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Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim

Had the best morning ever with the Hot Air team!

Expert Pilots to guide you

Friendliest crew on The Gold Coast

Over 19 Years Ballooning experience

“An unforgettable experience that’s definitely worth waking up early for”
- Robert Smith

Over 600 Reviews on TripAdvisor

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Spring time, all things are new, our native trees are flowering, our creeks are flowing and the Weather is just amazing…...of course from a ballooning operator's perspective, floating above the Scenic Rim, it is just spectacular.

Hot air ballooning is one of the most amazing experiences you can have, with beautiful clear skies, temperate mornings and views that seem to go on forever, NOW IS THE TIME TO FLY.

FROM $390* per person you can finally lift off with Hot Air……

  • Balloon flight up to 60minutes
  • Return transfers from Canungra or Nerang
  • Digital download inflight photos
  • Signed flight certificate from your pilot
  • Sparkling Wine Breakfast at O’Reilly’s vineyard in Gold Coast
  • All levies are included
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  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. (White clothing not recommended).
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
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  • ~ Prices are valid for travel until 31st March 2023. Conditions of Travel.
  • ~ Rebooking fee of $50 per person applies if customers no shows for their day of travel
  • ~ For Passengers with Weight or Mobility or Pregnancy queries - please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • ~ 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 present 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 is minimum 40 minute flight
  • ~ Where photos are included in your package, these are subject to availability. Conditions of Travel, 21.4.
  • Spectacular Classic Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Airconditioned Transfers
  • Photos Included
  • Peace of Mind with Your Booking
  • Breakfast at O'Reilly's Grand Homestead and Vineyard
  • Commemorative Certificate
  • COVID-Safe Management Plan in place

Limited spaces available.
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Common Questions

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  • We recommend you wear casual comfortable layered clothing and flat enclosed shoes on the day of your flight, also you can wear a hat and sunglasses. White clothing is not recommended. Please keep in mind that the basket is 1.2m in height with two footholds in the side to use as a step ladder to climb into and out of the basket.

  • If we have to cancel due to bad weather we will give you the option to rebook for another day, convert your original booking to a Gift Voucher valid for 3 years (back-dated to the purchase date), or 100% refund. We have a very high take-off rate and have the best locations in the world for reliability & hot air ballooning.

  • It is a safety requirement for Hot Air that all of our travellers are able to walk from the bus across to the balloon basket, board the basket via two foot holes (1.2m in height) and stand for the duration of the flight, all unassisted.

  • From a purely practical point of view, we take off at a different location everyday as it is dependant on wind direction and speed. Whilst we're pretty good at forecasting, we never ultimately know in advance exactly where the launch site will be and the decision on a launch site location is only taken just before dawn. As a result, we are unable to guide anyone to a launch site in time, given the huge potential flight area. There are also logistical and legal obligations surrounding entry to launch sites by private vehicles. The short answer is no. We can meet you at one of our designated meeting points instead, and provide transfers to the launch site in our vehicles.

  • Hot Air ballooning can be very weather dependent and our experienced pilots will keep a very close eye on the conditions leading up to your flight. If the weather conditions do not permit for us to depart from Broadbeach we will advise you by 5pm the evening before you travel. We will then offer you an alternative date to travel or a full refund.

  • All ballooning in Australia and the Gold Coast have early morning departures only. Ballooning requires cool air temperatures and stable wind patterns that are most reliable in the early hours of the morning within the first few hours of daylight. On the Gold Coast we are fortunate to have some of the best ballooning conditions in the world. We schedule departures daily all year round with a great take off rate. You will also agree that the early morning is a spectacular time to witness views from above.


Flight Location: The Gold Coast Hinterland

Approximately one hour inland from the Gold Coast, the Hinterland(also known as the Scenic Rim) is a region renowned for it’s natural beauty.

The Hinterland provides perfect conditions for hot air ballooning, with temperature weather, stable wind conditions and breathtaking views.

Our balloon launch site is specifically chosen to deliver sweeping views of Lamington National Park & Mr. Tamborine providing our customers with incredible photo opportunities and great views of local birds and wildlife.


Breakfast O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead & Vineyard

A short drive from the balloon landing site, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard is a boutique vineyard and historic Queenslander homestead that is dedicated to food and wine.

Our gourmet breakfast here is a buffet of pastries, fresh juices, eggs & bacon, cereal & fresh fruit - not to mention The champagne! Feast in the historic dining room or on the veranda overlooking the vines.

Celebrating a special event? Why not meet with friends and family at O’Reilly’s? Simply book online then contact us to discuss the details.


Enjoy flying in a hot air balloon on the scenic gold coast hinterland
breakfast after hot air ballooning at oreillys vineyard
Enjoy flying in a hot air balloon on the scenic gold coast scenic rim
Enjoy flying in a hot air balloon on the scenic scenic hinterland
Experience the wonder of flying in a hot air balloon on the scenic gold coast hinterland
Romance of flying in a hot air balloon on the scenic gold coast hinterland

Your Itinerary

Times vary seasonally

    • 05:00 (approx)

      Air-conditioned coach pick up from a meeting point at Nerang or Canungra

    • 06:30 - 07:30am

      Experience the unique sensation of flying in a hot air balloon.

    • 07:30 - 08:15am

      Come down to earth and it's a short drive to O'Reilly's Grand Homestead & Boutique Vineyard.  Our breakfast is a real highlight! 

    • 08:15 - 09:45am

      Air conditioned coach transfers back to Nerang or Canungra

Our Crew

Jay Schesser

Jay Schesser Chief Pilot

Meet our Chief Pilot, Jay

Jay has been flying balloons for over 20 years, experienced in flying many different types of hot air balloons over two continents, his knowledge of balloon flight operation is extensive.

Jay is Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) endorsed to fly Australia’s largest commercial balloons.

Whether it’s a flight over the wilds of Africa lightning an elephant or over the Australian outback sighting kangaroos, Jay is skilled at operating over a variety of terrains and flight conditions.

In-flight pilot commentary by Jay is a highlight commented on by many of the visitors that balloon under his command.