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Floriade Reimagined

Spring wouldn’t be spring in Canberra without Floriade. In 2020, Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra.

With so much changing this year, Floriade: Reimagined (12 September – 11 October 2020) has been designed to allow the community to connect safely while public health restrictions are in place. The hope, vibrancy and joy of this celebration of spring will remain at the heart of the festival, but the festival format has changed for 2020.

While we can’t offer you a flight over “Floriade” this year, Spring is still a fabulous time to fly and Canberra looks stunning with blossoms and new growth.  And who knows, we might spot some of the displays as we fly over the city and suburbs.

Where can I see the Floriade bloom sites?

Floriade Planted
BELCONNEN, Margaret Timpson Park
BELCONNEN, The Big Owl
CITY, City Hill
CITY, Stage 88, Commonwealth Park
KAMBAH, The Sheep, Kambah Village
KINGSTON, Giles Street
KIPPAX, Hardwick Crescent
MANUKA, Manuka Lawns
NICHOLLS, Clarrie Hermes Drive
WESTON, Trenerry Square
WODEN, Town Park

Floriade Boxed
BELCONNEN, Benjamin Way
BRADDON, Lonsdale Street
CITY, Canberra Region Visitors Centre
CONDER, Lanyon Marketplace
FAIRBAIRN, Canberra Airport
DICKSON, Town Centre
GUNGAHLIN, Gungahlin Place
KINGSTON, Foreshore
MOLONGLO, Cotter Road
TUGGERANONG, Anketell Street
WODEN, The Canberra Hospital

Floriade Potted
BELCONNEN, Calvary Hospital
BELCONNEN, UC Hospital
CITY, Clare Holland House
DEAKIN, John James Hospital
HALL, Victoria Street
MAWSON, Southlands Shopping Centre
WODEN, Town Square
WODEN, The Canberra Hospital

Floriade Sponsors & National Attractions
Australian Institute of Sport
Australian War Memorial
Canberra Centre
Canberra Convention Bureau
Canberra Park
Capital Brewing Co.
City Renewal Authority
Cockington Green
Contentious Character
Lanyon Homestead
National Capital Authority
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery
Parliament House
Pialligo Estate
Questacon
Royal Australian Mint
Transport Canberra & City Services

