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Your Itinerary

05.00am (approx)

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


Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. We fly at Mareeba in the Cairns Highlands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia's largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the fun of your morning. It's just like a balloon festival every day!


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


 Check in with the Down Under Tours representative. They will provide you with directions and timings for your package tour along with your Skyrail tickets. Enjoy Tjapukai History, Dance + Creation Theatre + Cultural Village.


Prepare to board Skyrail for the journey through world heritage rainforest stop off at any of the stations en-route for a more informative look.


Arrive Kuranda -shop + relax. Take in lunch at a sidewalk restaurant (own cost). Market days are every day but strongest on Sun,Wed,Thurs,Friday.


Check in at the Kuranda Rail ticket office, for your journey down the scenic Barron Gorge to Freshwater Connection.


Train arrives at Freshwater Station, transfer to your accommodation via Down Under Tours.

Train closed for maintenance: 2016 -  1st and 2nd December.   2017-  April 20th and 21st, June 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th, October 12th and 13th, November 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st, December 4th and 5th.

Skyrail closed for maintenance: 2017 -  March 24th, 25th and 26th, May 8th until 4th June inclusive.




Frequently Asked Questions Here


  • Free door to door airconditioned coach transfers to most Port Douglas accommodation, including Holiday Houses, Apartments, Resorts and Hotels  (Transfer Details here)
  • Spectacular 30 minute Hot Air balloon ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, it’s theatres & museums
  • Skyrail Cableway gondola ride and eco-system Guided Tour
  • Entry to Rainforest Interpretation Centre
  • Stopover at Kuranda, The Village in the Rainforest
  • Amazing ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Return luxury coach transfers with Down Under Tours
  • Free Wifi on coach transfers from all Port Douglas accommodation

What To Bring

  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
  • Spending money

Price And Other Details

Tour Conditions:

  • Prices are valid for travel until 31st March 2018. Conditions of Travel.
  • For Passengers with Weight or Mobility or Pregnancy queries - please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • Prices are 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.


Comments (5)

  1. “Ride of a Lifetime”
    On April 28, 2011 my husband and I, the morning…

    “Ride of a Lifetime”
    On April 28, 2011 my husband and I, the morning after arriving in Cairnes, experienced the awesome ride of our lives. We arose at 3:30 am to be picked up at our hotel by a great driver and take the journey to catch the hot air balloon ride in Mareeba. It was a first-time experience for both and we were very excited. Since we both are in our 70's we were just a little apprehensive but that didn't last long. We boarded the basket along with 18 or 19 others and began the thrill of our lives. We were very impressed with our driver, the guy taking pics and helping get everything ready to fly and the wonderful, very experienced, knowledgeable and funny pilot. He kept us laughing all the way as he told us about the sights we were viewing on the ground; i.e., the mango trees, kangaroo and many others interesting facts about the area. The view of the sky was awesome as we watched the sun peeping through the clouds and then full blown before we began the descent. It was great flying among the other balloons and enjoying the wonderful fresh air. Our pilot made a super, smooth landing and we thought our fun was over. No so, we had the privilege of helping to fold and secure the balloon in its bag so as to be ready for the next flight. I couldn't believe it when it actually fit the bag. We truly enjoyed the ride of our lifetimes. (via Trip Advisor)

  2. “The best way to catch the sunrise”
    This is the first try on ballooning…

    “The best way to catch the sunrise”
    This is the first try on ballooning for my wife and myself. I can see the brilliant sunrise in Cairns, the exellent scene from the top and also the Kangaroo, horses, mango trees farms etc. We loved it this created a memorial moment for our honeymoon. (via Trip Advisor)

  3. “Best experience ever”
    Went on the fantastic trip on May 8th, 2011.…

    “Best experience ever”
    Went on the fantastic trip on May 8th, 2011. The service from the very beginning to the end was quite high standard & the team was very professional and friendly. It's quite a unique experience to see the sun rise in the air & the view was just beyond any words. we had a great time on the balloon and we also enjoy the process of "packing up" sooo huge balloon in to a quite small bag. This is definitely a must-do thing. (via Trip Advisor)

  4. “Beautiful views!”
    We went on this trip on the 6th of March and…

    “Beautiful views!”
    We went on this trip on the 6th of March and I can only say the views were amazing.
    The trip was well organized, our balloon pilot was very knowledgeable and answered and questions we had.
    Once you land you get to pack away the balloon, which both me and my partner found hillarious! (via Trip Advisor)

  5. This was a lovely suprise from my boyfriend for my birthday to go on a…

    This was a lovely suprise from my boyfriend for my birthday to go on a hot air balloon ride on the 1st of october :) !!!! all the guys were awesome!!! and when we landed our basket tipped over!!! Bonus! (via Facebook)

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