Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast – Complete Guide & Review

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A trip to South East Queensland is not complete without a Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast experience!

Set your alarm clock early, dress warm, and hold on to your hats as you float swiftly across the stunning Gold Coast hinterland, boasting views of distant mountain ranges and the towering highrises in Surfers Paradise.

I have put together this complete guide to Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast including where to book and what to expect on the tour!

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WHERE TO BOOK HOT AIR BALLOON GOLD COAST

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast is the most reputable company to book your hot air balloon in Gold Coast experience.

You can book a Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon ride online in advance or call the office on 07 5636 1508 to make a booking.

The tour includes a hotel pick-up, balloon inflation display, hot air balloon ride in Gold Coast hinterland, hot breakfast with champagne at O’Reilly’s Vineyard, and a hotel drop-off.

  • Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Price: AUD $280

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ARRIVING AT THE LAUNCH SITE

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast maintains the highest possible attention to safety to provide an unforgettable hot air balloon experience over the Gold Coast hinterland. When booking a Gold Coast hot air balloon experience, you can expect 5-star service from start to finish.

It’s an early 4:30 am pick up from your hotel or from the designated meeting point to jump on board the courtesy bus, followed by a 30-minute drive to Canungra where the Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon flight launches.

Before you launch, Kelly (the awesome bus driver and team member) will present an important safety briefing with a hint of humor. Believe me, Kelly will have you cackling in your seats to kick start your morning adventure. 

When you reach the launch site, enjoy an incredible display as the crew members inflate the hot air balloons in an open field. Once instructed, everyone will climb into the basket one by one to prepare for lift-off!

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE AIR

Jay, the chief pilot at Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast, fired up the flames which lifted our basket off the ground with ease. As we took the skies, Jay navigated the hot air balloon swiftly across the tops of local farms that cover the wide-open plains of the Gold Coast hinterland.

The sun began to rise up slowly over the ocean, emitting a magical orange glow across the region and lighting up the distant mountain peaks. I have to admit, this was one of the most incredible sights on the Gold Coast I have seen!

Jay really put on a show, spinning the hot air balloon around in all directions to give everyone the best possible views of the region from their corner of the basket.

The airspace was dotted with a few other colorful balloons and we floated aimlessly across the treetops with distant views of the Border Ranges and the Surfers Paradise skyline.

The hot air balloon ride lasts for about one hour and as the flight comes to an end, the pilot will notify everyone to take their landing positions which requires squatting down inside the basket and holding on to the rope handles. The basket will land safely on the ground in an open field and the courtesy bus will be there waiting to take you to breakfast.

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CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST AT O’REILLY’S VINEYARD

From the landing site, it’s approximately a 20-minute drive to the beautiful O’reilly’s Vineyard where you’ll be welcomed with a glass of champagne and a hot breakfast. Not a bad way to top off the experience if you ask me!

Once everyone in the group has enjoyed a hearty meal, it’s time to jump back on the bus to be dropped off at your hotel or designated pick-up area. 

In conclusion, the hot air balloon in Gold Coast is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I guarantee you won’t regret trying this fun-fuelled activity during your visit.

For more information, check out the Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast website.

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WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast is a thriving tourist hub with no shortage of accommodation options and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible, I don’t blame them!

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See below for the best places to stay on Gold Coast with options suited for small families, budget backpackers, and luxury travelers:
Luxury: Luxury Beachfront Sky Home

Centrally located in Burleigh Heads and a stone’s throw from the beach. This 5-star accommodation features an outdoor swimming pool, garden, fitness center, and free wifi. The apartments are spacious and include a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, hot tub, flat-screen tv, and ocean views. Perfect for families and couples.

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Mid Range: Outrigger Burleigh

The best and most affordable hotel in Burleigh Heads. The Outrigger is a two-minute walk from Burleigh Beach featuring an outdoor pool, hot tub, and ocean views! The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, equipped kitchenette, living room, private bathroom, and balcony. Close to supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, bars and public transport. Perfect for couples and families.

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Budget: Komune Resort & Backpackers

Komune Resort is located south of Burleigh Heads in Coolangatta and it’s one of the cheapest and best backpackers on the Gold Coast! Located a stone’s throw from the beach, Komune Resort features a beach club, outdoor pool, table tennis, hammocks, pool bar, and nightclub. There are dorm rooms and private apartments available, perfect for friends and solo travelers.

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY,  SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast is one of the only places on the East Coast of Australia that sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.

If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn – Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks, and water sports. 

Summer on the Gold Coast is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and a lot of rainfall.

 

OTHER GOLD COAST ATTRACTIONS

As I mentioned earlier, there are so many things to do on the Gold Coast you could spend months here and not run out of things to do.

See the list below for some other Gold Coast tourist spots that you might also like to check out:

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE GOLD COAST

When visiting the Gold Coast, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you:

  • Sunscreen – the Australian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend:

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

 

BEST GOLD COAST TOURS

 

 

MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES

The coastline and hinterland areas on the east coast of Australia boast awesome beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes, and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!

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