The Australian capital is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its stunning hot air balloon festival. The nine-day spectacular is recognised as one of the top four ballooning events in the world. Each morning at the brink of dawn, more than 40 flights take off from the lawns of Old Parliament House and coast over the picturesque lakes, hills and neighbourhoods of Canberra.

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is considered to be one of the best and longest running hot air ballooning events in the world. Held over nine days, pilots begin laying out and inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House from 6.15am each day before ascending into the sky and creating an exhilarating back drop to our national attractions.

The 2016 Canberra Balloon Spectacular will also include some special shape balloons from across the globe adding a sense of novelty to the stunning setting each day. Patrons will be treated to an experience of the senses with a flurry of colour, sound and movement. The atmosphere of the balloons is complemented by delicious hot breakfast available for purchase provided by the Belconnen Lions Club.

Each morning between Saturday 12 March and Sunday 20 March, Canberra’s skies will be filled with dozens of floating hot air balloons. Pilots begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House each day, before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is the only event in the world where balloons can fly in such close proximity to houses of Government and buildings of national significance.

When and Where

Dates: 12 – 20 March 2016
Venue: Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.
Timings: Balloons inflate from 6.15am, launch from 6.30am – 7.00am, breakfast until 10.00am.

 

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016 Festival

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

Canberra Balloon Spectacular is considered to be one of the best and longest running hot air ballooning events in the world

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

Spectators on the ground were treated to an experience of the senses with a flurry of colour, sound and movement.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is the only event in the world where balloons can fly in such close proximity to houses of Government and buildings of national significance. Photo by Jonny Weeks

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

The iconic Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns to the capital for the 30th year this autumn.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

The iconic Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016

The iconic Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016