This spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight across the Atherton Tablelands is worth waking up early for

Cairns Classic Hot Air Balloon Flight Highlights

  • Get up to $40 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Return transfers from selected Cairns' accommodation (not on self-dive option)
  • Classic hot air balloon flight – approximately 40-60 mins in the air (depending on the winds of the day)
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Hot air balloon ride commemorative certificate
  • A glass of sparkling wine on landing and chat with the pilot.
  • Free Digital Photo Package valued at $80

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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns Classic Hot Air Balloon Flight

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  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
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Yes, we will happily drop you off to the cruise liner terminal, please advise us if your ship is also departing the same morning so we can ensure ballooning fits with your itinerary.

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With all our self drive options there is available car parking. Please meet us at the Mareeba heritage centre times to meet there vary on the seasons so please contact us to confirm what time you should meet us. Please contact 0740 399900 if you are concerned you have missed your pick up. Our drivers will be able to help you on the phone between 3.30am - 5.30am daily. Any questions out of this time please contact our reservations team between 8am - 8pm 7 days a week.

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Yes you will be in the same basket, please book at least 1 week before your preferred date to ensure we have availability for such a large group. Our balloons can hold 16-24 people meaning there will be your group and a few others in the one basket. 

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Hot Air ballooning requires stable air temperatures and wind patterns which are mostly occur in the early hours of the morning as the sun is rising. Hot Air Balloon Cairns is fortunate that the conditions are some of the best in the world for ballooning and perfect for take off nearly all year round. We also believe it is a beautiful way to wake up as the scenery is spectacular in Cairns that time of the day!

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We can call and sms international numbers but we do nee to know the international country code (number with + at the beginning). When you book your balloon ride from Cairns please make sure we know which country you are traveling from and all of your best contact details in case we need to reach you.

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We keep a close eye on the weather conditions for the hot air balloon flight, we will not fly if the conditions are unsuitable. We will notify you by 5pm the afternoon your departure if the conditions are not suitable, you can then choose another date or 100% refund. If you do not hear from us we will be going ahead as scheduled.

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No, unfortunately we do not fly over the ocean or the Great Barrier Reef. Ballooning takes place in the Cairns highlands of the Atherton Tablelands. Flying coastally can have very unreliable weather conditions and patterns. We fly inland approximately an hour drive from the ocean where the conditions are some of the best for Hot Air Ballooning in the world. Flights are scheduled to depart daily all year round.

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The number of people is determined on the day according to the weather conditions and number of people booked. Our balloon baskets can take up to 24 passengers, so if you are a group we can have you all flying together for your balloons ride in Cairns.

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Hot Air Balloons fly best in light stable winds around 4 to 6 miles per hour. Hot Air Cairns flies in the Atherton Highlands approximately a one hour drive inland from the Ocean. the flights are located here as it has some of the best conditions for Hot Air Ballooning in the world with departures scheduled to take off daily all year round. 

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The balloons launch from the Cairns Highlands around the township of Mareeba. The launch and landing sites vary daily as they are dependent on the mornings conditions. We pick up from most hotels and accommodations in Cairns city or meet in Mareeba at the Heritage Centre.

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Yes we are happy to offer discounts for locals. We will require proof of residency upon check in. Locals can make a booking HERE or you can contact our reservations team between 8am and 8pm daily. 

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If you are a group of 10 or more, we are happy to offer a group discount, please contact our reservations either on our website chat to discuss group discount options as it is subject to availability. 

