Ballooning for Kids

Hot air balloons are an amazing and unique experience for kids

Up, up and away!
Ballooning involves drifting silently over the landscape in an enormous wicker basket slung under a giant hot-air balloon. Ballooning has been going on for over 100 years!

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Is ballooning for your kid(s)?

Do your kids like new adventures? Have you thought about taking them for a balloon ride? Ballooning is a great way to give them new views of the countryside or city they only know from the ground level. They won’t be able to go on their own but it can be a great family adventure and a fantastic way to see Australia from above! Ballooning highlights include:

  • Great opportunity for photography - they’ll get some fabulous pictures to show their friends
  • Ballooning is a whole new way of sightseeing!
  • Can appeal to kids sense of adventure

To go ballooning children need to be at least 6 years of age. Kids going ballooning with their parents might need to be prepared to get up very early as many hot air balloon rides take place at dawn to take advantage of the clear air. Breakfast is often included in sunrise flights which may be an added inducement! The other popular alternative is to take a sunset flight.

You might think it would be quite cold up in the air, but when you go ballooning you’ll find you are no colder than you would be on the ground. You won’t feel the wind as the balloon moves with it and the burners help keep everyone warm. However, you may want to take hats when ballooning.

Being able to go hot air ballooning depends on the weather. If it is too windy, or there is low cloud so you can’t see much, if it’s going to be wet or even if there’s not enough wind or thermal currents to help lift the balloon, then your flight can be cancelled. Most ballooning companies advise you to check with them the day before, when they are likely to have an accurate weather forecast.

Get your kids to a ballooning ride!

Want to go ballooning with kids? Ballooning is not a cheap activity. It can cost from upwards of $290 per adult and $225 per child. However, group discounts are generally available.  Most capital cities have at least one ballooning company and there are some who specialise in outback adventures too. If you are planning family holidays and want to include plenty of kids activities, why not make ballooning part of your outdoor adventures? Check our ActiveActivities Directory for Ballooning clubs or rides. Happy ballooning!

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