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Beyond Ballooning

Lovedale, Australia
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About Beyond Ballooning
Beyond Ballooning are a premium hot air balloon flight company, catering to the local, domestic and international tourism market in the NSW Hunter Valley region. Beyond Ballooning is family owned and operated offering an authentic experience teaming regional knowledge with genuine locals. Located in the NSW Hunter Valley approximately 160km's north of Sydney, Beyond Ballooning offers premium sunrise hot air balloon flights over the Hunter Valley wine-growing regions of Pokolbin and Broke. A hot air balloon flight is slow & relaxed; floating through the skies, drifting over the landscape in slow, meandering lines; The Ultimate Hunter Valley Experience
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Kirsty L wrote a review 13 Jan
Sydney, Australia76 contributions12 helpful votes
Went for my 40th birthday and absolutely loved this! So happy we went with Beyond Ballooning. Les our driver was super friendly and very informative. Our pilot Steve equally great! Local family owned company and you could fee the difference! Great value prices, including flights; breakfast and all photos taken on the day. Breakfast was everything it was described as; lovely buffet at the Crowne Plaza. I appreciated once we were at breakfast the pilots hung around for a bit to make sure everything went ok. Floating above the clouds was the highlight of the morning, was noticed other balloon companies didn’t go as high as us!! Do yourself a favour and book this, you won’t be disappointed
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from 1300HOTAIR_1, Owner at Beyond Ballooning
Responded 1 week ago
The Beyond Ballooning Team love that we left a great impression. Ensuring all our passengers are fully informed, comfortable, safe and most importantly have fun is our temas goal and we love that we ticked all the boxes. The post flight breakfast at Crowne Plaza is a fabulous finish to a mornings ballooning. The Beyond Ballooning experience includes the flight, breakfast and digital photos - Fly Away no more to pay Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. Your recommendation to fly with a Local Hunter Valley famil business is appreciated Julia - Beyond Ballooning
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Teigan A wrote a review Dec 2021
Hunter Valley, Australia82 contributions23 helpful votes
I bought this experience for my Mum's 60th birthday present as it has been on her bucket list for years. I will be honest and say that I was not looking forward to it as I have a fear of heights, but I went as it was for my Mum. I chose to go with Beyond Ballooning as their prices seemed to have better value than the other companies including the balloon ride, photo package AND a champagne breakfast as a part of their standard packages (as well as having a lot of good reviews online). The process went like this: I booked it in online, they sent email confirmation and instructions, the day before as advised in my email I received an sms confirming the weather was good and to fill in the preflight forms (very simple to complete), a reminder sms was also sent later that afternoon to make sure I hadn't forgotten to complete the forms as well as the morning of with a few last minute details. When we arrived it was clear where to go and what to do. We were split up into colour coded groups and went through our safety briefing and got into buses to go to the actual experience. Every step of the way I felt informed, reassured and could ask as many questions as I wanted to ease my nerves. The balloons do take a while to inflate and I didn't enjoy the initial feeling of lifting off the ground (my issue with heights) but once we got to a steady height the view from the balloon was absolutely beautiful and I slowly felt more comfortable. The landing was also way smoother than expected (a big thank you to our pilot Nathan for his skills). The photos they took turned out great (they were sent to us in a secure link via sms later that same day) and the breakfast at the Crowne Plaza was delicious. I could not fault Nathan, his company or the experience and would 100% recommend going through Beyond Ballooning for your first or next balloon ride. Side note: I am not an early morning person so I would definitely advise to stay at Lovedale somewhere the night before your flight so you don't have to wake up any earlier than necessary!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from 1300HOTAIR_1, Owner at Beyond Ballooning
Responded 3 weeks ago
Our sincere thanks for such a comprehensive review of your Beyond Ballooning experience. We have many nervous passengers join us and we love that in your review you acknowledged your fears. Beyond Ballooning are delighted that you felt fully informed, reassured, valued and safe throughout the entire experience. Your recommendation to join a Beyond BAllooning experience and to stay in the local area the night before is valued and appreciated. Julia - Beyond Ballooning
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VivaGoa116 wrote a review Nov 2021
Sydney, Australia30 contributions25 helpful votes
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Meticulous attention to detail, eager to please, more than value for money. The team at Beyond Balooning are a pleasure to deal with. The flight was awesome and the landing quite exiting having tipped up over to the side in a well fertilised paddock😉. The pilots accompany you to breakfast, ensure that you are well looked after well after your flight. It is an experience of a lifetime, superbly executed.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from 1300HOTAIR_1, Owner at Beyond Ballooning
Responded 1 Dec 2021
WOW - thank you for such an amazing review of your expereince. Beyond Ballooning are exceptionally proud of the experience they deliver and we are delighted that every box was ticked. Our team are focused on delivering an expereince that exceeds every expectation, and this includes ensuring everyone enjoys the fabulous breakfast at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The time taken to review your expereince is valued appreciated. Julia - Beyond Ballooning
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Vanugus wrote a review Nov 2021
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia35 contributions3 helpful votes
An absolutely amazing experience! Beyond Ballooning was very professional from start to end. We rescheduled 4 times, twice due to lockdown extensions and twice due to weather related cancellations. The booking team were very easy to deal with. However, the experience itself was the star! So beautifully executed with very knowledgeable and friendly staff and pilot who involved us in the whole experience. The views were amazing, the landing hilarious. The champagne breakfast at the end was great and generous. That they enjoy what they do, was evident through the vibe throughout.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from 1300HOTAIR_1, Owner at Beyond Ballooning
Responded 28 Nov 2021
It sure has been a very challenging 2 years and we really appriecate the support and understanding of all our passnegers. We are thrilled your expereince was worth the wait and all the boxes were ticked. Our team don have the best job and we love that our passion enhanced your expereince. A sincere thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review, and for supporting a local family business Julia - Beyond Ballooning
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Kareen wrote a review Nov 2021
Sydney, Australia81 contributions80 helpful votes
Absolutely awesome experience! Well worth the early wake-up and a must do when visiting The Hunter. The booking process was simple online and staff on the day were very friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Photos were taken during the flight which is nice and the included breakfast at the Crowne is excellent!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from 1300HOTAIR_1, Owner at Beyond Ballooning
Responded 28 Nov 2021
Hot air ballooning is definitly the ultimate Hunter Valley expereince. The Beyond Ballooning team are thrilled you had an awesome experience. The breakfast at Crowne plaza is a great finish to the morning and we love that the photos were appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review we really value your feedback. Julia - Beyond Ballooning
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