Floriade Community
AINSLIE, Ainslie School
BARTON, YWCA Currawong Early Childhood
BELCONNEN, Belconnen Basketball Stadium
BELCONNEN, Emu Creek Park Planting Group
BELCONNEN, YMCA Day Care Centre
BRADDON, Merici College
BRUCE, University of Canberra
CALWELL, Calwell Shops
CAMPBELL, Campbell Primary School
CANBERRA, Australian National University
CHIFLEY, Chifley Shops
CHISHOLM, Good Shepherd Community Church
COOMBS, Stromlo Cottage
CURTIN, Curtin Shops Precinct
CURTIN, Parish Transfiguration North Woden
DEAKIN, Urban Education
DICKSON, Blue Gum Preschool
DICKSON, Malabar Gardens
DOWNER, Downer Community Square and Shops
FARRER, Farrer Shops
FLYNN, Early Childhood Centre
FORREST, Forrest Tennis Club
FORREST, Presbyterian Church of St Andrew
FORREST, St Christopher’s Cathedral
FYSHWICK, Canberra City Farm
GARRAN, Woden Valley Child Care Centre
GOOGONG, Googong Community Garden
GOWRIE, Holy Family Church
GUNGAHLIN, Winyu Early Childhood Service YWCA
GUNGAHLIN, YMCA Day Care Centre
HACKETT, Blue Gum Community Playgroup
HACKETT, Blue Gum Community School
HACKETT, Gilruth Park
HACKETT, Hackett Shops
HALL, Victoria Street
HOLDER, YMCA Day Care Centre
HOLT, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled
HOLT, YMCA Day Care Centre
HUGHES, Hughes Community Centre
HUGHES, Hughes Preschool
HUME, Alexander Maconochie Centre
JAMISON, YMCA Day Care Centre
KALEEN, Kaleen Primary School
KAMBAH, Diversity ACT Community Services
KAMBAH, Kambah Community Garden
KAMBAH, St Thomas The Apostle’s Primary School
KINGSTON, Canberra Baptist Church
KINGSTON, Green Square
LYONS, Lyons Early Childhood School
LYONS, Lyons Shops
MELBA, Mount Rogers Primary School
MELBA, Sunroom for Seniors
NARRABUNDAH, Marymead
NICHOLLS, Federation Square Gold Creek
NICHOLLS, Nicholls Early Childhood Centre
PAGE, Mosaic Baptist Church
PALMERSTON, Palmerston District Primary School
PEARCE, Pearce Shops
QUEANBEYAN, St Gregory’s Primary School
RED HILL, Latin American Cultural Centre
REID, Reid Early Childhood Centre
SCULLIN, Scullin Shops and Street Libraries
SPENCE, Possums Playschool
STIRLING, Marymead’s ‘MULCH’
SWINGER HILL, Swinger Hill Shops
TAYLOR, Margaret Hendry School
TORRENS, Torrens Shops
TUGGERANONG, Tuggeranong Arts Centre
TUGGERANONG, Tuggeranong Uniting Church
TURNER, German Scout Hall
WATSON, Majura Primary School
WATSON, Youth with a Mission Community Garden
WESTON, Fetherston Gardens
WESTON, Perinatal Wellbeing Centre
WESTON, Streeton Drive
WESTON, Weston Creek Orchard
YARRALUMLA, Yarralumla Shops
YARRALUMLA, Yarralumla Uniting Church
YARRALUMLA, YMCA Sailing Club

Winter Exclusive Flights

Want to enjoy a balloon flight with just you and your partner (and our pilot of course), or perhaps a special experience for your family?

During winter our exclusive flights for 2 are just $1800 .

A family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children aged 6-12) can enjoy a balloon flight from just $2000.

For people from the same household, we can offer an exclusive flight for  a group of  5-8 people for just $2400.

This offer is for flights taken up until 31 August.  Beverages are served after the flight.  The optional Hyatt breakfast is currently unavailable.

Please phone us on 02 6249 8660 for more information or to book.

Return to flying …

Launching from Pialligo Estate

After many weeks of being grounded, we are looking forward to getting our passengers back in the air.  Flights will resume from 19 June.

During our shutdown we have been undertaking maintenance and deep cleaning of our balloon baskets and vehicles and doing some training flights over different parts of Canberra.  Thank you to everyone for your enthusiastic response both in person and on social media when you’ve seen our training balloon over the last couple weeks.

When we return to flying there will be some small changes and unfortunately we are not able to offer the optional Hyatt breakfast or champagne in the short term.  Non alcoholic beverages will be served after the flight.

We will have bigger baskets so that passengers will have more room than before.  You will be sharing a balloon but you are outside in the fresh air.

To help stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Balloon Aloft Canberra are implementing the following.

  • On arrival at the Hyatt (our meeting point) each passenger’s temperature will be checked with an infrared thermometer. Passengers with a temperature of 37.5 or over will not be able to fly and are advised to self isolate and seek medical advice.
  • Passengers will be required to complete a COVID-19 health declaration as part of our check in procedure.
  • During the flight passengers are encouraged to look outside and limit face to face contact with other passengers.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitiser and (optional) disposable face masks will be available for passengers.
  • All vehicles and equipment will be cleaned prior to each flight.
  • Balloon Aloft staff have undertaken COVID-19 infection control training and will follow the Balloon Aloft Canberra COVID-19 Safe Workplace Procedures.

We look forward welcoming you back aboard our beautiful sunrise balloon flights over Canberra.  To schedule your flight please phone our friendly reservations team on 02 6249 8660.

Have you seen us flying over your suburb?

