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

Discover and explore Brisbane’s big backyard from the sky.

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Aerial View of Brisbane City Sunset

Hot air ballooning in Brisbane is an experience like no other. Starting with a sunrise take-off, you'll drift above the heritage city of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and the Somerset countryside.

Dreamy, right?

If you're searching for a way to celebrate life's special moments, tick an item off your bucket list or spoil someone special (or spoil yourself) these are the hot air balloon rides to do just that.

Where can I book a hot air balloon experience in and around Brisbane?

Hot air ballooning in Brisbane: Compare experiences, locations and more

Experience nameLocationDurationExtras/inclusionsBook with
Hot Air Ballooning Over Greater Brisbane with BreakfastDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim

1 hour flight, 3 hour experience
  • After flight restaurant breakfast
  • Commemorative flight certificate
RedBalloon
RedBalloonDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim

1 hour flight, 3 hour experience
  • After flight restaurant breakfast
  • Commemorative flight certificate
RedBalloon
Hot Air Ballooning 1hr Flight With Full Breakfast - Brisbane RegionDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim

1 hour flight, allow 4 hours for the experience
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Commemorative flight certificate
Adrenaline
Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon FlightDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim

1 hour flight
  • Commemorative flight certificate
Klook
Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight with BreakfastDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim

1 hour flight
  • Restaurant breakfast
  • Commemorative flight certificate
Klook
Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast and CBD Return TransferDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim

1 hour flight
  • Restaurant breakfast
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Transfers from your Brisbane CBD hotel
Klook
Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning with Breakfast - Greater BrisbaneDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim

1 hour flight, 4 hour experience
  • Restaurant breakfast with glass of bubbles
  • Commemorative certificate
  • Brisbane CBD hotel transfers available for an extra $50pp, min 2 people per booking
Expedia
Hot Air Balloon and Gold Coast TourPick-up: Brisbane CBD hotel

Views of: Gold Coast

1 hour flight, 8-9 hour experience
  • Return coach from Brisbane CBD
  • Breakfast at O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards
  • Free time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Mall
  • Surfers Paradise map planner
Viator
Greater Brisbane Hot Air Balloon Flights - City & Country Views from IpswichDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset

1 hour flight, 4 hour experience
  • Hot breakfast
  • Commemorative flight certificate
Viator
Greater Brisbane Hot Air Balloon Flights - City and Country Views from IpswichDeparts: Brisbane

Views of: Ipswich, Great Dividing Range and Scenic Rim

1 hour flight, 4 hour experience
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Hotel transfers from Brisbane CBD available for $50pp, min 2 people pickup
  • Breakfast with a glass of sparkling
Viator
Hot Air Ballooning Brisbane including Carungra Vineyards VisitPick-up: Nerang or Canungra

Views of: Scenic Rim

30 minute flight, 4-6 hour experience
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Transfers from Nerang or Canungra
  • Breakfast with a glass of sparkling
Viator
60 Minute Hot Air Balloon Flight Over IpswichDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset

1 hour flight
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Restaurant breakfast
  • Hotel transfers from Brisbane CBD available for $50pp, min 2 people pickup
ExperienceOz
Hot Air Ballooning, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and River Cruise in a DayDeparts: Ipswich

Views of: Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset

1 hour flight, full day experience
  • Morning pick-up from Brisbane CBD hotels
  • Restaurant breakfast
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Entry into Lone Pine Sanctuary
  • Afternoon cruise on Mirimar Cruises with transfer to Southbank Cultural Precinct (no return transfers to hotel)
ExperienceOz

Our top picks for hot air ballooning in Brisbane

Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight

Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight from Klook

Best for: Price

Highlights:
  • $310 for a 1 hour flight
  • Views of Ipswich, Somerset and Scenic Rim
  • Receive a personalised flight certificate after you land
  • View details
    Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight with CBD transfer and Breakfast

    Greater Brisbane Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight with CBD transfer and Breakfast from Klook

    Best for: Value

    Highlights:
  • 60 minute flight, champagne buffet breakfast and Brisbane hotel transfers for $380
  • Includes pick-up and drop-off from/to Brisbane CBD hotels
  • Restaurant breakfast
  • Receive a personalised flight certificate when you land
  • View details
    Hot Air Ballooning, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and River Cruise in a Day

    Hot Air Ballooning, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and River Cruise in a Day from Experience Oz

    Best for: Brisbane sightseeing

    Highlights:
  • Includes hot air balloon ride, visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and afternoon river cruise
  • Morning transfers with evening drop off at Southbank Cultural Precinct
  • Full day experience
  • Breakfast is included, but not lunch
  • View details
    Hot Air Balloon and Gold Coast Tour

    Hot Air Balloon and Gold Coast Tour from Viator

    Best for: Gold Coast sightseeing

    Highlights:
  • Full day out featuring a flight over the Gold Coast, vineyard breakfast and free time on the Gold Coast
  • All transfers included
  • Free time in Surfers Paradise
  • Breakfast at O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard
  • View details

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    Frequently asked questions about hot air ballooning in Brisbane

    Where can I go hot air ballooning in Brisbane?

    Flights that begin in Brisbane start in Ipswich and fly over Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset. Select experiences can pick you up in Brisbane and take you to the Gold Coast for your ride.

    The meeting point for Ipswich is at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International located at 43 South Street, Ipswich, a 30-minute drive west of Brisbane's centre.

    For experiences based in Southern Brisbane, you can choose from two meeting points:

    Nerang – Coles Shopping Center, Beaudesert Nerang Road

    Canungra – Canungra Visitor Information Centre, 12-14 Kidston Street

    More flights over the Gold Coast can be found here.

    How high does the hot air balloon fly?

    The exact height depends on the wind speed on the day. Generally you can expect to be flying from 1,000-4,000 feet above ground.

    What do I need to bring/wear?

    As flights take off before sunrise it's advised you bring a jacket on board with you which you can take off when you warm up. Closed shoes are mandatory and a hat is recommended as it can get quite hot being close to the burner.

    Also, don't forget to bring a camera to capture all that stunning scenery. If you forget, photos are taken throughout the journey which you can purchase after you land.

    Can anyone book a hot air balloon experience?

    There is no experience required to ride in a hot air balloon however individuals will need to be capable of standing for the full duration of the ride. You must also be able to climb into the basket comfortably. Women who are pregnant past the 12 week mark and children under 6 years old are not permitted to fly.

    How many people can fit in a hot air balloon?

    This depends on the size of the basket. For Brisbane hot air balloon rides, this is often capped at 10-12 people.

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