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
Max 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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What's Included

  • 30 minute beautiful scenic balloon flight over the Tablelands
  • 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).


Soar above Cairns for spectacular views of the Great Dividing range! The climate in Cairns is highly suitable for ballooning meaning hot air balloon prices are extremely affordable. Witness an impressive balloon inflation display and prepare to rise sky high. 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'll float gently above the picturesque landscape of the Tablelands, an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.


You'll 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. Prepare 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 helping to pack 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:

  1. This tour is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant.

  2. By booking this tour you confirm that you do not have a medical condition that would make it unsafe to participate

  3. If you have a medical condition and/or you are unsure that you are physically able to participate in the activity, we recommend that you consult a medical practitioner before participating

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations or changes more than 24 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations within 24 hours of departure: 100% of the cost
  • Changes to date made within 24 hours of departure: $15 change fee

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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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