Approx 1 hour ride
Flight Time: Usually your balloon ride will last around one hour. The exact length depends on the wind direction and strength.
The whole morning from the time we meet at our base to the end of the Champagne breakfast is around 4 hours.
People per ride: Between 2-5 for the smaller basket and 10-13 people in the larger one depending on total weight and on the ambient air temperature.
What should I wear and bring?
Wear hiking style clothing and bring a hat.
Don't forget your camera and plenty of film.
Sturdy shoes are recommended, as feet can get wet in the early morning dew.
Sunglasses, a cap and sunscreen.
Ladies, no skirts or high heels please
Depending on the season, you may need jeans, jumper, beanie and a jacket that you can remove as the morning warms up.
Where do we take off?
The pilot chooses the take off point according to the direction of the wind e.g. to avoid flying over forests land and to ensure the flights is as interesting as possible. As a general rule the take off site isnt normally more than half an hour away from the meeting point.
Thomas Dattler has been flying over the Byron Bay Hinterland in Gliders, Motorplanes and Balloons for over ten years. Along with Chief Pilot Chris Dewhirst and his team of highly qualified professional pilots and enthusiastic, friendly and helpful crew, they will ensure that this experience of a lifetime will be a wonderful one from beginning to end.
All our pilots hold a commercial pilot licence issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which is considered of the highest standard worldwide.
From the mountains to the sea the rainbow region will enchant you with its wonders!
We hope to see you soon
Chris Dewhirst, Australia's ballooning legend!!!
Chief Pilot of Byron Bay Ballooning.
First pilot in the world to fly a Hot Air Balloon over Mt Everest!
Most decorated balloon pilot in Australia.
Conducted first commercial balloon flights in Australia.
One of the world's leading balloonists, Chris Dewhirst has been flying balloons for 25 years.
He holds the Australian high altitude balloon flight record of 36,600 feet.
Chris has been awarded the Royal Aeroclub's Award for heroic feats of aviation and the prestigious Montgolfier Diploma by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) for feats of extraordinary daring in aviation.