Canberra Balloon Spectacular

7 - 15 March

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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 year they will be joined by a giant 38.7m Tyrannosaurus Rex balloon in his first Australian appearance. Skywhale will also return to the spectacular for a once only appearance on Canberra Day, Monday 9 March.

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, hot drinks and a delicious breakfast available for purchase thanks to Lions Club Belconnen, Mr Papa, Le Petit Breton, Pop Up Poffertjes, Mobile Espresso Coffee and BR Streetfood (first weekend only).

Find out more about transport, parking and more with our FAQs. For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft ( 02 6249 8660) or Dawn Drifters (02 6248 8200).

Balloon flights are weather dependent. Look for our updates on Facebook, Twitter, or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 from 6:15am for daily information.

Free for spectators, balloon flights are ticketed.

Lawns of Old Parliament House