Located to the North of Sydney, and just 50 kilometres from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley is an absolute must-visit destination if you want to sample Australia’s best wines or take part in an extraordinary culinary adventure. While searching for top-notch, locally produced vino is the main order of the day in the Hunter Valley, there’s much more on offer.
If you’re planning a trip to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley to explore the natural beauty of the ultimate wine country, one activity that takes things to new heights – literally – is a hot air balloon flight. Add a truly magical touch to your getaway and get a whole new perspective on the rolling landscape below with nothing but the sound of the wind and birds as you soar high above the Hunter Valley.
Why Take a Hunter Valley Balloon Flight?
The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine-producing region in Australia and is home to over 150 wineries and cellar doors. While walking past the vineyards, wine cellars and local restaurants is the best way to immerse yourself in the region’s rich culture and history, the aerial views of the picturesque hills, farmland, and the majestic Brokenback Mountain Range is an incredible experience you’ll not want to miss – and will likely never forget.
What You Will See
The best Hunter Valley hot air balloon rides take flight just before the break of dawn and last for approximately an hour. Once you are aboard, the hot air balloon will take you thousands of feet above lush, fertile land below, giving you the most amazing vantage point of the Hunter Valley’s spectacular vineyards and estates – all while watching the sun slowly rise above the horizon. As you gently soar above the valley in comfortable silence, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the Hunter Valley’s local wildlife, people and large bush areas bursting into life. There’s something magical when you see the region cast in the soft, bronze glow of the morning sun – but mornings aren’t the only time to take to the sky.
Different Types of Ballooning Experiences
Hot air ballooning is on many people’s bucket list, and it’s easy to see why. Riding a hot air balloon in the Hunter Valley is a unique way to spend time with your friends, family and loved ones. Sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience will bring you closer to the people who matter most to you, building memories that will last for a lifetime.
You can also soar above the Hunter Valley to celebrate a special event or an important milestone in your life – it could be your birthday, wedding anniversary, or finally getting the promotion you’ve worked so hard for. Ballooning also provides a romantic backdrop to a first date or an engagement proposal. Whatever the occasion, celebrating aboard a hot air balloon will add more meaning and excitement to the whole experience.
Hot Air Balloon Tours in Hunter Valley
Tour operators book flights year-round, but if you’re wondering when the best time is to book a balloon flight, we’d have to say during the summer and spring months. In summer and spring, weather conditions are most suitable for ballooning in the Hunter Valley. It is also the time of the year when the pastures are in full bloom and the vineyards are up for harvest.
Flights are also available during the colder months of June and July, but there may be a slight chance of cancellation or delay if the weather is not suitable for flying. It really doesn’t matter what season it is, the Hunter Valley never fails to disappoint in the beauty stakes – be it the stark contrast of winter of the vibrant greenery of summer.
Just 400 metres and a 2-minute walk from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, you’ll find Beyond Ballooning – another locally owned balloon tour operator in the Hunter Valley. All of their hot air balloons are registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and undergo regular audits to ensure passenger safety and comfort. Their Hunter Valley hot air balloons vary in size, with the smallest carrying two passengers and the largest accommodating up to 24 guests.
The day before your flight schedule, your pilot will send you the meeting location, time and weather status. On the day of the tour, you will meet at the pickup location, where you’ll receive a flight briefing from the pilot and complete an insurance waiver. After completing the briefing and necessary paperwork, your flight team will then set up your aircraft and the balloon will take-off at sunrise.
The Daily Flight Special at Beyond Ballooning is currently offered at a special rate of $259 per adult and $219 per child. This includes a one-hour Sunrise Balloon Flight, a gourmet champagne breakfast at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and a digital photo package, including in-flight photos. The voucher is 100% refundable if the tour is cancelled due to unfavourable weather.
Beyond Ballooning also offers Fly & Stay packages inclusive of accommodation in their partner hotels in the Hunter Valley. They also offer gift certificates, which are non-refundable but transferable, with a validity period of 12 months.
Stay in the Heart of the Hunter Valley
When you’re not soaring above the Hunter Valley in a hot air balloon, there are plenty of other things to enjoy. At Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, our resort-style accommodation and Hunter Valley Villas offer the perfect base for an amazing getaway. Make the most of our on-site facilities, including award-winning restaurants and bars, an 18-hole championship golf course, Ubika Spa, two swimming pools, sports facilities, the only Hunter Valley Kids Club and more.
More than just a place to stay, our resort offers unforgettable holidays for everyone. Relax in comfort and style, surrounded by everything you need for a fun-filled experience the whole family will love. We’re open and ready to welcome you back to the premier resort in the Hunter Valley region.