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Pickup Locations

Tour Option Classic ballooning self drive to Mareeba, Atherton Tablelands

  • Bus - Mareeba Heritage Centre (April-Sept) ID:482

Tour Option Cairns Classic Hot Air Balloon Flight

  • 181 The Esplanade - Espl. Side ID:1
  • 201 Lake Street ID:611
  • A1 Inn The City ID:186
  • Acacia Court ID:8
  • Accent On Mcleod ID:1448
  • Accommodation on Sheridan 183-185 Sheridan St ID:901
  • Agincourt Beachfront Apartments ID:10
  • Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore ID:18
  • Alassio Palm Cove ID:27
  • Amaroo at Trinity ID:17
  • Ant Hill Hotel - Mareeba ID:1135
  • API Units Clifton Bch - 91 Arlington Espl ID:20
  • Aquarius - 107 Esplanade ID:21
  • Arcadia Holiday Units - 189 Sheridan ID:22
  • Argosy on the Beach ID:24
  • Aspect Central (ex Grove Motel) 211 Sheridan St ID:4
  • Asylum Hostel - 149 Grafton St ID:562
  • Bailey Crystalbrook Collection
  • Balaclava Hotel - 423 Mulgrave Rd ID:1422
  • Balinese 215 Lake St ID:30
  • Bay Village Tropical Retreat ID:31
  • Beachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach ID:872
  • Beachview Apartments at Villa Paradiso ID:431
  • Beaumont On Spence ID:1460
  • Bellevue at Trinity Beach ID:554
  • Best New Chalon (formely Best Western Bruce Hway) ID:249
  • Best Western Cairns Central Apts - Mcleod&Aplin ID:988
  • Big Marlin - Outside Earlville Shopping Cntr ID:472
  • Blue Lagoon Resort ID:593
  • Bohemia Resort Cairns - 231 Mcleod St ID:48
  • Botanical Gardens Bus Stop ID:1003
  • Bounce Cairns - Grafton St ID:351
  • Breakfree Royal Harbour (abbott st) ID:397
  • Bus - Mareeba Heritage Centre (April-Sept) ID:482
  • Cairns Beach Apartments (ex Elysium) ID:617
  • Cairns City Apartments / Regency on Spence ID:623
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  • Cairns City Motel (Ex Poinsettia) ID:1253
  • Cairns City Palms (Ex High Chaparral) ID:170
  • Cairns City Sheridan - 157 Sheridan ID:317
  • Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort ID:56
  • Cairns College of English ID:57
  • Cairns Colonial Club ID:58
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  • Cairns Gateway Resort ID:68
  • Cairns Girls Hostel - 147 Lake St ID:60
  • Cairns Harbour Lights ID:619
  • Cairns Holiday Lodge 259 Sheridan ID:61
  • Cairns Holiday Park (Little St) ID:88
  • Cairns Language School ID:63
  • Cairns Motor Inn ID:64
  • Cairns Ocean View Apartment (Luxury Seafront apt) ID:1480
  • Cairns One - Gregory St / Mulgrave Rd ID:1266
  • Cairns Plaza - 145 Esplanade Cnr Minnie St ID:421
  • Cairns Queenslander Hotel & Apartments Lake St ID:310
  • Cairns Reef Apartments (ex Metro Inn) ID:237
  • Cairns Share House - 300 Draper ID:1171
  • Cairns Sharehouse Scott St ID:877
  • Cairns Sheridan Hotel - 295 Sheridan St ID:1192
  • Cairns Southside International ID:318
  • Cairns Sunland Leisure Park ID:362
  • Cairns Sunshine Towers Hotel ID:367
  • Cairns Villa & Leisure Park - 28 Pease St Manunda ID:69
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  • Caravella Central Backpackers - 72 Grafton St ID:949
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  • Cascade Gardens ID:77
  • Castaways Hostel ID:78
  • Castaways Trinity Beach ID:416
  • Castle Holiday Units 209 Lake ID:79
  • Central Plaza - 255 Lake St (Best Western) ID:84
  • Centrepoint Apartments - 141 Abbott St ID:1294
  • City Plaza Apartments - 37-39 Digger St ID:889
  • City Terraces - 63 McLeod ID:89
