Up and Away: The Best Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sydney

It hardly gets more scenic than soaring over an evolving landscape at sunrise. A hot air balloon ride offers serenity, stunning views and a peaceful experience unlike any other. If hot air ballooning is on your bucket list and you’re living in Sydney or planning a trip to the NSW capital, these are the best luxury balloon companies in Sydney.

Balloon Aloft

Back in 1980, Balloon Aloft provided Australia’s first passenger hot air balloon ride. Today, they offer high-quality rides over some of Syndey’s most stunning locations including; the Hunter Valley vineyard region, Camden Valley, Mudgee, and Byron Bay. Perfect for special occasions and functions, Balloon Aloft’s daily sunrise balloon flights cater to individuals, corporate groups or intimate VIP flights.

Aussie Balloontrek

Ascend the skies of Regional NSW with Aussie Balloontrek at the guidance of an experienced pilot. Soaring over the picturesque scenery of the ‘hot air balloon capital of Australia,’ Canowindra, enjoy one of the most stunningly prolific farming regions of NSW. Aussie Balloontrek offers 45-minute flights, 1-hour flights, and deluxe half-hour flights that include a barbecue breakfast with champagne, orange juice, and tea, and coffee, plus a special First Flight Certificate.

Aussie Balloontrek
Aussie Balloontrek | Source: Visit NSW

Hunter Valley Ballooning

If you’re set on exploring the beautiful Hunter Valley from above, Hunter Valley Ballooning has over 30 years of experience soaring over the vineyards. Its hot air balloon rides in Sydney offer a group sunrise flight, an exclusive romantic flight for two or a private charter balloon flight. Expect a whole morning adventure with an hour-long flight lifting off at sunrise followed by a Celebration Breakfast at Peterson House Winery lasting around 3 and a half hours.

Hunter Valley Ballooning
Hunter Valley Ballooning 2
Source: Hunter Valley Ballooning

Beyond Ballooning

Float above Australia’s oldest wine region, Hunter Valley at the hands of an experienced team. Beyond Ballooning’s balloon baskets can accommodate from two to 24 people providing daily balloon flights, VIP balloon flights, or exclusive balloon flights. On returning to the ground, Beyond Ballooning treats passengers to a glass of local sparkling wine and a gourmet breakfast – the perfect opportunity to mingle and chat with the pilots.

Balloon Joy Flights

Winner of Trip Advisor’s ‘Travelers Choice Award for 2021,’ enjoy a sunrise flight over Canowindra with full balloon commentary paired with local knowledge from a multi-talented pilot. The hour-long hot air balloon flight over Sydney’s countryside provides the ultimate experience for solo riders, couples, or groups. Once back on the ground, the adventure continues with a catered champagne breakfast, coffee, and a presentation flight certificate at Delice Coffee Roasters.

If you’re after the same sky-high experience but don’t live in Sydney, have a look at a hot air balloon ride over Perth’s beautiful Avon Valley, or for Queensland locals here’s some hot air balloon rides you can take from Brisbane.

This article originally appeared on Fancy

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