Why do we fly hot air balloons at sunrise?
Thinking about booking a hot air balloon flight in the Hunter Valley with Beyond Ballooning?
Ever wondered why balloon flights only operate at sunrise? Check our all the great reasons why you should be early to bed and early to rise!
1. Stable Winds
Flying our hot air balloons in the morning ensure good use of the stable winds which are associated with colder air present just after sunrise. This means that flights launch right at sunrise at 4:30am to 6:00am depending on the time of year. While temperatures can be colder during the winter months the large burner on the balloon provides lots of nice warmth as your lift off from the ground.
2. See the Local Wildlife
During dawn we are fortunate enough to see most of our local wildlife including kangaroos, birds, rabbits and foxes more actively moving around as they take this time to feed in open before resting during the day as the temperature rises. Every flight is unique so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for animals below as we fly over the Hunter Valley. If you’re lucky you may even spot one of the few Wedge Tail Eagles that call the vineyards home!
3. Amazing Sunrise Views
Sunrise is truly the best time of day. Every morning is unique and it’s always worth having your camera handy to grab a photo of what may be produced. We are often treated to wonderful colours in the sky and even rainbows at times if rain has been falling prior to the flight. Watching other balloons rise into the sky gives amazing silhouettes as the light breaches the horizon.
4. Early Start, Early Finish
Flying early means that our session is also finished early. With a start time of approximately 5:00am our tours are normally completed by 9:00am meaning you have the whole day ahead of you to explore the Hunter Valley Wine Region and its surrounds. Whilst enjoying breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley our pilots will offer a map of local shops and experiences to help complete your day. Be sure to ask for any recommendations of wine, food or cafes and our team can help guide you to the most suitable local hotspots for your needs.
Not convinced yet?
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We hope to see you soon!