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45-60 min sunrise hot air balloon flight over the stunning Byron Bay hinterland
A delicious post-flight celebration breakfast at Three Blue Ducks Restaurant at the Farm Byron Bay
Digital In-flight Photography to remember your incredible adventure
Pre-flight briefing from the pilot so you know what to expect
Departs from the meeting point at The Farm Byron Bay, 11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
Please note: These bookings go on request. Once you receive your confirmation of payment, we will confirm within 72 hours or contact you for an alternative
What to Expect
Be the first to see the sunrise! The daily sunrise hot air balloon flights over the Byron Bay region – Australia’s most easterly point – gives you the unique opportunity to be the first to watch the morning’s sunrise over the Australian mainland from the air.
Byron Bay is a year-round travel destination with gorgeous beaches, amazing hinterland, superb weather and a wonderfully laid-back vibe. Located on the New South Wales Far North Coast, just under an hour south of the Gold Coast airport, the region offers some of the best hot air balloon flights in the country. A Byron Bay ballooning experience offers a unique experience and a spectacular visual diversity of both coast & country.
Moving outside of the lively Byron Bay centre and floating peacefully above the rolling hills on the hinterland is a great opportunity to explore the colourful ‘Rainbow Region’ from a perspective like no other. These balloon flights offer magnificent views of the ocean, hinterland and vast scenery around the famed counterculture meccas of Bangalow, Mullumbimby, Nimbin & Lismore.
On arrival at The Farm Byron Bay, you will meet with your pilot and ground crew team. Feel free to ask any questions you may have as you sign in for your flight and place your breakfast order. See how the pilot checks the morning’s local winds conditions and listen while they give you a short flight briefing.
Then, travel out to that day's chosen launch site. This is determined by your pilot and depends on the wind direction on the morning. With over a dozen launch sites to choose from, your experienced pilot with be able to determine the most suitable spot to ensure you have the best possible flight.
Once you arrive at the launch site it only takes around 20-25 minutes for the balloon to be inflated and standing upright, ready for boarding. You are welcome to help with the balloon setup or simply stand back and take photos as your aircraft takes shape and comes to life.
As the sun rises over the ocean you will ascend into the sky in your colourful balloon. Your balloon will float gently along with the breeze and in your basket, you will feel completely secure with virtually no sensation of movement. During your flight, you may find yourself drifting just above the treetops then, moments later, effortlessly ascending to heights of 2000 feet or more. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture views of the Byron Bay region from a perspective like no other.
Depending on the wind speeds on landing, your balloon may touch down with the basket upright, and the balloon above your heads or, in a light breeze, the balloon basket may drag a short distance, with the basket coming to rest on its side. Both landing types are completely normal and lots of fun.
The Ground Team will be on hand to greet you like your balloon lands. Join in as they deflate the balloon by squishing the air out, or feel free to stand back and take photos of all the fun.
Finally, you'll return to The Farm Byron Bay where your morning experience continues with a delicious celebration breakfast at Three Blue Ducks Restaurant. Relax and enjoy an award-winning barista coffee with your fellow passengers and your pilot as you celebrate one of the most exhilarating adventures of your life. Plus, you'll get to take home complimentary digital in-flight photography to remember this incredible adventure.
Hot air ballooning is an adventure activity, and whilst there are no fixed timelines, your entire experience, including breakfast after the flight, should take approximately 4 hrs.
Where we Visit:
The Farm Byron Bay
Please note: These bookings go on request. Once you receive your confirmation of payment, we will confirm within 72 hours or contact you for an alternative
Frequently Asked Questions
Children need to be aged 7 years or older and accompanied by an adult to fly. They will also need to be at least 120cm tall so they can see over the top of the basket. Please also keep in mind that the burner noise can be a bit frightening to young children.
There is no upper age limit - as long as you are reasonably fit and healthy with no significant knee, hip or back problems, no recent surgeries, broken bones or existing conditions that may make a balloon landing uncomfortable for you, and you are not currently pregnant, then you should be fit to fly. You will be required to climb into the balloon basket using the footholds cut into the side of the basket, stand for one hour and, in the instance of a bumpy landing, absorb a small impact which is similar on your joints to that of jumping off a low chair. You will also need to be able to hold on to the safety handles when the balloon is landing.
The Operator flies single T and double T partition baskets of all different sizes ranging from 2–24 passengers. These basket layouts provide plenty of personal space as they are purpose-designed to accommodate large and small group sizes in perfect comfort, whilst also allowing all passengers to stand against the side of the basket, ensuring everyone gets a great view.
