Start the morning drifting high above Melbourne to catch a once in a lifetime sunrise from a hot air balloon, then lay back and enjoy a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.
Combining a balloon's and duck's eye view of Melbourne, this package offers the best scenic vantage points to showcase our beautiful city of Melbourne.
Wake up to a once in a lifetime flight over Melbourne, then let Punting on the Lake take you on a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. Settle back in an elegant wooden punt to enjoy a unique view of one of the world’s finest gardens as our professional punter tells you about its history, environment, wildlife and plants.
*Please note that a minimum of 2 passengers are needed to book this package.
**Please note that in June, July & August this pacakge is only available on weekends.
- Our balloon flights only run once a day, in the early hours of the morning so we can catch the sunrise. The date you select is the date you will fly with us.
- To enjoy your punt tour in the Royal Botanic Gardens, we can help you choose from a variety of starting times for you throughout the day, or even on a seperate day to your balloon flight.
Once we receive your booking request we will contact you for payment and to arrange a time-slot for your punt tour.
Punting on the Lake depart from the Punting on the Lake landing in front of the Terrace Cafe, inside Gate A of the Royal Botanic Gardens (corner Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Street) at various set times throughout the day, and in the evenings in summer.
Please remember that the Royal Botanic Gardens are 36 hectares of unspoiled and treasured Melbourne life. You can easily get lost exploring these beautifuly preserved gardens for hours, so make a day of it and you won't be disappointed!
The Melbourne Flight + Romantic Guided Boat Tour experience package includes
- Complimentary CBD hotel pick up
- One hour sunrise balloon flight over the Melbourne (weather depending)
- Half hour guided punt tour of the Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens with Punting on the Lake
Schedule for the day
- Sunrise: Balloon flight over Melbourne (subject to weather conditions)
- Punt Tour: Meet your punting guide by the water in front of the Terrace Cafe for your ride at your allocated time.
If the flight is cancelled...
If the balloon flight is cancelled, your Guided Punt Tour will still proceed regardless of weather conditions. Your confirmation will state the meeting place and time required as well as what to bring with you on the day. Your flight may be refunded less an administration fee of $25 if we cancel due to bad weather, but please note that your Guided Boat Tour will still go ahead on the arranged date and time. You can re-book your flight package for an alternative date by contacting Global Ballooning Australia.You have 12 months to re-book from your first cancelled flight only.
Is this package refundable?
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding a refund.
What is the Melbourne check in number?
0488 686 555. Please call the pilot between 6-7pm the night before your flight to check in.
You can also check the Melbourne check-in page.
Balloon flight meeting times (approximate):
We always meet 1 hour before sunrise and this time will vary throughout the different seasons, this is a rough guide only.
Jan : 4.00 – 4.30
Feb : 4.30 – 5.00
Mar : 5.00 – 5.30
Apr : 5.30 – 6.00
May : 5.30 – 6.00
Jun : 6.00 – 6.30
Jul : 6.00 – 6.30
Aug : 5.30 – 6.00
Sep : 5.00 – 5.30
Oct : 5.00 – 5.30
Nov : 4.30 – 5.00
Dec : 4.30 – 5.00
Punting on the Lake Opening Hours
Punt tour Summer season: Sept – May 10:15am – 5:00pm Daily
Punt tour Winter season: Jun – Aug 11:00am – 3:30pm Weekends
Punting is available, weather permitting, every day from Sept-May except Christmas Day, and every weekend and public holiday from Jun-Aug.
Global Ballooning Australia offer a wide range of packages to suit all needs - we encourage you to make use of these exclusive packages we have arranged with other tourism operators to make the most the regions in which we fly. Allow us to show you the experience of a lifetime!