Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Yarra Glen, Australia

From USD 279.68

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Free cancellation
Up to 7 days in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Soar over the Yarra Valley during the golden light of sunrise during an unforgettable hot air balloon flight. Float over the scenic landscape of gentle rolling hills and vineyards as day breaks across this beloved winemaking region. Upgrade to enjoy hotel pickup and a delicious sparkling wine breakfast at Balgownie Estate after touching down back on solid ground.
  • Wake up early and watch the sunrise on this hot air balloon flight in the Yarra Valley
  • Ballooning in the Yarra Valley offers breathtaking views of the lush landscapes and vineyards
  • Plenty of photo opportunities as you float above the vineyards on your Yarra Valley balloon flight
  • Upgrade to include hotel pickup and a sparkling wine breakfast

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This tour offers a view of the Yarra Valley unrivaled by ground excursions.

What's Included

  • CBD pickup from Pullman Melbourne on the Park (only if breakfast is selected at time of booking)
  • Approximate one-hour sunrise hot air balloon flight
  • Sparkling wine buffet breakfast (if option chosen)
  • Complete flight, ground insurance & launch/ landing government fees
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Complimentary in-flight photos
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 1309 Melba Hwy
    1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia

    Meet at Balgownie Estate. If you choose the product: Yarra Valley Flight, Breakfast and CBD TRANSFER - we can pick you up from Pullman Melbourne on the Park - 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. Please reconfirm with Global Ballooning that this has been booked in 7 days prior to your flight.

Pickup point

  • Pullman Melbourne on the Park
    192 Wellington Pde, Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Australia

Start time

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Opening hours

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

You have to book Yarra Valley Breakfast and Transfer Package to add this pick up option. After the flight and breakfast, we can drop you back either at Fed Square or Queen Victoria Market.

What To Expect

Enjoy a spectacular start to the day on a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley, just outside of Melbourne. This favorite day trip destination is a gourmet paradise of lush rolling hills and vineyards and home to more than 35 wineries that produce renowned cold-climate varietals like chardonnay and pinot noir.

Make your way to the Yarra Valley’s Balgownie Estate in the early morning, or enjoy pickup at your Melbourne CBD hotel (if upgrade is selected). Climb aboard a sturdy basket, which holds a maximum of 16 people. Experience the thrill as your hot air–powered balloon fires up in the crisp morning air and you begin to slowly rise over the countryside.

Float with the breeze over vineyards, country roads and orchards for an unbeatable view of the gorgeous landscape. On misty mornings, watch sunbeams play on layers of wispy clouds for an otherworldly experience. An expert guide accompanies you on the ride to ensure everyone’s safety and provide narration on the passing scenery.

Upgrade to include a hearty sparkling wine breakfast at Balgownie Estate's elegant restaurant for after you touch down. Toast your flight with Domaine Chandon sparkling wine and choose from a gourmet a la carte menu featuring hot and cold breakfast favorites served with orange juice, tea, and coffee.

Yarra Valley

This is the area you will fly over for the duration of your flight

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Healesville (Pass By)

