Spectacular by name, spectacular by nature - look out Canberra skyline, the balloons are coming for you! From 11-19 March, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular will take over the skies of the nation’s capital in a breathtaking celebration of colour and beauty.
Over nine stunning autumn mornings, pilots begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House from 6.15am each day before ascending into the sky to create an exhilarating backdrop to our city’s most iconic national attractions.
Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a first time visitor – never fear! We’ve got the lowdown on the best places to take in the action.
Get up close and personal and witness the hot air balloons come to life as they inflate and take off from the lush lawns of Old Parliament House. Afterwards, stick around for some breakfast or a well-deserved caffeine hit.
Lake Burley Griffin is privy to some of the most spectacular views to take in the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Set up camp with a coffee or go for a stroll and watch as they float past some of our most renowned national attractions.
Like to mix your spectating with a bit of fitness? Take to the lake! Stand Up Paddleboarding is a great way to take in the balloons – you might not even notice you’re getting your exercise in for the day!
Given the right wind conditions, the National Arboretum is an amazing location to take in the beauty of the balloons as they float on by (Don’t worry if the balloons are being uncooperative – you’ll still get an amazing view of the city and lake!)
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