Take in the scenic city & country views from above during a sunrise hot air balloon flight, then experience Australia's native flora & fauna whilst wandering Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, followed by a Mirimar Cruise along the Brisbane River back to the Brisbane Cultural Precinct. Three different experiences in one day - air, land & water!
Start your day with an unforgettable hot air balloon flight.
After being greeted 45 minutes prior to sunrise, your pilot will brief you and your fellow passengers on the morning’s proceedings. After final weather checks by the pilot, you will then be taken to the chosen launch site, based on the mornings wind speed and direction. You might even be able to assist with the inflation of the hot air balloon. Once the balloon is inflated, the hot air balloon will lift off for your flight, which will be approximately 1 hour in duration. Whilst floating majestically and effortlessly, your balloon flight combines the city and country in one flight. Your balloon flight is tranquil yet exhilarating. As the world slowly awakens, you float peacefully overhead, witnessing the serenity in slow motion from the balloon basket.
Upon landing, you may become involved in assisting the crew in packing up the hot air balloon or taking photographs. Afterwards, your crew will return you to Ipswich for a sumptuous sit down restaurant breakfast, including a full hot breakfast and a continental breakfast. A commemorative flight certificate will be presented to each passenger to conclude the morning’s activity. After the Flight & Breakfast experience, you will be trasnferred to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s largest koala sanctuary, with more than 130 Koalas on site.
Clients can choose to cuddle a koala (own expense), take photos with the adorable marsupials, and perhaps catch a talk by the koala’s keepers. You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies; more than 100 of them live in a 5-acre (2-hectare) reserve at Lone Pine. Head over to the Platypus House where you may get a chance to see the shy platypus, a native to Australia. Along with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, bilbys and Platypus House, Lone Pine also host a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. You can see owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the Birds of Prey show. Lunch is not provided; you can choose to purchase lunch before heading down the Jetty for a relaxing cruise back to Brisbane's Southbank precinct.
After spending some time exploring Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, make your way to the Lone Pine jetty to cruise on the famous Koala and River Cruise. This popular cruise has been taking locals and visitors to and from Lone Pine for over 60 years and is a "must do" experience during your stay in Brisbane. You will board your boat at Lone Pine and cruise to the city passing through leafy suburbs with waterside mansions to the bustle of the city’s skyscrapers. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the river while listening to Australian music. You’ll also be able to purchase meals or beverages on the boat during the cruise.
After about an hour, you will arrive at Southbank, where you can make your own way back to you hotel or meander through the lush gardens of Southbank or check out the museums and art galleries of the Southbank Cultural Precinct. There is no hotel dropoff after the cruise.
Hotel pickup commences 45 minutes before sunrise, approximately 0400hrs in Summer, 0445 - 0530 hrs in Spring & Autumn, 0600hrs in Winter
How to Use
Please present a printed voucher to the operator on the day of your tour.
Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subject to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
You will be picked up by the operator from your hotel/accommodation in Brisbane CBD