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Cairns Sunrise Balloon Adventure

Enjoy the serene and uplifting experience of hot air ballooning as dawn breaks over the spectacular Australian bush. Rise up and float over the scenic Atherton tablelands with its rainforest fringed mountains and tranquil country landscapes.

Get ready for the highlight of your visit to Australia! Rise early and head through the bush in pre-dawn darkness towards the launch site. As the sun rises over the diverse Cairns Highlands, watch your balloon slowly come to life.

Then, it's time to jump on board and experience unrivalled panoramic views across a tranquil wilderness at dawn.

The balloon takes off from Mareeba, rises and float over the scenic Atherton tablelands with its rainforest fringed mountains and tranquil country landscapes with stunning views of gum trees and kangaroos.

Your only worry is to enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn and breathe in the wide-open spaces. Unforgettable!

Itinerary (subject to change)

  • 5.00am (approx): Pick-up at all Cairns accommodation & hotels by a Hot Air Cairns coach for your Hot Air Balloon ride. There is a one hour transfer. Pickup times are confirmed on booking.
  • 6.30am: Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon takes off from Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn courtesy of Australia's largest fleet of Hot Air Balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the enjoyment of your balloon flight.
  • 7.50am: Return and land. Hot air balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.
  • 9.00-9.30am: The tour finish time varies with the seasons (summer, winter and the time of sunrise) and you will return to Cairns.

Experience Includes

  • Scenic hot air balloon flight over the Atherton tablelands
  • Pick-up and drop off from all major Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels
  • Services of an experienced pilot
  • Souvenir flight certificate
  • Civil Aviation Insurance Levy

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Breakfast
  • Ballooning souvenirs
  • In-flight photographs


Daily, year round, except 25 December, 01 January and 14 February.

Start times

Approximately one hour before sunrise. Your exact time will be confirmed locally.


4-5 hours. Your balloon flight will last 30 minutes or 60 minutes depending on the option chosen.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • All pick-up and drop off times are approximate and seasonal and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Children 0 to 3 years inclusive are not eligible to fly.
  • Proof of age is required for children aged 4 to 5 years inclusive.
  • Wear casual outdoor layered clothing suitable for a bush environment (white clothing not recommended). Enclosed footwear is compulsory. Please bring hat, suncreen, sunglasses, bottle of water and camera.
  • In the event of inclement weather, flight will be cancelled but can be rebooked for another day. If unable to travel on alternative day, full refund applies.
  • Meals, ballooning souvenirs and in-flight photographs are not included.
  • It is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and company requirement that Passengers flying with the Operator must be able to climb INTO the basket unaided.