  • City Waterfront Palms - part of Caravella 149 ID:1130
  • Citysider - 17 Upward St ID:91
  • Clarendon on Spence ID:624
  • Clifton Beach Retreat B&B ID:601
  • Clifton Gardens ID:94
  • Clifton Sands ID:96
  • Cocos Holiday Apartments ID:106
  • Comfort Inn 183 Lake St ID:599
  • Coral Cay Villas - 267 Lake ID:111
  • Coral Horizon Apartments - The Boutique Collection ID:474
  • Coral Reef Resort - 192 Mann St ID:113
  • Coral Sands Beachfront Resort ID:114
  • Coral Towers ID:116
  • Coral Tree Inn - 166 Grafton ID:117
  • Costa Royale Trinity Beach ID:119
  • Cruise Terminal - Trinity Wharf ID:122
  • Crystal Garden Cairns ( Ex Skinnydips) ID:2
  • DeepSea Divers Den depot - Draper & Mulgrave ID:600
  • Double Tree by Hilton ID:172
  • Down Under Dive ID:126
  • Dreamtime - Terminus St ID:127
  • Dunwoodys on Sheridan ID:130
  • Edge Apartments Cairns ID:1077
  • Edge Hill Bowls Club (Woodward St) ID:1211
  • Edge Hill Butchers - 136 Collins Ave ID:1434
  • El Dorado ID:132
  • Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows ID:133
  • First City Caravilla (Kelly/Mulgarve Rd) ID:3
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  • Flying Monkey Backpackers - 89 Esplanade ID:1214
  • Flynn Crystalbrook Collection
  • Focus on Spence ID:1481
  • Getaway on Grafton ID:559
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  • Glass House on the Beach Kewarra Beach ID:1482
  • Global Backpackers Cairns Waterfront ID:189
  • Globetrotters International (154 Lake St) ID:986
  • Grosvenor - cnr McLeod&Grove ID:160
  • Hides Hotel - 87 Lake (club croc) ID:169
  • Hilton CAIRNS ID:171
  • Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside ID:165
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove ID:250
  • Hotel Tropiq (Ex Cairns Rainbow Resort ID:316
  • Il Centro ID:183
  • Il Palazzo ID:184
  • Imagine Drift Palm Cove ID:613
  • Inn Cairns - 71 Lake St ID:185
  • International House - Mcleod ID:190
  • Island Views Palm Cove (next to Mantra Amphora) ID:547
  • Jack & Newell Apts - Wharf St ID:528
  • Jazz Cairns - 93 The Esplanade ID:449
  • JJs Backpackers Hostel ID:194
  • Kewarra Beach Resort ID:195
  • Koala Beach Resort (Lakes Cntrl) - 137-139 Lake St ID:253
  • Koala Court Holiday Apartments ID:197
  • Kookas Bed & Breakfast ID:568
  • Kuranda Backpackers - opp Skyrail ID:242
  • Kuranda Rainfrst Caravan Park turn R at lights ID:602
  • Lazy Duck by the Great Hotel Company ID:957
  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Cairns (100 Sheridan St) ID:213
  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Village (141 Sheridan St) ID:1477
  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront (Esplanade) ID:1478
  • Mango Lagoon - Palm Cove ID:535
  • Mantra Amphora Palm Cove ID:1058
  • Mantra Esplanade ID:257
  • Mantra Trilogy Cairns Abbott St Reception ID:532
  • Mareeba Lodge - 261 Byrnes St ID:1109
  • Marlin Cove Resort ID:230
  • Marlin Gateway Apartments - Trinity ID:231
  • Marlin Marina ID:232
  • Marlin Waters - Palm Cove ID:233
  • Marquis on Grafton Apartments ID:948
  • Mcdonalds on Esplanade ID:219
  • McDonalds Woree ID:475
  • Melaleuca Resort - Palm Cove ID:236
  • Mercure Cairns 15 Florence Street ID:363
  • Meridian Trinity Beach (Esplanade Pick up) ID:495
  • Mid City Luxury Suites ID:239
  • Motel Nomads (Ex Cns Tropical Gardens) ID:415
  • NJOY Resort (was Inn The Tropics) 141 Sheridan St ID:188
  • North Cove Waterfront apts (lake St side) ID:478
  • Northern Heritage Cairns - Sheridan St ID:592
