We were met by our driver in Port Douglas at 405, alongwith one other couple. The next hour was quite disturbing as our driver sped like a maniac in the dark to the meeting point. We wondered why we had a drive the speed of a bullet (and nearly hit a kangaroo) to get there in such a rush, as other busloads of tourists arrived after us. Once we were there, we were told that we had to watch the balloon take off and follow the balloon to the next stop while others took the first ride. So, we then jumped back into the van and went for another hellish ride in the dark to find the landing of the balloon. Go figure? Just as the sunrise was breaking, we saw the balloon come into view. Our ride in the balloon was peaceful like most balloon rides. But the scenery was boring. We did a loop and not much travel distance, so that we were back to our starting point in just over 25 minutes. We didnt travel far and see much diversity - apart from some gardens, farms, school yards and a river. We were also sold a breakfast when purchasing the tickets and were told they would not be providing one, so a refund was provided. We didnt understand why we had to wait for +3 hours and why the driver had to drive at hellish speeds to enjoy a very short peaceful balloon ride. Improvements to this trip and itinery would be greatly appreciated. Save your money and go elsewhere.
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