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

Seeing Victoria from the sky has never been easier with our guide on what’s on offer and where to book.

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Hot air ballooning is a popular activity for visitors to the Yarra Valley, one of Victoria's wine growing regions.  Passengers on winter flights are often rewarded with wonderfully misty mornings.

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From floating above the Melbourne city skyline to seeing the Yarra Valley vineyards pass beneath you, with so many experiences, prices and locations it can be difficult to know what the best options are. So look no further, we've brought Melbourne's plethora of choices into one guide.

Where can I book a hot air ballooning experience in Melbourne and surrounding areas?

You can experience your hot air balloon ride in either the Melbourne CBD or the Yarra Valley. Most experiences mentioned include hotel transfers from the city to the launch site.

Data indicated here is updated regularly
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 Melbourne
5 years
$10
Yes
Yes
Adrenaline
Adrenaline - Hot Air Ballooning in Melbourne
5 years
No
Yes
Yes
Klook
Klook - Hot Air Ballooning in Melbourne
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Experience Oz
Experience Oz - Hot Air Ballooning in Melbourne
1 year
No
Yes
Yes
Viator
Viator - Hot Air Ballooning in Melbourne
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
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Our top picks: Hot air ballooning experiences you can book now in Melbourne

Hot Air Balloon Flight over Geelong

Hot Air Balloon Flight over Geelong from RedBalloon

Best for: Great Ocean Road views

Highlights:
  • Watch the sunrise over the horizon on the south coast
  • Float by the famous Great Ocean Road
  • Aerial views of the beautiful Geelong landscape
  • View details
    Sunrise Balloon Flight over King Valley

    Sunrise Balloon Flight over King Valley from RedBalloon

    Best for: Price

    Highlights:
  • Views of Mount Buffalo
  • Explore the Brown Brothers vineyard post-flight
  • Float by the region’s wineries
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    Hot Air Balloon Flight over King Valley with Prosecco Breakfast

    Hot Air Balloon Flight over King Valley with Prosecco Breakfast from Adrenaline

    Best for: The whole package

    Highlights:
  • Breakfast at the Brown Brothers vineyard
  • Views of the high country
  • Float by the valley’s rivers and mountains
  • View details
    Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

    Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise from Viator

    Best for: Vineyard experience

    Highlights:
  • Float your way through the rolling hills
  • Picturesque Yarra Valley vineyard views
  • Orchard scenery
  • View details

    Hot air ballooning in Melbourne: Inclusions, locations and more

    ExperienceLocationFlight durationExtras/inclusionsWhere to book
    Melbourne Hot Air Balloon FlightMelbourne CBD60 minutes
    • Sunrise flight
    • Photo opportunities
    • Breakfast post-flight
    • Insurance
    Klook
    Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at SunriseYarra Valley60 minutes
    • Sunrise flight
    • Photo opportunities
    • Upgrade to include breakfast post-flight
    • Hotel transfers
    Viator
    Yarra Valley Ballooning Cottage Break with BreakfastYarra Valley60 minutes
    • Overnight stay at the One Bedroom Deluxe Cottage
    • Champagne breakfast at a winery
    Redballoon
    Proposal Package: Private Balloon Flight over the Yarra ValleyYarra Valley60 minutes
    • Private sunrise flight
    • Champagne onboard
    • Breakfast for two at Balgownie Estate
    • Choice of custom "Will you marry me" or plain red balloon
    Redballoon
    Hot Air Balloon Flight over King Valley with Prosecco BreakfastKing Valley60 minutes
    • Sunrise flight
    • Safety briefing
    • Breakfast after the flight
    Adrenaline
    Sunrise Balloon Flight over King ValleyKing Valley60 minutes
    • Sunrise flight
    • Safety briefing
    • Return transfers to meeting spot
    Redballoon
    Hot Air Balloon Flight over GeelongGeelong – Great Ocean Road60 minutes
    • Flight commentary
    • Return transfers to meeting spot
    • Helping with balloon inflation
    Adrenaline

    Hot air ballooning deals

    Groupon Groupon

    Up to 75% off Australia activities + an extra up to 30% off with code

    Ends

    RedBalloon RedBalloon
    Exclusive

    Extra $10 off site-wide with code

    Adrenaline Adrenaline

    Up to 85% off domestic activities

    RedBalloon RedBalloon
    Exclusive

    Extra 10% off Australia activities with code


    Frequently asked questions about hot air ballooning in Melbourne

    Where can I do hot air ballooning in Melbourne?

    Melbourne CBD: South coast of Victoria.

    Yarra Valley: 1 hour north east of Melbourne via car.

    King Valley: 3 hours north east of Melbourne via car.

    Geelong: 1 hour south west of Melbourne via car.

    What do I wear while hot air ballooning?

    It's recommended that you wear enclosed footwear (sneakers are a great option), sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. There is no wind when flying in a hot air balloon, but it's suggested that a scarf or jacket is brought along for those early hour flights.

    Are there any restrictions for who can fly?

    There are no fitness requirements or previous experience necessary. Women who are pregnant past the 14-week mark, along with people who have sustained back or leg injuries are not allowed to fly. Individuals need to be able to stand for the duration of the typically one-hour flight and must have the ability to enter and exit the basket.

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