• Operating since 1992, proudly due to celebrate 30 years in 2022 with the same owner (Kiff Saunders).
• The largest balloon operation in Victoria - having flown over 100k passengers safety, with a fleet of over 35 balloons.
• Operating flights over Melbourne city & Yarra Valley, including breakfast & city transfers. Mansfield flights were re-introduced during the pandemic in mid-2021. GBA began operations in Mansfield in 1992 so it is great to be back in the area.
• Kiff (owner) is one of only a handful of Australia’s top commercial instructors to be made a delegate of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. He is responsible for auditing & training commercial balloon pilots. He has trained many pilots who fly here in Australia.
• Melbourne is the ONLY major city in the world where you can fly hot air balloons over!! We can actually fly directly over the city but it depends on wind therefore sometimes we only fly around the city, but you always have a view of it.
• Yarra Valley (1hr drive from the city) & Mansfield (2.5hrs drive from the city) are some of the most picturesque regions in Australia
• Quarterly safety seminars are held to discuss current topics based on the time of year, emergency procedures etc. – GBA is the only ballooning operator to run these sorts of seminars, and this is tracked through CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority)
• We’ve proudly never claimed on our insurance, so rest assured that passengers are in very safe hands! • Award winning – having won the Hall of Fame for the Victorian Tourism Awards in the Tour Operator category • The only company in Australia to have an Easy Access Basket for people with a disability – has a door and a seat inside.
• Flights are scheduled 364 days of the year (not operating on Christmas Day) • Flights commence approximately 1.5hrs prior to sunrise & the experience lasts 3.5hrs for the flight only OR 4.5hrs including the breakfast back at the meeting location. The flight itself is approx. 1hr.
Catch the 48 or the 75 tram down to Gleadell Street on a Saturday morning & walk through the Gleadell Street Market. Then continue walking down Bridge Road for some more shopping and fantastic coffee.
Take a short stroll to 61 North Street, Richmond and visit Richmond's newest distillery and bar, Brogan's Way. Have a drink at the bar or if you around on a Sunday afternoon, take a tour of the Gin distillery.
Follow the Yarra Beer Mile. It is a great way to experience five of Melbourne's finest craft beer destinations. Ask our friendly reception staff for a postcard map.
Walk down to Bouzy Rouge (470 Bridge Road) & enjoy one of Melbourne's best Spanish restaurants. They offer great wines by the glass & tapas or a enjoy a full meal.
Walk to Burnley Brewing (648 Bridge Road) & sample their beers & some tasty tapas
Walk to the Mountain Goat Brewery (80 North Street). They are open Wednesdays 5.00pm – 10.00pm or Friday 5.00pm - 11.00pm or Sunday 12.00pm - 6.00pm. Brewery Tours are also available Wednesday evenings and Sundays
Listen to some live music at the Corner Hotel (57 Swan Street) while enjoying a good home-cooked pub meal. Or just enjoy a drink in the relaxing front bar or on the pub’s rooftop beer garden, where you can marvel at the city’s skyline.
Catch a performance at the Owl and the Cat (34 Swan Street). First opened as an Art Gallery but now they have added music and theater to the repertoire. Evening performances rotate regularly and visitors can head for a drink at the bar before and after the shows.
Ride to the Studley Park Boathouse and enjoy lunch at one of Melbourne's best riverside restaurant and cafe. Then hire a rowboat & take a leisurely row along the Yarra River. If you’re after a little more exercise, hire a canoe or kayak & put those muscles to the test.
Travel towards the city and have a coffee at Kanteen (150 Alexander Ave, South Yarra). Continue on the path to Southbank.
Lock up your bike & enjoy some of the following city attractions.
Any Thursday or Saturday, ride to the Burnley Golf Club (102 Madden Grove, Burnley) for a round of golf or a golf lesson.
Catch the 75 tram towards Hawthorn and get off at Stop 29 at the junction of Riversdale and Wallen Roads. Take a short walk down Wallen Road and you will find the Melbourne Tram Museum (8 Wallen Road). Explore the history of trams and the contribution they have made to the place where we live.
Take a bike to Fairview Park (4c Fairview Street), which adjoins Wallen Road Reserve and covers 5.6ha with extensive open space for walking, ball games and picnics.
Explore Federation Square on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets. Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores.
Wander up Flinders Street to Little Bourke Street where you will find Melbourne's Chinatown. Be sure to check out the historic Chinese streetscape and the Chinese Museum has five levels of history and artifacts, including the Dragon Gallery and the Finding Gold experience.
Get off the tram at Spring Street and pick up a free Walking Tour from Walks101 (74 Spring Street). Rain, hail or shine they operate 365 days a year.
Walk or catch a tram along Swanston Street to the State Library Victoria (328 Swanston Street). Explore a world of information and stories, and enjoy free tours, exhibitions, events and family fun.