Escape to a world of unexpected surprises and adventure as you drift over Sydney in a hot air balloon. A balloon ride in the oldest and most romantic of flying machines is the ultimate way to experience an air ride. When your balloon ascends, the panoramic view extends from the City skyline to the surrounding countryside of Sydney's Hawkesbury Valley/Blue Mountains or the wine country of the scenic Hunter Valley.
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|Vehicle||Hot Air Balloon|
|Start||Sydney @ 05.15 am|
|Finish||Sydney @ 07.45 am|
Once at the meeting site passengers will be required to complete an 'Assumption or Risk & Release of Liability'. It is also the last opportunity to use the rest rooms till our return. Whilst all this is happening the Pilot will be deciding on the appropriate launch location depending upon the winds direction and speed.
Once he has made up his mind you will be informed of his decision and will be transported to the site in our vehicles. Launch sites may be located upwards of 30 minutes driving time away from meeting location.
Once on site the Pilot will give a Passenger Safety Briefing and give a description of what to expect during the flight.
It takes about 30 minutes and a helping hand from a couple of passengers to inflate the balloon. Once upright the Pilot will invite you to board the aircraft. He will give a brief explanation of how he controls the aircraft and get you to practise the landing position.
Whilst the Pilot will have a fair idea of the landing area, but being a weather dependant activity you can never be too sure. Whilst you enjoying the flight and scenery the pilot will be finding out exactly what the winds will allow him to do. About 15 minutes into the flight he will have a very good idea of where you will end up. If he is feeling confident, and wants to show off he'll probably tell you where he is aiming for.
After 45-60 minutes flying you will be preparing for landing. Its usually a open paddock or sports field, but who knows it may well be someones backyard. The landing are generally very smooth, but the faster the surface wind the more of a drag down the paddock. If your really lucky you may even fall over. Don't worry it's a lot of fun. Your Pilot will inform you what to expect.
The Ground Crew is usually on site to assist in packing the balloon away. A fun job which your happy to do once or twice in a lifetime. Takes about 20 minutes but works up a fantastic appetite for breakfast.
Optional: Breakfast and Taxi Transfer