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Cairns, Australia
Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Get a bird’s-eye perspective of Tropical North Queensland on an unforgettable hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Soar over the Atherton Tablelands as golden sunlight breaks across beautiful farmlands, rivers, and forests. Choose the duration of your flights and enjoy pickup and drop-off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Palm Cove hotel. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful way to start your day!
  • Early-morning hot air balloon flight over Queensland's Atherton Tablelands
  • Free commemorative flight certificate
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Pickup and drop off from all centrally located Cairns, Northern Beaches, and Palm Cove hotels
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Commemorative flight certificate
Insurance Levy
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup from Yorkeys, Holloways, Kewarra

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at hotels in the Cairns and Northern Beaches areas.

Departure Time

4:00 AM
Greet the sun as it rises over Tropical North Queensland on a memorable hot air balloon ride. Be prepared for early morning pickup at your Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Palm Cove hotel in order to be in the air by daybreak. After traveling to the launch site, climb aboard a sturdy basket and watch as flames fill an enormous balloon with hot air.

As you rise off the ground above the scenic Atherton Tablelands, get a fantastic aerial perspective of the region’s farmlands, rivers, and rolling hills in the distance. Your pilot points out unique features and points of interest as you float over the beautiful terrain. Watch morning fog dissipate as the sun washes the landscape with a rosy, golden light, and wave to other balloons that maybe floating nearby.

After your time in the air, return gently to the ground. Help deflate, roll, and repack the enormous balloon with your crew and fellow passengers for a fun and interactive finish. Receive a certificate to commemorate your spectacular flight, and relax on the return drive to your hotel.
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Hot Air Balloon Cairns
You will be met by our professional driver at your pick up location to be transfered to your Hot Air Balloon ride. As the day begins, you will experience a wonderful hot air balloon flight above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. After your flight and landing, enjoy games and lots of laughs as your pilot, crew and driver lead the fun of packing up your hot air balloon. Your hot air balloon experience finish time varies with the seasons (summer, winter and the time of sunrise). Your driver can drop you back to your Cairns accommodation or, with prior notice, we can drop you off to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Skyrail, Tjapukai or perhaps a Cairns cafe or restaurant if you would like to have breakfast at your own arrangements.
Stop At:  
Atherton Tablelands
The Atherton Tablelands is the area over which we fly our hot air balloons. You will experience this area at dawn - the best time of the day to spot wallabies, kangaroos, many different species of birds, and other wildlife. In addition, you may fly over many different crops as The Tablelands are known for their fruit and vegetable produce. Keep an eye out for crops of mangoes, bananas, lychees, avocados, pineapples, limes and more.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • All passengers must be able to get into the balloon basket unaided to the satisfaction of the pilot, or they will not be able to fly
  • Children aged 4 years and under are not permitted to fly
  • Mobile phone contact required when booking
  • Pregnant women unable to travel
  • Please provide mobile phone number or email address at time of booking
  • Flight time is minimum 40 minutes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hot Air Cairns
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns.
What is the policy on sanitization during Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Could not ask for much more
, Jan 2022
The staff (Hitoshi, Bob, and Roy) were amazing. So friendly, thorough, and great for laughs. The flight itself was run professionally, beautiful views and weather, definitely would do it again
Bucket List tick off
, Nov 2021
Great morning trip. The crew at 'Hot Air' were great and made the trip a special highlight. Thoroughly recommend a hot air balloon ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The 3 amigos balloon flight
, Nov 2021
The professional and helpful service Frank, Brian and Tony gave us will be unforgettable. I will be highly recommending the balloon flight to family and friends, I will also be recommending the 3 amigos as I will think of them as that because they made us feel safe. I would also like to say thanks guys for all your help.
Hot air ballooning on my birthday
, Oct 2021
I went hot air ballooning with my wife for my birthday. It was a great experience. From the moment we got closer to arrival and could see the balloon being assembled from our window. I knew it would be an amazing experience and it was much better then I thought it could possibly be. I recommend that everyone should experience this amazing opportunity we have to do this in beautiful tablelands.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lovely experience
, Aug 2021
friendly staff, good service good views. had a lovely experience. bus driver was friendly and happy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jul 2021
What a great day made special by fabulous staff so much fun getting up early was a treat being a tour meant a lot of great company
It's was very amazing
, Jul 2021
The most experience was riding in the hot air balloon it was my first time i every done it i really like it to look down and see the clouds and watch sunrise. And it was very soft landing.
Perfect morning celebration
, Jun 2021
This was a 50th birthday gift from my family. The 4 of us had the most amazing morning. The whole experience was just wonderful. The staff were great from pick up from our resort, the care a safety onboard the balloon, the champagne celebration after the flight, and safely returned to our resort. Thoroughly recommend this experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bucket List = tick!
, Jun 2021
Another one off the bucket list! Had an awesome time, staff made us feel very safe, highly experienced pilot and ground crew. It’s an early morning but we’ll worth it. Gently floating across the fields while watching the sunrise over the mountains was awesome. Many thanks to Hitoshi for picking us up early from our hotel and getting us back safely. This is a very professional team, highly recommended.
, May 2021
It was a beautiful day with a layer of fog, the team were friendly and helpful. Nice touch with champayne at the end of the flight

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