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

Ultimate Melbourne EXPERIENCE Gift Guide 2020

Ever Researched your own city like you’d never experienced it before OR lived like a ‘tourist’ in your own backyard?  Well, this is YOUR time to do, see, eat all things ‘Melbourne’ and we’ve sourced THE best experience gifts just in time for Christmas with a special treat for you, your loved ones or your colleagues… Global Ballooning Australia  You’ve arrived to this page so we’re assuming ballooning over the city of Melbourne (the ONLY major city in the world you can balloon over commercially!) OR exploring the most beautiful wine region and the 90+ wineries that live in the area –...

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by Kate Esposto | Nov 20, 2020

My Solo trip to Melbourne

"Flying in a hot air balloon has always been part of my bucket list. So, when I went on my solo trip to Melbourne, I found the opportunity with Global Ballooning Australia and took it!  It started with waking up at 3am to get on our tour bus from the city to Yarra Valley. When we got there, we helped set up the balloons then took flight in the dark.   As soon as we were in the sky, the sunrise welcomed us with the most breathtaking view. We saw the valley beneath us, filled with grapevines,...

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by Paulina Roa | Sep 23, 2020