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Canberra Balloon Spectacular
Canberra Balloon Spectacular

What is the Canberra Balloon Spectacular?

The annual Balloon Spectacular is a highlight on Canberra’s autumn event calendar. This year marks the festival’s 29th year. It is a regarded as one of the world’s best hot air balloon events. The sight of the balloons rising into the early morning sky creates a spectacular backdrop to Canberra’s iconic attractions. This year specially shaped balloons from all over the world will be included each day. Spectators will be treated to an experience of the senses with a display of sound, movement and colour.

When and Where?
The festival runs over nine days from 7th through to the 15th of March 2015 and takes place on the lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace and Parkes. The Balloons will start inflating from 6:15am and launch between 6:30am – 7am so make sure you get down there early to avoid missing out.

What else should you know?

  • It is free to be a spectator.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous you can book a spot on a balloon flight.
  • Arrive early before dawn to watch balloons inflate and take shape.
  • Canberra mornings can get quite chilly so bring warm clothing.
  • Bring your camera to capture the spectacular sight.
  • You can BYO food or breakfast is available to purchase each morning.

Where to stay? 

Make the most of your time in Canberra with our City Escapes package. You’ll enjoy accommodation, breakfast for two in Redsalt Restaurant, car parking, and late check-out on a Sunday. Crowne Plaza Canberra is located less than a 10 minute drive from Old Parliament House and a short stroll from many national attractions.

How to spend the rest of your day

Looking for ideas on how to spend the rest of your day after a morning of hot air ballooning? For the foodie’s, why not trial some of Canberra’s stylish restaurants and trendy bars or savour some of the best flavours with local and regional wine tastings. If you’re an art or history buff then uncover some of our nation’s best-kept secrets and treasures at Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia or the Australian War Memorial.  Looking for something to inspire the whole family? The Questacon features over 200 fascinating and interactive exhibits, live demonstration and hands-on activities. Our team will share with you their favourite places and tips to help you make the most of your time in the city and ensure it is a memorable visit.

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