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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns provided by Hot Air Balloon Cairns

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Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
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Updated 18/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 18/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Get the best possible views of Tropical North Queensland on this sunrise hot-air balloon ride. Get frame-worthy photos of Atherton Tablelands as the dawn breaks, and hear commentary from your guide along the way. You can roll right out of bed and enjoy convenient pickup at your hotel in Cairns, Palm Cove, or Northern Beaches.
  • You'll get picked up
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    Atherton Tablelands
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    The Atherton Tablelands is the area over which we fly our hot air balloons. You will experience this area at dawn - the best time of the day to spot wallabies, kangaroos, many different species of birds, and other wildlife. In addition, you may fly over many different crops as The Tablelands are known for their fruit and vegetable produce. Keep an eye out for crops of mangoes, bananas, lychees, avocados, pineapples, limes and more.
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  • Aerial views of the Atherton Tablelands from a balloon vantage point
  • In-depth commentary on the area from your pilot
  • Customize your experience with different tour length options
  • Commemorative certificate to hang along with your stunning photos
What to Expect
When booking, select your flight duration to fit your schedule. Arise early for convenient pickup at your Cairns, Palm Cove, or Northern Beaches hotel. Convenient hotel pickup means you only have to be semi-awake for the pre-dawn ride to the launch site, where you climb into the balloon's sturdy basket and take off. Take in spectacular views of the Atherton Tablelands' rolling hills, rivers, and farmlands as dawn breaks. Snap photos and listen to engaging commentary on the area from your pilot, who points out all the local highlights. Land gently just after dawn and help the pilot deflate, roll, and repack the huge balloon for an unusual experience to finish your tour. End with drop-off back at your hotel in time for breakfast.
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Important Information
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Insurance Levy
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Atherton Tablelands
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup from Yorkeys, Holloways, Kewarra
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • All passengers must be able to get into the balloon basket unaided to the satisfaction of the pilot, or they will not be able to fly
  • Children aged 4 years and under are not permitted to fly
  • Mobile phone contact required when booking
  • Pregnant women unable to travel
  • Please provide mobile phone number or email address at time of booking
  • Flight time is minimum 40 minutes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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R0B4810 wrote a review 24 Feb
Townsville, Australia32 contributions3 helpful votes
Our first hot air balloon flight and we were not disappointed. Our guide Hitoshi picked us up on time from our accommodation for our transfer to Mareeba where we met the rest of the Hot Air Balloon Cairns team, Balloon Pilot Bob and Ground Crew Ryan. Hitoshi took the time to go
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Date of experience: February 2021
sgee792021 wrote a review Jan 2021
Horn Island5 contributions
Spectacular views and awesome guide. Lifetime experience to see the world from a different perspective at greater heights inspires one to look forward for the year new with high Hope's.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded 2 weeks ago
I think you've summed that up perfectly, sgee792021. Thanks so much for joining us and sharing your feedback on your hot air ballooning experience.
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Michelle P wrote a review Jan 2021
Airlie Beach, Australia33 contributions2 helpful votes
Being up in the air and seeing the view Wonderful experience, difficulty a must do The staff were friendly and great to talk to
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Date of experience: December 2020
Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded 2 weeks ago
Your comments sure lit up the room, When tourism's fighting gloom, Thanks for flying in our balloon!
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Deb wrote a review Nov 2020
Australia20 contributions
Amazing experience. Stunning views - we loved it! The crew were friendly and did a fantastic job. Definitely worth the early morning start! Would recommend this tour to anyone.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much, eibbed31! We appreciate the wonderful feedback :)
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Courtney M wrote a review Oct 2020
Seminyak, Indonesia5 contributions2 helpful votes
We decided to meet the crew in Mareeba ( i would recommend) it gave us more time to explore. The Hot Air Balloon team are great, make you feel at ease for the trip. The scenery is beautifu and very worth it. I would recommend!
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from hotairalex, Public Relations Manager at Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns
Responded 19 Oct 2020
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your feedback, and we're happy to read that you had a great morning.
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By: Hot Air Balloon Cairns
Went on an amazing experience in the hot air balloon in Mareeba, honestly I did not expect it to be this wonderful!
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Mariya L
Hot air for our honeymoon
My husband purchased this as a gift for our honeymoon while touring Australia. It’s been my dream to take a ride on
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Just magic!
My Hubby and I completed our first ever Hot Air Balloon flight today with Hot Air Cairns. From the moment we were
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Super Experience
Took my elderly father on his first balloon ride (mine too) and it didn’t disappoint. Everything ran really smoothl
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A Cairns highlight
We were picked up at 4:20am for the flight at around 6:20 am. As a first time balloon trip I thought this was a br
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Excellent company
Despite not actually flying due to the weather, top marks to this company and their professional staff. At each sta
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Hot Balloons
Wonderful experience must do.Everyone was very helpful we had awesome experience liked it .we were picked up from o
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Fantastic experience with professional service.
Easy communication and good service. Bus was comfortable and the staff were very professional. The flight was grea
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Sandra Q
Must do
Enjoyable morning. The pick up was a little late. But quickly the professional team and giant balloon and nice bask
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Thoroughly enjoyable, wish it were a longer ride
Up and on the road very early. I'm glad I wasn't driving. The balloons and baskets were beautiful and I felt very s
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Beata B
fantastic and unforgettable experience
Absolutely fantastic and worth the money. The trip is very well organized, they picked me up from the hotel, early
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What an amazing experience this was! Although the idea of being up in the air with no engine was a scary thought, t
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Fantastic experience
We booked the ballon ride sky rail and the Karunda rail package and I would recommend it as a must do if going to C
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Boyd W
Great balloon ride
Well run organization. Didn’t have some of the extras I have had in other parts of the world, but well done and fai
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From the beginning to finish the experience was amazing from ground crew and pilot. Very professional minimal waiti
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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