Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Balloon Spectacular
The Canberra Balloon Spectacular, formerly known as the Canberra Balloon Festival, is one of the longest-running hot air balloon festivals in the world. The event is held in the Australian capital of Canberra every March. It takes place at the lawns of Old Parliament House.

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular was founded in 1987. It’s a nine-day event featuring over 50 hot air balloons from all over the world. They are launched daily at dawn and float over the city, creating a spectacular backdrop to on site entertainment and activities. Pilots begin inflating their balloons at about 6:15 am and ascent from 6:20 am – 7:00 am.

Most spectators arrive at the festival early to watch the balloons launch. For their convenience there are food stalls where food and drinks are available for purchase. The Belconnen Lions Club traditionally provides hot breakfast that can be purchased until 10 am. Attendees can also buy Dutch pancakes and hot beverages.

One of the festival’s main attractions are special shape balloons from across the globe. Some of the most unusual balloons that have participated in the Canberra Balloon Spectacular include giant Vincent Van Gogh’s head, a Scottish bagpiper, a turtle, a tropical tree, a windmill, and pair of dancing honey bees. One of the festival’s most controversial hot air balloons was The Skywhale designed in honor of Canberra’s centenary. It received mixed reception due to its bold design which included five breasts hanging from each side of the balloon.

Not all hot air balloon festivals offer balloon flights for general public, but the Canberra Balloon Spectacular does. A balloon flight is a unique and thrilling experience that leaves you with a lifetime of memories. Flights are provided by local balloon companies and should be booked in advance.

One should keep in mind that ballooning is a weather dependent activity. This means that flights may be delayed or canceled if the weather conditions are not right.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

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