Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Picture perfect mornings
10 – 18 March

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloons. This year the festival features Kerbie the frog and a very colourful hummingbird.

Each day from 6:15am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft on 02 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters on 02 6285 4450. Free viewing for spectators.

Balloon flights are weather dependant. Call Access Canberra, follow us on Facebook, check in this web page or tune into local radio stations from 6:15am for daily information.

Entertainment Schedule

Live music is the perfect way to start your day at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Enjoy free performances on weekends and public holidays as you marvel at hot air balloons and tuck into a hot breakfast.

Saturday 10 March – Will Campbell
Sunday 11 March – Matilda Rose
Monday 12 March – The Advocates
Saturday 17 March – The Chesterfield Band
Sunday 18 March – Dom Lavers


Saturday 10 March – Sunday 18 March 2018
From 6:15am
Free for spectators*

*For balloon flight prices and schedules, visit

A variety of food will be available from:

  • Lions Club of Belconnen
  • Mobile Espresso
  • Poffertjes
  • Mr Papa
  • Le Petit Breton


Lawns of Old Parliament House

King George Terrace, Parkes