Balloon Spectacular

So far we’ve seen 6 fabulous days of flying.  This photo was taken from the launch site today.  See our facebook page for more photos (click the link on the right hand side of this page).

Flights are still available for  the weekend - to book phone us on 6285 1540.


Win a Balloon Flight

For your chance to win a Balloon Flight, come down to the Canberra Balloon Spectacular any morning from Saturday 9 March to Sunday 17 March.  Wander around and watch the balloons inflate and lauch, enjoy the daily live entertainment and perhaps partake in some breakkie.  Then come to the Balloon Aloft tent, fill in a survey about the Balloon Spectacular and go into the draw to win a balloon flight for 2 or tickets to the Brumbies.

Remember if you want to see balloons, you need to get there BEFORE 7am.

Balloon Spectacular – Shapes

The Canberra Festival BALLOON SPECTACULAR is less than 2 weeks away and we are looking forward to seeing some new shapes this year.

Mr BupWe welcome back “Mr Bup” the Turtle who was very popular when he visited Canberra in 2010.

To get a preview of the other shapes visit our Facebook page.

You don’t need to have facebook to view our facebook page, but if you are a facebook member, we’d like it if you “liked” us!

The Balloon Spectacular runs each day from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March on the lawns in front of Old Parliament House.  Spectators should be there between 6.30-7am to see the balloons inflate and launch, breakfast and entertainment continues until 10am each morning.

Flights are available – for more information click here

Flights over Goulburn, 2-3 March

Balloon Aloft will be flying in Goulburn as part of the 150th birthday celebrations.  Flights are available on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March.

Cost $340 per person or $250 per child (6-12 years).  Champagne and fruit juice included after landing.  Bookings can be made direct with Balloon Aloft on 02 6285 1540.  Spectators welcome.

Goulburn flight meeting map

Christmas special offer


To celebrate Christmas this year we are offering a saving of $50 per person off the full rate when you purchase a Gift Certificate

Christmas Gift Certificate- $290 per person
(Full price $340pp)

This offer includes:
• A 45-60 minute Balloon Flight over Canberra
• Traditional champagne celebration after the flight*
• A  commemorative flight certificate
• Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and redeemable for weekday and weekend

Weekday Christmas Gift Certificate – $240 per person
(Full price $290pp)

This offer includes:
• A 45-60 minute Balloon Flight over Canberra
• Traditional champagne celebration after the flight*
• A  commemorative flight certificate
• Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and redeemable for weekdays only – Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays and excluding the Canberra Festival.


*Breakfast not included.  Breakfast at the Hyatt after the flight available for an additional $40 per person

Gift certificates come in an envelope, if you would like to add a gift box these are available for an additional fee.  Browse our range of gift boxes

To purchase a Christmas Gift Certificate
02 6285 1540 and quote special offer code BACX12.  

Sorry, but this offer is NOT available online.

**Christmas special gift vouchers not valid for the Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular.

Offer valid until 24 December 2012 only.

Balloon Spectacular – Day 4

Another beautiful day of flying over Canberra.  Today, Tuesday 13 March, the festival pilots enjoyed friendly rivally in a “hare and hound” competition.   The winner was our own pilot Kim, flying the EU balloon.  Congratulations Kim!

Balloon Spectacular – Day 1

Day 1 of the Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular, saw beautiful weather and sucessfull flying.

Unfortunately for our spectators on the ground the wind didn’t co-operate, so the balloons didn’t launch from in front of Old Parliament House.  Most of the balloons went out beyond Weston Creek to launch at Stromlo and Coppins Crossing.

For those who did come out to Old Parliament House we saw 5 balloons tether including the two Kangaroos – Tom and Polly.  The RAAF offered tethered rides for those willing to wait for a turn.

The weather looks very promising for tomorrow.  We suggest you come out to the Lawns in front of Old Parliament House from 6.30am.  For updates on whether the balloons will be launching there listen to Mix 106.3 or ABC 666 radio, or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

2012 Balloon Spectacular news

Following the official launch of this years festival – the balloon “shapes” for this year have been revealed – Bud E Beaver and Tom and Polly:

Be sure to come and see these shapes as well as all of the other balloons flying each morning from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 March.  Balloons launch from 6.30 am.  There will be live entertainment on the ground from 7-10am each day.

Passenger flights are still available – phone 02 6285 1540 to book now!

The Balloon Spectacular is fast approaching

Balloon Spectacular

The 2012 Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular will be held from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 March.

Up to 40 balloons will launch in front of Old Parliament House every day of this 9 day Fiesta.  We expect to see some new exciting shapes – so keep an eye on this space for updates.

You can come along and watch the action from ground or book a balloon flight and see this magnificent site from one of Balloon Aloft´s beautiful balloons – a truly unique and exciting experience!

BOOK NOW as some dates are filling fast! Phone Balloon Aloft Canberra on 02 6285 1540 or click here to make an online booking enquiry.

  • Weekend flights*:  $360 per person or $260 per child aged 6-12.
  • Weekday flights*:  $310 per person or $220 per child aged 6-12.

*Please note: Monday 12 March is the Canberra Day public holiday and at the weekend rate.

All flights during the Spectacular are approximately 45-60 minutes and include champagne and a cooked breakfast prepared by the Lions Club of Canberra.

Group Bookings

Group Balloon Flight Bookings

Balloon Aloft can fly groups from 5 to 50 people  – or with advance notice up to 100 on one day.  Groups of 5 or more will be offered a 10% discount.

If you have a conference group chat to us to see how we can fit with your schedule. Our flights take place in the early morning as a standalone activity or can be easily incorporated into a team building day.

We can also provide exclusive balloon flights for special occasions such as birthdays and weddings – talk to our team about your special event.