Although we are currently unable to conduct passenger flights due to the COVID-19 crisis our pilots are out flying to maintain their licences and researching new flying areas.  We look forward to a return to passenger flights as soon as considered safe and restrictions are eased!

Our crew have been keeping busy with a maintenance and cleaning program so our equipment will be all ready to go when we start flying again – hopefully soon!

Keep up to date on when we are flying:

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photo by Shweta Adams

Flights still postponed

You may have seen a balloon in the sky today!

Our pilots will fly occasionally over the next month; these are practice flights to keep their licenses current.  Unfortunately due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions we can’t fly passengers just yet.

We are using our spare time to clean and maintain our ballooning equipment so we will be fully prepared when able to fly again.

Our admin staff are working from home and are available to help you with the planning of any future hot air ballooning adventure.

If you have any concerns about the validity of your ticket or voucher, we will be extending tickets and vouchers to ensure you can enjoy your flight once this situation is resolved and we are flying again.

Most importantly, we are not going anywhere and will be back flying passengers over Canberra.

Mothers Day

Give mum something to look forward to …….

While we can’t fly you right now, give mum a balloon flight over Canberra which she can look forward to once the COVID-19  restrictions are lifted.

Our gift certificates are open dated for 3 years* and will be emailed instantly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Flights Postponed

Unfortunately we have had to suspend our flight operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In line with the Prime Ministers advice as to the time of the pandemic and his recommendations, we are suspending our flight operations until 31 August.  This time frame is subject to review and if we can recommence operating sooner, we will.

Our admin staff are working from home and will be available to help you until further notice with the planning of any future hot air ballooning adventure.

As a small tourism business we hope that, if you have the means, you will be able to support us and many other tourism, travel and hospitality businesses through this time by postponing rather than cancelling your travel plans altogether.

If you have any concerns about the validity of your ticket or voucher, we will be extending tickets and vouchers to ensure you can enjoy your flight once this situation is resolved and we are flying again.

Most importantly, we are not going anywhere and will be back flying over Canberra.

T-Rex Balloon

The T-Rex Balloon will be the star of this year’s Enlighten Canberra Balloon Spectacular.

Spectators can see T-Rex inflate in front of Old Parliament House early each morning during the Spectacular, 7-15 March, or look up and you might just see him flying overhead.

Passengers can book a flight during the event, but not in T-Rex.  Click here for more information.

BALLOON SPECTACULAR

It’s just a month until the Canberra Balloon Spectacular so now is the time to get your tickets.

This year’s Balloon Spectacular starts on Saturday 7 March and runs for 9 days until Sunday 15 March.  The balloons are scheduled to launch early each morning, weather permitting.

The Balloon Spectacular is free for spectators and we do advise you to arrive by 06:30 am to see the balloons inflate and launch from in front of Old Parliament House.

You can be part of the action by booking a balloon flight.  Bookings can only be made directly with our office by phoning 02 6249 8660 or you can send us an email.

Weekends sell out first so book soon if you want to fly on a weekend.  Our suggestion is to book for the first weekend, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 and Canberra Day, Monday 9 March, that way if your flight is cancelled* due to unsafe weather conditions you have a chance to rebook during the Spectacular.

Balloon Spectacular flight prices are :

Weekend flights           $395 per person or $290 per child aged 6-12.
(including Canberra Day)
Weekday flights           $345 per person or $250 per child aged 6-12.

Passenger flights last approximately 45-60 minutes.  Following the flight all passengers will be presented with a commemorative flight certificate and offered Australian sparkling wine and a cooked breakfast prepared by the Lions Club of Canberra.  Your flight check in time is 05:45 am and the total experience time is approximately 3-4 hours.

Book nowphone 02 6249 8660 or email info@balloonaloftcanberra.com.au.

*Payment is required at the time of booking.  Should your flight be cancelled by Balloon Aloft due to unsuitable conditions you can either rebook or get a full refund.  You may rebook during the event or we do offer flights throughout the year.

