Drift at dawn over Australia's capital city in a hot air balloon
Hot air balloons prepare to take off at dawn during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular held every autumn in Canberra, the capital of Australia

Hot air ballooning in Canberra

Balloons are a regular sight in the morning over Canberra throughout the year. There are several operators who provide balloon rides daily (dependent on weather and flying conditions).

With a changing carpet of seasonal colours below, a balloon ride is one of the best ways to get great images for keen aerial photographers. From above you can see how the geometry of architects Walter and Marion Burley Griffin's Canberra plan is laid out upon the plains and hills of Australia's Capital Territory.

To book a flight, simply contact the balloon operators and then get ready to experience the joy of drifting on the wind across the nation's capital.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Look to the skies for a festival of balloons for the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular each autumn. The stunning display of hot air balloons includes special novelty shapes inflating at dawn and drifting over the city’s iconic national attractions. It's a feast of images for photographers with shapes and colour filling the sky against early morning light for nine days.
You can book a spot on a balloon flight and join the massed early morning balloon take off on the lawns in front of Old Parliament House and drift gently across Lake Burley Griffin or just enjoy the spectacle from the ground.

Canberra is one of the few places in the world where hot air balloons can fly so close to the houses of government and buildings of national significance. Depending on the prevailing winds and conditions you may be fortunate enough to fly over the National Museum of Australia, Parliament House, Questacon, The National Library, The National Arboretum, Commonwealth Park and many embassies and foreign missions.

Enjoy the festival atmosphere on the ground. Arrive early before dawn to watch balloons being inflated and taking shape.  Enjoy the mass launch and be entertained with live music over breakfast at the event hub where you can purchase food on site, or bring your own.
The next Canberra Balloon Spectacular coincides with Enlighten and Canberra Day. Put it in the diary and invite your friends now!

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