Cairns Hot Air Balloon
Atherton Tablelands Hot Air Balloon

Cairns Classic Hot Air Balloon Flight

This spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight across the Atherton Tablelands is worth waking up early for

Cairns, Australia
DurationDuration4 hrs
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffIncludedi
Minimum AgeMinimum Age3 years
Fitness LevelFitness LevelLowi
MealsMealsNot included
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationCairns

What's Included

  • Get up to $40 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Return transfers from selected Cairns' accommodation
  • Classic hot air balloon flight – approximately 40 mins in the air
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross country hot air balloon chase
  • Hot air balloon ride commemorative certificate

What to Expect

Start your day early with a 5am pick-up from your Cairns' accommodation for the 1 hr transfer to Mareeba for the launch point - it's a long enough drive that you can even sneak in an extra snooze!


Enjoy the balloon inflation display, watching as the warm air slowly brings the giant balloon to life. Your balloon is part of Australia's largest fleet of hot air balloons and the fun and highly trained crew are there to maximise the enjoyment of your balloon flight. It's just like a balloon festival, every day!


Once you're in the basket, rise up and float over the scenic Atherton tablelands with its rainforest fringed mountains and tranquil country landscapes. You'll have time to really breathe in the wide-open spaces, look out for wildlife, and enjoy the fun and unique sensation of floating quietly across the landscape. 


After about 40 minutes of flight time, you'll return to the launching zone for your landing. Have some laughs as you help the crew with pack-up games.


The tour finish time varies with the seasons (summer, winter and the time of sunrise). You can be dropped back to your Cairns accommodation or, with prior notice, head straight to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Skyrail, Tjapukai, or perhaps a cafe or restaurant if you would like to have breakfast at your own arrangements.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • All children must have already had their 3rd Birthday to be able to participate in Ballooning.


Terms & Conditions:
  • The minimum age is 3 years, and children aged 3 to 12 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the flight
  • Times vary depending on the season, exact start times will be provided on receipt of your full booking details
  • Passenger restrictions apply to certain disabilities, pregnant women, and weight restrictions apply
  • Hot air ballooning is an outdoor adventure activity using rural properties that can be uneven or overgrown for take-off and landing. Please come dressed as if you were taking a bushwalk with appropriate clothing and sturdy enclosed footwear.
  • While the flight is gentle, landings can be bumpy and the basket may occasionally lay on its side with passengers lying horizontal for a short time
  • It is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and company requirement that passengers flying with the supplier must be able to climb INTO the basket unaided so that in the event of an emergency passengers are also able to climb out of the basket unaided
Cancellation Policy:
  • 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
  • Alterations made more than 72 hours before travel won't incur a penalty
  • Alterations made less  than 72 hours before travel attract a $50 per person rebooking fee

