Twenty years ago Cloud 9 Balloon Flights flew its very first flight as a registered hot air balloon company. We met at Camden Airport, took off in our first balloon VH- XDF from Narrellan and landed at Mt Hunter, it was 14th February 1994 so we had 6 lovebirds on board, a couple of successful engagements and a beautiful morning. Pilot and crew (John & I) were truly on “Cloud 9.”
Previous to that John had spent 8 years flying between Australia and the UK, flying mainly advertising sport balloons, but also larger balloons for fare paying passengers, which was starting to become extremely popular in the 80’s, particularly in Australia.
But we didn’t last long flying in Camden as Greater Sydney looked more exciting and gave us great views of the entire Sydney basin. The Hunter Valley flights we offered gave passengers a choice of city and countryside flights, not to mention an opportunity to sample and buy some wine on the way home!
We flew from Paramatta Park for 15 years over Greater Sydney occasionally drifting into the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley, which gave us a sense of what was to become when all the green areas over Greater Sydney made hot air ballooning too difficult for commercial operations.
You never know exactly where you’re going in a balloon, who you’re going to meet and what will happen during the journey, but it will be different every flight. That’s why the journey is so much fun, it’s a blast which is why we’re still flying balloons.
Here’s to life’s adventures.
John & Clare
Thank you Cloud 9 for an awesome day flying! It was amazing.
…A fantastic experience: really enjoyed it and learned a lot – thanks so much to you all!
Cindy - Baulkham Hills
I would just like to take the time to say thank you for providing us with such a wonderful experience on Saturday the 21st of June. We had a lovely time and it was great to see the staff so enthusiastic and keen. I would highly recommend your balloon rides to friends and family!Thanks once again.
Lenore - Oatlands
What an experience to float across the sky in your magnificent balloon, just a perfect day for my 50th Birthday with my family… …It is a day I will always remember and I hope to be able to do again in the not too distant future.
‘it was fun and relaxing flying through the sky’
Liam 8 Years
The WOW factor for me was the sunrise and the amazing views from up there – such pretty and interesting countryside in this part of Sydney… …We will have no hesitation in recommending Cloud 9 Balloons to our guests and hope we can send many more happy customers your way