Your Barossa Balloon Adventures Hot Air Ballooning Experience
An itinerary for what happens on the day …
Ballooning is very weather dependent and your flight may be cancelled due to unsuitable weather conditions. Please call our office on 8562 3111 between 5.00 and 5.30pm the evening before your scheduled flight to check if the weather is OK and to confirm the meeting time. If you have any last minute questions about your hot air ballooning experience before you go, now is the time to ask. You will be talking to a human….not a machine!
Your pilot and crew will meet you approximately 2 hours before sunrise (The time varies throughout the year) at Barossa Balloon Adventures reception centre. The address is 71 Stonewell Road, Nuriootpa (SEE MAP), which is approximately 75km north east of Adelaide, South Australia. More information and directions here…
Once everybody is assembled and signed in, your pilot will give you a briefing before you board our comfortable 4WDs – all with forward facing seats and air-conditioning throughout.
Now the adventure really begins. We will drive to a strategic spot to check the wind to see which launch site will be the best one to use for the day. The launch site is chosen according to the wind speed and direction. We have a dozen different launch sites around the region available to use. The decision on which one to launch from will be made on site taking into consideration the localised surface winds and the upper gradient winds.
The topography of the landscape also affects the lower level surface winds. This means we may drive as little as 2kms or up to as much as 65km to find a suitable launch site.
Plan A is to fly over the Barossa, but sometimes the weather conditions don’t allow that to happen, but we do have a Plan B, which is to fly over the Murray River.
We know it’s early but now is a good opportunity to get to know your pilot and crew and ask any questions you may have.
Inflate the Balloon
Once we arrive at the launch site your pilot and crew will inflate the balloon ready for take off. You are welcome to join in with the preparation and discover how we get these huge balloons in the air. This whole process takes about 40 minutes.
At about sunrise the balloon will be fully inflated and ready for flight. Jump on board, one last briefing and then it’s up, up and away! Wave goodbye to the crew, they will follow on the ground and meet you when you land. Time to relax and take in the amazing 360⁰ views. Experience the peace and beauty of floating over the countryside as the sun is rising. You will fly for about an hour before landing somewhere down wind.
Landing and Pack-up
Once you have landed your crew will meet you and it’s time to pack the balloon away. This takes about half an hour or so to pack away back on to the trailer. Feel free to join in the fun, or stand back and take the opportunity to take a few more photos. Hop back in our comfy vehicles and it’s back to the reception centre for breakfast.
We return to our reception centre about 4 hours after we have left. The morning ends with a delicious Barossa breakfast back at the reception centre. It is for our own private use with a view over Penfolds Stonewell vineyards. Relax and chat with your fellow passengers and pilot about the mornings events, whilst sipping sparkling wine and indulging in the best Barossa produce.
- Linke’s Butchers traditionally smoked bacon
- Linke’s Butchers German bratwurst sausage
- Oven roasted tomatoes with Barossa Valley Cheese Co feta
- Sauteed mushrooms with garden fresh herbs
- Free range eggs
- Tanunda Bakery sourdough bread
- Barossa Coffee Roasters coffee
We can cater for gluten free, vegetarian and vegans. Just let us know if there are any dietary requirements at time of booking.
The total time for this experience including breakfast is approximately 5 hours.
To wrap up we will present you with your Souvenir Balloonatic Flying Certificate. This is also a good opportunity to purchase the USB stick of Photos from your flight plus the Barossa Balloon Adventures Beanie, Cap, Stubby Holder and/or Calendar.
Tour highlights include fantastic photographic views, an opportunity to actively participate in the inflation and packing away of the balloon, champagne breakfast, flight certificates and most importantly…an amazing ballooning and breakfast experience with fun and professional staff!!
If your flight is cancelled by us for any reason (e.g. adverse weather – safety is our first concern and we will not fly if conditions are unsuitable). We will be happy to re-book you at your convenience or refund the full payment. Gift Vouchers are non refundable and therefore a re-booking must be made for a date prior to the expiry date on your Gift Voucher.
Our maximum is 16, but sometimes we get to the weight limit of the balloon before we get to the 16 passengers. If you have a group larger than 16, give us a call to discuss options.
We fly down wind for approximately an hour. On landing the balloon is packed away and the retrieve crew picks us all up and returns us to the reception centre.
Health & Disability Access
You should be able to bend your knees and hold on with both hands to the rope handles inside the basket.
We DO NOT fly you, if you are pregnant.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules prevent us from carrying handicapped persons as defined in Civil Aviation Orders, Section 20.16.3.
What to wear
Bring with you
A few extra dollars for souvenirs that are available during breakfast.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras as there will be some amazing photo opportunities along the way. The Barossa Valley is famous for having some of the most gorgeous landscapes in all of South Australia.