  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort ID:563
  • Oasis at Palm Cove ID:252
  • Oasis Inn Holiday Apartments ID:251
  • On Palm Cove Beachfront Apts (131-133 Espl) ID:1212
  • On The Beach - Trinity ID:255
  • Pacific Cay ID:258
  • Pacific Hotel Cairns ID:259
  • Palm Cove Oasis ID:266
  • Palm Cove Tropic Apts ID:268
  • Palm Royale - Reception/Lobby ID:269
  • Palms at Trinity (83 Moore St Trinity Beach) ID:989
  • Panama on Spence ID:501
  • Paradise on the Beach Resort ID:276
  • Paradise Palms (hotel reception) ID:274
  • Park Regis City Quays - 6 Lake St ID:571
  • Park Regis Piermonde Apartments ID:586
  • Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove (ex Outrigger) ID:470
  • Pullman Cairns International ID:62
  • Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa ID:534
  • Pullman Reef Hotel Casino (Hotel Lobby) ID:324
  • Queens Court ID:307
  • Reef Gateway Apartments ID:323
  • Reef House Palm Cove ID:344
  • Reef Palms ID:325
  • Regency Palms Holiday Apartments ID:396
  • Riley a Crystalbrook Collection ID:1476
  • Royal Palm Villas ID:333
  • Roydon Beachfront Apartments ID:335
  • Ryans Rest ID:337
  • Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns ID:235
  • Sanctuary Palm Cove ID:542
  • Sarayi Boutique Hotel Palm Cove ID:341
  • Sea Change Beachfront Apartments ID:342
  • Sea Point on Trinity ID:544
  • Seaforth Apartments - Trinity Beach ID:1139
  • SeaShells - Trinity ID:343
  • Shangri-La Hotel ID:313
  • Silvester Palms ID:354
  • Skydive Cairns - General Aviation ID:985
  • Skyrail Caravonica ( Smithfield ) ID:357
  • Skyrail Kuranda ID:358
  • Smithfield Bus Stop near Smithfield Tavern ID:359
  • South Pacific B&B Clifton Beach (18 Gibson Close) ID:1222
  • Southern Cross Atrium Apartments ID:536
  • Sugarland Car Rentals ID:361
  • Summer House (Lake St) ID:347
  • Sun Pacific College - Kewarra ID:440
  • TBA - Cns City. Please Advise ID:372
  • The Abbott Boutique Hotel ID:157
  • The Benson Cairns ID:338
  • The Lakes Cairns Resort - Bus Stop Reception ID:377
  • The Palms - Moore St Trinity ID:378
  • The Pier Marketplace ID:379
  • The Reef Retreat Palm Cove ID:326
  • The Sebel Palm Cove Coral Coast ID:951
  • The Villas Palm Cove ID:262
  • Tobruk Memorial Pool ID:392
  • Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments ID:395
  • Tranquility Relax 5-7 Amphora St (Palm Cove) ID:398
  • Travellers Castle 209 Lake St ID:399
  • Travellers Oasis - 8 Scott street ID:400
  • Trinity Beach Club Holiday Apartments ID:402
  • Trinity Beach Pacific - 56 Trinty Bch Rd ID:403
  • Trinity Cove Trinity Bch ID:1147
  • Trinity Links Resort - Front Gate ID:404
  • Trinity on the Esplanade Luxury Accom ID:405
  • Trinity Tropical Oasis Holiday House -7 CorindaCl ID:1204
  • Trinity Waters Boutique Beachfront Apts ID:573
  • Tropic Days Backpackers ID:411
  • Tropic Sunrise Holiday Units ID:413
  • Tropic Towers Apartments ID:414
  • Tropical Heritage Motel ID:166
  • Tropical Queenslander ID:418
  • Villa Beach (85-87 Upolu Espl) Clifton Beach ID:1205
  • Villa Shangri-La ID:433
  • Villa Vaucluse ID:435
  • Vision Cairns Apartments (nxt to Double Tree) ID:1035
  • Vue Apartments Trinity Beach ID:975
  • Waterfront by the Great Hostel Company ID:1189
  • Waterfront Terraces (Lake Street) ID:436
  • Waters Edge Apts (p/u Abbott St side) ID:596
  • Why not Backpackers (Ex Calypso Hostel 5 Digger St ID:70
  • YAL Cairns ID:420
  • YHA Cairns Central - Mcleod St ID:448
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