First time ballooning and it was great! Watching the sun rise over the Yarra Valley was spectacular. We had a lovely clear day and the view was amazing. I was a little nervous about the height, but once you're up there you just float calmly along and forget that you're so far above the ground. Helping set up and pack up the balloon added to the experience as it was great to get involved instead of standing around watching. The crew were fun and made sure everyone was enjoying the trip. Will definitely be recommending to friends!
I booked an exclusive flight with Global Ballooning to propose to my fiance and the day was just incredible. We met at Balgownie Estate at about 4 in the morning - my partner thinking that we were going on a very early morning wine tour!! When I met with Steve, our pilot, he had a plan that was worked out to make sure that my proposal was the best kept secret. Even though I was extremely nervous, both from the proposal and the balloon flight (I am terrified of heights!!), Steve made sure that everything ran to clockwork. Once the balloon was inflated and I was ready to propose, Steve ensured that we captured the moment with lots of photos. He took the time for us to live in the moment and make a memory that would last forever. Once we were up in the air, I became quite internal and very quiet! I was trying to get over my fear of heights. Steve asked me to move from my safety spot and pose for a photo - but when I was reluctant to move, he recognised that I was scared of heights, gave me a massive hug and told me that he would do everything to make the flight smooth and comfortable for me. After 20 minutes in the air, I relaxed into the flight and this has to be attributed to Steve and his calm demeanour. I ended up loving the flight so much that I would book again at the drop of a hat. Steve and our driver Vi, as well as Steve's daughter Tash, an up and coming balloon pilot, made our day so special that I would highly recommend Global Ballooning to anyone and everyone. They went above and beyond to ensure that our exclusive, proposal flight was a once in a lifetime opportunity. They made me and my partner feel so special, from their planning to make sure our day ran smoothly, to ensuring that we were well looked after at breakfast with a private table and plenty of sparking to celebrate. I cannot thank Steve enough for making my day everything that I hoped for and my partner's day everything that she had ever dreamed was possible. I would highly recommend Global Ballooning to anyone and everyone - whether you are a first time balloon flyer to someone wanting to make a very special proposal. Global Ballooning has provided me with something that my grandkids will talk about, decades from now. And I cannot thank Steve, Vi and Tash enough for making the day a memory that both my future wife and I will cherish forever. Thank you for making memories that will last not only our life time, but the lifetime of all that we share our story with. I am forever indebted to you all. Eternal gratitude and thanks. Tori - A very happy groom to be.
My partner and I had a wonderful weekend that started with the accommodation package at the Pullman on the Park, floating over the city was magical and nothing like what I ever imagined it would be... it was better when my partner proposed as the sun was just starting to come through the clouds.
I would highly recommend Global Ballooning to anyone
Brian and his team made my partner and I feel exceptionally welcome right from the very moment we arrived. The day was filled with plenty of smiles and laughs, amazing views and breathtaking scenery. All in all an unforgettable and amazing experience, could not recommend it highly enough!! Thanks for everything, we will definitely be back again.
Nick and Belinda were a wonderful team and made us feel so comfortable on the whole ride. It was my first ever hot air balloon ride and I was nervous and excited but they were so wonderful at explaining everything! We went on the Melbourne city ride and the scenery was just amazing and it was wonderful seeing how beautiful our city was! Thank you Global ballooning for making this the best experience of a lifetime!
My mother-in-law and myself finally took our balloon ride with Global Ballooning on 19th December 2016.
We had originally booked our flight for a day in November but the day before the flight my mother-in-law was attacked by a dog and had stitches in both feet and was in her bed for a week and slowly back on her feet over the next 3 weeks. She is 88 yo so she takes a little time to recuperate. The staff at Global Ballooning responded well to my query about re-scheduling our flight (less than 24 hours prior to the flight) asking for a doctors certificate which was supplied.
Although it took us another month to re-book and take our flight, the experience was well worth the effort of getting up at 3am to get to the pick-up point on time. Nick and Mark were wonderful hosts who have a calm manner and who work well together. The after-flight breakfast was subdued but tasty and filling.
Marj and I really enjoyed the morning and will not hesitate to recommend Global Ballooning to friends and acquaintances.
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I wish to thank you very much for looking after my husband on our recent balloon flight, service and staff where impeccable, considering his disability. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company.
Loved the whole experience have nothing but great things to say. It was magical
What a magical morning! Friendly staff and an excellent experience.
I would just like to say thank you for such a beautiful 21st birthday experience. My partner surprised me the morning of my 21st birthday with the tickets and I couldn't have asked for a better morning. Our pilot Brian was great, and even had everyone sing happy birthday to me above the clouds! I loved seeing Yarra Valley from above and rising above the clouds was incredible. Such an amazing experience that I will never EVER forget.
Thank you again,
"My friend and I were blessed with the weather yesterday. We booked only about a week in advance and thought our chances of actually flying were fairly low seen as it's winter. Melbourne put on a show yesterday with clear skies. We both had vouchers from the Entertainment book which made our experience a lot more affordable. The flight itself was fantastic as was the breakfast buffet. I would highly recommend this as an experience as the views of Melbourne are beautiful from the sky! Well worth the early start!"
Visited July 2016
"Spent the morning of my 24th birthday in the sky over Melbourne. Absolutely amazing, the staff were so lovely I felt like I'd known them all my life. Not scary at all it was fascinating and I would go back and experience it all over again if I could. Superb breakfast after 100% worth the extra to add it on. Such a great experience thanks so much global ballooning!!!!"
Visited November 2015
"We took a family trip over the Yarra Valley, and booked a package with Global Ballooning that included breakfast.
The entire experience was really completely beyond expectation. Global Ballooning are a very professional outfit - we felt completely safe, the logistics are 100% organised, scenery was incredible and breakfast was delicious.
Would definitely fly with Global Ballooning again!"
Visited June 2016
"Booked the tour through our concierge and couldn't be happier with the Global Ballooning team. The main individuals we worked with were Brian (pilot), Bambi (helper) and Vee (driver) and they were all fantastic in giving us the best experience possible.
The views were absolutely spectacular and they made all the passengers feel completely at ease, despite a few nerves jangling.
The food as well for the breakfast afterwards was top notch and the photos are well worth the extra few dollars after the ride. 10/10!"
Visited June 2016
My partner and I went on a balloon ride over the Yarra Valley on the 6th June. It was a bit chilly in the morning but when you get up in the air it's quite nice so I recommend layering up. The day was fantastic even though it was the beginning of winter. Rolling fog in the morning which burnt off to reveal a beautiful sunrise and clear day.
The pilot Brian was great fun as well as the ground crew. We had Peaky drive us around and he was awesome. Great down to earth guy with heaps of knowledge. You're involved from the very beginning in the setup and pack up which was fun for us.
My partner really enjoyed the champagne breakfast. I'm not a drinker myself but it is a buffet breakfast and the hash browns and mushrooms made it worthwhile.
It's not something that I could afford to do every weekend but I'm so glad we did it with Global Ballooning for our 3 year anniversary. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.