Weather, Transport & Flight Information

Weather / Meteorology

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  • Hot air ballooning is a weather dependant activity
  • No aviation flight or activity is ever 100% guaranteed as weather is not an exact science
  • The majority of scheduled flights do proceed. The Yarra Valley is surrounded & protected by mountain ranges providing calm, cool air, suitable for flying hot air balloons
  • All Commercial Pilots, trained in meteorology, re-evaluate the weather each morning
  • Avoid following Melbourne weather forecasts and in particular long-range forecasts that are not relevant to ballooning in the Yarra Valley
  • GWB has registered access to detailed weather reports from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) specific to ballooning in the Yarra Valley
  • Passenger safety is always our first priority
  • If your flight is cancelled by the pilot, complete the Reschedule Request email and let us fly you on a more suitable day

Flight Certificate

Post flight all passengers receive via email a souvenir Flight Certificate as a memento of their hot air balloon flight experience with Go Wild Ballooning in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley

BONUS Free In-Flight Photography

Available on most flights at pilots discretion

What to Wear & What to Bring

Ground & Air Temperature – it is no colder up in the balloon than it is on the ground
Clothing Layers – Yarra Valley mornings are often cool so wear layers that you can easily remove as the day warms
Casual Outdoor Clothing –  we often land in farm paddocks, dress accordingly for an outdoor activity
Balloon Burners – can sometimes drip water that may dis-colour or damage clothing, avoid wearing your favourite clothing
Jacket & Sturdy Shoes – wear a jacket & sturdy, protective, outdoor shoes, high heels & thongs are not allowed as we often launch & land in uneven cattle paddocks / long grass paddocks
Change of Shoes & Socks – the ground is often dewy so bring a spare pair of shoes and socks that you can change into after your flight
Hat – wearing a hat is recommended, the burners radiate heat
Sunglasses – year round mornings both cloudy and sunny can be very glary, don’t forget your sunglasses
Long Hair – before inflation, during flight & upon landing we request that all passengers tie up long hair (below collar length) and tuck it into their clothing / jacket for the duration of the experience
Scarves – before inflation, during flight & upon landing we request that scarves and all loose items of clothing be tucked into jackets / clothing for the duration of the experience
Water Bottle – you may be with us for up to 4 hours, please bring your own personal water bottle especially during the warmer months

Go Wild Ballooning will not be responsible for damage to clothing & personal belongings or injury where inappropriate clothing and footwear has been worn

Transport

Self Drive / Own Car – Free parking at Chateau Yering Hotel.  This is our passengers preferred method of transport.

Alternate Transport to the Yarra Valley

Uber – highly recommended by our passengers

Car Hire / Self Drive – allows you to enjoy the many attractions the Yarra Valley has to offer at your leisure

Taxi / Cab – book early

 

 

Time Frame

Flight & Breakfast:   Allow  4 – 5 hours for this experience

Flight Only:               Allow   3 – 4 hours for this experience

General Information

Balloon meeting time is confirmed the evening before your flight when all passengers ‘check-in’ with the duty pilot between 6:00pm & 7:00pm

Pilot check-in mobile number is located on your Flight Itinerary Confirmation & Flight Reminder emails

Flight morning commences at our Yarra Valley meeting point –
Chateau Yering Hotel / Yering Station Winery
42 Melba Hwy YERING 3770

Approx one (1) hour before first light.  This time varies throughout the year

Free car parking at Chateau Yering Hotel

Go Wild Ballooning transfer passengers from Chateau Yering to the launch site & back again after the flight

The balloon flight path changes daily depending on the wind speed & direction

No two flights are ever the same

Balloon is inflated and we encourage passenger participation. This is also a great time to take photographs

The hot air balloon flight is approximately one hour with magnificent views of the vineyards, mountain ranges, the meandering Yarra River below & often distant views of the Melbourne CBD skyline & Port Phillip Bay

Upon landing we encourage passenger participation in the deflation and packing up process

Participating in the balloon setup and pack up is optional, however passengers say that it is fun & adds to the whole ballooning experience

Arriving back at Chateau Yering Hotel we proceed into Sweetwater Cafe’ for a gourmet breakfast including a glass of celebratory sparkling wine / champagne

Please allow 3 – 4 hours for your flight experience or 4 – 5 hours for your flight & breakfast experience

Extras

Complimentary Inclusions

We welcome our passengers to enjoy everything that the Yarra Valley has to offer including-
Wine tasting at Yering Station Winery

Yarra Valley Self Drive Tour

If time is on your side follow our Yarra Valley Self Drive Tour
We have carefully selected our favourite award winning Yarra Valley venues for you to enjoy

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Free Wi-Fi

 

Enquiry Form 

Please feel free to contact us for further information on any of our flights and packages. Simply fill out the form below, and we will respond to your enquiry within 6 hours or the next business day.