Brisbane Hot Air Ballooning with Breakfast (Flying over the Heritage City of Ipswich) Self Drive

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60 minutes Hot Ballooning, no breakfast, Self Drive (Adult)
AUD$459.00$460.00
60 minutes Hot Ballooning, no breakfast, Self Drive (Child 6-12 yrs)
AUD$425.00
60 minutes Hot Ballooning with breakfast, Self Drive (Adult)
AUD$493.00$495.00
60 minutes Hot Ballooning with breakfast, Self Drive (Child 6-12 yrs)
AUD$450.00

Tour Information

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Hot Air Ballooning in the Greater Brisbane region

Picture yourself tucked into a big wicker basket, the heat of flames occasionally dancing above and a gentle breeze taking you on a sky-high adventure. Admire breathtaking views as night turns to day and a patchwork landscape gently unfolds before your eyes.

We are a top-rated boutique ballooning company near Brisbane. Spend a morning drifting majestically and effortlessly over the stunning South-East Queensland countryside in a small balloon.

Each morning owner and Chief Pilot Graeme shares the magic, romance and sense of adventure the first French balloonists experienced in 1783. Passengers can feel confident and safe knowing Graeme has been flying commercial balloons for 30 years on three continents, the last 22 of those years in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset regions.

The views, feeling of weightlessness and freedom make this unique experience one that will never be forgotten.

Why experience a flight with us?

Closest hot air balloon company to Brisbane
We are the closest hot air balloon company to Brisbane, and has been operating in the South-East Queensland region for more than 22 years. Our meeting point is an easy 30-minute drive from Brisbane and you can also reach us by train or bus.

Every flight is with the Owner and Chief Pilot

Owner and Chief Pilot Graeme Day has 30 years’ experience flying balloons on three continents. He first fell in love with ballooning in its birthplace, France, and now finds joy sharing his cheeky wit, intimate knowledge of the local region and passion for ballooning with passengers. You can be confident booking with Floating Images as Graeme flies every balloon and has been running this business in the Greater Brisbane region since 2001.

Small Group One flight a day, only 4-10 passengers

We are a boutique balloon business and only operate one flight per day with no more than 10 passengers. Keeping things small means every person gets five-star treatment on a our flight.

Experience the city and the country

Our hot air balloon flights offer a unique opportunity to fly over city and country sights. We are the first and only balloon company that flies over the heritage city of Ipswich and western regions of the Scenic Rim and Somerset.

From the air you can see incredible bird’s-eye views of Queensland’s oldest provincial city of Ipswich, the Great Dividing Range mountains, Brisbane’s skyline, the countryside of the Scenic Rim and Somerset and plenty more. Find out more about where we fly and what you can see here.

It’s a personal, hands-on experience

From booking through to flying, Graeme and his wife Ruth handle every detail of the Hot Air Balloon Flights experience. If you have any questions, expect personal service because putting smiles on passengers’ faces is our priority – it’s part of the reason why we have a five-star TripAdvisor rating and have won numerous awards.

All passengers are invited to join in the fun of inflating and deflating the giant balloon. Graeme stays with guests from start to finish and is happy to explain any aspect of how a hot air balloon flies and operates. Share the thrill of this morning adventure with your family, friends, overseas visitors, corporate guests and staff.

All inclusive

The only surprise should be that of your loved one when you give them the gift of a hot air balloon ride. We are small Australian family business and want you to have an unforgettable and joyous flying experience. The 1 hour flight, full insurance coverage, inflation & deflation site transfers, a restaurant breakfast and flight certificate are all included in the price.

What to expect on the day of your Balloon Flight

Ensuring your safety

Safety is our priority and we will not fly if weather conditions are not suitable. If your flight is cancelled because of unflyable weather conditions, then you may rebook for another day or receive a full refund. As weight is an important factor in a hot air balloon; passengers weighing 115 Kg or over attract a 50% surcharge. Due to safety factors, pregnant women or passengers weighing over 130kg cannot participate in hot air ballooning.

