I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised that most people want to hot air balloon during the warmer seasons. It seems reasonable to assume that the air temperature drops as soon as you leave the ground, and who wants to freeze when you are supposed to be enjoying a new experience.
The reality is somewhat the opposite. Step aboard a balloon during the hot summer months and you will quickly realise why we call it Hot Air ballooning. The combination of the warm ambient temperature, often 20oC with the fierce heat radiated by the balloon powerful burner often makes flying conditions uncomfortable for both passengers and flight crew.
Choose to fly in the cooler months and you will be rewarded with a combination of cool mornings and beautiful flying conditions. At this time of the year the air temperature increases as the balloon rises above the ground. So whilst you may need a jacket when on the ground often you will find yourself taking it off above 1000ft and soaking up the warmth of both the sun and the radiated heat from the balloons burner.
There are other bonuses with flying during the cool months. With less humidity trapped in the air you can both further and it’s clearer. Winds are generally a little stronger as well so the distances travelled are usually greater. But the best part is that with sunrise being later we get to spend more time snuggled up in bed before we embark on our airborne adventure.
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.
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
…A fantastic experience: really enjoyed it and learned a lot – thanks so much to you all!
Cindy - Baulkham Hills
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
Alannah St Angelo
Thank you Cloud 9 for an awesome day flying! It was amazing.
The Hawkesbury region is our personal favorite hot air ballooning location. Most people find it impossible to believe that such a beautiful diverse landscape can be found so close to Australia’s largest city. But it does, and viewed from the platform of our magnificent balloon it is a sight to behold.
Lying at the foot of the Greater Blue mountains wilderness area, the evergreen fields of the Hawkesbury farmlands paint a stunning patchwork quilt next to the quiet meandering of the Hawkesbury River and surrounding townships.
Come fly over our Home and explore our beautiful backyard. Just a few hours spent exploring the Hawkesbury will have you feeling refreshed and relaxed wanting to come back again and again.
The Sebel Resort & Spa, Windsor provides Cloud 9 Balloon Flights with comfortable, first class facilities for checking our passengers in on the morning of the flight.
All our balloon rides take place around Sunrise with the meet time being 5am in Summer and 6am during Winter. We shall contact you prior to your flight to confirm the meet time.
After the completion of some paperwork and a short briefing from your pilot you will be transported to the launch site where you are welcome to help prepare the balloon for flight, or stand back and take pictures. The launch site changes from day to day depending on wind speed and direction.
About 20 minutes to prepare the aircraft for flight in which time your Pilot will explain how balloons are made, how we control them and some history.Then it’s up and away on the gentle breezes over the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley in our hot air balloon.
What goes up must come down. Your pilot will choose a landing site, which is always downwind of the take off site, and inform the ground crew who will meet us as the balloon comes back to earth.Most of our flight have a gentle ending but if we are moving at more than 10kph it is not unusual to bump along the ground for a bit before the basket falls over on it’s side. It’s quite safe but lots of fun.
About 20 minutes is spent packing the balloon away before a short drive back to the Sebel Resort & Spa where you enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the Gazebo restaurant.
Interested in staying at the Sebel Resort & Spa, view our accommodation deals (link).
Over breakfast you will have the opportunity to view and purchase a Souvenir A4 photo taken whilst airborne by our in flight camera.
The price of your Hawkesbury Valley balloon flight depends on the day you wish to fly. Weekend flights are most popular and fill up quickly, so book early!
The weather plays a major part in deciding if your flight takes place. Wind, rain or fog can play a part in spoiling our fun. But you have to remember that the whole idea is to have fun and do it safely.
So if the Pilot decides conditions aren’t suitable don’t get upset, he just wants to give you the best experience possible.
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