Canberra Balloon Festival

Witness the spectacular of beautiful hot air balloons flying over the skyline of Canberra. The Canberra Balloon Festival offers a nine day event, which is part of the month-long Canberra Festival, that allows spectators to watch as balloon pilots from all over the world get the chance to fly through Australia's capital city surrounded by the beautiful Canberra autumn backdrop.

Beautiful hot air balloons

What To Expect At The Canberra Balloon Festival

The Canberra Balloon Festival is an event filled with eye-catching colours, beautiful sights and a once in a lifetime experience. Balloon pilots start inflating their balloons at sunrise and by mid-day they take flight. Spectators can stand by and watch as the balloons are filled to the brick and take flight, or wander around Canberra and look to the skies for the beautiful spectacular balloons.


The Canberra Balloon Festival is ranked one of the top four ballooning events in the entire world. Balloon enthusiasts from all over the globe gather to witness this spectacular event. This is one of the few ballooning events that allow pilots to travel extremely close to popular landmarks and government buildings.


In the past, not only will balloon pilots from all over Australia gather to fly their gorgeous colour-filled balloons, but so will pilots from all over the globe. Balloons from the United States, Canada and Europe have travelled to take part in this event.

The Canberra Balloon Festival Details

The Canberra Balloon Festival is a free event. All spectators are able to watch as the pilots fill the balloons and the balloons launch free of charge. The 2015 Canberra Balloon Festival takes place between 7-15 March.

The balloon spectacular starts every morning at 6:00 a.m. The launch site for the balloons is the Old Parliament House. Spectators can watch from Old Parliament House or catch glimpse of the balloons anywhere between Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West.

Ballooning is an extremely weather sensitive activity. The events of the Canberra Balloon Festival are subject to change if the weather is not safe enough to fly and spectators can visit the Canberra Connect website for daily event details.

So Much to See and Do at The Canberra Balloon Festival

Watching the beautiful balloons float through the sky isn't the only activity available to spectators at the Canberra Balloon Festival. Each day during the nine day ballooning event live musical performances will be held between 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Come and watch as the balloons inflate and launch while experiencing the wonderful talent of some of Australia's best up-and-coming musical artists.

The morning of each balloon launch spectators can catch a mouth-watering breakfast hosted by the Belconnen Lions Club. There is no better way to start a beautiful autumn morning balloon watching than with a warm breakfast.

Spectators attending the Canberra Balloon Festival may enjoy several evening events that are also a part of the Canberra Festival. The Symphony in the Park and Telstra Ballet in the Park are great evening entertainment options and located right in Commonwealth Park. Festival goers can experience the beauty of the ballet and the soothing sounds of the symphony for free. It's a great way to wind down after a day of watching the colourful balloons sail the skies.

Prepare for the Canberra Balloon Festival with a stay in a comfortable, cosy holiday rental. Holiday rentals in the Canberra area are the perfect lodging choice for this early morning balloon spectacular. Spacious accommodation offers a private setting that allows festival goers to catch a glimpse of these beautiful balloons first thing in the morning.

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