Photos from 2019 courtesy of Adrian Kelson  https://akphoto.smugmug.com/

book now for Spring!

Spring is an awesome time to fly over Canberra. Our parks and gardens are full of new growth and blossoms and of course we have Floriade (14 Sept-13 Oct) – the largest flower show in the Southern hemisphere.

If you are thinking of coming to Floriade’s Nightfest (3-6 October), book your flight soon as this is a very popular time!

If you are visiting Canberra, why not combine your balloon flight with an Abode Floriade package!

Last days – Winter Special

Balloon Aloft Canberra are offering a special rate of $300 per person for flights booked during August (normally $380 weekends, or $330 weekdays).  flights must be taken in the month of August 2019.

All flights are early morning and include:

·         Approximate 45-60 minute balloon flight over/around Canberra (depending on the wind direction)
·         Australian sparkling wine and/or fruit juice after the flight
·         Complete flight and ground insurance
·         In-flight photography on most flights – 1 digital photo included
·         A flight certificate
·         Flights depart daily, weather permitting

An optional full buffet breakfast after the flight is available at the Hyatt’s Promenade Cafe.  This may be purchased on the morning of the flight.

To book you need to phone us on 02 6249 8660 and quote the website winter special code WINTERW19.

See 2 sunrises in 1 day

SORRY, THIS OFFER SOLD OUT

Start your day with a sunrise hot air balloon flight with Balloon Aloft Canberra and then see Monet’s masterpiece “Impression Sunrise”.

Until 15 August 2019, Balloon Aloft Canberra are offering a very special rate which includes a ticket* to the National Gallery of Australia’s Monet Impression Sunrise exhibition for just

  • $300 per person (valued at $352 weekdays or $402 weekends)
  • $200 per child aged 6-12 years  (valued at $240 weekdays or $280 weekends)

(Children 13+ are at the adult rate)

SORRY, THIS OFFER SOLD OUT

CONDITIONS for this offer
Offer valid until 15 August 2019.  May not be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer.  Passengers must phone Balloon Aloft Canberra on 02 6249 8660 and quote discount code MONET19P to book at this special rate.
*Your ticket to the NGA’s Monet: Expression Sunrise Exhibition is for a standard entry. Accompanied children up to 16 years will not require a ticket to the exhibition. If the flight is cancelled due to unsuitable conditions, the value of any NGA Monet ticket issued will be deducted from your refund.

All flights are early morning and include:

·         Approximate 45-60 minute balloon flight over/around Canberra (depending on the wind direction)
·         Australian sparkling wine and/or fruit juice after the flight
·         Complete flight and ground insurance
·         In-flight photography on most flights – 1 digital photo included
·         A flight certificate
·         Flights depart daily, weather permitting

An optional full buffet breakfast after the flight is available at the Hyatt’s Promenade Cafe.  This may be purchased on the morning of the flight.

photo credit Eliza Hughes, @_elizagrams

Valentines Day

What’s more romantic than a balloon flight over Canberra?

Treat your loved one on Valentines Day and start your day with a hot air balloon flight.  If your too busy on the day you can give one of our open dated gift certificates and let your loved one choose their flight date.  You can book online or give us a call on 02 6249 8660 for more information.

For a very special treat you can book an exclusive flight for 2 – for Valentines Day only we are offering a Romantic Flight for 2 for just $1650, with champagne and chocolates during your flight and a sumptuous gourmet breakfast at the Hyatt after the flight.   Availability is limited and you must call us on 02 6249 8660 to book.

More information about our flights click here

Win a balloon flight

Congratulations to Wendy Miller who has won the balloon flight!  Thank to everyone who took the time to enter.

Competition Terms and Conditions

Balloon Aloft, See Canberra, Summer Edition 2018, Win a Balloon Flight.

