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Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

1. Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

Experience the thrill of ascending over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket, floating under a spectacular hot air balloon. The cold air hits your cheeks, clouds floating past, the hot flames above warm you up under the morning sky… as you take flight… up, up, and float away. Join a spectacular hot air balloon experience with a bird's eye view of the picturesque Yarra Valley (located an hour’s drive from Melbourne) – Victoria’s renowned wine region. Operating 364 days of the year (weather permitting) this once-in-a-lifetime tour experience provides an entirely different perspective of the Yarra Valley, beyond the typical tourist itinerary. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. See it from an entirely new perspective as you breeze over the picture postcard landscape. Meet your pilot approximately one hour before sunrise (you will be advised of the exact time and location when you phone the duty pilot the night before your flight). Your pilot will give you a short briefing before being transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch or stand back and take photos of the balloon as it is inflated. Then, climb aboard, and away you go gently floating over the Yarra Valley as if you were a cloud. It is truly one of the most magnificently tranquil, picturesque, and dream-like experiences you can do. Afterward, make a final landing, pack the balloon away, and have a champagne breakfast (additional cost of $35pp).

From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

2. From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

After pickup at your hotel in Melbourne, depart early in the morning directly toward Torquay. Savor morning tea, then see some of the local surfers in action. Stock up on some chocolates for the day at the local Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery before continuing your journey through small local villages on the way to Split Point Lighthouse. Next, learn some of the history of the Great Ocean Road at the Memorial Arch before taking the steps down to the base of the Erskine Falls. Admire the magnificent falls, then grab lunch and take a stroll at Lorne. Enjoy some time for a quick swim off Lorne Beach, though be aware the water might be slightly cold. From Lorne, move on for another stroll to the Sheoak Falls. Soak up the spectacular views as you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road and stop to see some of the amazing wildlife. Then it’s time to enjoy the wonderful view from the Mariner's Lookout over the quiet village of Apollo Bay, your home for the night. Visit a lovely restaurant or cook for yourself in the hostel's large kitchen. Get another early start on Day 2 and walk through the temperate rainforest in the section of the Great Ocean Road known as the Green Coast. Continue your journey along the Green Coast, stopping at lookouts on the way, until you reach the highest point along the road, Lavers Hill. Tuck into your morning tea at Lavers Hill then visit the Shipwreck Coast to view all 9 lookouts along this section of the road, including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and London Bridge. After exploring all these stops, head inland and travel back to Melbourne.

Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

3. Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Get bird's eye views of Melbourne and its surroundings at sunrise as you float over the city in a hot air balloon. Melbourne is the only major city around the world that you can traverse by hot air balloon. Help to inflate the hot air balloon at the start of your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, drift over the parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world’s most livable city. Look down onto iconic sports venues, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Park, and Albert Park, home to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Treat a loved one to a romantic gift and get a unique peek at the city from above. Upgrade to a sparkling wine breakfast at the end of your flight for the ultimate experience.

Melbourne: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience

4. Melbourne: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience

Enjoy a romantic hot air balloon flight in Melbourne and see an iconic view of the city; admire the architecture and sights from the hot air balloon basket. Enjoy an optional breakfast with champagne, and buy photos of your ride if you want to take them home as a souvenir. Start your trip with optional pickup from your accommodation in Melbourne. Jump on the bus, and enjoy the ride as you head straight to the launch site. First, get a quick safety talk from your host on what to expect on your ride. Did you know that Melbourne is the only major city in the world where you can fly hot air balloons over the CBD? That's right, hop in the hot air balloon basket and feel the adrenaline rush through your body as you ride through the sky.  See another side to Melbourne that you won't forget. Spot the MCG, Flinder's Street, Southern Cross Station, the Eureka, and many more sights as you float in the sky. Feeling hungry? No worries, enjoy an optional champagne breakfast after your flight. Take home a photograph of your ride for an additional cost; ask your host to see the photos they captured on the ride.

Geelong: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

5. Geelong: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

You will meet at a location determined at least 24 hours prior to your flight (which will always be in Geelong). You will park your car at this location, before climbing into one of the minibuses or Troop Carriers. Hot air balloons float in the wind, so you will therefor begin by heading upwind to one of the various launch sites where you can prepare the balloon for your flight. Preparations take around half an hour, throughout which passengers are welcome to help out if they are able and wish to. Following a safety briefing by your pilot after the balloon has been fully prepared, it will be time to take to the skies. It never stops amazing passengers how gentle ballooning is as an experience. When you go ballooning you are not participating in an adrenaline sport, but are rather participating in what your guides like to refer to as "the gentle adventure of floating in the wind". Ballooning is an experience of enjoying the warm rays of the early morning sun, it is about enjoying the views, about sharing the moment with loved ones and friends, and can also simply be a gift people give to themselves. A hot air balloon flight is always an unforgettable experience and each flight is different. You will receive majestic views of Geelong and its surrounding area, the bay, the Barrabool Hills to the West and the Barwon River. After packing the balloon away following your activity, you will be driven back to your original meeting place where you will have the option of enjoying a delicious breakfast with the rest of the passengers and crew if you so wish.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Highly recommend this experience. Both Steve and Mark were experienced, knowledgeable, funny and informative. Being able to fly over the city is a unique experience you won't get anywhere else, due to air space rules. Expensive but well worth saving up. And for your friends who tell you it is dangerous, tell them unless they have done it, they can't comment! We plan to save up and do the Yarra Valley one next time, as we loved the whole experience so much!

That’s awesome even though we need to wake up at 04:30. The view up there in the air is amazing. We all having a great time. After the 3hours journey, the champagne breakfast is wonderful to fill up a hungry stomach.

Fantastic trip with an enthusiastic guide making the experience even better!

Wonderful time floating over Melbourne. The crew were professional and fun!

Perfect views from a peaceful location- great fun. Would do it again.