Hot Air Balloon Flights: 7 Tips for First Timers

Be a unique traveller and travel through the sky instead of using the sidewalk. Instead of following people on foot and sifting through the crowds whilst trying to peak at the world around, give hot air ballooning a go and view the sights of Melbourne City and the Yarra Valley without any interruptions - just the calm of drifting up above the skyscrapers and busy Melbourne streets or the rolling fields and lush vineyards of the Yarra Valley. Now that you may have decided to see Melbourne or the Yarra Valley in the most special way possible, let’s go through...

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by Peter de Sousa | Jun 10, 2016

ABC 774's Rafael Epstein interviews Kiff 3,000 ft above Melbourne

There is nothing Kiff Saunders, our director and chief here at Global Ballooning Australia can’t do in a balloon. Break world altitude records, launch a balloon on the North Pole and most recently be interviewed by Rafael Epstein on a sunrise flight 3,000 ft above Melbourne. Kiff has had an incredible journey and his own share of challenging events over the years. You can see from this interview the one thing that helps him overcome anything that comes his way is gratitude and a deep seeded love for what he does. For your convenience and reading pleasure we have transcribed...

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by Kate Esposto | May 25, 2016

'Baby Shower' Amazing Race in style at Hedgend Maze

On 12th April 2016, the Global Ballooning Australia team gathered at Hedgend Maze in the beautiful Yarra Valley to throw a one-of-a-kind baby shower for our Sales & Marketing superstar (and mother to be!) - Erin Tucci. Set on 20 acres of stunning Yarra Valley real estate, Hedgend Maze boasts a wide range of immersive experiences including their famous 1.2km hedge maze, all set upon an unbeatable view of the rolling valley hills. Erin was welcomed to Hedgend by some of the Global boys dressed in the latest women’s fashion, sporting ‘balloon babies’ under their dresses to complete the theme. ...

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by Peter de Sousa | May 6, 2016

Live green, love green, be green - International Day of Forests.

Did you know Global Ballooning Australia has helped plant 1343.0 native trees in Australian forests by supporting Greenfleet, one of Australia’s most trusted environmental charities? As we join the global community to celebrate the International Day of Forests on March 21, we are proud of our commitment to reduce our impact on climate change by offsetting our emissions with Greenfleet’s native forests. Forests and trees sustain and protect us in invaluable ways. They provide the clean air that we breathe and the water that we drink. They host and safeguard the planet’s biodiversity and act as our natural defence...

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by Kate Esposto | Mar 18, 2016

5 minutes in the Spotlight with Chateau Yering’s GM

We asked Sue O’Brien a few questions about her experience being the General Manager of the stunning historical homestead - Chateau Yering, in the Yarra Valley... How long have you been the General Manager at Chateau Yering?  16 years Please share some history on the property. The main house and gardens are heritage listed.  The house was built in 1954.  In 1996 the present owners purchased the property and added on accommodation, restaurant and café, it was re-born as a hotel in 1997. What do you enjoy most about working at Chateau Yering? The people, guests and staff alike. ...

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by Kate Esposto | Feb 3, 2016

Global Family Christmas Party 2015

On 20th December 2015, the Global family celebrated the annual Christmas Party set amongst 45 acres of vines, in the intimate and rustic space at Zonzo Estate. We indulged and shared in antipasto, salads and casalinga bread, followed by delicious wood-fired pizzas and complemented by divine Zonzo Estate wine. A farewell toast was made by Kiff (Director) to Simon, an outstanding and faithful employee of 10 years at Global Ballooning Australia. We are sad to have lost such a wonderful employee but wish Simon all the very best with his future in the north of Australia.  

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by Kate Esposto | Jan 7, 2016

Zonzo Estate Reaches New Heights

The Global Team are incredibly lucky to have gained a new partner - Zonzo Estate, who have 2 new balloons with us, one in Melbourne and the other in the Yarra Valley. Amber Saunders from Zonzo Estate has given us some insight into the history and their partnership with us - Give us a brief run-down/history of Zonzo Estate… In March 2007 we opened our restaurant located on the property of Train Trak Winery and last year we purchased the vineyard from Train Trak and renamed it “Zonzo Estate”. Our restaurant is open for lunch between Wednesday...

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by Kate Esposto | Dec 17, 2015

WINNER of the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards - Tour/Transport Operator Category!

It is with great delight that the Global Ballooning Australia team again was awarded the WINNER of the Tour/Transport Operator in Victoria at the RACV Tourism Awards on Monday the 16th November. Clearly this recognition of excellence is not something that is achieved without the incredible support of our industry partners and our passengers. Thanks to you all for being an integral part of the Global Ballooning family - we ask you to share this achievement with us.   We take great delight in working with companies that share our commitment to the wider tourism industry, community, ethical tourism, sustainability, work-place recognition and...

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by Kate Esposto | Nov 20, 2015

Top 10 ‘THINGS TO DO’ for under $5 before or after your Balloon Flight in Melbourne.

Thought you had ‘done it all’ in Melbourne, think again! The Global Girls have summed up your ultimate ‘to do list’ to end your holiday with a bang… 1. Lacking energy? Start the day with a refreshing and rejuvenating Tai Chi session at Federation Square. Exercise your mind, body and soul with expert instructors in Fed Square. Tai Chi is a type of martial art and very well known for its defence techniques and health benefits. The martial art has evolved over the years into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety. It has been considered to be a...

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by Kate Esposto | Nov 11, 2015

AFC Asian Cup Balloon 2015

In January 2015, the 'Continental Tires' sponsored AFC Asian Cup hot air balloon took to the skies in Australia. Kiff, the owner of Global Ballooning Australia managed the production of the balloon and was the pilot for this project, which was built in Spain in just three weeks to be ready in time for the Asian Cup. This soccer ball shaped balloon flew in five major match cities in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Gold Coast and Brisbane to celebrate the football festival.  

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by Kate Esposto | Jul 17, 2015