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Balloon Aloft Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Australia
About Balloon Aloft Gold Coast
Hot Air Balloon company that specializes in flying over the Gold Coast. Balloon Aloft Gold Coast's exclusive launch sites enable you to witness the stunning scenery and breathtaking views over the coastline that no other ballooning company can offer. This is truly the most spectacular ballooning area in Australia. Float like a cloud as you witness the sunrise climbing over the unforgettable panorama of the Gold Coast skyline. Watch the sun reflecting off the myriad of canals and waterways and view the surrounding forest covered mountains of the Gold Coast Hinterland. You will be taken on an aerial nature walk on the world's oldest, safest, and most romantic form of aviation. Come as our guest, leave as our friend.
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Debbie A wrote a review Feb 2022
Buderim, Australia445 contributions129 helpful votes
Our first balloon ride and it was an amazing experience. I noticed that safety was a priority which is good. The pilot, Chris gave us a running commentary of what we were looking at as we were cruising. Did not feel unsafe at any time. We are both not fans of heights but feel safe and secure in the basket. The basket holds 24 people and we hade 18 on our trip. You are picked up and dropped off back at the same place. There is parking avail at the pickup and drop off point also. Would highly recommend this company to fly with. The only thing I think would be nice if we had some sort of steps to get in and out of the basket and it is a bit hard for us older persons.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Petie G wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
This experience has nothing to do with the gold coast. You drive an hour away to take off. Lies lies.
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Date of experience: October 2021
2 Helpful votes
Inspire28358540603 wrote a review July 2021
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
Lots of fun, really nice to float above the earth quietly in a Balloon. early Start, great ride and Breakfast included, what more could you ask for.
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Date of experience: May 2021
1 Helpful vote
Ric W wrote a review July 2021
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We had a great Balloon Flight with Balloons Aloft Gold Coast The whole arrangements, flight and transfers were carried out professionally and succinctly by very competent and helpful staff. The Pilot who you could see just loved his job talked about what was happening and why, pointed out the highlights below us and engaged with the clients, very positive experience. Breakfast with bubbles at the Italian Club afterwards was a nice ending to an exciting and great morning. Thanks all
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Date of experience: July 2021
Michelle T wrote a review July 2021
Gold Coast, Australia9 contributions4 helpful votes
My friend and I went on a morning flight booked through a “Red Balloon” voucher. This voucher was sold as “Hot Air Ballooning over the Gold Coast”, to a cost of almost $500. Red Balloon’s website advertises the following false statements as listed below: - Hot air balloon flight over the Gold Coast - Watch the sun reflect off the myriad of canals and waterways and view the surrounding forest-covered mountains of the Gold Coast hinterland on this spectacular hot air balloon ride. - After the exhilaration of flying effortlessly above the Gold Coast skyline. Having read the above statements online, one could expect to be floating over the Gold Coast during one of their flights, but after experiencing the reality, I am left feeling completely underwhelmed and frankly, defrauded. Upon boarding the bus and finally departing close to 5:00am from the Italian Soccer Club, my friend and I had no idea we were about to embark on an hour plus bus ride out to Beaudesert. After a long bathroom break in Canungra, we continued on the bus ride and managed to catch the 6:18am sunrise, while still sitting on the bus, before eventually reaching a paddock in the country. By the time we got into the air at approximately 6:40am, it was well after the promised “sunrise” flight. I figured once we were up in the air, we must then make our way over to the Gold Coast and waterways (being my first time, obviously I had no indication of how long it would take to reach the coastline in a hot air balloon). After almost 60 minutes of floating above cow paddocks and farmland, it became apparent that we were not going any further, and then came down in a similar paddock shortly after. We landed in grass that was almost up to my chest, where we then had to assist in packing up the entire balloon and load it onto a truck. The pack up process took well over 30 minutes of standing in the long grass (I pitied the 90 year old woman celebrating her birthday at this moment). A glass of bubbly or a refreshment would have been a welcome addition, considering we were expected to stand in a paddock for 1/2 hour. Finally we got back onto the bus, and started to make our way back to the Gold Coast, or so we thought. Our driver Gary, after about 15 minutes of driving, then shouted out that he “didn’t recognise any of these roads and could someone open Google Maps and see where we are”. I thought he must have been joking, but sadly he wasn’t. A few passengers, snickering, opened their phones to see we were headed north towards Jimboomba, and then had to navigate Gary over gravel roads to get us back towards Beaudesert. This added on an extra 30 minutes or so to our bus ride. Our bus was the last one to get back to the Soccer Club at 10:00am, by this time we were absolutely starving and feeling sick from being inside a bus on winding roads. We seated ourselves and then had to chase down a waitress to place our breakfast order which came out, cold and unappetising, at 10:30am. By this stage the whole experience had taken 6 hours (not the 4 as advertised on the website) so we managed a few bites of our meals and left. I can’t express just how disappointed I was after the entire experience. It felt like a complete lie and I don’t think there was ever any intention of flying over the Gold Coast. My friend and I both live in Mudgeeraba, so seeing cows and farmland was hardly an experience for us. The weather was perfect, there was no wind in the morning, so they can’t use weather as an excuse, especially after reading review after review on TripAdvisor and Google, all the negative comments dating as far back as 2015, mentioning the long drive out to Beaudesert, floating over paddocks in the countryside, 2+ Hours travel time. Reading these comments further clarifies for me that this is obviously the reality of the tour.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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