Port Douglas Self Drive classic ballooning

Weekends $450
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13 Reviews
Ride Highlights
  • 🎈 Spectacular Classic Hot Air Balloon ride
  • 🥤 Pre-flight health shot beverage
  • 🎙️ Expert interpretive commentary
  • 📜 Commemorative Certificate
  • 🍾 Glass of Sparkling wine and Juice on landing
  • 📍 Meet us in Mareeba, Atherton Tablelands
  • 🥐 Light snack on landing
05.00am (approx)

Drive from Port Douglas to meet our Pilots and Crew at the Mareeba Heritage Centre. Your confirmed Pickup/Meeting time will be issued as soon as you Reserve your booking.


Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon takes off from Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn, floating in your Hot Air Balloon, time to really breathe in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia's largest fleet of Hot Air Balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the enjoyment of your balloon flight. It's just like a balloon festival, every day!


Our hot air balloon flights are more than an aerial adventure. Upon landing, you're invited to a post-flight celebration featuring an array of locally-sourced refreshments. Delight in a selection of fresh fruits, energising muesli bars, scrumptious muffins, and a delectable variety of savoury pastries and quiche. Pair these with our carefully selected sparkling wine or a refreshing orange juice, as you share your experiences and create connections with fellow adventurers, our pilot, and support crew. Please note, our offerings may vary to continuously provide you with the best of local produce.

light snacks upon landing

08.00am approx

Drop off to the Mareeba Heritage Centre, the tour finish time varies with the seasons (summer, winter and the time of sunrise).

  • Spectacular Classic Hot Air balloon ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Glass of Bubbly or Juice on landing
  • Digital photo package
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Pick up from Mareeba Heritage Centre - Map and details here
  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water


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.
13 Reviews
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It was an early start but a beautiful cool morning and misty at the same time which made for beautiful light for our photos. The tour was on time and we felt very safe watching all the safety precautions go on, Pilot Johan was funny and informative to and driver Jada made for a great bus ride there and back which was included - via Tripadvisor
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What a morning, really good
Very capable team and pilot bob answered everyone's questions with great humor. Seeing the 7 balloons taking off was really good, far bigger than we expected, so smooth. - via Google
Robin Hamilton
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Wanted to do the hot air balloon ride for long, and we did it finally. The experience was amazing and would stay back with us for long. The pick up from our hotel was done at 3:30am, worth all the pain! Mareeba itself is a beautiful place but as soon as we saw the balloons it felt like a postcard adventure in front of us. The staffs were all experinced and very helpful. We had our 7 yr old kid with us, but the fly was absolutely amazing. No bumpy landings etc. The only concern might be the heat that blows off the balloon but that is endurable. The sceneic/ aerial view frm the top was beyond words. The sky looked serene and crimson with the first ray of the early morning sun. Had fun and definately recommended if you are at Queensland for a holiday. - via Tripadvisor
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From meeting the pilots at the Mareeba Heritage Centre, picking the flight location and watching the balloons come to life and not to forget the​ thirty minute​ flight, this experience was amazing. ​The ground crew ​and the pilots ​were very professional ​and we had minimal waiting time​, this​ made it a truly beautiful ​morning.
A Beautiful Morning
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We are locals and have always seen the balloons flying over in the morning and have always wanted to go up. The views were superb, especially seeing the new wind farm being built in the distance. The morning ran very smoothly and I would highly recommend this to both tourists and to locals as well.
Andrew Cusack, Mareeba QLD

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