Our departure point was the Melbourne High School Oval, when my friend and I arrived the crew were gassing up 4 balloons. Our flight had been delayed for a day due to high winds, today was perfect...
The balloons took on their shape becoming upright in the early light, tied down to various cars to stop them drifting off in the breeze before all was ready. 'Hop in ! So over the side and into the large wicker basket we went!
We lifted off straight up and within a very short time there was Melbourne laid out beneath us... Fabulous .
The gas was fired up on and off to maintain hight, bright and warming, below us streams of traffic heading into the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Shrine, the Art Centre, we slowly drifted along the Yarra River, down stream and between the Bolte Bridge Pillars, looking at the docks and the shipping...absolutely fascinating
I could have stayed up there for hours, time just stood still... But all good things must come to an end.
We floated down over a biscuit factory roof, and gently bumped down in an empty and weedy building site.
We all helped roll up the Balloon, it and the basket were loaded onto a trailer, and we were driven to a champagne breakfast at the balloon Co headquarters.
This flight was a birthday present to me ..
Most highly recommended.
Imagine it is your second full day in a new country and you are still a bit jet lagged after 20+ hours traveling. What will make you want to get up early? A balloon ride, my dear, and trust me when I say it is worth forgetting the lag and waking up early.
The day before had high winds but when we called the evening before our adventure was still scheduled. We are extremely lucky travelers with weather and the next morning (4ish?) when we called it was still a go. We were picked up at our hotel and were off for the adventure along with a small group.
We were delivered to the designated launch site and were delighted to see that two other balloons would be joining us. How fun it would be. We learned about all of the precautions taken (including the weather) to make the adventure safe then helped to set up the balloon.
Imagine that only hot air and the wind would be determining your travel! It was so serenely peaceful up in the air. And the scenery over Melbourne was absolutely breathtaking. I'm nearly in tears as I type this remembering this magical experience.
Several people have since asked me if I was ever afraid. The answer is NO! Because I learned so much along the way I felt completely safe. Instead of having any fear, I relished every minute. And all too soon it was done and we helped collapse and pack up the balloon - it was my cardio for the day.
If you have this on your bucket list and the weather cooperates, do not hesitate to use Global Ballooning. An unforgettable experience will be yours for the rest of your lifetime.
I had booked the balloon ride as a surprise for a wedding anniversary, sadly the night before the weather conditions were not suitable for a flight over Melbourne but the operator offered the opportunity to have a flight over Yarra Valley instead. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate with this wonderful experience of watching the day wake up and then gently lifting into the sky. At all times I felt totally safe and the pilot pointed out wonderful aspects of the beautiful Yarra Valley. During the flight photos were taken by a remote camera carefully dangling from the balloon at the end of the flight the photos were provided as a complimentarily and a gorgeous reminder of a memorable experience.
I took a balloon flight in the Yarra Valley this morning, and was really impressed. Service was great, and our pilot really knew how to handle the balloon. He even got us down and packed up before the rain came. Champagne breakfast afterwards at Balgownie was excellent.
The start was very early, but wow was it worth it!! The gentlemen who run it were well organised in keeping you up to date on arrangements, involved you in all aspects of getting the balloon in the air and made the experience so memorable. I will remember this birthday as one of my best :)
This is a very well organised and super friendly company. We were fortunate enough to have Brian as our pilot along with his excellent sense of humour. You are kept well informed throughout the entire journey.
It was breathtaking! The flight was very gentle and stable and at no point do you feel unsafe.
Brian was highly experienced and landed us beautifully as well.
Group participation is encouraged and you get plenty of photos at the end.
I would highly recommend Global ballooning, and hopefully you'll be lucky enough to get Brian as your pilot. Thank you making it so worth getting up at 3.15am.
Brian, Tahiti. ;-)
Brian and his crew are so professional, friendly and we give you an experience that you will be smiling from dust to dawn. Thank you so much Global Ballooning
What a fantastic experience! Super excited to go on this - Brian, Pete and Belinda were amazing.. so cordial, polite and very accomodating. Instructions were crisp and peppered with lots of funny anecdotes and stories as we took off.
If this is your first time, some key points you must remember:
1) Take this tour on the very first day you can. Leave room for reschedules, especially if it rains. If it gets rescheduled, you need to have few extra days available, so take this tour earliest you can. My tour was rescheduled TWICE, due to inclement weather. Luckily I was in town for 4 days, and took the tour on day 1, so I had days 2-3-4 to allow for reschedules. Phew!
2) Remember to bring adequate warm gear - suggest bringing extra change of pants/jeans and footwear (leave fancy shoes behind). You sometimes land in fields wet with morning dew, so your pants may get wet. (hey Global guys - this should be added to the tour "prework" guide).
3) If you're taking the Yarra valley flight, leave time to get there early, esp., if you're driving from Mel town, on your own. And be careful not to SPEED on the highway! On some streets, the speed limit is only 50-60 kmph. Easy to miss the speed limit signs in the pitch morning darkness.
Spectacular views of the Yarra Valley. A must do experience, well worth the money. Very calm and peaceful. We did sunrise flight so had to be up very early but it was so worth it. Flight was followed by a champagne breakfast
Thanks to Brian and all the staff at Global Ballooning for an amazing experience yesterday over the beautiful Yarra Valley. We enjoyed every minute and would recommend this company to anyone thinking of taking a hot air balloon ride. Everyone is friendly, helpful and very professional. Great way to start a day.
I first heard about this from some other tourists I was sitting next to at breakfast. They were so enthusiastic that I signed up even though it was a little pricey. It was SO worth it! The flight is incredible and pilot Nick did a fantastic job of turning the basket so everyone got great shots of all the views. I loved how we got to help set up and take the balloon down. Incredibly friendly and helpful crew and they will pick you up at your hotel I. The CBD. You won't be disappointed!
Lots of fun. Pilot very good and made us all feel very comfortable at all stages. Great experience in flight. Was also good to be able to help set up and pack the balloon away. Highly recommended.
I booked this as a present for My wife's Christmas present. We flew over the yarra valley and had breakfast at Balgownie estate winery. Our pilet Brian and ground crew Peaky and Simon are legends not only are they professional and know the gig backwards they also kept the entire group of 16 well informed and in fits of laughter through out the whole experience. I would highly recommend Global for a hot air baloon ride and now want to do it again but over Melbourne
Thanks Guys for a great day.
Grega and Belinda were a great team. His experience and professionalism shone through; her personality, abilities and attitude were impressive.
It was a busy morning as the drive to the take off point was further than expected. Brian was very clear with his instructions, professional, calm whilst entertaining (joyful humour). This made us feel very safe (we are scared of heights!!) and enjoyed our experience very much.