The Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

2016 Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 March

The “Spectacular” will again be held on the lawns in front of Old Parliament House where a mass of balloons will inflate at sunrise each morning (weather permitting), and after a gentle lift off, fly over the lake and city. Balloons come from all over Australia and overseas.

All flights during the Spectacular are approximately 45-60 minutes. Following the flight all passengers will be presented with a commemorative flight certificate and offered champagne and a cooked breakfast prepared by the Lions Club of Canberra.


Balloons will start inflating at approximately 6.15am and will be expected to launch at between 6.30 – 7.00am , so make sure you get up early to see this amazing site. Breakfast can be purchased on the morning from a variety of vendors or bring your own picnic. This is a free community event for spectators.

FLIGHT BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.  Phone 02 6249 8660, or email

Please click on the image below to download the Balloon Spectacular information brochure (PDF – 771Kb).

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The Most Enthusiastic Balloon Passenger In The World!

Lloyd Poulton made his 31st flight with Balloon Aloft Canberra on Tuesday.  We are proud to provide an experience that continues to draw Lloyd back for another flight, and another and another… He is a remarkable aviation enthusiast who has been flying with us for many many years.  Over that time our pilots and crew have come know Lloyd as a personal friend.  His great personality is a bonus on any flight.  We are looking forward to many more years of you flying with us, Lloyd.

Raiders help launch Abode Hotels Hot Air Balloon

Abode Raiders launch

Canberra Raiders Press Release 26 May 2015

The Raiders had a special visit from the brand new Abode Hotels hot air balloon this morning at Raiders HQ, getting the first glimpse of what is said to be the largest hot air balloon ever operated in the capital.

Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart, Captain Jarrod Croker and star players Paul Vaughan and Shaun Fensom, had the opportunity to get up close to the new balloon, which is Balloon Aloft’s latest attraction.

The striking black and white Abode Hotels balloon is as tall as an 8-storey building. It holds 9 tonnes of air, can lift 3.5 tonnes, holds 20 passengers and is the biggest hot air balloon ever operated in the ACT, NSW and Victoria by Balloon Aloft, says Managing Director Ewan Roberts of the company.

This morning, Croker, Fensom and Vaughan joined Coach Ricky Stuart, GEOCON and Abode Hotels to formally unveil the balloon.

“Hot air balloons are fast becoming a visual symbol of Canberra with our balloon festivals and as a popular recreational activity,” says Managing Director of GEOCON and Abode Hotels, Nick Georgalis. “The capital doesn’t have a lot of billboard advertising so we thought we’d go sky high another way.”

Raiders Captain Jarrod Croker said it was great to see the balloon drop by to Raiders HQ this morning and encouraged people to check it out.

“It’s a very impressive sight when it’s fully inflated and ready to go,” Croker said. “I’m sure you’ll get a great view of Canberra if you book in for a ride in the new Abode Balloon and it seems like it would be plenty of fun.”

Abode Hotels intends to offer exclusive packages for hotel guests to ride the balloon and see all that Canberra has to offer from up above. Visit for more information.

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IMAGES: Raiders Players Paul Vaughan, Jarrod Croker and Shaun Fensom joined Coach Ricky Stuart this morning  in the new Abode Hotels hot air balloon.

Certificate of Excellence winners

Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Balloon Aloft Canberra and we’d like to thank all of our past passengers who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

1st day Balloon Spectacular

What a fabulous way to kick of the 2015 Canberra Balloon Spectacular.  Beautiful skies with a launch from Old Parliament House.  The event runs each morning until Sunday 15 March.  Call 02 6249 8660 for flight bookings.

Here are some images from this morning:

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Boxing Day balloon flights

We have a limited number of places left for a flight on Boxing Day.

Boxing Day flights are $340 per person and include your flight of approximately 1 hour followed by a traditional champagne celebration in the gardens of the Hyatt Hotel.  An optional full buffet breakfast is available for an extra $40 per peron.

Please call the office to book on 02 6249 8660 (this date not available online).

Flights on other days can be booked online or by phone.

Open dated Gift Certificates are also available online and will be instantly emailed back.  You have the choice of
- a weekday flight for $290 per person, or
- a weekend/any day flight for $340 per person.
An optional full buffet breakfast is $40 per person, non flying companions can also join you for breakfast.



World Junior Hot Air Ballooning Championships

DG-world-champsThe World Junior Hot Air Ballooning Championships are currently happening in Vichy, France.  Balloon Aloft are proud that two of our pilots are representing us there.

