What to do and see in Queensland, Australia: The Best Balloon Rides

June 18, 2021 Milan Banda

Queensland (abbreviated as Qld) is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. The state is the world's sixth largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 km.

1. Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

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Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

We are Brisbane’s closest hot air ballooning company. Simply drive 30 minutes west of the Brisbane CBD to experience a 1 hour city and country hot air balloons flight. Passengers enjoy superb & glorious views whilst floating majestically & effortlessly over the heritage city of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim & Somerset countrysides. Discover and explore Greater Brisbane’s big backyard from the air – with Floating Images! We offer a boutique ballooning experience with only one flight per day and a maximum of 11 passengers ensuring you enjoy the experience. This activity commences 40 minutes before sunrise is approximately 3 to 4 hours, includes a 1 hour Balloon Flight, Restaurant Breakfast & Flight certificate. Floating Images’ flights are ideal for any visitors, individuals, families & friends. Hot air balloon rides are a great way to celebrate one of life’s special occasions, weddings, tick an item off your bucket list, incentive, motivate or reward your team on a corporate outing or simply just indulge and just spoil yourself. We are SE Qld’s only ATAP Accredited Hot Air Balloon operator. For "the flight of your life" call or book online for flights, gift vouchers or further enquiries.

2. Go Ballooning

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Go Ballooning

Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away Go Ballooning is a Gold Coast owned and operated airline. What we have to offer you and your loved ones is an experience unlike any other. It’s a breathtaking moment, a bucket list item, a memory guaranteed to last a lifetime. Don’t say you've always wanted to do that, do it today – come and fly with us!

3. Cairns Tour Master

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Cairns Tour Master

A subsidiary of Pioneer Travel Service, which is one of the largest local tour operator that has been established since 2003. Cairns Tour Master is a Travel agent that offers a wide range of tour products and services. We also offer discount food and beverage vouchers for all our customers.

4. AirShare

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AirShare

We offer flying experiences around Australia on helicopters, light fixed wing aircraft and seaplanes. Our services range from quick city tours to several hour flights getting you a look at all the sights in the area and even skydiving and hot air balloons. We rideshare our services so that you PAY LESS. We can accommodate single travellers all the way up to large groups, starting at $69pp.

5. Hot Air Balloon Cairns

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4.5 based on 638 reviews

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

Experience the hot air ballooning capital of Australia, when you fly here in Cairns as it just like a balloon festival every day. Come flying & enjoy the wonder, romance & silence of the Australian bush as you see kangaroos & Australian wildlife from a very different perspective. So many colourful balloons, the Koala, Roo, World Globe, Honeymoon, Aussie balloons and more. Connect before the Great Barrier Reef to Quicksilver, Great Adventures Big Cat Green Island and more same day. Combine with Skyrail and Kuranda Tours, No bookings fees or credit card fees when you book with us direct and maximum flexibility in dates and refunds too

6. Hot Air Balloon Port Douglas

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Hot Air Balloon Port Douglas

Take off on a romantic hot air balloon ride, every day, west of Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef, hot air balloons take off into the wide open blue skies. There's something about floating in the still morning sky in a hot-air balloon that brings out the romantic in all of us. It could be the absolute silence; it could be the feeling that you're as free as a bird.

7. Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

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Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

Hot Air Balloon and Vineyard breakfast, 100% refundable and flexible tickets, no fees on AMEX or Diners, pay cash on day, please ask us any questions via our online chat about ballooning here, we’re a local family business that can advise on which pickups and drop-offs are possible, we also can advise on timings and how flexible it’s possible to be for ballooning, especially to get the date you want to fly.

8. Hot Air Balloon Brisbane & Canungra Vineyards

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Hot Air Balloon Brisbane & Canungra Vineyards

See the spires of Brisbane city high-rise in a panorama from Brisbane's Scenic Rim like you've never seen before, floating in a hot air balloon and afterwards enjoy a delicious hot breakfast with champagne at O'Reilly's Canungra Grand Homestead and Vineyard with free wine tasting too. We operate everyday for self drive to meet us at Nerang or canungra. Gift vouchers available and feature the most flexible terms and conditions around, no credit card fees, just one of the benefits of dealing direct with actual operator of the flights.

9. Cairns Ballooning

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Cairns Ballooning

For a truly memorable experience, try a balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands. Our giant balloons accommodate up to 20 people, and glide gently over the bushland and farms of the Mareeba Valley. Accommodation pickups available from Cairns and the Northern Beaches, with express return options available for those travelling to the Barrier Reef or joining other tours. Package options include Kuranda tours, wildlife park and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

10. Hot Air Balloon Down Under

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Hot Air Balloon Down Under

Come and join our award winning team, winner of the Hospitality Award for Outstanding Courtesy & Service to the Gold Coast Tourist Industry on a one hour magic carpet ride. Fly with the longest operating ballooning company in Queensland, with a reputation for professionalism, safety and excellence. The Gold Coast is one of the most spectacular & best balloon flight areas anywhere in the world.

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