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Hot air ballooning in Sydney: Your go-to comparison guide

You’ve gotta do it at least once in your life – so why not now? Take to the skies in a hot air balloon ride at one of these top locations.

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There’s something undeniably romantic about hot air ballooning. From the moment your feet touch basket in the early hours of the morning to that photo-perfect second the sun creeps over the horizon illuminating everything below, it’s a majestic experience.

If you’re looking to book a flight for a special occasion or simply wish to tick it off your bucket list, various locations around Sydney offer hot air balloon riding, complete with breakfast and victory Champagne.

Where can I go hot air balloon riding?

The three main regions for hot air ballooning in Sydney and its surrounds as the Macarthur Region, Hawkesbury River and the Hunter Valley. Want to see the Blue Mountains from above? Opt for a flight from Macarthur or the Hawkesbury River.

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Hawkesbury River / Windsor

A balloon ride through the Hawkesbury region offers the unique experience of a very diverse landscape. Located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, farmlands and forest meet river and mountain in this understated ride.

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Macarthur / Camden Valley

Start in Macarthur for spectacular views of the Blue Mountains from a distance. The landscape below is dotted with valleys and historical properties and, as Macarthur is only a 50 minute drive from the city centre, it’s very convenient to get to.

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Hunter Valley

The wine region of the Hunter Valley is a popular spot for hot air ballooning. Private flights for two can be booked to mark special occasions - and they’re worth it, as the view of the vineyards below is phenomenal.

Top Hot Air Balloon Ride deals in Sydney

Hot Air Balloon Sydney for 2 - Weekend Flight
Hot Air Balloon Sydney for 2 - Weekend Flight


Hot Air Ballooning in a Small Group, Weekend Flight - Hunter Valley
Hot Air Ballooning in a Small Group, Weekend Flight - Hunter Valley


Compare prices for hot air balloon rides in Sydney

LocationDuration of flightPrice (weekday/weekend)ExtrasCompany
Windsor45 minutes$284/$299Full gourmet breakfastAdrenalin
45 minutes$259/$274Optional breakfastAdrenalin
Macarthur Region1 hour$299Champagne breakfastRedBalloon
Hunter Valley1 hour$259/$269Small group, champagne afterwardsAdrenalin
50-65 minutes$299Full gourmet breakfastAdrenalin
45-60 minutes$259/$274Breakfast optionalAdrenalin
1 hour$299 (weekend)Champagne breakfastRedBalloon

Hot air balloon occasions | How to celebrate in style

Some of the most romantic occasions are celebrated via hot air balloon, from proposals to wedding anniversaries. To help you celebrate (or pop the question), opt for one of these VIP or private flights.

Private VIP Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 - Sydney
Private VIP Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 - Sydney


Hot Air Ballooning Luxury Private Flight for 2 - Hunter Valley
Hot Air Ballooning Luxury Private Flight for 2 - Hunter Valley


Things you need to know about hot air ballooning:

Where can I book Hot Air Balloon rides in Sydney?

Hot Air Balloon rides can be booked direct with the hot air balloon companies or through experience websites such as Adrenalin and Viator.

Can I hot air balloon over Sydney Harbour?

Unfortunately there are no hot air balloon rides that fly directly over Sydney Harbour.

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    WilliamJanuary 17, 2019


    I would like to know the following:
    1) What time is the pickup from the hotel for the sunrise flight?
    2) Is there any sunset flight? If yes, what is/will the pickup time from the hotel?

    I am staying at Breakfree at George. This is for 2 persons.

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      JeniJanuary 19, 2019Staff

      Hi William,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Please note that hot air balloon rides can be booked directly with the hot air balloon companies or through experience websites such as RedBAlloon, Adrenalin and Viator. You may find hot air balloon schedule like sunrise/sunset flight once you visit their official page or contact them directly.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    kishorDecember 22, 2018

    Hello there,
    I am looking for a hot air balloon ride for 3 persons on 6th Jan you have some cheap deals around Sydney?

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      ValDecember 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Kishor,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder. You can try checking this link for deals and promos for Hot Air Balloon available.
      Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and read through the details of the needed requirements as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions when comparing your options before making a decision on whether it is right for you.

      Hope this helps!


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    KevinJuly 31, 2016

    Do the companies pick up and return you from Sydney ? We will be staying in Manly.
    What time of year is best to ensure a flight on a booking day ? We will only be in Sydney for the booking day.
    Is there any age restriction to match the min. height ?

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      StephanieAugust 2, 2016Staff

      Hi Kevin,

      The hot air balloon rides included in this article do not include transfers from Sydney. Many only offer a shuttle service for a specific location, such as a hotel, to the hot balloon flight site and back.

      The closest hot air balloon experience to Sydney available is in Windsor, which is a hour’s drive from Sydney CBD. You can find more details of this experience here.

      It’s more likely that you’ll be able to secure a flight on the booking day during the winter months. You might also like to look at weekday and day flights as sunset/twilight and weekend flights are likely to book out faster than flights during the working week.

      There are no height or age restrictions for the experience mentioned above, however it is worth contacting the company you wish to book with prior to purchase to confirm this.

      Hope that helps,


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