You may fly over this attraction depending on the wind direction.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 + years
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a refund
  • Dietary requirements are catered to at breakfast - please advise at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Great weather helped certainly, as it must for the kind of experience ballooning is but the organisation, staff, equipment and pilot were first class.
372 reviews
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Fantastic Ride
Sally_B, Mar 2023
Our first hot air balloon and it was stellar! The sights and sounds were amazing. Easy pick up points, professionals all the way. Would book it again in a heartbeat.
Wonderful flight
YosiRina_H, Feb 2023
Was wonderful time i had ..early morning we got pick up and then we can see the preparation for the baloon and this was so exciting thing till you flight and the scenery of Yarra was so great as well we can see all arround..great crew team as well and pilot by Pato such an amazing experience.
Nothing like it!
Heather_K, Feb 2023
This was a 'must do in a lifetime' event for me! The experience was well run, efficient and I felt very safe and taken care of by a cheery and happy crew! (No small feat so early in the morning😉) Brian our pilot was excellent, he made it all feel so matter of fact. We got a rarer dip down nearer the tree tops to scan for koalas, alas not seen, but spectacular flying none the less! There is nothing like this experience, the sensation is truly unique! I appreciated learning new things about ballooning, and found participating in the set up and take down very interesting. I really appreciated that there was a downtown pickup and deliver back to the city, as having to arrive so early in the morning, I wouldn't have managed getting to the take off spot on my own. Breakfast afterward was a full on hot buffet and very tasty! Well done Global ballooning, my heartfelt thanks, I can now die happy! (Not that I'm expecting to yet)
It was nice but not amazing
SAMEER_K, Jan 2023
It was an nice experience. The only thing which I would state as a downside is - we were asked to participate in folding up the baloon fabric. It was fun - but given that we had some showers through our flight, it also spoiled the jackets a bit. Otherwise it wss very nice flight. It was hard to hear the captain describe what were we flying through but the view was scenic.
Best time ever.
Cheryl_D, Jan 2023
The balloon ride flight was incredible. So peaceful. Started the day early drove to the starting point and helped with the set up of the balloon. There were 6 balloons in all. Once we got into the basket it was no time at all and we’re up soaring over the tree tops. Beautiful morning sunrise. The flight was about an hour. The breakfast was plentiful. It was great fun.
Amazing 🤩
Yitao_Z, Dec 2022
Best experience and amazing ride for my kids. Air balloon is their priority of Australia in this Christmas holiday , even though they wake up at 3 and drive for an hour to there. Great team work and brilliant pilot. We join in a Chinese group and everyone helps each other.Thanks all the teammates for making this best memory in children life.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Yitao for reviewing us, and we are so pleased that you and your children had an amazing experience. It really is a magical way to start the day, and helping with the pack up is a fun activity for everyone to join. kind regards, Danielle and the GBA team
Excellent first-time...
Carolyn_S, Dec 2022
Excellent first-time experience. Crews were brilliant, enjoyed helping with the pack up. Awesome views and sunrise, great weather.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We are so pleased that you chose Global Ballooning Australia for your first hot air balloon flight. Safety is our number 1 priority so you were definitely in safe hands. kind regards, Danielle and the GBA team
Balloon Ride over the Yarra Valley
Kenneth_H, Dec 2022
Extraordinary experience. My wife & I thrilled to see the sun rise over the vineyards, orchards, and meadows of the Yarra valley. Highest praise to our driver Theo & the pilot Jacob.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you so much for recognising our staff. We pride ourselves on having the best team and delivering an exceptional service and experience. It really is the best way to start the day. warmest regards, Danielle and the GBA team
Very beautiful and...
Sharron_C, Nov 2022
Very beautiful and peaceful experience! We had a perfect day of weather followed by an awesome breakfast.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
It really is very beautiful and peaceful, and ending the morning with a delicious breakfast is the perfect way to finish. We are so pleased to have been able to provide this experience for you. warmest regards, Danielle and the GBA team
Wouldn't know....
Kristin_T, Oct 2022
No communication about hotel pickup or when the flight was inevitably canceled due to weather. Global Ballooning messaged multiple times the following day, stating their system shows I received the emails, but I didn't.
Memorable experience
Geetha_B, Dec 2021
It is amazing how smooth the actual ride is. Like floating. The organisers were on time, friendly and helpful. This is a must do experience when in Melbourne.
