What to Expect

The Night Before

The night before your flight, the pilot will post a flight update by 6pm on the Global Ballooning mobile app advising the updated weather information and exact meeting time. You will then be asked to check-in for your flight via a link on the mobile app. 

Morning of the flight

1.5 hours before sunrise (time confirmed night before), the Global team will meet you at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel for your sunrise flight at the designated time. There will be one last weather-check in readiness for your flight and a short flight briefing.

Launch Site

We will drive to the launch site, which is determined by the wind direction on the morning. It takes around 30 minutes to inflate your balloon. You are welcome to assist with the balloon setup or watch and take photos as the sun begins to rise. Your balloon will awaken as our pilot fires up an inflation fan and lets cold air pump the balloon up. When the balloon is cold inflated looking a bit like a beached whale, the pilot stands behind the burner and fires it up with gas. Now you’re ready to board!


As the sun rises you will gently float up into the sky for approximately an hour. We often hear how surprised passengers are with the feeling of security and the fact that there’s effectively no sensation of movement.

During the flight your pilot will take you on a journey over /around Melbourne. As the flight path is determined by the wind direction, you may find yourself either floating over sky rise buildings, over the suburbs or a little of both. Your pilot will ascend and descend at varying heights of up to 3000 feet and uses the wind direction/speed at different heights in order to steer the balloon. Have your camera ready to experience the wonder!

Landing & Pack Up

Your pilot will choose a landing site based on conditions, access and suitability. As the balloon approaches the ground, a vent is released at the top of the balloon letting the hot air escape – make sure you look UP to see the beauty of the air escaping. In calm winds, there may be a “stand up landing”, meaning that the balloon will calmly rest on the ground with little to no impact. In moderate winds, the balloon may drag with moderate to high winds & you’ll experience the fun of a lay-over landing. Global’s ground crew will greet you as your balloon lands. Deflating the balloon is the best part. Get involved by rolling over the top of the envelope and help push the air out or watch from a distance.

Optional Breakfast

Once we’re packed up, it’s back to the meeting place where you can indulge in an optional sparkling buffet breakfast at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park. 

Your pilot will post complimentary photo memories of your experience on the Global Ballooning mobile app for you to download.

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