Floating through the air - Croswannie - Trip Advisor Review - Apr 13, 2015
Finally got to experience hot air ballooning - third time lucky but so worth waiting for. Viktor is a great pilot, explains briefly where we are and what is happening and then just stands back and lets everyone enjoy the pure peace that comes from floating through the air. Wear shoes fit to walk through a wet cow paddock, comfortable clothes to get involved in inflation and packing up of the balloon and a head cover is useful to protect from the heat radiating from above.
Incredible Experience - B0YSRUS - Trip Advisor Review - Apr 13, 2015
We were picked up at 4am for our sunrise hot air ballon ride over the city of Melbourne. It is one of the only cities in the world where this is even possible. The balloonist had our son release helium balloon with a light in it to gauge the wind and help make the decision of our take off location. We all assisted in setting the balloon up, getting it ready for lift off in a park field. We flew over trees, parks, rivers, buildings and right through the city itself landing in a cricket field. We helped pack up the balloon and traveled back to a hotel where we enjoyed a great breakfast with our amazing balloonist Kiff and his team.
Anonymous - Feb 16, 2015
Ok, so it's not cheap at $400 odd (per person). However, if you've never done it you should, and if you've done it before you're probably thinking, like me, that you should do it again.
My wife I and took a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne over the weekend and it's just a fantastic experience. Ok, you have to get up REALLY early but once you're floating effortlessly (and noiselessly) across the Melbourne skyline, watching the sun come up, you realise it's all worth it. There were 4 balloons floating with us, and with views of the Bay, the CBD and the other balloons it is simply an irresistible journey.
The whole team at GB are very professional, very safety minded and well organised. Thoroughly recommended - just go to bed a little earlier than we did, on the night before. And don't forget your camera.
Anonymous - Feb 16, 2015
Sensational. From the admin staff who arrange the booking, all the way through to the final shake of the hand with the pilot after leaving breakfast once it's all done... highly professional!
It isn't a cheap experience but I would do it all again. I really cannot fault the staff.
The view is spectacular and is so serene up there.
Marcus - Feb 16, 2015
We were a private party that paid to get our own balloon for twelve people to go on a Sunrise trip among the clouds over Yarra Valley on the 5th of December 2014.
The day started early since we had to wake up at around 03:00 to get the car from Melbourne to Yarra Valley. To make sure that we were going to be up in the air in time for the sunrise, the crew gathered us early to help them prepare the balloon which was a fun experience even if it was quite though and heavy.
We were quite unlucky with the weather since it was a cloudy day with rain in the distance, but even though the weather was so-so, the experience was still amazing.
We flew over the vineyards and we saw kangaroos jumping around on the fields. We also were able to go above the clouds to see the bright morning sun which itself was a majestic experience and view.
Our captain was Victor who was a Russian ex helicopter pilot and he had great knowledge and was very professional and polite.
If someone who read this is scared of heights, don't worry. It is definitely not as scary as it may seem. For some reason you don't feel like you are in danger in any way even if you are just sitting in a basket hundreds of meter up in the air. None of us felt scared even if we was worried before the flight that we would be. All of us were able to look straight below us without feeling any scary feelings of the height.
Don't forget to bring a cap or a hat. The heat of the fire that keep the balloon up is not very comfortable, and a hat is definitely recommended.
Anonymous - Feb 16, 2015
5 of us booked the hot air balloon as this would be our highlight event in that region. Wonderful experience and very well conducted with good adherence to safety protocol. Started early morning and needed to help out in getting the balloon up and folding it after the ride.
The post balloon breakfast was only 3/5. had to get back to RACV for a proper breakfast.
Otherwise a must for anyone visiting this region.
Anonymous - Feb 16, 2015
Wow- this was an amazing experience. Must warn you it is a very early start to the day- we did the Yarra Valley tour and were picked up at 3AM. However this is definitely worth it.
I have never done ballooning before and a little afraid of heights. However the experience was very tranquil and never felt frighten. The staff are very efficient and friendly.
The highlight is definitely the views of Yarra Valley- we did a winery tour after the ballooning and it was great seeing things on the ground that we had earlier seen from above.
You get to help set up and pack the balloon which adds to the experience.
The morning is completed with a fantastic breakfast at Rochford Wines.
Would highly recommend Global Ballooning to everyone.
Ian - Feb 16, 2015
We booked for the Yarra Valley tour as a part of our honeymoon. Aside from the early start we had a fantastic time. Global picked us up from our hotel in Melbourne and took us two the Yarra Valley where we met our pilot, Brian. We expected to arrive at an already-inflated balloon in a field somewhere, but instead got to help the crew set up and inflate the balloon - a great way to get a real appreciation for what's involved.
We flew over the Yarra Valley vineyards for just over an hour - an incredibly tranquil experience with some incredible views (we have some great photos!). After a safe and smooth landing we were taken to Rochford Wines for an excellent champagne breakfast.
Would highly recommend Global Ballooning.
Lycke V - Feb 16, 2015
Had an awesome morning with Simon and Victor this day. Great balloonflight, amazing few over the yarra valley, relaxed atmosphere and good explanations about where we were flying. Could really recommend these guys!
Anonymous - Feb 13, 2015
We did this for my 30th bday.was a great experience and very magical once you are above the clouds and see the sun rising.pilots are experienced and a hat/cover for your head is a must, they do give you some water once you are about to take off which is very good. Any how I would definitely recommend this activity to every one who has not done it before. Over all great activity and starts at about 3:30am and after you will be free by 10am.
Anne - Dec 10, 2014
I received a balloon flight for Christmas last year and have just ordered 4 for my family as gifts for Christmas this year! A big thank you to the ladies in the office for making the booking process quick and easy, also to the pilots for providing a safe and professional ballooning experience. We can't wait to fly again!
Emily - Dec 10, 2014
Thank you so much for a terrific balloon flight, we could not ask for a better way to celebrate our Anniversary. We are now in the process of buying our family and friends gift vouchers for Christmas!
Paul G - Dec 9, 2014
Thanks a million to all who helped get Vera airborne for her 90th birthday! What a fabulous event, from the flight itself to the unique logistics of dealing with a 90-year-old aviatrix. Kiff and the team couldn’t have done it better. Special thanks to Baz for the lift home – above and beyond the call of duty!
Cheers and all the best,
Kane N - Oct 4, 2014
Thank you for your email – what a nice surprise and personalised follow-up!
LOVED IT! Nick and Stoney were fantastic. The experience was professional and a great, long last memory was created. We can finally tick off this Christmas gift from our list – a deserving wait.
Melbourne is a lovely city, full of culture, vibrant and great energy. The balloon ride was a perfect way to start the weekend.
Made it home safely to Perth, thank you for asking. Will spread the word with family and friends at work.
Keep up the great work.
Chris R - Sep 8, 2014
So it was a super early wake up this morning - 4.32am to be precise. After stubbing my toe on the coffee table I was out the door and excited with the anticipation of the potential of plummeting to my death from a great height - Going out in style.
Alas, I survived!
And WOWEE what an amazing experience. I'm sure as you can all imagine the views from up there were a bit-of-alright!!! The sunrise was breathtaking, the panoramic views of Melbourne and surrounds were spectacular!! I can highly recommend this experience to everyone and anyone!! A little scary to start, as there's not much between you and the wide open space but after you get the hang of it, it instils a wonderful feeling of freedom. Absolute enchantment!
The driver/pilot was exceptional, very informative and very professional, made me feel extremely safe the entire time!
This one get's a 9/10