Launch site and meeting times

Meeting times vary throughout the year as it is dependent on sunrise. Upon booking your balloon flight, you will receive a letter of confirmation stating the actual meeting time of the day.

Floating Images’ meets & greet all passengers in the car park of the IIpswich Visitor Information Centre, Queens Park, 14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipswich, Queensland

Please note: This is a free car parking site.

Launch site will vary dependent on wind speed and direction of the day to allow city to country or country to city flights to be undertaken.

Meeting Times in Ipswich( Vary Due to Sunrise time)

Nov to Dec Jan to Feb Mar to Apr May to Jun Jul to Aug Sep to Oct
4.00 – 4.15 am 4.15 – 4.45 am 4.45 – 5.15 am 5.30 – 6.00 am 5.30 – 5.15 am 5.00 – 4.30 am

Restaurant breakfast and flight certificate

Included in your ballooning program is a hot cooked restaurant breakfast at the Fourth Child Restaurant, 215 Brisbane Street, Ipswich. During your breakfast, your pilot will present you with a personalised commemorative flight certificate and downloaded onto our laptop computer the in-flight balloon camera photos for viewing during breakfast, where you may purchase the balloon photos to conclude the morning’s activity.

Tour Inclusions

  • Approximately 1-hour balloon flight over Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset regions – with city and country views
  • Restaurant breakfast after the flight
  • Peace of mind that you have chosen to fly with an owner-operator. Every flight is with Chief pilot Graeme
  • Personalised in-flight commentary
  • Passengers can assist with inflation & deflation of balloon (optional)
  • Free parking at our meeting point
  • Transportation during the flight experience
  • In-flight photography will be taken on most flights, with the opportunity to purchase photos at breakfast
  • A personalised flight certificate
  • ###Please allow 3-4 hours for your balloon experience.

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel consumption
  • Transfer from the Hotels

Transportation

  • Our meeting point is at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre, Queens Park, 14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipswich, Queensland. If you spot the big wicker basket in the driveway, you’ve found the right place! There is free car parking at the Visitor Information Centre.
  • Clients can either self-drive, car rental, taxi, ride share, Uber, Didi or stay locally to partake in the ballooning experience
  • After the flight we will head back here to collect our vehicles before going to Fourth Child Restaurant, 215 Brisbane Street, Ipswich, for our breakfast and post-flight catch-up, where we present commemorative flight certificates.

Driving to Ipswich

The easiest way to reach us on the day is by car. If you are driving, please take note of roughly how long the trip takes from these major centres.

Brisbane CBD – 40-45-minute drive
Brisbane South Area – 30-35-minute drive
Brisbane Airport – 60-minute drive
Gold Coast – 60-minute drive
Sunshine Coast – 120-minute drive
Toowoomba – 60-minute drive
Warwick – 90-minute drive
Logan – 30-minute drive

Catch the train to Ipswich

There is a major train line connecting Ipswich and Brisbane with regular services. In summer months our balloon program kicks off before the trains start running, so if you are reliant on public transport please arrive the day before.

If you are travelling from the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast or Brisbane Airport you will need to switch train lines in Brisbane City. The train timetables are syncronised with Google Maps but you can also use the official Translink Journey Planner or call 13 12 30 for more information.

Take a coach or shuttle bus to Ipswich

Daily coach or shuttle bus connections are available to Ipswich from Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Brisbane Airports to Ipswich:

There are a few services that offer door-to-door transfers from either the Brisbane International or Brisbane Domestic airports including Con-x-ion and Airport Transfer Solutions.

Toowoomba to Ipswich:

Bus Queensland runs regular buses. For customers travelling without a car from Toowoomba, this is the best way to reach Floating Images.

Notices

  • Prices in AUD are valid for travel until 31st March 2024.
  • 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.

What to bring and wear

  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes (No Open foot wear (thongs / sandals) or high heels are permitted)
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water

Cancellation Policy

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