The Operator schedules flights all year round from most locations, however, the summer months generally provide the very best weather for ballooning with the majority of the flight proceeding in these months. August and September are traditionally quite windy and the crew will often see a higher proportion of cancellations in these months.
Balloons float with the breeze and will move in the same direction as the airflow. As this airflow usually changes direction with altitude, your pilot can change the height of the balloon in order to steer. Whilst the pilot can make every effort to determine where it will land in advance, it is all dependent on the wind on the morning of the flight.
The balloon ride itself is usually 50 – 60 minutes in duration. The total time you are with the crew on the morning of your flight is approximately 4 hours. This includes a flight briefing from your pilot, completing some paperwork, travelling to and from the launch and landing sites and the breakfast afterwards.
A weight calculation needs to be performed for your flight as all balloons have a maximum lift capacity. By providing your accurate weight you are ensuring that your balloon is weight loaded correctly.
The Operator is not permitted to fly any Passenger who is unable to embark or disembark the balloon basket unassisted. The balloon basket is approximately 1.2 metres high, with two footholds for use when climbing into the basket. Staff will be in attendance to supervise Passengers climbing into the basket but may not assist anyone to enter the basket.
Passengers should have no significant knee, hip or back problems, no recent surgeries, broken bones or existing conditions that may make a balloon landing uncomfortable.
The Customer acknowledges that hot air ballooning is weather dependent. If The Operator considers, in its sole discretion, that weather conditions are unsuitable or unsafe to proceed, it may cancel a scheduled Flight at any time prior to launch
The Operator is not permitted to fly any Passenger who is unable to embark or disembark the balloon basket unassisted. The balloon basket is approximately 1.2 metres high, with two footholds for use when climbing into the basket. Staff will be in attendance to supervise Passengers climbing into the basket but may not assist anyone to enter the basket
The minimum age is 7 years, all children 16 years and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult, & all passengers must be able to see over the side of the basket
Pregnant women & people recovering from major surgery are not permitted to fly
The maximum weight is 140kg
All participants must sign a waiver
In the unfortunate event that you should have to alter or cancel your booking certain fees & conditions apply:
In the event of a weather cancelation, you will have 12 months to reschedule your flight however Flight tickets are non-refundable under any circumstances including weather cancellation.
If you wish to change your flight:
NO changes are permitted within the 72 hours prior to your flight
A $25 per person rebooking fee will be charged for flight date alterations prior to this 72 hour period
Terms and conditions
Please take the time to read and understand these Terms and Conditions. If you have any concerns regarding these terms and conditions please contact The Operator before proceeding with your purchase. Treat your ticket or voucher as you would any other Airline ticket as the Terms and Conditions are comparable to the rest of the Aviation Industry.
LIABILITY Under no circumstances will The Operator be liable for direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damages, including but not limited to lost or damaged property, lost profits or savings or damages or disappointment. You will be required to complete an indemnity form prior to flying. The Operator may arrange for your flight to be carried out by another balloon company. In such instances The Operator accepts no liability in connection with such services or for any loss, injury, or damages to in respect to person or property. The Operator reserves the right to alter contents of product when deemed necessary.
ALTERATION & CANCELLATION OF A BOOKING In the unfortunate event you should have to alter or cancel your booking certain fees & conditions apply: GIFT VOUCHERS & FLIGHT VOUCHERS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. FLEXI VOUCHERS ARE REFUNDABLE LESS AN ADMINISTARION FEE (WHERE APPLICABLE). INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS OF LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE: IF YOU WISH TO CANCEL AND RECEIVE A REFUND - Within 72 hours of the flight you will not receive a refund. - Between 72 hours and 7 days prior to the flight, a $25 per person cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. - With more than 7 days' notice of a flight, a $25 per booking fee will be deducted from your refund. IF YOU WISH TO ALTER YOUR FLIGHT BOOKING - NO changes are permitted within the 72 hours prior to your flight. - A $25 per person rebooking fee will be charged for flight date alterations prior to this 72 hour period. CORPORATE GROUPS AND GROUP BOOKINGS OF 10 OR MORE PEOPLE: IF YOU WISH TO ALTER YOUR BOOKING OR CANCEL SOME OR ALL PASSENGERS ON YOUR BOOKING AND RECEIVE A REFUND - Within 14 days of the flight you will not receive a refund. Changes to date will not be accepted. - Between 14 days and 21 days prior to a flight, a $25 per person cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. A $50 fee will apply to change of date. - With more than 21 days' notice of a flight, changes to date or passenger numbers can be made but for cancellation of entire booking a $50 per booking fee will be deducted from your refund. The Operator reserves the right to amend these fees and notice periods.
