Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Cairns

4 hours Cairns, Australia

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Don't miss the chance to go for a hot-air balloon ride over Far North Queensland's Atherton Tablelands - it's one of the top "must do" activities when visiting the tropics. You have the choice of pick-up from Cairns, the Northern beaches or Palm Cove hotels.
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Pass By: Hot Air Balloon Cairns, 1 Spence St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

You will be met by our professional driver at your pick up location to be transfered to your Hot Air Balloon ride.

As the day begins, you will experience a wonderful hot air balloon flight above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia.

After your flight and landing, enjoy games and lots of laughs as your pilot, crew and driver lead the fun of packing up your hot air balloon.

Your hot air balloon experience finish time varies with the seasons (summer, winter and the time of sunrise). Your driver can drop you back to your Cairns accommodation or, with prior notice, we can drop you off to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Skyrail, Tjapukai or perhaps a Cairns cafe or restaurant if you would like to have breakfast at your own arrangements.

Stop At: Atherton Tablelands, Cairns, Queensland Australia

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.

Duration: 2 hours


  • 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

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at hotels in the Cairns and Northern Beaches areas.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival


75 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Lorraine F July 2021

What a great day made special by fabulous staff so much fun getting up early was a treat being a tour meant a lot of great company

Jim June 2021

Another one off the bucket list! Had an awesome time, staff made us feel very safe, highly experienced pilot and ground crew. It’s an early morning but we’ll worth it. Gently floating across the fields while watching the sunrise over the mountains was awesome. Many thanks to Hitoshi for picking us up early from our hotel and getting us back safely. This is a very professional team, highly recommended.

Louisa G May 2021

It was a beautiful day with a layer of fog, the team were friendly and helpful. Nice touch with champayne at the end of the flight

Santosh May 2021

Very nice staffs right from the biginning . Enjoyed with my wife. Will come back definitely. Thanks a lot.

Richard May 2021

Well run professional operation.
Very nice to see them surviving in these troubled times .
From Formula 1 Tony the bus driver to Neil, the best pilot in Mareeba .
Just great service.

ANNE P March 2021

Gently Going up in the air and looking at the vegetation below. The pilot was experienced and good fun.

dalejamescharlton March 2019

I just wanted to say what a great experience this was and one we will never forget. The team was brilliant and so friendly right from the moment I booked it as I wanted them to send me a voucher as it as was a gift which they did within 12 hours. Couldn’t recommend them anymore

liambomck November 2017

This tour was amazing!

hollyinmaui March 2017

I'm completely freaked out by heights. But seeing the kangaroos bouncing from up in the balloon and the sunrise was pretty amazing .

Jared H March 2017

Amazing experience. Really fun crew

DEREK S January 2017

Absolutely awesome! I've always wanted to go in a hot air ballon, and this flight was everything I'd hoped for. The sensation of floating over the beautiful landscape in silence was fantastic, it has to be experienced to appreciate it!
When I was dragging myself out of bed at 3.30am I wondered why the hell I'd booked this, but it is 100 worth it - all the ground crew were so friendly and helpful, and our pilot Bob was fantastic.
If you are in Cairns, I'd thoroughly recommend this, you won't regret it.

Dorothy H January 2017

This flight was everything that it was advertised to be. The flying area is beautiful and so was sunrise that morning. We took the one hour flight and it is worth it!!! Even though you may not fly far, the flight changes as you go along. It was in the second half hour that we saw all the kangaroos on the ground. Our pilot was excellent!!! This is just plain fun!!!

Mark R December 2016

Wonderful so surreal and totally peaceful

Devon L May 2016

Excellent! Great crew.

Mary E K April 2016

We LOVED IT!!!!! The staff was excellant!!! They tried to get us up before the sunrise but they felt it was too windy, so we watched the other ones leave. Thats ok. I would rather stay up then come down early. We got up after the sunrise. It was still pretty. I recommend this immensely!!! And this company!!!! Its a great adventure!!!!

karla.esbona February 2016

Excellent! Even though it was cloudy, being above the clouds was an amazing experience with the sunrise. They also were kind to drop us off at the airport after our ride.

nayan m October 2015

Balloon ride kept going on and on as they couldn't find safe place to land. I was about to miss my flight but the team ensured I am at airport at earliest. Cheers to great effort from them ..

Must do if you are in Cairns

Milts September 2015

Waking up very early to catch the sunrise was worth it. Staff was very professional and ensured the safety of all the passengers.

Vanessastoj September 2015

The best experience ever! I would highly recommend it to everyone.

MISS A C L August 2015

I booked this as a suprise for my fiancee and was a bit worried about waking him at 4am for the pre-sunrise pick up. We both agreed though that it was a fantastic experience and more than worth it. The whole experience is well organised and the staff are friendly and helpful, which adds to the overall trip. Watching the sun come up whilst 'floating' in the sky is amazing, we were even lucky enough so see wild kangaroos jumping about down below. We woud recommend this trip to everyone!

Rachita S March 2015

Exceptionally well managed, fantastic experience!

Ren January 2015

This was fantastic. Well worth doing to see an aerial perspective of the Australian bush. Fab.

Rachel L January 2015

Beautiful morning, fabulous trip, well organised. Felt safe throughout. Saw kangaroos and dingos from the basket.

jj December 2014

Great tour - great time - great people -

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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