Cairns Hot Air Balloon


4am - 10:30am


The Deal

Treat yourself and your special someone to a hot air balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands at sunrise. Admire the morning light as it illuminates the wilderness and farmland of the Mareeba Valley, and look for wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies as they wake up for the day. Hear informative commentary from your pilot about the region, and keep your camera handy for amazing photo ops from above. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation.


  • 30-minute sunrise flight over the Atherton Tablelands, from Cairns or the Northern Beaches Snap photos of the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands in the sunrise

  • Learn about the art of hot-air ballooning from the pilot

  • Enjoy the ease of pickup and drop-off from accommodations in Cairns or the Northern Beaches

  • Souvenir flight certificate

Departure Point:

Cairns & Northern Beaches Accommodation

Departure Time:
4:00 AM

Return Details:
Cairns & Northern Beaches 10:30 AM 

The Itinerary

Begin your day with early morning pickup at your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation. Drive approximately one hour to the launch site in the Atherton Tablelands, located near the township of Mareeba. Witness the impressive sight of giant balloons inflating in the predawn darkness. When ready, step into your balloon's basket and watch the landscape of the Atherton Tablelands unfold below as you gradually float higher. View farmland, rivers, dams or the town depending on the prevailing winds of the day. You might see animals such as kangaroos and cockatoos while you're in flight, and you're sure to have photo ops galore. Your pilot points out landmarks and can answer any questions that you may have. At the end of your 30-minute flight, land gently and disembark from the basket to allow the next group to take their flight. Re-board your coach and follow the hot air balloon from the ground, taking roads that wind through the picturesque valley. When all of the flights have finished, you can choose to help deflate the giant balloons if you like. Receive a souvenir flight certificate and have the opportunity to purchase in-flight photos before your coach returns you to your Cairns or the Northern Beaches Accommodation.

The Fine Print

  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers 

  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions 

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • It is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirement that all passengers must be able to climb in and out of the balloon basket unaided and stand unaided for the duration of the flight 

  • Minimum age is 4 years 

  • Child 4-14 years

  • Contact mobile number is required 

  • Minimum of 12 hours is required between diving and flying 

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Total price includes a levy of $30 per person for civil aviation and other insurance charges, take off / landing fees, transfer costs, GST & administration charges
    Bring with you: Water, warm clothes in the winter months (do not wear light coloured clothing as it is easily stained by the volcanic soil, camera, hat, comfortable shoes (no high heels), money for levy, photos & refreshments.

1300 962 924

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