The entire experience was...
Dakshay_J, Dec 2021
The entire experience was really good. It was a cloudy day so our pilot Clem flew over the clouds so we could catch a glimpse of the sunrise
Paul_M, Apr 2021
Fantastic experience had by all of us. Well organised and professional. Thank you to the whole crew and our guide, Georgia. It was a truly amazing experience and one that we will remember forever. Highly recommended
Hot Air Balloon Across Beautiful Yarra Valley
Trinia_M, Feb 2020
This was a wonderful experience and the logistics were quite easy. The crew is energetic, kind and helpful in every way. Our pilot expertly steered our across the valley and provided great anecdotes as well. It was my first time doing a hot air balloon ride and I could not pick a more perfect location. It was peaceful and beautiful. The post-breakfast was delicious, and in the end, we had a full day ahead of us!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
We love to fly first-timers & you are absolutely correct in saying how perfect the Yarra Valley region is for hot air ballooning. For close to 30 years now balloons have been flying over there, it's a great way to see the veiws from above and all of the other local businesses and landscapes surrounding the area. Thanks for flying with us!
Hot air ballooning in the Yarra Valley, highly recommended
Xiaoli_Z, Jan 2020
A perfect experience. Great weather helped certainly, as it must for the kind of experience ballooning is but the organisation, staff, equipment and pilot were first class. Our pilot Ronald was friendly and personable and clearly highly skilled, who took the time when asked to explain some of the airborne operation, playing with winds and altitudes and for that matter, answered all questions patiently and knowledgeably. Finished off with a decent breakfast at Balgownie. A wonderful and memorable experience.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thanks for your review, Ronald is an exceptional pilot and #HumansOfGlobal staff member. Always happy to talk ballooning and share his passion with his passengers :) This will no doubt be a memorable experience for years to come for you!
Yarra Valley Balloon Flight
Thomas_S, Nov 2019
This flight was the highlight of the Australian vacation. Our group had people in it with a fear of heights and they loved it as much as anyone. The experience is fun and serene and unique and wonderful. Bambi and Rain were our guides and ground crew and they were terrific.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
That's so lovely to hear that this was the highlight of your trip! It just goes to show that you can overcome your fears of heights as well. Thanks for joining us in the sky!
Yarra vally ballon flight
JoelW1683, Oct 2019
Choloe is very prompt in replying our email and messages sent to them within an hour time. Flight was cancelled and was resceduled due to bad weather... however, they have keep us constantly updated on the latest weather condtion and flight updates... thumbs up for the effort!!
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Rescheduling existing passengers is just as important as booking new passengers for the first time. Our time spent dealing with all customers is valuable and of high importance, and we understand (all too well) the disappointment when the weather is not safe to fly. Chloe and the rest of our office team are only more than happy to assist with accommodating you and other passengers onto your next preferred flight date. Being the largest hot air ballooning company in Victoria, this also means that there is not a long wait time between cancelled flights. Sometimes even the very next day you can go! Thank you for appreciating the behind-the-scenes work that goes into flying passengers. I will be sure to share your feedback with Chloe and the team to keep up the good customer service! Kind regards
Views were spectacular
Angela_C, Sept 2019
Views were beautiful. Saw kangaroos and cows too. Breakfast was delicious. Only bad thing was Brian was not happy with his crew and he let everyone know about it. Not very professional. Didn't give enough time for everyone to turn around for pictures or to smile or get into a position where you could be seen in the pictures, but the views were spectacular!!!!
Response from Host, Oct 2019
The views in the Valley are amazing, even better when you can see wildlife! Some mornings can be a bit tricky with timing and the weather to make sure that operations all runs smoothly. There is so much to organise on the morning just to get the beautiful balloons up into the sky! Thanks for your review & so glad to hear that the views were spectacular :)
Yarra Valley Balloon Flight
Kianboon_T, Mar 2019
An experience of a lifetime - would denitely recommend to do it. Pilot was experienced and flight was smooth with amazing pictures taken along the way taken. Would have been 5 stars if not for the hiccup of pick up from hotel being late by almost 45mins
A Lifetime Experience
Donna_B, Jan 2019
Have always wanted to have a hot air balloon ride, now we can tick it off our list. We are so glad we did it.
Response from Host, May 2019
Hi, Thank you for your kind review, so happy you could tick ballooning off your bucket list. Thanks, Lauren