - 2021

  See the best of Victoria’s high country and the majestic countryside of Mansfield. Have you been needing a getaway from busy streets and a fast-paced life? Are you looking to escape to the serene country with vast natural views and nestled within the Alpine Ranges? If yes, then Mansfield is your golden ticket. A nature lovers paradise just two and a half hours from Melbourne. With this experience guide and special offers from across the Mansfield area, you will never want to return to the city life. Soak up the spectacular Alpine scenery this winter in Mansfield.   ...

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by Harry | Jun 29, 2021

7 reasons why a hot air balloon flight is a perfect incentive & team building activity!

Strong organizations are the result of strong teams and one great way of building a strong team is through a memorable ballooning experience. With an ideal climate, beautiful landscape and an award-winning balloon operator, Yarra Valley and Mansfield are considered some of the best ballooning destinations in Australia.     1. Tick off their ultimate travel bucket list Most people love a little adventure, and ballooning is the perfect ‘soft adventure’. You do not need to be fit; ballooning is ageless, and appeals to almost everybody. A ballooning adventure is a sensory experience that is filled with changing hues of light, sounds and spectacular...

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by Mandy Ho | Apr 16, 2021

'Love Letter to Melbourne’ Fact Sheet

Here floats a time capsule of the year gone by, a traumatic period for so many. This spectacular floating pop of colour will symbolise our road to recovery and farewell to what has been a challenging 2020 for many in Victoria.  We are extremely excited to reveal our 'Love Letter to Melbourne’  Balloon! In successfully flying this hot air balloon over the city, we are celebrating hundreds of hours of work that has gone into conceptualising, campaigning, designing, and building this incredibly unique project.  Here are some facts about it:     The Balloon The balloon has been built by Kavanagh...

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by Pato Saunders | Mar 29, 2021

Why Autumn is the best flying season

Autumn is here! This is the season that our balloon pilots absolutely adore for a few reasons, read on to find out why... OPERATIONALLY To be able to safety operate a hot air balloon flight for passenger flights, the air quality and conditions required must meet certain criteria. Sunrise flights are conducted at this time because it is the time of the day when the air is the coolest and the weather conditions are at their most stable, less windy and less likely to fluctuate. There is a very small window of timing in the morning that these conditions last for. ...

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by Erin Tucci | Mar 19, 2021

Making a difference - accessibility with the Easy Access Basket

10 Years ago, Global Ballooning Australia’s Managing Director, Kiff Saunders had a severe motorcycle accident that left him unable to walk for an extended period of time. Through years of rehabilitation he has been able to return to flying hot air balloons over his beloved Melbourne.   While extremely grateful for his recovery, this accident left Kiff with a deep appreciation for the challenges that come with loss of mobility, and the barriers of entry for outdoor activity. As a thankyou to the medical fraternity, Kiff embarked on a project witrh Burt & Davies to provide a hot air ballooning experience...

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by Kate Esposto | Feb 25, 2021

Explore the best of the Yarra Valley on our three-day-getaway road trip

Never-ending rows of vines framed against a dramatic backdrop of the Great Dividing Range. Sweeping architectural lines, acclaimed restaurants and cellar doors, tucked-away places plus friendly people quietly finessing their crafts. This is the Yarra Valley, a region of spectacular scenery, extraordinary restaurants and exciting artisan producers. Explore the best of the Yarra Valley on our three-day-getaway road trip.   Day 1  Waste no time in venturing into the many welcoming winery cellar doors dotted around the Yarra Valley. After all, with over 70 wineries and just three days at your disposal, timing is everything. Spend the morning exploring the...

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by Visit Victoria | Jan 11, 2021

Araluen Boutique Accommodation

Rachel Hanson (owner of Araluen Boutique Accommodation) is the perfect host, welcoming guests to the property, offering 7 beautifully clean & comfortable rooms. Immediately feel at ease with the Steels Creek surrounding views. It really does feel like a home away from home. The main house features antique furniture and stunning décor to complement the property, setting the tone for a relaxing, refreshing vibe.   The grounds of Araluen are beautiful to take a walk around, admiring the gardens from the front to the back of the property as well as a chicken coop, olive trees, solar heated pool...

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by Erin Tucci | Jan 6, 2021