Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

Activity provider:Hot Air

Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

Activity provider:Hot Air

From US$ 294.26 per person

Admire the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands from above with a scenic hot air balloon flight and take in the stunning views. Look for local wildlife as you sail, spotting native birds and kangaroos.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. The driver will be holding a sign with your last name on it. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.


  • Enjoy an extended panoramic hot air balloon ride
  • Listen to expert commentary as you watch the sunrise
  • Recive a hot air balloon ride commemorative certificate
Full description

See the Atherton Tablelands from the sky on a hot air balloon tour. Marvel at the colors of the sunrise, spot birds soaring through the air, and see the balloon inflate. 

Meet your experienced ballooning team at Atherton Tablelands first thing in the morning, in time to witness the inflation of the hot air balloons. Times vary seasonally to correspond with the sunrise.

Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with a full flight experience. 

Soar over the patchwork panorama below. Watch out for the variety of Australian birdlife and take in the peace and serenity that is hot air ballooning.

This is a self drive meet at Mareeba option, this tour does not include return transfers from Port Douglas

  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Complimentary photo set - delivered digitally
  • All insurance levies included
  • Commentary
  • Transfers
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 220 lbs (100 kg)

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Meeting point

Meet at Mareeba Heritage Centre. Please park in the parking lot. You will be met by hot air balloon staff who will transport you to the launch site in a company vehicle. Before your trip, confirm your exact meeting time with the activity provider.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottle

Know before you go

  • Times published are approximate and vary seasonally. Check directly with the operator prior to travel to confirm your exact pickup time
  • The basket is 1.2 meters in height with two footholds on the side to use as a step ladder to enter and exit the basket unassisted.
  • You will stand for the duration of the flight.
  • There is no weight limit, but all guests over 100kg are kindly asked to advise upon booking.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

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It was a 30th Anniversary surprise for my husband. He wasn’t keen to start with but didn’t take him long to love it. It was very peaceful, great commentary and will definitely recommend it to family and friends should they travel to Cairns/Port Douglas. Thank you

April 20, 2022

We had a major issue with the fact that this balloon ride is advertised as 'Port Douglas Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride', when in actual fact it is based in Mareeba and we had to drive from Port Douglas at 3am for one and a half hours to get to Mareeba! This should be stated very clearly at the top of the ad, not in the fine print further down. We had problems trying to change the day for our ride because of the confusion of the departure destination and the fact that we couldn't find a hire car for the date we initially arranged the ride for. In the end, the company allowed us to change our day and we managed to get to Mareeba for our ride. The pilot Frank and his assistants Roy and Tony were outstanding and we felt very safe with them. Our sunrise balloon ride was wonderful with perfect weather, it was a beautiful experience.

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March 11, 2022

Most amazing experience! We had a perfect day, with perfect weather and got a full 1 hour flight! Everyone gets an edge space in the basket, so don’t worry about being stuck in the middle. The staff were very charismatic and definitely made the day even better, the 7am champagne just topped it off at the end.

February 10, 2022

Product ID: 390486