Over the last year we have been all over the Yarra Valley in all manner of vehicles, but there is nothing like seeing the Yarra Valley from above in a hot-air balloon.

We travelled with Global Ballooning, who run flights over the Yarra Valley daily depending on weather conditions. The Global Balloon operation is very professional. After meeting at Rochford Wines at 5.30am we were driven to the launch location where the balloons were unloaded and inflated in around 20 minutes. Weather conditions on the day of our flight were not ideal, which meant a quick take off and rapid climb (which by balloon standards is still pretty gentle). The experience of a flight in a balloon is not as you may imagine. It feels very safe and stable, in fact it feels as though the earth is being turned below you and you are sitting still.

Have a look at their website for pricing and available packages.

Global Ballooning Yarra Valley

Addresses: Balgownie Estate Vineyard, 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 3775 (weekday flights)

Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770 (weekend flights)

Office Address: First floor, 173-175 Swan Street Richmond VIC 3121

Ph: (03) 9428-5703

Phone Bookings: 1800 627 661


Monday – Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed