Hot air ballooning in Gold Coast: A guide to the top experiences, locations and deals

See the beauty of the Gold Coast as you float through the sky in a hot air balloon during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Lush green views of the Hinterland or sparkling coastal views from above is what you can expect when you sign yourself up for a hot air balloon ride on the Gold Coast.

To get you on board, we've outlined the best experiences in and around the Gold Coast that will make for an unforgettable morning.


Top picks for hot air ballooning on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Flight

Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Flight from RedBalloon

Best for: Price

    Highlights:
  • Includes transfers from your Gold Coast hotel
  • Receive a personalised flight certificate after you land
  • Views of the Gold Coast, its rolling hills and waterways
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Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon and Jet Boat Adventure Combo

Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon and Jet Boat Adventure Combo from RedBalloon

Best for: Adventure seekers

    Highlights:
  • 30-minute hot air balloon and 55-minute jet boat ride package
  • Includes transfers from Gold Coast hotels
  • Flight certificate upon landing
  • Glass of sparkling and breakfast at O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard
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Hot Air Balloon Flight With Breakfast

Hot Air Balloon Flight With Breakfast from Adrenaline

Best for: Value

    Highlights:
  • 60-minute flight and champagne buffet breakfast for $324
  • Includes transfers from select Gold Coast hotels
  • Receive a personalised flight certificate when you land
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Why you can trust our recommendations for hot air ballooning in Gold Coast

  • We compared hot air ballooning in Gold Coast options with top brands like RedBalloon, Adrenaline, Viator and Groupon to find the top experiences.
  • We put ourselves in your shoes and considered what most people would look for when booking experiences, whether it's location, price, inclusions or availability.
  • When possible, we'll include first-hand reviews of our hot air ballooning in Gold Coast experiences.

Hot air ballooning on the Gold Coast: Compare experiences, locations and more

CompanyLocationDurationExtras/inclusionsBook with
Hot Air Balloon Flight with BreakfastPick up: Gold Coast hotel

Fly over: Gold Coast Hinterland and wineries

30 minutes
  • Hotel transfers included
  • Flight certificate
  • Hot breakfast with champagne
  • Free digital photo

ExperienceOz

Hot Air Balloon and Jet Boat Adventure ComboPick up: Gold Coast hotel or meet up at selected meeting point

Fly over: Gold Coast Hinterland

30 minutes
  • Hotel transfers included
  • Flight certificate
  • Glass of sparkling and breakfast at O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard
  • 55-minute jet boating ride

Adrenaline

Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon FlightPick up: From select Gold Coast hotels

Fly over: Gold Coast, Hinterland, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, weather dependent

30-60 minutes (depending on day)
  • Transfers from select hotels
  • Flight certificate
  • Option for buffet breakfast at Sheraton Grand Mirage
  • Walk in passenger basket

ExperienceOz

Hot Air Balloon for 2 with BreakfastPick up: Gold Coast hotel

Fly over: Surfers Paradise

60 minutes
  • Balloon ride for two adults
  • Hotel transfers
  • Breakfast

Adrenaline

Hot Air Ballooning Over Gold CoastPick up: Gold Coast hotel

Fly over: Surfers Paradise, city skyline and Hinterland, weather dependent

60 minutes
  • Hotel transfers
  • Champagne buffet breakfast at The Mercure

Adrenaline

Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon FlightPick up: Gold Coast hotel

Fly over: Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast Hinterland

30 minutes
  • Hotel transfers
  • Flight certificate

RedBalloon

Hot Air Balloon ExperiencePick up: Gold Coast hotel

Fly over: Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast Hinterland

30 minutes
  • Hotel transfers

Wotif

Gold Coast Hot Air Ballooning with BreakfastPick up: Gold Coast hotel

Fly over: Surfers Paradise and Coast Coast Hinterland

6 hours
  • Hotel transfers
  • Champagne breakfast
  • Flight certificate

Gold Coast Hot Air Ballooning with Breakfast

Where can I book hot air balloon rides on the Gold Coast?

Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
RedBalloon
RedBalloon - Hot Air Ballooning in Gold Coast
5 years
$10
Yes
Yes
Adrenaline
Adrenaline - Hot Air Ballooning in Gold Coast
5 years
$10
No
Yes
Klook
Klook - Hot Air Ballooning in Gold Coast
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Experience Oz
Experience Oz - Hot Air Ballooning in Gold Coast
3 years
$10
Yes
Yes
Viator
Viator - Hot Air Ballooning in Gold Coast
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Wotif
Wotif - Hot Air Ballooning in Gold Coast
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
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Gold Coast hot air ballooning deals

AdrenalineAdrenaline

Get 10% off Australia activities with code

Ends

Experience OzExperience Oz

Up to 48% off Gold Coast hot air balloon flight with photo package

Ends

Experience OzExperience Oz

Up to 28% off 30-minute Gold Coast hot air balloon flight

Ends

Experience OzExperience Oz

Up to 48% off Gold Coast experiences

ViatorViator

Things to do in Gold Coast from $15

Ends

RedBalloonRedBalloon

Up to 48% off Australia experiences + an extra 10% off with code

RedBalloonRedBalloon

Up to 19% off Australia experiences for 2

Ends

ViatorViator

Up to 15% off local activities


Frequently asked questions about hot air ballooning on the Gold Coast

Where can I do hot air ballooning on the Gold Coast?

All hot air ballooning experiences that depart from the Gold Coast fly over the Gold Coast region. This can include the Hinterland, wine regions, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

Your specific view of the day is determined by the wind speed and direction. This will be assessed by your pilot on the morning of your flight.

How much does hot air ballooning on the Gold Coast cost?

You can expect to pay between $195 - $360 to see the best views overlooking the Gold Coast in a hot air balloon.

How high does the hot air balloon fly?

The height of your flight depends on the wind and its strength. Typically, you'll fly from 1,000-4,000 feet above ground.

How many people can fit in a hot air balloon?

While numbers may vary on the day, Gold Coast's hot air balloons fit up to 24 passengers. These are spread around the balloon with half on one side and half on the other for balance.

Is there a minimum age to fly?

Yes. Due to safety precautions, passengers must be 3+ years to fly. Typically, children under 6 fly free.

What types of clothing should I wear?

Flights take off before sunrise as this is when weather conditions are most stable. Depending on the season you're flying you may wish to bring a jumper or jacket to stay warm before the sun rises.

As you'll be climbing in and out of the basket, sturdy closed shoes are mandatory.

Wearing a hat is also advised as it can get hot standing next to the balloon's burner.

Where exactly will we fly?

The exact destination varies day by day as it's dependent on the wind speed and direction. You could fly over the Gold Coast Hinterland, its wine region and farm paddocks. If you're lucky, the wind could bring you along the coast over Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.


Hot air ballooning on the Gold Coast review

Scenic, relaxing and magical – this hot air balloon ride has it all.

From the views of the hinterland to how smooth the hot air balloon ride was (it feels as though you're floating on a cloud), I was super impressed by how enjoyable and relaxing our journey was.

The hour goes by in a flash but you have plenty of time to capture the scenery, including that gorgeous golden sunrise.

Stephanie in a hot air balloon.

What I liked

  • Flight length. I booked a 60-minute flight. However, looking at the terms and conditions it says that they can run as short as 40 minutes. Now I've been on hot air balloons in the past where that 60 minutes has been cut back massively leaving me quite disappointed and angry. Not here. We got the full hour in the air and weren't bored for a moment.
  • The sunrise. Flights are timed to be in the air as the sun rises, colouring the land below a shade of gold. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good sunrise/sunset.
  • Friendly and personable guides. From the moment we were picked up to drop off, our driver and balloon pilot were friendly and happy to answer our questions. (Not that we had too many.)
  • No long waiting times. I'd read in previous reviews that there was long waits as the bus made its way to hotels to pick up people. We were the first to be collected and I didn't feel the time was inconveniently stretched out at all.
  • Easy to contact for changes. I purchased two flights, one for myself and one for my husband. This was done separately but the team were happy to add him onto my itinerary post-purchase so that we could fly together.
  • You can bring your camera. There is a camera dangling off the balloon that takes full flight shots but you're more than welcome to bring your own phones and cameras for the ride.

What I didn't like

  • The view was a little one-dimensional. The flight path is dependent on the wind and we travelled over paddocks and small towns. The hinterland could be seen in the distance but neither the city skyline nor beach were in view.
  • The balloon feels packed. This is true of any hot air balloon ride but for first timers, it's important to know that you won't have the whole section of the balloon to yourself. You'll often be sharing it with four or five other people which restricts your space – though rarely your view.

Things to keep in mind

  • Closed shoes must be worn. This is advised when you make your booking.
  • The view you receive depends on the weather. There's an assumption that you'll fly over the coast but this is only the case if the winds comply. On the morning of your flight, the pilots will test for the safest route so you could wind up travelling anywhere within the Gold Coast area.
  • You can't bring a bag on board. Camera bags are allowed otherwise all is left in the bus. Since you don't need money, it's best to wear something with pockets and carry the essentials, AKA phone and keys, only.

Stephanie went on a 60-minute hot air balloon Gold Coast flight with Balloon Down Under on 22 February 2020. She was a guest of Klook.


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