Cloud 9 Balloons Balloon flights The Hawkesbury Thu, 05 Apr 2018 01:29:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Greener Pastures Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:31:03 +0000 Read More]]> We’ve moved on to greener pastures.


Cloud 9 Balloon Flights has ceased flying in the Hunter Valley and moved it’s entire operation to the greener pastures of the Hawkesbury.


WTF! May well be your initial reaction. The Hunter, New South Wales’s wine growing district has for decades been a popular location for romantic weekend escapes from the busy, overpopulated concrete monoliths of Sydney and the Central Coast. A lot of people visit the Hunter Valley each year to gorge on wine, food and each other. Spending their hard earned on everyone and everything. Why would we want to go somewhere else and miss out on getting hold of our share?


Cloud 9 carried out its first flight in the region on 6th March 1999, 18 years ago. In that time we have seen the wine growing district slowly evolve into what it is today; a great weekend destination, but it’s a long way from home and we know there’s a better place to enjoy ballooning right outside our back door and yours;

The Hawkesbury.


Located on the North West fringe of the Sydney basin just 50km from Sydney CBD is a rural area with scenery quite unique to the Australian landscape. Nestled between the townships of North Richmond, Windsor & Pitt Town is a patchwork quilt of turf & produce farms creating a view that you would expect to find in the English countryside, not on the fringe of Australia’s largest City.


These fields, irrigated from the Hawkesbury River create a beautiful lush green oasis beside the meandering river and surrounding Blue Mountains. It’s a pleasant surprise to most Sydneysiders and our OS visitors alike, to fly over an area that is still Sydney, a bit between the World famous Blue Mountains and the western suburbs of Sydney!


See you soon…….


The Cloud 9 Crew

Winter is Coming Thu, 26 May 2016 01:07:25 +0000 Read More]]> After what seems to be a never ending Summer the warm weather is finally coming to an end, ‘Winter is Coming’.

Along with the hot weather came the best ballooning conditions we at Cloud 9 have seen in 30 years of flying. Fine days and light winds had us flying most days with our success rate rising above 90% when in usually hangs around the 70% range. A passenger really had to be unlucky to have their flight cancelled.

There are consequences to working this hard, we are all exhausted and now need a long rest so we have the energy and enthusiasm to carry on when the Winter ends and our passengers want to take to the skies again.

So it is that for the first time since 1993, Cloud 9 Balloon Flights will be closing down during the period of 30th May – 29th August  2016 for a much needed holiday. 

We look forward to taking to the skies again. Booking after this period can still be made on our website. Gift Vouchers are also available online.

Mia will be in the office answering any queries or emails. Please leave a message if she is unable to answer.


Our Beautiful New Balloons Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:16:38 +0000 Read More]]> IMG_1607 (2)

Its always a great feeling when you buy something brand new; its shiny, looks and smells clean, you treat it with kid gloves the first time you use it, kinda like a new baby. Cloud 9 has had three brand new balloons made since last November, so like a new baby we are madly taking too many photos, and feeling very proud as we watch as each of them launch into the skies over the Hawkesbury and Hunter Valley.   Hot air balloons need to be colourful and eye catching, the colours and patterns need to look balanced and ‘right” as any colour consultant will tell you. I’d like to think we have achieved this, particularly with our most recent balloon VH-ZEP. When all the hot air balloons get together on the launch site, she’s the one at the party you can’t take your eyes off. VH- ACL the smallest in our fleet complete with a beautiful new basket for our VIP/engagement flight is similar and just as eye catching.   Our middle sized balloon, VH- DAZ, short for dazzle doesn’t quite captivate like its older and younger siblings, mainly because it was made out of the only fabric currently available at Kavanagh Balloons, we needed a new top end made  quickly and had no time to spare for new fabric to arrive from South Africa. The end result is still a great looking balloon, but I can’t stop thinking of my old school uniform!  I’m sure you’ll see which one I mean in the photos to follow .


Lifes’s An Adventure Mon, 08 Jun 2015 02:55:37 +0000 Read More]]> Burn Baby Burn Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:45:26 +0000 Read More]]> burners_Crossfire Kavanagh Crosfire BurnerBurner Balloon          ]]> Are you a Basket case? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:09:22 +0000 Read More]]> Open basket Open Basket Single T-partitionSingle T- Partition Basket Double t - Partition Double T-Partition Basket]]> 0 Death of Ballooning Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:01:15 +0000 Read More]]> 2 50 Years of Australian Ballooning Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:03:16 +0000 Read More]]> Reader’s Digest. Terry and his mates started out with virtually no information at all, only a dream. Prior to 1964, hot air balloons were mainly found at country shows and not in the hands of ambitious university students. It was rumored there was a flight in the 1930s by a man who used a kerosene burner under a hot air balloon, but there doesn’t seem to be any documentary evidence of it. Prior to 1967 Hot air balloon flights were fairground attractions where they’d put up a balloon over a fire and a man would go up either on a trapeze or on a parachute suspended underneath the balloon. Once he got high enough, he’d cut away and parachute back to the ground. Terry McCormack’s hot air balloon was made of polyester film just 0.001 of one inch thick. A burner was used to inflate the balloon and make it fly, while a plank of wood, not a basket, was attached to the base. The balloon was about the same thickness as a crisps packet. It was taped together with strapping tape which was normally used to bundle steel together. The amazing part about it was that the people who did it probably hadn’t done anything more technical than mow a lawn. They were very well educated, but they had no experience of making anything. They had to make it up as they went along; they found all the information they could, they got all the materials that were suitable and put it together, and they did it. And the results were outstanding and ground breaking. Today you will find hot air balloons flying all across our country both in rural and city locations. The technology is developed with Australian manufacturers responsible for many of the latest designs and safety features. More of which will be revealed in future articles.]]> 0 Are you ready to for balloon flight Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:36:42 +0000 Read More]]> literature. It will help you in preparations for your flight and prevent those embarrassing situations such as those already mentioned. Why not share the experience with a friend. Such a unique experience will be so much more memorable and special if you have someone close to you to share it with. Having someone to talk to on your journey can heighten the experience as you discuss what you can see and how you feel. Dress down, appropriately Hot air balloon rides can involve standing for a considerable period of time, so make sure you select a pair of comfortable shoes, so as not to dampen the experience with tired, achy feet. Don’t wear your good clothing. Your out and about in the countryside where there is dirt, dung, mud and all sorts of grubby stuff that won’t look or smell good attached to your Sunday best clothng. Don’t look down Many people find that keeping their attention focused straight ahead, as opposed to looking down, is beneficial at the start of the flight. This can help if you are not keen on heights. You will soon find that you relax, and enjoy the experience, possibly building on your confidence enough to look down as the journey progresses. Smile, your on camera You can see some amazing sites from a balloon, so don’t forget to pack your camera. It’s going to come in handy.  We take pictures as well which you can see on our Facebook page after the flight,]]> 0 Ballooning in Winter Tue, 27 May 2014 02:22:44 +0000 Read More]]> 0