Cairns Balloon Flight

Start your day with an exhilarating balloon flight over the stunning Atherton Tablelands!

Cairns, Australia
30 min
Start time
4:00 am
Group size
Pick up & Drop off
Minimum age
4 yrs
AUD $260
4 - 14 years old: AUD $200
Levy $30 included
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  • 30 minute scenic Tablelands balloon flight
  • Flight certificate
  • Accommodation Transfers

What's excluded

  • Civil Aviation & other insurance charges, takeoff/landing fee, transfer costs, GST & administration charges (total of $30 pp and payable on the day of travel).


We believe you can fly! Who would not like to try out ballooning one day? Do not hesitate! The climate in Cairns is highly suitable for ballooning, and hot air balloon prices are extremely affordable there. Witness a spectacular balloon inflation display and prepare to rise. Some mornings there are so many colourful balloons that the sky will look like a balloon party! 


Time to rise and fly over the scenic Atherton Tablelands. You will be speechless when you see its mountains covered with lush rainforest. Nothing makes you feel more peaceful than watching the tranquil country landscapes of the Tablelands. What better way is there to start your day? 


Leave Cairns in the early morning and travel to Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. There the Hot Air Balloons will be inflated in a spectacular display. Ready for take-off!  After the first flight takes off, passengers for the second flight board the coach to chase the balloon to its landing site. The second flight will take off while the passengers from the first flight enter the coach and drive towards the pack-up site. Have some fun and help packing up the giant Balloons before heading back to your accommodation. 



04:10 -  06:00
You will be picked up from your accommodation. From there, you will travel to Mareeba via the Kuranda Range.


06:00 – 06:30
A suitable launch site is selected (depending on weather variation and wind direction). The balloon is prepared for take-off.


06:30 – 07:45
Depending on passenger numbers there are usually two 30-minute flights. The first group takes off in the balloon, while the second group chases the balloon from the ground in a coach. The perfect moment to spot awakening wildlife and birdlife. Then, the groups swap activities. Passengers on a 60-minute flight remain in the balloon. 
Admire stunning panoramas during the flight. You will fly inland in the direction of the Outback and east towards the hills that belong to the Great Dividing Range and that separate the Tablelands from the coast. There will be plenty of photo opportunities. Do not forget to smile for the in-flight photographs.


07:45 – 08:15
Time to dismantle the balloon from its basket.


08:30 – 09:00
Time for a comfort stop. 
You will get the chance to view photos that were taken during your amazing flight. If you want to, you can purchase the pictures.


09:00 – 10:00
You will travel back to Cairns and you will be dropped off at your accommodation. After this peaceful, yet amazing morning, you are ready to start the rest of an exciting day. 



30 minutes 


What to bring

  • Ticket
  • Warm clothing (winter months) (white clothing not recommended as it is easily stained by the volcanic red soil)
  • Comfortable shoes (no high heels)
  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Money for souvenirs & aviation levy


Please note

  • Departs: Daily from Cairns & Northern Beaches at 04:15 am
  • Returns: Approximately 10:00 am


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Terms & Conditions:

Ballooning is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant and you must be able to climb into the basket and stand for the duration of the flight

Cancellation Policy:

Bookings cancelled more than 24 hours before the tour departs are entitled to a full refund.

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Raging Thunder
59-63 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia


AUD $260
4 - 14 years old: AUD $200
Levy $30 included
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