Victoria Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Balloon, Melbourne © Ryk Neethling

Both because of the incredible valley scenery and the invigorating touch of fear, nothing makes one more appreciative of being alive like an early morning hot air balloon ride across the Yarra Valley. Gentle early morning winds are the most suitable for ballooning and also give passengers an amazing sunrise view. Rides usually last for about an hour, with between six and 16 people in a basket, although both of these factors are determined by weather and air pressure changes. Passengers generally touch down, with their newly heightened senses, to a gourmet breakfast at a wine estate.

Balloons cannot fly in bad weather so make flexible travel plans. Tickets information can be found at any tourist office in the Yarra Valley or many wine estates. There are multiple tour companies offering balloon rides in the region.