FAILURE TO SHOW You will lose the full cost of your flight if you fail to show for your flight, no matter what the reason. No refunds or flight rescheduling are allowed. You may send someone else in your place if you wish. Please let us know the name of the replacement person before the flight. If you are unduly concerned about your ability to attend the flight, travel insurance is recommended (contact your Insurance Broker). When special circumstances arise, some of these Terms and Conditions may be superseded by those published on your booking confirmation documentation or Gift Voucher.
GIFT VOUCHERS & FLIGHT VOUCHERS Vouchers are valid only when fully paid by the purchaser or distributor. Vouchers, other than the Flexi Voucher cannot be refunded, either in part or in full, or be redeemed for cash. Vouchers are transferable to other individuals with written permission of the voucher holder and are valid only for the period indicated thereon. Once the voucher has been redeemed (i.e. the flight date has been booked) all other terms relating to Alteration and Cancellation apply, however the value remains non-refundable. Your Voucher is strictly valid until the Expiry Date shown on your Voucher, and you must fly within that period. Should you need to extend the validity of your gift voucher beyond the expiry date, a 3 month extension is available at $75 per voucher. No further extensions are permitted beyond this period. Please note that it may take several attempts to fly before a successful launch is achieved so Voucher holders need to book well in advance of the expiry date. Weekend flights are always popular and may be booked out for a few weeks in advance. Please consider this when making your arrangements. The Operator does not fly pregnant ladies, the disabled or people recovering from major operations. In this instance, vouchers are fully transferable.
FLIGHT DURATION Flight duration is approximately 45 minutes to 70 minutes.
WEATHER, MECHANICAL, STAFFING & OTHER SAFETY CONDITIONS Hot air ballooning relies on suitable weather conditions in order to proceed safely. Additionally, flights may depend on mechanical performance or staffing availability. When conditions are deemed by The Operator to be unsuitable or unsafe to proceed, then the flight will be cancelled. Similarly a flight may be postponed due to less than minimum numbers being achieved. In the unfortunate event that a flight must be delayed, rescheduled or cancelled due to any factor, The Operator will hold payment and await contact from you to arrange a suitable alternate date. Vouchers, other than the Flexi Voucher are non-refundable. If you require a refund of a Flexi- voucher for a flight The Operator has cancelled, a $15 admin fee per booking applies or $50 in the case of corporate and large group bookings. The Operator will not accept any liability for travel, accommodation, inconvenience or other cost incurred or lost through such cancellations.
REBOOKING YOUR FLIGHT If your flight has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, please contact the office as soon as possible to rebook. Payment received for your flight will be held in credit and applied to the rebooking. Rebooking of Flight Vouchers and Flexi Vouchers must be done before the Expiry date of your voucher. This is generally 12 months from the first cancelled flight unless otherwise stipulated. Gift Vouchers will need to be rebooked before the expiry date of the voucher. There will be no refunds for bookings held on the system for longer than 12 months. Being a weather dependent activity it may take several attempts to fly.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES (a) It is your responsibility to ensure that you have received booking confirmation details of your flight: please notify the office immediately and prior to your flight date if you do not have this information. You are required to follow the check-in procedures outlined on your Booking Confirmation prior to your flight. (b) In the interests of safety, you undertake to follow the instruction of the pilot and ground crew, comply with any local codes of conduct and act sensibly and prudently at all times. You also agree to indemnify The Operator, its owners, officers and employees for all loses and/or damage arising from any act or default on your part or the part of a member of your party. Under no circumstances at any time during the supply of Services should you or a member of your party be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, nor should you take medication that could effect or impair your judgment at this time. (c) Check with your medical practitioner if you have a pre-existing medical condition that may be affected by the physical nature of hot air ballooning. Please be advised you will be asked to sign a health statement and waiver at the meeting point prior to your flight. You agree to indemnify The Operator, its owners, officers and employees against any incident related to your health occurring during or after the supply of the Services. The Operator does not fly pregnant ladies, the disabled, or people recovering from major operations. (d) Personal belongings are taken at your own risk. (e) Ballooning is an outdoor adventure activity, The International Balloon Flight Company cannot be held liable for damage to clothing or belongings.
The Operator carries Air Carriers Liability Act Insurance up to $500,000 per passenger and $5,000,000 combined single limit legal liability.
The Operator does require you to sign a standard The Operator’s Registration & Acceptance of Risk; before the flight. When you sign this, you are operating under The International Balloon Flight Company Air Operators Certificate S572815-08, issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia. (Other affiliate operators will have their own registration system.
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