The Best Hot Air Balloon Experience In Melbourne

A hot air balloon at sunrise in Melbourne is something that has always fascinated me. On my solo travel adventures around Australia, I witnessed many hot air balloons floating gently over the most diverse and picturesque landscapes. Recently I was lucky enough to tick this off my bucket list and went on ballooning over the city.

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How to choose the best hot air balloon rides in Melbourne

Ballooning is not something you can take for granted. No, you cannot. There is no guarantee you can fly, and its success depends much on the wind conditions. So you may not know where they are going to operate this flight until the very last minute.

The ideal time for hot air balloon flights is early in the morning before sunrise or later in the afternoon before sunset. I was booked into the sunrise hot air balloon ride, over Melbourne, between 6.00-6.30 am.

I had to check with the pilot a few times: in the evening before and early in the morning for his final confirmation. So at 4.30 in the morning, the pilot confirmed the flight! How exciting!

What to expect from balloon flights:  where will the wind take us?

Our small group gathered at Pullman on the Park in Melbourne, where we went o the launch site. On the way to the launch site, the pilot pulled up to recheck the weather and wind conditions. He inflated a small balloon and let it float up in the air.

From the flashing strings hanging out of the little box, he could see in which direction the aircraft was going, and this helped him choose the launch site and the instructions of our hot-air balloon flight.

Getting ready for the launch of our air balloon flight over Melbourne

As an outdoor activity, hot air ballooning can be great fun if everyone actively participates.

Once we got to the launch site, we were asked to help out with the hot-air balloon set up. We were 11 people, and we all helped out, so it didn’t take long to unfold the aircraft (it’s enormous).

After the crew inflated the balloon first with cold and then with hot air, we were ready to jump on board the hot air balloon basket (it’s tiny, but it feels safe).

After receiving landing and safety instructions, we were ready to take off the ground. YAY!

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Our Hot Air Balloon Ride in Melbourne – Taking off

Ballooning in Melbourne: it’s all about the experience

I was impressed with how smooth a hot air balloon ride is.

As the balloon slowly floated up in the air, I hardly took notice of any movements. It floated around gently so that we could take in the fantastic view of Melbourne from the sky.

Because of the wind conditions, we couldn’t get into Melbourne City and could only fly over the city’s North-Eastern suburbs. However, it was not disappointing!

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Floating over Melbourne’s Surroundings

The highlights of our hot air balloon ride in Melbourne

What impressed me was the profound silence that reigns up in the air. As we floated over Melbourne’s suburbs, it felt as if the buzzing life from the ground were muted. An entirely new perspective of the city.

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Melbourne’s freeway from the air

We could watch the traffic on the expressways branching out and follow the Warrigal Road traversing the town down to the ocean. On that morning, three more hot air balloons were soaring over the same area.

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Floating over Melbourne’s surroundings

We could see the green areas of Melbourne’s surroundings, with its many beautiful golf courses.

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View of Golf Course from our Hot-Air Balloon ride

We could marvel at Melbourne’s skyscrapers silhouette, at sunrise, waking to a new day.

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Enjoy the sunrise over Melbourne City from the hot-air balloon basket

After nearly an hour of floating, the sun rays started to warm up the places with brighter colours, and we slowly approached our landing site. On our descent, we could discover more exciting sites from the air.

This is another great view over Melbourne’s eastern suburbs with the magnificent Port Phillip Bay’s backdrop.

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Port Phillip Bay from the hot-air balloon

We could spot the Spirit of Tasmania anchored in Port Melbourne as well as the Caulfield Race Course closer to us.

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Port Melbourne and Caulfield Race Course viewed from our hot-air balloon

Ballooning Fun: It comes by landing!

After about 1 hour of gentle hot air ballooning, we landed at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs.

The landing was smooth, in the beginning, a bit bumpy towards the end, but we safely landed “sideways” on the ground…it was unexpected, but it was good fun! 🙂

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Landing and Getting out of the Basket

I was lucky to be the first to come out of the basket, so I was able to take photos of the rest of the group stuck in the cubicle. The sideways landing seems to be the standard landing! 🙂

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Landing from our hot-Air Balloon ride in Melbourne

Would I go ballooning again?

Yes definitely. I loved every minute of it, despite waking up early and being in the cold for a while. A year later, I was lucky enough to experience Hot Air Balloon Ride on the Gold Coast.

Hot air balloon rides in Melbourne – How To Book Your Adventure!

The trip is not cheap. It’s about 400 AUD per person, but if you want to experience Melbourne especially, then I would go for it.

Our basket suited 12 persons, but larger hot-air balloon baskets fit larger groups with 24 people in it.

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First published in 2015, last updated in April 2021

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