Air New Zealand Activities

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

47 Reviews

  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3127YARRA

Getting The Balloon Off the Ground

Anonymous, March 2010

Note that the basket is on its side. After some time spent "fanning" air into the balloon, Brian hit the burner to heat the air. That, in turn, gave the air in the balloon a reason to rise off the ground... and, at the same time to lift the basket to an upright position.

All Passengers (and the pilot) Aboard

Anonymous, March 2010

The basket had openings on the sides and we learned those were to use as footholds to climb in. Tom and I were the last to get in and in so doing, we managed to get a corner. Four couples had corners, two other couples were in between on either side of the pilot. The support ground crew folks were trluly accommadating in taking pictures of folks with their own cameras, thus this picture! That's Tom & me in the middle.

Looking Back Down at the "Launch Pad"

Anonymous, March 2010

As previously mentioned, there were three balloons going up this morning. From what we could determine, our pilot was the "chief" pilot and we were first up. What a delight to be able to look down and see our two sister balloons rising below us.

Inside our Beautiful Balloon

Anonymous, March 2010

Of the three balloons in our group, I truly believe we had the prettiest! Of course, I'm a fan of multi-color balloons. We've always been in awe of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and were totally delighted to take our first ever balloon flight in a nation almost half-way around the world! Perhaps we'll one day actually get to Albuquerque and fly in one of the balloons during the festival there!

Sunrise Over the Yarra Valley

Anonymous, March 2010

WOW! is the only word that came to mind. There was ground fog over the moist areas. The air was so still. The only sounds were the occasional "blast" of heat from the burner to keep us aloft and, from the ground, the crowing of roosters and bleeting of sheep. One of the most peaceful experiences I can ever recall. We were VERY fortunate to travel with 14 other folks who weren't "chatty". Everyone truly appreciated the beauty above and below.

One of Our "Sister" Balloons

Anonymous, March 2010

Looking down at one of the other two balloons that came up shortly after we did. Hopefully, one of the folks from that balloon will also post some of their pictures that will include our balloon.

A Basket Full

Anonymous, March 2010

This picture was actually taken from the camera mounted on our Global Ballooning balloon. Brian had control of taking the pictures. Being as this is in essense advertising for them, I don't think they mind I posted it! We learned that the direction of the balloon can only be controlled up and down. And, it can be turned but all other direction is at the discretion of the wind. Brian turned us around to where we faced the sun and then had us all "smile for the camera"!
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Tour code: 3127YARRA