Canowindra Challenge

There is nothing more majestic than experiencing a kaleidoscope of colour on the horizon watching the sunrise from a hot air balloon. Personally, I can’t think of a more invigorating way to begin my day. If you have ever been in a hot air balloon you will appreciate the peaceful floating experience that is associated with ballooning. So, you will understand my personal intrigue when I heard of a Hot Air Balloon Competition. Unlike many sports a hot air balloon competition is not about speed but more about the methodological skill of the pilot and in some instances just sheer...

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by Julia West | Jun 15, 2018

Flight Information made easier - download our mobile app!

  We are proud to announce that a new mobile app is in place now for our passengers, allowing them to Check-in for their flight without having to follow outdated procedures. This custom build mobile app means that communication between passengers and pilots/ crew is two-way and eliminates uncertainty as well as translation difficulties.  In the past, passengers were required to call a nominated voice message service to listen to the instructions for the flight the next day. Although for many years this worked brilliantly, with the increase of international visitation and 21st Century technology reliance, we decided to embrace some changes...

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by Erin Tucci | May 30, 2018

Unforgettable Proposals

A Hot Air balloon experience is something i regularly organize for my clients, however never had I had the opportunity to do so myself. During a work trip in Melbourne, perfect weather and with the following morning free, i thought this would be the perfect time to experience an (early) sunrise flight. The team at Global Ballooning were quick to confirm my booking and completely hassle free, one email sent and 10 minutes later i had received my confirmation letter and a text from the company confirming my pick up time, must knows and additional info. Off i headed to...

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by Samantha Davies | May 2, 2018

The art of Photographing Hot Air Balloons

The spectacle of enormous bulbous shapes emerging from the predawn chill of darkness to become towering giants looming over you is something to see.   Photographing the launching of hot air balloons is most definitely an adrenalin pumping experience for any enthusiastic photographer. From the darkness these magnificent giants sway gently above and around you, with their murky colourless shapes presenting an ominous presence. The crew fire their burners into the sleeping giants suddenly awakening them; they explode into a burst of colour and movement. The burners sound like jet fighters taking off, the activity to launch them is frenetic...

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by Rod Black | Apr 6, 2018

Hot Air Ballooning Melbourne: The Best View Of The World’s Most Liveable City

Waking up 2 hours before sunrise does not sound like the best start to the day. But don’t be fooled. Today we’re going on a hot air balloon ride. And this is the only way to do it. By the end of the flight I won’t even remember any gripes about rolling out of bed at an unholy hour. I’ll only remember the ethereal sensation of floating above Melbourne, Australia. I’m telling you this so you don’t hit “snooze” and miss out on an experience recognised in the “Hall of Fame” by the Victorian Tourism Awards… 3 years in a row....

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by Josh Bender | Jan 3, 2018

Memories are made of these- Give an experience!

Over the course of our lives, the amount of physical gifts given for birthdays, Christmas, weddings, is astronomical.  Most of us would prefer to share an experience and create lasting memories with the ones we love.   According to the University of Toronto, "The reason experiential gifts are more socially connecting is that they tend to be more emotionally evocative." The emotional response gained from receiving an experience gift is more intense than a material gift. This is because we put ourselves in the situation of the experience first-hand. For hot air ballooning, common emotions include: Excitement Happiness  Joy Grateful shock/ surprise These are...

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by Erin Tucci | Nov 10, 2017

Wander with Zonzo

Global Ballooning's own, Paterson Saunders competed in the 2017 Northam National Ballooning Championships from September 2 - 10. The newly designed Zonzo Racer balloon took to the skies skies, with Paterson finishing up in 9th place.  Paterson, age 21, has already experienced flying balloons in France, Ireland, Slovenia, Qatar and the North Pole.  “Competitions are completely different to drifting across the sky without a care in the world, they require tremendous planning, focus and a solid understanding of GPS mapping technology.” Paterson said. “Given my upbringing, I was predisposed to be a natural wanderer. It is my hope that my...

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by Erin Tucci | Sep 20, 2017

Up in the air with: Brian Garth

Global Ballooning Australia commercial balloon pilots are some of the most experienced balloonists in the country. Our current pilots have been ballooning with the company for many years and all have rich histories of ballooning throughout Australia and the world. They are highly accomplished in their field with the majority of pilots having accrued over 3000hrs in hot air balloons.  But there is a lot more to our amazing team of pilots and crew than their vast experience flying hot air balloons. Part of what makes ballooning such an incredible experience is the connection between passenger and pilot. Aside from flying your hot air...

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by Peter de Sousa | Jun 30, 2017

Global wraps-up in Sydney for Australia’s largest tradeshow

Global Ballooning Australia representatives Kate & Peter attended the 2017 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE17) in May. Sydney was the host destination for the country’s largest annual tourism trade show.     The newly constructed International Convention Centre (Australia’s largest exhibition and convention centre) was the space which hosted this B2B event; known within the industry as ‘speed dating’ due to the busy schedule of 15 minute appointments across 4 x 9hr days.     The Global team, amongst many other Victorian and National companies came together to conduct meetings to generate future tourism business for Australia.   ...

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by Kate Esposto | May 29, 2017

Terms and conditions: Global Ballooning Australia Fathers Day competition

Global Ballooning Australia Fathers Day competition   The promoter is: Global Ballooning Pty Ltd whose registered office is at 30 Dickmann St, Richmond, VIC. The competition is open to residents of Australia aged 18 years or over. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified....

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by Peter de Sousa | May 12, 2017