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).

Balloon Spectacular

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).

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

CBS 2014 AK 9 March

see our Facebook page for more photos, including todays rainbow

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