We were picked up from our hotel before sunrise. We were reminded the night before by our driver. The trip out to the meeting point was filled with an entertaining commentry on the history of Melbourne and Yarra Valley. We were involved in the set up and pack down of the balloon, which added to the experience. Our pilot Kiff was fantastic. So full of knowledge and with a great sense of humour. The view was breath taking and the commentry was fabulous. After a smooth landing, we were taken by bus to Balgownie Estate for a delicious champaign breakfast. Once we were finished, our wonderful driver, Bambi, returned us to our hotel. Would highly recommend this to anyone in Victoria.
I’ve never left a review before but this was worth it. Me and my fiancé had the best time!! The balloon ride was awesome. It was such a great experience. We flew with Rodney our pilot and mark, bambi and Daniel our ground crew. They were the ones who made it such a great experience they were all so friendly, helpful and good to have a chat with. The champagne breakfast was also very good and well worth the extra $$. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Thanks Rodney and crew
Fantastic balloon ride, great views and great staff. Very smooth ride, didn't even realise we were up in the air. Lots of 'dad' jokes kept everyone laughing. Well organised and professional. Great how they get the passengers involved to help pack away the balloon, very interesting experience. Global Ballooning staff appeared to be more organised compared to the other balloon companies. When finished, we travelled by bus back to Balgownie Estate for a delicious buffet/champagne breakfast. We continued on a winery tour after breakfast and had an awesome day. Highly recommend this company and the combined tour.
Hi guys i would like to say thank you for beautiful flight over the Melbourne. Every thing was smooth from start to the end. Very friendly person. Highly recommend. Hi you would like to do something adventure in Melbourne go for it.
Our first balloon ride was cancelled on what we thought was a not very windy day, but these guys take safety as their primary factor. In the end we did get above the clouds. I wont go into too much detail as i don't want to spoil it, just to say - just do it!
My husband and I were both a little nervous about this experience, but we are both so glad we did it. Amazing from start to finish, professional and courteous staff, and beautiful views from above the clouds. Don't miss this!
Absolutely an amazing experience. Such a professional company. The pilots were great. I could not recommend these guys enough!!!
What a wonderful experience we had from start to finish, we had a lovely calm morning flight soaring high over Melbourne with an absolute glorious sunrise, we were encouraged to help set the balloon up as part of the experience if you wanted, the time aloft was over the 1 hour promised and the landing was perfectly executed by our captain Kiff. I used this beautiful experience to propose to my wonderful partner of 2 years and we shall marry in November this year, certainly a proposal to remember for both of us. I love you Suzi.
The friendliness, professionalism and experience of the pilots and crew were top notch and they prioritised making sure everyone felt comfortable with the flight. Gliding through the air felt effortless. I've been to the Yarra Valley many times but seeing it from above was an unmissable way to take in all of the beauty! The champagne breakfast afterwards is a must, a great range of delicious food and coffee to help kick start the rest of the day! Thanks Steve and Bambi for making the van ride and flight such an enjoyable experience. Hot air ballooning isn't just for couples, I would recommend this to other solo travelers.
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...
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.
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.
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.