  1. Dan Gillespie is competing in Team Australia, and
  2. Gary Lacey is Deputy Director of the event.

Our chief pilot Richard Gillespie is also part of  the support crew for Dan.   You can follow Dan and fellow Team Australia member Angus Peart on the following websites:  or

Dan is flying the Cameron’s Balloon (pictured below left) and Angus has the blue pink and black balloon (below right).

Last chance to fly ….

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular continues until Sunday 16 March, so if you haven’t had chance to get down to Old Parliament House to see the balloons this weekend is your last chance.

Flights are still available on Sunday 16 March.  Please call 02 6285 1540 to book.

This photo was taken this morning.

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Balloon Spectacular

We have had 2 fabulous days of flying with the Canberra Balloon Spectacular.  Flights still available – but you must ring to book – phone 02 6285 1540.

– this photo from Saturday, supplied by Adrian Kelson

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see our Facebook page for more photos, including todays rainbow

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular runs each day until Sunday 16 March.  For more information

We are moving ….

After 12 years in Phillip the building is being demolished 🙁  and we have to move.

The office will be closed from 4pm Wednesday 12 February and will reopen (hopefully) on Friday 21 February at our new address in Pialligo.

We are still flying and will be answering phones and emails remotely during the move.  Continue to contact us on 02 6285 1540 or email


Last minute gifts

We still have flights available on

  • Friday 27 December
  • Saturday 28 December, and
  • Sunday 29 December

Also from Monday 30 December onwards …..

Bookings can be made on-line or by phoning 02 6285 1540.

Or if you want to give a gift and fly later order one of our open dated gift certificates.  Gift certificates are valid for 12 months.

Spring and Floriade …

a fabulous time to fly in Canberra!

The blossoms are out, Floriade is happening, and balloons are flying!

Book a flight now to see some of these fantastic views:
(photos taken 1st day of Floriade, 14 September)

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After your flight visit Floriade for views like this (taken 13 September):

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Fathers Day

Looking for a last minute Father’s Day gift?  A balloon flight over Canberra will be a memory that will last Dad forever.

We still have flights available on Sunday 1 September or you can give Dad an open dated gift voucher for him to fly on a date of his choice.

You can book or order a gift certificate on line right now!   Your flight confirmation or gift certificate will be emailed instantly to you.

If you have any questions see our FAQs or give us a call on 6285 1540.


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Floriade flights

Floriade runs from Saturday 14 September to Sunday 13 October and is a fabulous time to fly in Canberra.

A  balloon provides a slow moving stable platform which allows photographers to capture fantastic images.  During spring you will see Canberra’s beautiful parklands and gardens come to life with new growth and spring blossoms.  Our pilots will attempt a low level flight over the Floriade site if the wind conditions permit, giving you a full appreciation of the garden art.

Bookings are essential during this very popular season and can be made online, or by phoning 02 6285 1540.

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For information about all the activities during the Floriade festival see


Balloon Spectacular

So far we’ve seen 6 fabulous days of flying.  This photo was taken from the launch site today.  See our facebook page for more photos (click the link on the right hand side of this page).

Flights are still available for  the weekend - to book phone us on 6285 1540.


Win a Balloon Flight

For your chance to win a Balloon Flight, come down to the Canberra Balloon Spectacular any morning from Saturday 9 March to Sunday 17 March.  Wander around and watch the balloons inflate and lauch, enjoy the daily live entertainment and perhaps partake in some breakkie.  Then come to the Balloon Aloft tent, fill in a survey about the Balloon Spectacular and go into the draw to win a balloon flight for 2 or tickets to the Brumbies.

Remember if you want to see balloons, you need to get there BEFORE 7am.

Balloon Spectacular – Shapes

The Canberra Festival BALLOON SPECTACULAR is less than 2 weeks away and we are looking forward to seeing some new shapes this year.

Mr BupWe welcome back “Mr Bup” the Turtle who was very popular when he visited Canberra in 2010.

To get a preview of the other shapes visit our Facebook page.

You don’t need to have facebook to view our facebook page, but if you are a facebook member, we’d like it if you “liked” us!

The Balloon Spectacular runs each day from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March on the lawns in front of Old Parliament House.  Spectators should be there between 6.30-7am to see the balloons inflate and launch, breakfast and entertainment continues until 10am each morning.

Flights are available – for more information click here