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Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

1. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up or meet at the pickup location in the morning and drive to the launch field. You will be taken up-wind to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed.  After about 30 minutes, the balloon will be inflated and ready for flight. Once all passengers are on board and after a short safety briefing, up you go to enjoy the stunning views Melbourne has to offer. Discover the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, Melbourne's fantastic parks and botanical gardens from the best vantage point there is - a hot air balloon. Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends. Don't worry if it's a cloudy day. Sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly and the pilot will use the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. The ground crew will follow during the flight and meet at the landing spot. The pilot will maneuver the winds to guide the aircraft to the landing site where, after touching down, the gear will be packed away and you will be driven back to the meeting point.

Melbourne: 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

2. 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.

Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

3. 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. Afterwards, make a final landing, pack the balloon away and have a champagne breakfast (additional cost of $35pp).

Mornington Peninsula: 3-Hour Wine Discovery and Tasting

4. Mornington Peninsula: 3-Hour Wine Discovery and Tasting

This Mornington Peninsula discovery tour offers beginners and seasoned wine lovers alike some insight into the roles played by varieties, location, and wine making in producing world-class and cool-climate wines. Set in the breathtaking Alto wine room - complete with panoramic views overlooking the estate vineyards. It is in this room that you are guided through an educational tasting of wine from the current releases and back vintages, as well as limited bottles not available anywhere else. Following your tasting, take a seat in the beautiful Piazza where a seasonal menu is drawn from the produce gardens. Included in your Montalto Mornington Peninsula discovery tasting is a casual, shared lunch in the piazza, accompanied by a glass of the estate's wine. Following lunch, take your time to explore the contemporary sculpture collection set amongst the produce gardens and vineyards of the Montalto Estate.

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

5. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard the local partner's 19-meter vessel, the ‘Kasey Lee’. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Geelong: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

6. 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.

From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

7. From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

Exhilarate your senses with a visit to the award-winning coastal oasis of Peninsula Hot Springs, located less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. Experience complete relaxation, connection, and rejuvenation, as you unwind and experience geothermal bathing in a stunning natural setting. Explore over 50 different globally-inspired bathing experiences in the renowned Bath House and soak in 50°C mineral-rich waters. Try out unique experiences such as a cave pool, reflexology walk, hydrotherapy pool and much more. Simply board your direct shuttle from Central Melbourne and prepare for a day of complete rejuvenation of the mind and soul.

Mornington Peninsular Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

8. Mornington Peninsular Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

The Mornington Peninsular is as stunning as it is diverse. From the quiet bay side beach boxes to the roaring southern ocean the hinterland of the Peninsular is home to many hidden gourmet delights. Rustic farmhouses with generous samples of fresh goats cheese, chocolate creations produced in a gorgeous seaside town and some of the best Pinot Noir anywhere in the world make up this day tour! The day begins with hotel pickup in Melbourne and surrounding areas or you can meet the bus at other pickup points along the way. At Main Ridge Dairy you sample some of the goats cheese from this small boutique farm and meet the goats themselves!   Sit back and enjoy the views as you travel through the vineyards and rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsular. Each winery has been selected for its excellent cellar door experience and variety of wines. The Mornington Peninsular is famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and you will sample these and other varietals throughout the day. Then sample their multi award winning chocolates and marvel at their amazing combinations and creations. Sit back in a cozy cafe in the seaside town of Flinders followed by time to explore the township with its boutique shops and galleries or take a stroll to the beach. Step into the wonderful world of strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm. Sample the numerous ciders and strawberry liqueurs and wines. Indulge in strawberries with chocolate sauce or perhaps pick you own punnet! (Strawberry picking is seasonally available and at an extra cost)

Mornington Peninsula: Scenic Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Tour

9. Mornington Peninsula: Scenic Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Tour

The Mornington Peninsular is as stunning as it is diverse. From the quiet bay side beach boxes to the roaring southern ocean the hinterland of the Peninsular is home to many hidden gourmet delights. Rustic farmhouses with generous samples of fresh goats cheese, chocolate creations produced in a gorgeous seaside town and some of the best Pinot Noir anywhere in the world make up this day tour! At Main Ridge Dairy you sample some of the goats cheese from this small boutique farm and meet the goats themselves!   Sit back and enjoy the views as you travel through the vineyards and rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsular. Each winery has been selected for its excellent cellar door experience and variety of wines. The Mornington Peninsular is famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and you will sample these and other varietals throughout the day. Then sample their multi award winning chocolates and marvel at their amazing combinations and creations. Visit the seaside town of Flinders followed by time to explore the township with its boutique shops and galleries or take a stroll to the beach. Step into the wonderful world of strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm. Sample the numerous ciders and strawberry liqueurs and wines. Indulge in strawberries with chocolate sauce or perhaps pick you own punnet! (Strawberry picking is seasonally available and at an extra cost)

From Melbourne: Bellarine Peninsula Sightseeing & Ferry Ride

10. From Melbourne: Bellarine Peninsula Sightseeing & Ferry Ride

Start the day off with a walk along the spectacular Geelong Waterfront on Bellarine Peninsula. Take the opportunity to breathe in the fresh sea air and scenic views in this favorite spot among locals. Next, you'll head to the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to discover Victoria’s largest collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts. Learn about the world’s oldest living civilization, and then get up close to hand-feed the local emus and wallabies in a native garden. Continuing along the peninsula, stop to take a stroll around the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse for a fantastic photo opportunity — no filter needed! Then it will be time to board a ferry for a 2-hour ride around the bay. Savor the moment with serene bay views and enjoy a regional produce picnic lunch onboard the ferry. If it is berry season, the next stop with be Tuckerberry Hill where you can hunt for the biggest, ripest, and reddest strawberries. You will get to pick your own baskets of seasonal fruit on this 90-acre patch of beauty, owned and operated by a local family. After an exciting day exploring all the wonderful things Bellarine Peninsula has to offer, relax for the return drive back to Melbourne.

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What people are saying about Victoria, Australia

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!

Absolutely wonderful sooo relaxing. Will go again for sure. Staff perfect friendly and unobtrusive. Had the picnic what a treat that was. Fresh salads, vaiety of cut fruit, yoghurt and chai pudding with berries. Handful of nuts and bliss balls. Cheese and biscuits to boot. Right size portions so nothing was wasted. Thank you to the thoughtful person who was in charge if that. We will highly recommend to others. Wen & Rob

It was a wonderful experience. We literally on Cloud9. Had fun inflating the hot air balloon, also deflating it after the ride was done. Nick was an amazing Pilot. Overall total paisa vasool.

Nick & his team were great. Enjoyable smooth & calm ride! An absolute amazing experience!!!! Highly recommended!

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