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 https://www.facebook.com/GlobalBallooning/ 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

Trimming the bucket list with Joanna Romano

We recently had the lovely Joanna Romano of @fitbackpacker fly with us over the Yarra Valley, and here is a little piece on what she thought of it: Hot air ballooning as the sun rises should be on everybody’s bucket list! The feeling that you get witnessing one of nature’s most amazing spectacles, suspended in a basket hundreds of metres above the ground is indescribable.     Although I had been hot air ballooning once before here in Melbourne, there was absolutely no comparison with the experience I had recently, floating over the Yarra Valley as the sunrise turned...

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by Peter de Sousa | Apr 4, 2017

How else can you get a balloon's and duck's eye view of Melbourne?

  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...

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by Peter de Sousa | Mar 7, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017: Year of the Rooster

Being dubbed as the largest human event on the planet, Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) is the most important day of the year for Chinese people all over the globe and is the first day of the month in the Chinese calendar. This year is the Year of the Rooster (Fire Rooster). The Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes people up on time.  Global Ballooning Australia knows all about waking up clients bright and early for our beautiful Melbourne sunrises, and are celebrating the Year of the Rooster along with the merry Chinese population of Melbourne, as well...

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by Peter de Sousa | Jan 19, 2017

Melbourne Hot Air Ballooning: A Photographer's Paradise

I have seen them high above the sky at dawn. I remember seeing 100’s of them taking off from Marybourgh when I was only a small boy. I can still remember the chilly mid-winter air… The sounds and the orange glow of the burners. Thinking one day I will go up in one of these amazing things.    Hot air balloons.   “We have a spot and the weather is looking great.” Now my time to get all my gear ready. I have a spot on a hot air balloon ride over out wonderful city of Melbourne.   What do...

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by Mick Russell | Jan 16, 2017

Global Flies into the Hall of Fame

  Global Ballooning Australia takes home GOLD in the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Last Thursday Victoria's best tourism operators came together at Crown Palladium to recognise & celebrate the success of companies in the tourism industry.   It is with great delight that the Global Ballooning Australia team was again awarded the WINNER of the Tour/Transport Operator at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards last night. After 3 consecutive years of winning this award, we are now proud to be in the HALL OF FAME! Over the past year and a half, we have again undertaken a comprehensive review of our...

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by Kate Esposto | Dec 1, 2016

9 Things to do in the Yarra Valley other than Drink Incredible Wine

Known for its outstanding cool climate varieties, the Yarra Valley boasts some of Australia’s finest wine. Just 45 minutes’ drive from the Melbourne CBD, the Yarra Valley is a region of stunning scenery, rich bio-diversity and incredible history. With a variety of soil types, the Yarra Valley is home to a wide array of world renowned wines, so there is definitely something to suit all tastes.   Being so well known for its delicious wine, the Yarra Valley’s other gems are often neglected, so we’re here to talk you through some of this amazing area’s other treasures! Whether you’re looking...

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by Peter de Sousa | Nov 4, 2016