Canberra Balloon Spectacular

9 - 17 March

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Marvel at hot air balloons floating across the city over nine days from 9-17 March, as the Canberra skyline turns into a sea of colour and movement when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular lifts off.

Balloons will inflate from 6.00 am and launch around 6.15am each morning from Patrick White Lawns, weather permitting. For those who have braved the dawn start there’s a hot breakfast to enjoy as the balloons lift off and drift across the dawn sky. Be sure to check out the balloons throughout the morning with great views around the lake and from the Arboretum.

Daily announcements about whether the balloons will launch and fly are made at around 6.00am and published on enlightencanberra.com and via the Enlighten Festival and Events ACT social channels (Facebook and Instagram).

As a general rule if winds are above 10km/hour or are coming from the west, the balloons are unlikely to launch from Patrick White Lawns. This is because the balloons cannot fly into the airport’s airspace. There are also other variables that can affect launching on the day, including rain. However if the balloons cannot launch and the conditions allow, some of the balloons will inflate and tether at Patrick White Lawns, which is still a spectacular sight and worth the early start!


Start your day with a selection of food and drink options:

  • Belconnen Lions Club – Sausage sizzle and pancakes
  • BZB Coffee House – Hot drinks and wraps (GF, LF, V, VG)
  • Grain & Grill Café – Hot drinks and brekky options (GF, LF, V, VG)
  • Le Petit Breton – Sweet and savoury crepes (GF, LF, V)
  • Mobile Espresso Café – Hot drinks and pastries (LF, GF)
  • OMG Decadent Donuts (GF, LF, V, VG)
  • Shotclock Espresso – Coffee, Milkshakes and biscuits

Event Info

When: 9-17 March. From 6.00am

Where: Patrick White Lawns, National Triangle

Cost: Free for spectators.

Patrick White Lawns