Your hot air ballooning adventure begins just before sunrise in the departure lounge of the hangar at the Northam Airfield. Following check-in and a hot coffee (or two!), guests are transferred out to the launch site on-board.
At the launch site it's all hands on deck as the pilot and ground crew unload the basket and inflate the balloon. Passengers are able to assist with the inflation of the balloons which helps add that extra dimension to the whole hot air ballooning experience.
Once aboard the balloon, your pilot will run through vital in-flight information including balloon safety and the importance of ballast! We wait a few moments for some final photos and a quick wave to the ground crew before the balloon is released and we drift gently towards the clouds. Once aloft enjoy the spectacle of seeing the first signs of dawn shed light over the Avon Valley, a glorious patchwork of colours.
You will discover how beautiful the Avon Valley is as your hot air balloon drifts over rolling hills, lush green fields and meandering streams. Flying low over rivers and streams, you can catch a reflection of the colourful balloon shimmering on the water, or pick leaves from the tops of nearby trees! As you gently float over the fields of the Avon.
Your Pilot will provide an informative commentary on the region and the activities it hosts, as well as the history of ballooning and the science behind flying
After disembarking its all hands on deck once again as you discover the art of repacking the balloon before being taken to the Fountain Restaurant at historic Fitzgeralds Hotel to celebrate your experience in style with a sumptuous breakfast, champagne and certificate of flight presentation by your Pilot.
Hot air ballooning in Western Australia is seasonal - flights operate during the cooler months from early April to late November (the hot and windy summer weather in WA is unsuitable for ballooning)
Things to know
- Please advise of weights at time of booking and also if you have had a recent injury or surgery.
- Flights run daily subject to availability and minimum numbers between early April and late November excluding public holidays.
- Flights do not operate during the warmer months of Dec to March.
- We cannot fly anyone who is more than 14 weeks pregnant.
- People who have had recent back or leg injuries should consult their doctor before flying.
Where do the flights take place?
Northam, approximately 100kms from Perth CBD. Please allow at least 1.5 hours for the journey.
Allow at least 4-5 hours for the complete experience including the balloon inflation, the flight, vehicle recovery and champagne breakfast. The actual flight will last approx 45mins to 1 hr. We do not run flights on Thursdays.
What to wear on the day
Wear casual comfortable clothing (Jeans and sneakers) and dress according to the weather of the day. Shoes must be flat, no high heels or open toed shoes permitted. Waterproof is preferable. Hat, sunglasses and sun cream are a must.
Numbers on the flight
There may be up to 20 other people in the basket with you during your flight.
Safety is our No1 concern. In the case of strong winds or heavy rain your flight may be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date. If your flight is to be cancelled you will be contacted by 1pm the day before your booking.
No cancellations or changes to flight bookings will be accepted within 7 days prior to the day of flight.