Pickup Locations

  • 181 The Esplanade - Espl. Side ID:1
  • 201 Lake Street ID:611
  • A1 Inn The City ID:186
  • Acacia Court ID:8
  • Accent On Mcleod ID:1448
  • Accommodation on Sheridan 183-185 Sheridan St ID:901
  • Agincourt Beachfront Apartments ID:10
  • Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore ID:18
  • Alassio Palm Cove ID:27
  • Amaroo at Trinity ID:17
  • Ant Hill Hotel - Mareeba ID:1135
  • API Units Clifton Bch - 91 Arlington Espl ID:20
  • Aquarius - 107 Esplanade ID:21
  • Arcadia Holiday Units - 189 Sheridan ID:22
  • Argosy on the Beach ID:24
  • Aspect Central (ex Grove Motel) 211 Sheridan St ID:4
  • Asylum Hostel - 149 Grafton St ID:562
  • Aust. Tour Specialist Office 129-133 Ab. OppPalmCt ID:26
  • Avis Office - Airport 10am ID:684
  • Balaclava Hotel - 423 Mulgrave Rd ID:1422
  • Balinese 215 Lake St ID:30
  • Bay Village Tropical Retreat ID:31
  • Beachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach ID:872
  • Beachview Apartments at Villa Paradiso ID:431
  • Beaumont On Spence ID:1460
  • Bellevue at Trinity Beach ID:554
  • Best New Chalon (formely Best Western Bruce Hway) ID:249
  • Best Western Cairns Central Apts - Mcleod&Aplin ID:988
  • Big Marlin - Outside Earlville Shopping Cntr ID:472
  • Birdwing B&B Whitfield ID:521
  • Blue Lagoon Resort ID:593
  • Bohemia Resort Cairns - 231 Mcleod St ID:48
  • Botanical Gardens Bus Stop ID:1003
  • Bounce Cairns - Grafton St ID:351
  • Breakfree Royal Harbour (abbott st) ID:397
  • Bus - Mareeba Heritage Centre (April-Sept) ID:482
  • Cafe China - Spence Street ID:51
  • Cairns Beach Apartments (ex Elysium) ID:617
  • Cairns City Apartments / Regency on Spence ID:623
  • Cairns City Backpackers (Old Gone Walkabout) ID:155
  • Cairns City Motel (Ex Poinsettia) ID:1253
  • Cairns City Palms (Ex High Chaparral) ID:170
  • Cairns City Sheridan - 157 Sheridan ID:317
  • Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort ID:56
  • Cairns College of English ID:57
  • Cairns Colonial Club ID:58
  • Cairns Convention Centre for conference ID:589
  • Cairns Dive Centre ID:59
  • Cairns Gateway Resort ID:68
  • Cairns Girls Hostel - 147 Lake St ID:60
  • Cairns Harbour Lights ID:619
  • Cairns Holiday Lodge 259 Sheridan ID:61
  • Cairns Holiday Park (Little St) ID:88
  • Cairns Language School ID:63
  • Cairns Luxury Apartments - (AKA Cns Harbour Lights ID:1245
  • Cairns Motor Inn ID:64
  • Cairns Ocean View Apartment (Luxury Seafront apt) ID:1480
  • Cairns One - Gregory St / Mulgrave Rd ID:1266
  • Cairns Plaza - 145 Esplanade Cnr Minnie St ID:421
  • Cairns Queenslander Hotel & Apartments Lake St ID:310
  • Cairns Rainbow Resort ID:316
  • Cairns Rainforest B&B - letterbox dont go in ID:564
  • Cairns Reef Apartments (ex Metro Inn) ID:237
  • Cairns Share House - 300 Draper ID:1171
  • Cairns Sharehouse Scott St ID:877
  • Cairns Sheridan Hotel - 295 Sheridan St ID:1192
  • Cairns Southside International ID:318
  • Cairns Sunland Leisure Park ID:362
  • Cairns Sunshine Towers Hotel ID:367
  • Cairns Villa & Leisure Park - 28 Pease St Manunda ID:69
  • Calypso Hostel 5 Digger St ID:70
  • Caravella Backpackers - 149 The Esplanade Cairns ID:73
  • Caravella Central Backpackers - 72 Grafton St ID:949
  • Casablanca Dome Trinity Beach ID:76
  • Cascade Gardens ID:77
  • Castaways Hostel ID:78
  • Castaways Trinity Beach ID:416
  • Castle Holiday Units 209 Lake ID:79
  • Cedar Park@hway-near Davies crk NOT AT RESORT ID:81
  • Central Plaza - 255 Lake St (Best Western) ID:84
  • Centrepoint Apartments - 141 Abbott St ID:1294
  • City Plaza Apartments - 37-39 Digger St ID:889
  • City Terraces - 63 McLeod ID:89
  • City Waterfront Palms - part of Caravella 149 ID:1130
