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;
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]]>
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.
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 .