A hot air balloon trip above the picturesque Barossa Valley at daybreak provides magnificent views of the gorgeous countryside. As you fly through the air, take in the gorgeous dawn and morning light shining over the vineyards. Throughout your flight, your professional pilot provides insightful comments about the location and hot air ballooning. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast including fresh items from artisan producers in the Barossa Valley after your flight.
More Tours by Barossa Balloon Adventures
- Group trip from Base to Launch Site
- Flight and Safety Briefing
- 1 Hour Sunrise Balloon Flight
- Pilot commentary
- Group pick-up and return to Base
- Delicious Barossa Breakfast
- CD of Photos & Souvenirs for purchase
- Balloonatics Certificate Presentation
- 5 Hours (approx) of Fun & Adventure
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
- Transport to or from Adelaide
- Travel Insurance
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, 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.
- Cancel at least 24 hours before the adventure begins to receive a full refund.
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You can have good or bad days at any time of year, we take it on a day by day basis. But autumn typically has more flyable days than the other seasons.
Hot air balloons fly because hot air rises. Hot air rises because it is less dense than the cooler air around it and so it tends to ‘float’ on the cooler air. We use a burner to heat the air in the balloon until it is hotter than the air outside the balloon. Once it is, the balloon will rise, carrying us with it. If we were to allow the balloon to cool it would begin do descend as it becomes the same temperature as the outside air. If we were to let some of the hot air out of the balloon the same thing would happen because there would no longer be enough hot air in the balloon to lift us. Gas balloons work on a similar principle except that they use helium gas, which is less dense, and therefore lighter, than air to achieve the same effect.
We meet about 2 hours before sunrise. Don’t worry, when you book we will let you know the exact time you will need to be where you need to be.
Ballooning is an outdoor activity. Dress in comfortable clothing for the season, and for the overnight minimum temperature. It will be no colder in the balloon than on the ground. Flat soled walking shoes are best, NO HIGH HEELS or sandals please. In cooler months a change of shoes may be needed due to wet dewy grass. A hat is recommended as the burner gives off considerable heat. If you do not have a hat you may purchase a Balloon Adventures hat at our reception centre. Bring your reading glasses if you require them.
Like so many things in ballooning, our flying height depends on the winds on the day. At different heights there are different wind layers in which the wind has different speeds and directions. On an average flight we go from tree-top level up to between one and four thousand feet (several hundred metres).
Although we need some wind to fly the balloon we can’t fly if there is too much. We fly in the early morning because the winds are at their calmest then. Also, a lower ambient temperature means that it is easier to get the balloon off the ground and keep it in the air because we don’t have to heat it to such a high temperature. This in turn means we don’t use so much gas and can fly for longer. And besides, the valley looks so pretty at sunrise…..
Pretty much for as long as we have gas to burn. But the later in the day you fly the wind speed usually increases and the more turbulence you get, neither of which you want. Generally our flights last about an hour.
We go where the wind goes, so we have a lot of different launch sites to choose from. Also the wind does go in different directions at different altitudes and so, by ascending and descending, we can take advantage of this to choose a wind direction which is as close to the direction we want as possible.
Generally it doesn’t get much colder ‘up there’ than what it is on the ground. You don’t feel any wind because you are moving at the same speed as the wind. We also find that the burner acts as a pretty good heater.