  • Citysider - 17 Upward St ID:91
  • Clarendon on Spence ID:624
  • Clifton Beach Retreat B&B ID:601
  • Clifton Gardens ID:94
  • Clifton Sands ID:96
  • Clohesy River Rd/Kennedy Hwy - Cedar Park turnoff ID:1033
  • Coconut Holiday Resort ID:105
  • Cocos Holiday Apartments ID:106
  • Comfort Inn 183 Lake St ID:599
  • Coral Cay Villas - 267 Lake ID:111
  • Coral Horizon Apartments - The Boutique Collection ID:474
  • Coral Reef Resort - 192 Mann St ID:113
  • Coral Sands Beachfront Resort ID:114
  • Coral Towers ID:116
  • Coral Tree Inn - 166 Grafton ID:117
  • Costa Royale Trinity Beach ID:119
  • Cruise Terminal - Trinity Wharf ID:122
  • Crystal Garden Cairns ( Ex Skinnydips) ID:2
  • DeepSea Divers Den depot - Draper & Mulgrave ID:600
  • Double Tree by Hilton ID:172
  • Down Under Dive ID:126
  • Dreamtime - Terminus St ID:127
  • Dunwoodys on Sheridan ID:130
  • Edge Apartments Cairns ID:1077
  • Edge Hill Bowls Club (Woodward St) ID:1211
  • Edge Hill Butchers - 136 Collins Ave ID:1434
  • Edge hill State School ID:131
  • El Dorado ID:132
  • Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows ID:133
  • First City Caravilla (Kelly/Mulgarve Rd) ID:3
  • Floriana - Esplanade ID:142
  • Flying Monkey Backpackers - 89 Esplanade ID:1214
  • Focus on Spence ID:1481
  • Galvins B&B -61 Walsh St Edge Hill ID:148
  • Geckos Backpackers - 187 Bunda ID:151
  • Getaway on Grafton ID:559
  • Gilligans Backpackers ID:519
  • Glass House on the Beach Kewarra Beach ID:1482
  • Global Backpackers Cairns Waterfront ID:189
  • Global Backpackers Central (9 Shields Street) ID:153
  • Globetrotters International (154 Lake St) ID:986
  • Go Kart Track - Capt. Cook Hwy ID:480
  • Grosvenor - cnr McLeod&Grove ID:160
  • Hertz Rent-a-Car ID:167
  • Hides Hotel - 87 Lake (club croc) ID:169
  • Hilton CAIRNS ID:171
  • Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside ID:165
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove ID:250
  • Ibis Styles Cairns 15 Florence Street ID:363
  • Il Centro ID:183
  • Il Palazzo ID:184
  • Imagine Drift Palm Cove ID:613
  • Inn Cairns - 71 Lake St ID:185
  • International House - Mcleod ID:190
  • Island Views Palm Cove (next to Mantra Amphora) ID:547
  • Jack & Newell Apts - Wharf St ID:528
  • Jazz Cairns - 93 The Esplanade ID:449
  • JJs Backpackers Hostel ID:194
  • Kewarra Beach Resort ID:195
  • Koah Roadhouse - Mobil ID:196
  • Koala Beach Resort (Lakes Cntrl) - 137-139 Lake St ID:253
  • Koala Court Holiday Apartments ID:197
  • Kookas Bed & Breakfast ID:568
  • Kuranda Backpackers - opp Skyrail ID:242
  • Kuranda Rainfrst Caravan Park turn R at lights ID:602
  • Lazy Duck by the Great Hotel Company ID:957
  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Cairns (100 Sheridan St) ID:213
  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Village (141 Sheridan St) ID:1477
  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront (Esplanade) ID:1478
  • Mango Lagoon - Palm Cove ID:535
  • Mantra Amphora Palm Cove ID:1058
  • Mantra Esplanade ID:257
  • Mantra Trilogy Cairns Abbott St Reception ID:532
  • Mareeba Lodge - 261 Byrnes St ID:1109
  • Marlin Cove Resort ID:230
  • Marlin Gateway Apartments - Trinity ID:231
  • Marlin Marina ID:232
  • Marlin Waters - Palm Cove ID:233
  • Marquis on Grafton Apartments ID:948
  • Mcdonalds on Esplanade ID:219
  • McDonalds Woree ID:475
  • Melaleuca Resort - Palm Cove ID:236
  • Meridian Trinity Beach (Esplanade Pick up) ID:495
  • Mid City Luxury Suites ID:239
  • Motel Nomads (Ex Cns Tropical Gardens) ID:415
  • NJOY Resort (was Inn The Tropics) 141 Sheridan St ID:188
  • Nomads Cairns Hostel (Lake St) ID:347
  • North Cove Waterfront apts (lake St side) ID:478
