Hot Air Balloon Flight, Kuranda and Skyrail Adventure
Your Hot Air Balloon Flight, Kuranda and Skyrail Adventure will begin as the sun rises across the beautiful Cairns Highlands. Your pilot will gently lift off and quietly glide the balloons over the panorama of the Atherton Tablelands as you take in some views of Cairns Highlands. Then it is on to Kuranda as you marvel at the spectacular rainforest from the Skyrail.
Transfer up the Kuranda Range, travelling approximately 1 hour inland to the rural Tablelands district of Mareeba. Leaving the coast & rainforest behind, you enter open native bushland & farmland. Meanwhile our pilots in Mareeba are assessing the weather & wind to choose the most suitable launch site.
A suitable launch site is decided upon (depending on weather variation and wind direction) and the balloon is prepared for take-off. You can view the spectacular display of the balloons being inflated by the glowing flames of the burners, all set against the backdrop of breaking dawn and the emerging colours of the surrounding landscape.
Depending on passenger numbers there are generally two 30 minute flights operated. The first group takes to the air while the second group embark on an exciting balloon chase from the ground. This is the perfect time to look out for awakening birdlife & wildlife. The groups then swap activities, while those on a 1 hour flight remain in the basket. As you are carried on the breeze, take in the surrounding panorama, inland towards the Outback and east towards the hills that form part of the Great Dividing Range which separate the Tablelands from the coast. Photo opportunities abound and don’t forget to smile for the in-flight photograph taken by cameras suspended as if in mid-air.
Once on the ground, the balloons are deflated and passengers are encouraged to help squeeze out the last of the air and fold the balloon back into its bag.
Comfort stop with opportunity view photos taken during the morning. These are available to purchase.
We drop you off in the centre of the attractive village of Kuranda where you have plenty of time to browse the shops & markets, visit attractions such as the Butterfly Sanctuary, Venom Zoo, Koala Gardens or Birdworld, or fuel up at the eateries. Or you can explore the rainforest on walking tracks around the village. Finally, make your way to the far side of the village to the Skyrail Terminal. Have a look at the beautiful old railway station on the way.
Check-in at the ticket desk and hand in your Skyrail voucher before boarding your gondola for your cableway journey down the range, with the unique view of the rainforest canopy from the air. There are 2 stops on the way with rainforest interpretation and scenic lookouts. We recommend you allow at least 90 minutes for this journey to be able to include the stops.
The cable stretches 7.5 kilometres just metres above Far north Queensland's world heritage rainforest with views of the coast like you've never seen before.
Take the Skyrail bus from the front of the Terminal back to your accommodation.
A brilliant day for people of all ages.
Return Accommodation Transfers
Scenic 30 Minute Balloon Flight
Personalised Flight Certificate
Bus Transfer to Kuranda
Free time in Kuranda Village
One-way Skyrail Cableway from Kuranda to Cairns
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