I chose Global Ballooning to be my partner in "crime" for my surprise proposal to my girlfriend and their support and service throughout greatly exceeded my expectation.
I first inquired about the possibility of doing a proposal and the various packages on offer via their website. Apple, their customer service manager, called me soon to get my thoughts and provided advice on a package that suited my plan. I really appreciated this gesture as I did the same with a couple of other hot air balloon vendors but did not get the same standard of service. Apple patiently explained to me every detail and even spoke to me the day before the flight to ensure that everything was ready.
On the day of our flight, we were picked up on time at our designated location. Bambi was our driver and Raine was our guide/crew. Even though our journey to Yarra Valley was about an hour, Bambi entertained us with his stories and histories of Australia and Yarra Valley which made it enjoyable.
Then came the flight which was piloted by Sanshiro who was calm and assuring throughout. We were blessed by good weather condition and the view was simply breathtaking. It was exactly like the pictures shown on their website. You don't have to be concerned about getting a good spot on the balloon as well as it moved with the wind and rotated slowly so everyone will get a chance to be in the prime spot.
Right when we landed, Raine, who was keeping the ring for me from the start of the flight, called us out and positioned us in the best spot for me to pop the question. Everything went on so smoothly and it was nice to have the support and cheering of the other passengers as well.
We concluded the entire experience with a sumptuous buffet breakfast and refreshing champagne at the Balgownie Estate.
My fiancee was pleasantly surprised and we were very happy with the entire experience. Kudos to the Global Ballooning team and sincerest thanks for helping me get that Yes!
Recently did the Yarra Valley sunrise hot air ballooning experience and could not recommend it highly enough. I wanted to propose to my girlfriend on the flight and they were more than accommodating. Our host Eddie Saunders was great, subtly got me aside prior to leaving to run through a game plan and executed it perfectly in flight. Did a great job piloting and commentary was interesting and a great laugh which helped with my nerves! If you are interested in trying hot air ballooning then Eddie and Global are the way to go.
Went on the Melbourne balloon flight at sunrise. GBA is well organised and professionally run. The staff are warm and friendly. We had a very good pilot, Peter, who was very jovial and caring. Its a very unique way to experience seeing city. What immediately struck me was the silence as one gently drifts over the landscape. THe constant ascent and descent gave a lot of different perspectives of Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs. The parklands were so beautiful when seen from above as well as the city scape. It helped a lot that we had a crisp and clear morning too !
Had a fabulous Birthday treat - a wonderful weekend at Blairgowrie Estate capped off by a sunrise hot air balloon adventure. The Global team were professionals to a T - our pilot Greg was fabulous and the experience... nothing like floating above this glorious land
We had the most amazing experience doing the sunrise balloon flight in the Yarra Valley. Such a great surprise for my birthday and beautiful morning. The buffet breakfast after was delicious. Special thanks to the staff who were super friendly and provided an amazing service. Our pilot Eddie was a legend and Tash was really lovely. An experience we will never forget, highly recommended
Thanks Eddie for a great experience. The trip was well organised, the flight very relaxing and the views stunning. Breakfast at Balgownie was a nice finish to a very pleasant morning.
Last Friday we went to the Yarra Valley and experienced what can only be described as a trip of a lifetime! Our phenomenal pilot was the exceptional Eddie the Eagle! He was by far the best hot air ballon pilot in the basket that day :D. We flew across the Yarra Valley, witnessed a glorious sunrise and even rose up above the clouds. Our expert balloon pilot Eddie, took us across the stunning reservoir above the valley which was so still we could look down and see our own reflection in the water below. To top it all off, Eddie the Eagle, gently landed the basket by a lovely Yarra Valley vineyard before being transferred to a wonderful champagne breakfast. What a beautiful morning. It truely exceeded our expectations and we will remember it forever. PS. Loved the bonus trailer ride!
This is a must do activity if you are coming to Melbourne. Great flight, tasty breakfast and the staff was awesome!!!! Eddie our pilot was amazing and made the flight super enjoyable along with the rest of the team. Would definitely do this again!
Eddy and our pilot san Were fantastic ! Great localknowledge of the yarra valley! Pro service all around and we all felt safe and had an amazing day! Bucket list for Jill and Nipper and birthday present for Laura from Ady. We could have stayed up there all day. THANKYOU
One of the most unique and amazing experience ever. Eddie, San, Jack and V was amazing pilots and ground crews. Enjoyed every bit of it. Totally recommended.
This was a once in a life time experience. I had a wonderful time and the pilots were very experienced and providing a wonderful time. We had a safe and fun flight and saw beautiful scenery. This is a MUST DO in Melbourne. You and your family would have a great time. It was interactive, exciting, safe and fun. Also, the breakfast at the end was very tasty and you have to get the photos. If you want an awe like experience, you should definitely do this excursion. Great Food...Great People.. Great Fun!!!
My partner booked us both a flight with Global ballooning for my birthday. From the great customer service we received over email right up and until the end of the flight the team didn’t disappoint. Tim who was our pilot was extremely experienced and made you feel safe and relaxed. He explained every detail with what he was doing so nothing seemed unexpected. Mark who assisted us with our setup and pack away was ever so passionate about his role and making sure that we all had a fun experience. Would highly recommend Global ballooning and have already got my friends to book on. See you again team!
Currently having breakfast after our balloon flight. Amazing! The crew were superstars...very friendly and professional. Soo informative and funny. We flew with Eddie and team. So much fun! Great experience with the teamwork before and after. So glad we did it. Definitely glad we chose Global Ballooning to celebrate a birthday :) thanks guys!
6th of July is my daughter's birthday. We wanted to make her day special and hot air ballooning is a perfect choice. This is first flight experience for our family and we loved it. The views of Yarra Valley is stunning from above. Buffet breakfast at belgownie Estate was delicious. I would like to thank Global Ballooning Team for their professionalism and making our day memorable.
My daughter and I received a balloon flight each for our birthdays. It was exciting and interesting watching the preparations for the flight. It was a great feeling slowly rising up in the air. Steve was a friendly and obviously capable pilot. It was great trying to recognise landmarks from onhigh. It was thrilling landing ,though the basket tipped on its side!