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

Hot Air Ballooning: The Safest Way To Chase The Sunrise

Nothing captivates the imagination quite like hot air ballooning. Most of us have a childhood infatuation with the idea of floating through the morning skies, dancing in the rays of the early morning sun and drifting high above the world detached from reality. Hot air ballooning is the world’s oldest form of aviation and the first human beings to fly did so in 1783 in a balloon. It goes without saying then, that we have had a long time to evolve the art of ballooning. The equipment used and methods employed have come quite a long way since the...

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by Peter de Sousa | Sep 16, 2016

The Global Green Team's date with the environment!

After a successful volunteer tree planting day with TreeProject in June 2016, the Global green team took to Lysterfield National Park on 19th of August 2016 for another successful day out with our partner, Greenfleet. Other supporters from Disney, Europcar, Kings Transport and Telstra also joined us. It is always a good feeling when we get out of the office to plant native trees - there is a strong emotional connection of what we are achieving and it shows us where our contribution to offsetting our flights goes.   As Greenfleet say: 'There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad...

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by Kate Esposto | Aug 31, 2016

The Best Hot Air Balloon Rides in the World According to Global

Melbourne, Australia A sunrise hot air balloon flight over Melbourne is a truly remarkable experience. There are few major cities in the world that can be traversed by hot air balloon and there certainly is no better way to take in Australia's second largest city. In the early morning light our balloons drift by the array of parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world's most liveable city. As the city comes to life you will look down from your balloon onto some of the cities iconic sporting venues like the MCG, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack. If...

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by Peter de Sousa | Aug 10, 2016

7 Reasons for you to Take to the Skies by Hot Air Balloon

1. Romance: If you’re looking for the ultimate romantic experience, nothing could possibly beat the intimate nature of hot air ballooning. Holding your loved one close as you watch the world wake up below you? Hard to think of anything to top that! And for the hopeless romantics looking to pop the question, what better setting than high above in a balloon?     2. The views… You’ll be hard pressed to find better views of Melbourne or the Yarra Valley. Flying up to 5,000 feet above the ground, hot air balloons offer an incredible vantage point to appreciate just...

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by Peter de Sousa | Jul 8, 2016