Trip Advisor - nvindis - Apr 10, 2018
Must do experience
As a keen photographer I was looking forward to having the experience of going up in a hot air balloon at sunrise over Melbourne CBD...at the same time I was apprehensive as this was a hot air balloon and I had no idea whether the height would scare the hell out of me. The experience was magical and amazing and so smooth and gentle... I still don't know whether I would be able to find the exact word to describe the flight. I have tens upon tens of photographs...that I will treasure...and frame...and I will do the experience again. The champagne breakfast was just an added bonus. Our pilot and driver were amazing...thank you Global Ballooning...and for anyone reading this review...just book it...
Kyle M - Mar 28, 2018
The Global Ballooning staff is absolutely incredible! This most certinaly is a morning I will never forget. The weather was lovely -- a bit brisk in the morning, but an easy fix with a jersey nonetheless. It's such a wild feeling lifting from the ground & beginning to fly. Beyond launch, the sun begins to rise over the valley & the earth begins to warm. The whole experience from start to finish (after breakfast, yum) is worth everything it takes to get there & the early morning. I would 100 percent recommend a flight experience Global Ballooning.
Hinns K - Mar 28, 2018
It was a bit hard to get up at 4 o'clock in the morning, but when it was at the point of departure, I watched as the hot air balloon slowly began to blow up. We slowly raised it, forgot to forget fatigue, and the camera took pictures. It's definitely a great experience to be happy.
Trip Advisor - Ronan996 - Feb 22, 2018
One of the most amazing things I've ever done in my life. The countryside is amazing, the views from the balloon are incredible, and it feels very safe, too, not at all scary.
Zhuo Y. - Feb 22, 2018
Trip Advisor - LizzieGLondon - Feb 9, 2018
This was an amazing day and you MUST go on this if you are in Melbourne! Bambi (our driver) was fantastic - really informative and funny. You get breathtaking views on the hot air balloon and watch the sunrise over the Yarra Valley. Our pilot, Peter, was very experienced and took the balloon down so we were floating just above the mist on the ground and then up again - it was brilliant. After you land everyone helps get the balloon secured and put away which is really fun so don't be shy join in if you can!
Trip Advisor - Kristy S - Feb 9, 2018
Living in Melbourne, I've been wanting to go on a hot air balloon for quite some time and finally got the chance this morning.
What an experience.. something we will remember for a very long time. We had the perfect morning for it and had some spectacular views over the city.
Crew were great - special shout out to Stoney and our pilot Darial for being such seasoned professionals.
Would highly recommend it and can't wait to do the next trip over the Yarra Valley!
Trip Advisor - Donna I - Feb 9, 2018
Worth getting up for
Steve and Bambi were great. It was so much fun. They involved all of us getting the balloon up and flying. We also all worked together to pack it all up. So much to learn. The views were breathtaking and the sight of our balloon reflected in a farmers pond will not soon be forgotten.
Trip Advisor - Fran S - Jan 30, 2018
What an amazing experience
We were advised by the staff when booking to try the Monday and if that didn't go ahead we had the second day as a backup. Unfortunately the Monday was cancelled at the launch site due to incoming bad weather. We were so glad that Brian cancelled the Monday, (as the Tuesday was incredible). We then were contacted by the company 3 times to apologise and rebooked. The staff in the office were attentive and thorough. The Tuesday morning came around and we knew the flight would proceed. OMG: it was one of the most amazing experiences I've been on. It was evident the pilot, Brian, was very experienced and knew his craft but not only that, he was patient and knowledgeable about the Valley. The ground staff were amazing too. They were all so intent to ensure we had a fantastic experience. What a wonderful team they make. We booked the champagne breakfast afterwoods and I feel that's a must. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend this to anyone.
Trip Advisor - Saltiretraveller - Jan 30, 2018
On top of the world
Excellent activity offering the opportunity to see at first-hand the wonderful Yarra Valley. The pilot and his assistant pointed out things of interest, including kangaroos. Breakfast was included afterwards and allowed us to reflect and chat with other travellers.
Trip Advisor - RuthB9999 - Jan 30, 2018
Fantastic ballooning experience - and disabled-friendly!
This was brilliant! I've been in hot air balloons twice before, in the UK and in Kenya, but it was my sister's first time in a balloon. She'd always wanted to do this, but has limited mobility, and mostly uses a wheelchair - so this was the trip of a lifetime. Kiff took amazingly good care of her - right from the pick-up at our hotel. The balloon basket is specially adapted so she could walk into it, and she had a seat to sit on during the ride so she felt really secure and could enjoy this fantastic views. When we landed (the smoothest balloon landing ever!) she was helped out, and then watched as the rest of us helped deflate the balloon.Then on to breakfast at the Pullman to cap a wonderful morning and receive photos of the trip from Kiff.
From her point of view - an amazing disabled-friendly experience, from people who obviously understood just what she needed and went out of their way to ensure it was perfect.
From my point of view - just an amazing experience! I'd totally recommend anyone to ride with this company and I'd love to do it again!
Amanda T. - Jan 18, 2018
I know we have filled in the online survey but I just want to say a big thank you to all of the people we dealt with at Global Ballooning.
From booking through to flying and breakfast, everyone was cheerful, helpful and efficient. I can’t think of a single thing that should have been done differently!
My husband and I had such a wonderful experience. Our thanks and appreciation go to Brian, Nick, Georgia and Bambi.
Leanne O. - Jan 15, 2018
just a short note to say thankyou for a most enjoyable balloon flight over the Yarra Valley on Thursday 11th of January.
As first time flyers we did not know what to expect but the professionalism of your team was second to none ,we will
not hesitate to reccommend your company to family and friends.
Trip Advisor - BethanyBeachChick - Jan 8, 2018
An Unforgettable Experience!
As hard as it may be to get up early to join this sunrise hot air balloon ride, it is 100% worth it! What a spectacular experience to watch the sun rise over the Yarra Valley as you float gently above the trees. Absolutely breathtaking views!! After you land — and help get the balloon secured and put away — you’re treated to a great buffet champagne breakfast back at the lovely Balgownie Estate. The staff at Global Ballooning was really great. Grega, our pilot, was clearly a skilled professional; Bambi, our tour guide for part of the day, was outstanding — extremely well-informed, personable, and funny. We transitioned from the Global Ballooning team to a winery tour. The bus wasn’t the greatest, but the tour was a blast...concluding at the gorgeous Domaine Chandon. A great day that we will long remember!
Yan L. - Jan 5, 2018
A memorable balloon flying trip. Nick Hambley, Georgia and the whole crew team were very professional, efficient and friendly. Their cheerful personality makes even the waiting and setup time tolerable. Daniel’s hotel pick up was punctual and well communicated. Pilot Steven Buckley makes the fly and landing extremely smooth and fun.
Overall very well organized trip that I’ll recommend to friends. The the flying journey itself definitely worth a 2am wake up morning :)