How to enter: via the balloonaloftcanberra.com.au/news/win/

Complete your contact details including your contact number. In 25 words or less tell us why you would like to win a hot air balloon flight gift voucher from Balloon Aloft Canberra.

Prize: One weekday hot air balloon flight for one adult with Balloon Aloft Canberra. Valid for one year.

Please see our booking terms and conditions for more information on booking your flight. https://balloonaloftcanberra.com.au/bookings/terms-and-conditions/

Eligibility criteria: Gift voucher can be gifted by the winner to another person. Only one entry per person. The entrant must enter the competition via the website by completing their contact details and in 25 words or less, tell us why you would like to win a hot air balloon gift voucher from Balloon Aloft Canberra.

Promotional period: The competition will commence 5am, 2nd December 2018 and closes 5pm,19th December 2018. Entries after this period will not be accepted. Winner will be drawn on the 20th December 2018 and will be advised by email and telephone within 48 hours. Prize must be claimed within 3 months. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or in conjunction with any other offer.

Privacy policy: Entrants private information will not be shared with any other agency, company or persons. By entering the competition, you agree to receive further information or offers from Balloon Aloft Canberra. You can opt out of receiving further offers or information on receipt of your entry confirmation.

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Floriade preview

Our passengers had a preview of Floriade today – this years theme is pop culture.  We think Pikachu is a hit already!  Just imagine how good he will look once the flowers are in full bloom.

Some pics from today’s flight.

Floriade runs from 15 September to 14 October and is a great time for a flight over Canberra.  Canberra literally “springs to life” with the trees budding & blossoming and the city’s parks and gardens turning green after the Canberra winter – a beautiful site from a hot air balloon.

If the weather conditions permit, you may even be able to see the Floriade gardens from above.

Book online now.

Groups or 4 or more, seniors or NRMA members get a 10% discount, but you need to call us on 02 6249 8660 during office hours to book a discounted flight.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring & Floriade Flights

Floriade runs from 15 September to 14 October and is a great time for a flight over Canberra.
Canberra literally “springs to life” with the trees budding & blossoming and the city’s parks and gardens turning green after the Canberra winter – a beautiful site from a hot air balloon.

If the weather conditions permit, you may even be able to see the Floriade gardens from above.

Book online now.

Groups or 4 or more, seniors or NRMA members get a 10% discount, but you need to call us on 02 6249 8660 during office hours to book a discounted flight.

Friday – Canon Collective event

Join Balloon Aloft  and Canon Collective ambassador, Scott Stramyk, for a morning of Aerial photography at sunrise above the Captial.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of an amazing festival of Balloons and photograph this stunning landscape from the air as you float over Canberra’s most spectacular landscape. We will be focusing on aerial photography, working with semi-automatic and manual settings and capturing the festival of the Balloons as we float across the city.

A limited selection of Canon photographic gear will be supplied for each ticketed participant.

See this link for more info – https://www.canon.com.au/collective/act-balloon-spectacular-sunrise-aerial-event

 

Balloon Spectacular Day 1 & 2

Great Start to the Canberra Balloon Spectacular with 2 great days of flying.  This year we have up to 42 balloons flying each day including “Jewel” the hummingbird, “Kermie” the frog, a love heart and the RAAF fighter pilot helmet.   For news and photos see our Facebook page.

Exclusive flights for 2 are still available
from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 March,
click here for more details.

Or For more information about Balloon
Spectacular flights click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balloon Spectacular EXCLUSIVE flights

The Balloon Spectacular is a very special time to fly over Canberra.  You can make it even more special by booking your own exclusive balloon flight for 2!

Bookings are available between Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 March.  Your balloon flight for 2 includes Australian sparkling wine and a cooked breakfast, prepared by the Belconnen Lions Club, after the flight.

Prices
Weekends (10, 11, 12, 17 & 18 March)  AUD$1,980 
Weekdays (13-16 March)                        AUD$1,880

Exclusive flights for 3-4 people also available, phone us for a quote.

To book please phone 02 6249 8660