Ballooning Cairns and Great Adventures Outer Barrier Reef

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6 Reviews
Ride Highlights
  • Spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Complimentary cold beverage
  • Glass of sprkling wine and Juice on landing
  • Commemorative Certificate
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • Snorkelling
  • Semi-Submersible coral viewing
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch
Pre dawn pick up

Door to door transfers Pick-up at hotel by a Hot Air coach for your special package tour, one hour transfer, pickup times confirmed on booking.


Experience the fun & unique sensation of hot air ballooning in the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape as the day begins. Relax and breathe in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia's largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to ensure you maximise the fun of your morning ballooning with Hot Air.


Keep an eye out for wallabies, kangaroos and other local wildlife, seeing them from high in a hot air balloon, is something you’ll never forget.


Return and Landing, balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.


After hot air ballooning, your coach transfer takes you to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, please look for the Great Adventures check-in counter.  Boarding is at 10.10am.


Depart Reef Fleet Terminal for the Outer Barrier Reef platform.  On the way you can enjoy morning tea as well as seeing a reef presentation and snorkelling demonstration.


Arrive at the Outer Barrier Reef platform.  Choose your reef activities including semi-submersible coral viewing, Snorkelling directly from the platform, underwater observatory for coral and fish viewing.  Other prebooked activities are also available including helicopter, diving & scuba-doo.


Enjoy a delicious hot & cold buffet lunch including tea & coffee.  More free time to enjoy the great barrier reef.


Return back to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal via Green Island.  Enjoy afternoon tea along the way.  Then your transfer back to your accommodation. 

  • Cairns accommodation transfers  (Transfer Details here)
  • Spectacular Hot Air balloon ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Glass of bubbly or juice on landing
  • Digital photo package
  • Free Commemorative Balloon Flight Certificate
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • Snorkelling
  • Semi-Submersible coral viewing
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch
  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
  • Swimming costume
  • Sunscreen
  • Spending money
  • $6.50 per person to pay EMC Levy to reef operator


Tour Conditions:

  • Prices are valid for travel until 31st March 2024. Conditions of Travel.
  • Prices may vary by day, season, and/or availability. Price is displayed at checkout. 
  • For Passengers with Weight or Mobility queries please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • Pregnant persons beyond 3 months (13 weeks) of pregnancy are not permitted to fly.
  • Prices are $AUD per person.
  • All times are an INDICATION only. Please note that times do change summer/winter/spring, exact start times given on receipt of your full booking details
  • 100% charge applies if passengers fail to fly on the morning booked. 24 hours notice is required for changes. Re-booking is subject to availability and possible at a fee, please ask us.
  • Classic flight provides a full flight experience to suit the prevailing flying conditions
  • Where photos are included in your package, these are subject to availability. Conditions of Travel, 21.4.
  • For self-drive (drive to meet us) please check and plan your drive according to QLD Dept. of Transport and Main Roads Current Conditions.
6 Reviews
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Hot air ballooning and going to the Great Barrier Reef has long been on my agenda, so delighted to get the chance to finally experience both and on the same day too! A lovely early sunrise balloon flight in the Atherton Tablelands. I am still so surprised by the size of the basket and how many can fit onto one balloon. Back to Cairns I was dropped off at the boat terminal and ventured to the GBR with Great Adventures. Although it was peak season and there were people everywhere I still really enjoyed being on the outer reef and saw many fish and a shark as well.
Jeanette Brown, Lilydale VIC ​
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I recently did hot air ballooning and then a trip to the Norman Reef pontoon. I am glad I did both as the timing worked out really well and I made the most of my day in Cairns. Hot Air hosted a great morning and the balloon flight was fantastic and the staff were very professional. The boat trip out with Great adventures, while a little rough on the way out, was everything I was hoping for on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The day included all of my transfers from the YHA in Cairns, a buffet lunch and snorkeling gear as well. Very well organised and I highly recommend both companies.
Michelle Zhou, China
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I am obsessed with hot air ballooning and was so happy I got to try it when I visited Cairns. I also did a trip to the Great barrier reef with Great adventures which was something I have always wanted to do. The snorkelling was nice, make sure you take some travel calm before you go out if you get seasick.
Alesha Bell, Brazil
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Just returned from our day out hot air ballooning and going to the great barrier reef. My family were very impressed by the level of service in Cairns so far. Everyone is so helpful and accommodating. Trip of a lifetime.
Pen S, Australia
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Who would have thought you could go hot air ballooning in far north Queensland! Wow the views were amazing. We had done this before in Turkey and this was just as great as the first time. After the balloon flight we were dropped off to the big boat to visit the Barrier reef for a day of snorkeling. It took a bit longer than I expected to get out there but was worth it to see all the fish, and we found Nemo!
Dylan Mcl, WA

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