  • Northern Heritage Cairns - Sheridan St ID:592
  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort ID:563
  • Oasis at Palm Cove ID:252
  • Oasis Inn Holiday Apartments ID:251
  • On Palm Cove Beachfront Apts (131-133 Espl) ID:1212
  • On The Beach - Trinity ID:255
  • Pacific Cay ID:258
  • Pacific Hotel Cairns ID:259
  • Palm Cove Oasis ID:266
  • Palm Cove Tropic Apts ID:268
  • Palm Royale - Reception/Lobby ID:269
  • Palms at Trinity (83 Moore St Trinity Beach) ID:989
  • Panama on Spence ID:501
  • Paradise on the Beach Resort ID:276
  • Paradise Palms (hotel reception) ID:274
  • Park Regis City Quays - 6 Lake St ID:571
  • Park Regis Piermonde Apartments ID:586
  • Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove (ex Outrigger) ID:470
  • Pilot - Mareeba Heritage Centre (15 Sept-March) ID:226
  • Pullman Cairns International ID:62
  • Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa ID:534
  • Pullman Reef Hotel Casino (Hotel Lobby) ID:324
  • Queens Court ID:307
  • Rainforest Grove Holiday Resort ID:319
  • Reef Backpackers Hostel Cairns ID:1117
  • Reef Gateway Apartments ID:323
  • Reef House Palm Cove ID:344
  • Reef Palms ID:325
  • Regency Palms Holiday Apartments ID:396
  • Riley a Crystalbrook Collection ID:1476
  • Royal Palm Villas ID:333
  • Roydon Beachfront Apartments ID:335
  • Ryans Rest ID:337
  • Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns ID:235
  • Rydges Plaza Cairns ID:338
  • Sanctuary Palm Cove ID:542
  • Sarayi Boutique Hotel Palm Cove ID:341
  • Sea Change Beachfront Apartments ID:342
  • Sea Point on Trinity ID:544
  • Seaforth Apartments - Trinity Beach ID:1139
  • SeaShells - Trinity ID:343
  • Shangri-La Hotel ID:313
  • Silvester Palms ID:354
  • Skydive Cairns - General Aviation ID:985
  • Skyrail Caravonica ( Smithfield ) ID:357
  • Skyrail Kuranda ID:358
  • Smithfield Bus Stop near Smithfield Tavern ID:359
  • South Pacific B&B Clifton Beach (18 Gibson Close) ID:1222
  • Southern Cross Atrium Apartments ID:536
  • Sugarland Car Rentals ID:361
  • Sun Pacific College - Kewarra ID:440
  • TBA - Cns City. Please Advise ID:372
  • TBA - N Beaches. Please Advise ID:373
  • The Abbott Boutique Hotel ID:157
  • The Lakes Cairns Resort - Bus Stop Reception ID:377
  • The Palms - Moore St Trinity ID:378
  • The Pier Marketplace ID:379
  • The Reef Retreat Palm Cove ID:326
  • The Sebel Palm Cove Coral Coast ID:951
  • The Villas Palm Cove ID:262
  • Tjapukai ID:382
  • Tobruk Memorial Pool ID:392
  • Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments ID:395
  • Tranquility Relax 5-7 Amphora St (Palm Cove) ID:398
  • Travellers Castle 209 Lake St ID:399
  • Travellers Oasis - 8 Scott street ID:400
  • Trinity Beach Club Holiday Apartments ID:402
  • Trinity Beach Pacific - 56 Trinty Bch Rd ID:403
  • Trinity Cove Trinity Bch ID:1147
  • Trinity Links Resort - Front Gate ID:404
  • Trinity on the Esplanade Luxury Accom ID:405
  • Trinity Tropical Oasis Holiday House -7 CorindaCl ID:1204
  • Trinity Waters Boutique Beachfront Apts ID:573
  • Tropic Days Backpackers ID:411
  • Tropic Sunrise Holiday Units ID:413
  • Tropic Towers Apartments ID:414
  • Tropical Heritage Motel ID:166
  • Tropical Queenslander ID:418
  • Villa Beach (85-87 Upolu Espl) Clifton Beach ID:1205
  • Villa Shangri-La ID:433
  • Villa Vaucluse ID:435
  • Vision Cairns Apartments (nxt to Double Tree) ID:1035
  • Vue Apartments Trinity Beach ID:975
  • Waterfront by the Great Hostel Company ID:1189
  • Waterfront Terraces (Lake Street) ID:436
  • Waters Edge Apts (p/u Abbott St side) ID:596
  • YAL Cairns ID:420
  • YHA Cairns Central - Mcleod St ID:448

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