30 Minute Flight with FREE Upgrade to 1 Hour Flight Hot Deal

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  • FREE upgrade to a 1 hour flight
  • Surfers Paradise skyline views
  • Gold Coast hinterland views
  • See the balloon inflation
  • Champagne buffet breakfast (optional upgrade)
  • Back to your hotel in time for other activities

This 60-minute Surfers Paradise hot air balloon flight on the sunny Gold Coast offers a great balance between price and scenery, following a path that will give you prime views of the unsurpassed beauty of a morning sunrise over the amazing Gold Coast skyline. Join your friendly balloon operator who boasts an impeccable safety record early in the morning and ascend up, up and away into the skies above Surfers Paradise to witness its golden beaches, beautiful blue waters, and the greenery of the hinterland in the distance.

Fly at heights of two to three thousand feet and view the myriad canals and waterways of Surfers Paradise and its surrounds, along with the iconic buildings such as the Q1, Soul and more that make for some wonderful photo opportunities. With 60 minutes of aerial joy as well as complimentary hotel transfers included, this is a great budget option for taking in the unique scenery that makes the Gold Coast both a great place to visit and to live. Gain an entirely new perspective on Surfers Paradise - book a hot air balloon flight online today!

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What you need to know


  • 30 minute Hot Air Balloon Flight with a FREE upgrade to a 1 hour Flight
  • Return transfers from Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach hotels

Optional Upgrade

  • Champagne Buffet Breakfast at Chelos, Mercure Resort Gold Coast (please choose this option at time of booking if breakfast is required)


  • Spectacular 60 minute balloon flight above the beautiful Gold Coast skyline
  • See the balloon inflation which is a great sight to see
  • Great views of the Gold Coast Hinterland
  • You will be back at your hotel in time to enjoy a full day of Gold Coast activities if you wish

What to Bring

  • Clothing suitable for walking or hiking is recommended with enclosed shoes, long trousers and a long sleeved top
  • Hat and sunglasses as well as your camera
  • No thongs or high heel shoes

Tour Times

  • Tours depart daily at 4am in summer and 5am in winter. Allow approximately 4 hours for your total hot air balloon experience

Hotel Pickup

If you have booked a hotel

  • Prior to completing your purchase, please enter your hotel name in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. It is highly recommended to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your flight time and hotel pick up time

If you have not yet booked a hotel

  • If you have not yet booked a hotel, please enter the words 'hotel not known' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. It is highly recommended to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your flight time and hotel pick up time

Self Drive Meeting Location

  • If you do not require a hotel pick up, please meet at the departure point at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. The meeting point is Mercure Gold Coast Resort, 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara

Additional Information

  • Passengers weights must be noted in the Booking Notes
  • Children aged 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 3 are not allowed to fly as per the Australian aviation rules
  • The flight path is subject to change without notice with the decision being made by the pilot with the safety of the customers in mind
  • Please note that the Gold Coast Skyline views are not always guaranteed, however the pilots will always do their best to fly as close to the skyline and water as possible
  • The flight time can slightly alter on the day, should the weather conditions hinder the safety of the balloon flight
  • Weather conditions can affect the duration and route of balloon flights. The Balloon operator endeavours to give each passenger the best ballooning experience, subject to the daily wind and weather conditions. With passenger's safety always at the forefront of pilots concern, a flight altered in route, or landing earlier than anticipated, will be deemed as a completed flight for that day provided the flight is more than 40 minutes duration (for a one hour flight) or 20 minutes (for a 30 minute flight). The Balloon operator reserves the right to change the location of the flight if the pilot deems the weather conditions do not allow the flight to be carried out safely in the Gold Coast region

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Flights operate daily except Christmas Day 25 December. At the completion of purchase, you will need to contact the tour operator to book in a flight time that suits you (Tour Operator details will be printed in your tour voucher)

What others had to say

9 reviews
Ya Yan Tiong | 7 months ago

To be honest, i was actually looking forward for the ride at first, but due to the weather, i was a little disappointed as the view wouldn't have been great as told by the crew. The pilot proved it otherwise! Although it was foggy around the area we were at, the pilot was skilled and experienced enough to control the height of the flight to make sure we get a pretty scenic view of gold coast! Instead of just flying high up into the sky seeing just fog after fog and not scenery. Therefore I would give it a 4 out of 5 as i will consider going for the ride probably in spring or autumn and not winter. Winter probably not the best time to go for a hot air balloon ride but it will still be great if you get to encounter a skilled and experience pilot like I did!

Matthew | 1 year ago

Great balloon flight right over the inner Gold Coast. The pilot was friendly and amusing, and we flew for over 80 min on what was supposed to be a 60 min experience. The pack up was fun too. Overall made the early start worthwhile!

Haiqing | 1 year ago

We had a good experience of doing this activity as it was our first time, but not so excited because the view was not much taste. The staffs were dedicated to the job and friendly. Given the money we had to pay for the view, I won't recommend this activity though because it has not reached our expectations.

Kate | 2 years ago

I had a great time on my first hot air ballooning experience. It was something I have wanted to do for a really long time. The pilot, Marlon, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area, and the views were absolutely stunning! We also definitely rode for a lot longer than 30 minutes, so it was very much value for money.

My Nguyen | 2 years ago

An amazing trip to the sky ! I was enjoying the wildlife view and watching the sun rises on the hot air ballooning. All the staffs were enthusiastic and happy, which also makes everybody pleased. I think this trip's worth the price as the experiences i got are what i cannot find anywhere else, including my hometown. Indeed, me and my friends had a wonderful time !

Meet the operator

Name: Laurence
Company: Balloon Aloft Gold Coast

"Come and feel the thrill and excitement of a Hot Air Balloon ride with South East Queensland’s most experienced and safest hot air balloon company. Float like a cloud as you witness the sunrise climbing over the unforgettable Gold Coast Skyline. "

Top tips

"Get to bed early the night before your hot air ballooning tour as you will be picked up very early in the morning. Also, wear a hat, as your head can get quite hot if you are close to the flame they use for inflating the balloon."