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  • Brisbane’s closest boutique ballooning experience
  • Enjoy a delicious restaurant breakfast
  • Visit the world's largest koala sanctuary
  • Feed the kangaroos and wallabies
  • Cruise through leafy suburbs with waterside mansions
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the river while listening to Australian music

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Hot Air Ballooning, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and River Cruise in a Day

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Experience an extraordinary day in Brisbane with this hot air balloon flight, koala experience and cruise package. Wake up to get ready and be collected by your driver who will take you to Ipswich for a magnificent 60 minute scenic hot air balloon flight over the Greater Brisbane region including the Scenic Rim, Somerset and Ipswich regions. Get involved in the inflation and deflation of the balloon or stand back in awe as you prepare to take to the skies. Floating up above during the tranquil flight your pilot will point out the beautiful countryside scenery and at times you will even fly low enough to see kangaroos jumping around in the paddocks below.

As the balloon flight comes to an end enjoy a yummy restaurant breakfast before the next adventure at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The interactive wildlife sanctuary has over 130 koalas and offer the chance to cuddle a koala, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies plus spy on platypus in their unique swimming enclosure. While you are here watch educational shows and talks by the animal keepers before finishing off the day with a scenic cruise back into Brisbane City.


  • Early morning pre-sunrise transfer from Brisbane CBD Accommodation
  • Floating Images Hot Air Ballooning & Breakfast program experience
  • After flight program transfer by Floating Images
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - the world's largest koala sanctuary
  • Afternoon Cruise - Mirimar Cruises return transfer back to Southbank Cultural Precinct


  • Lunch is not included in tour but can be purchased from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at an additional cost


  • Optional purchase of In-flight Balloon CD
  • Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Meals or beverages are available to purchase on the boat during the cruise


Floating Images Hot Air Ballooning

  • Brisbane’s closest boutique ballooning & breakfast experience
  • Inflation & Deflation of Balloon Participation
  • One Hour Hot Air Balloon Scenic Flight encompassing breathtaking views of Greater Brisbane Region including Ipswich, Scenic Rim region & Somerset country side
  • Whilst floating majestically and effortlessly, your balloon flight combines the city and country in one flight
  • The ultimate place to experience the magic and adventure of hot air ballooning
  • As the world slowly awakens, you float peacefully overhead, witnessing the serenity in slow motion from the balloon basket
  • In-flight commentary with the owner, operator & chief pilot of the business
  • Enjoy a delicious restaurant Breakfast
  • Receive a Commemorative Flight certificate to conclude the morning’s activity
  • Intimate experience with maximum of 10 passengers per flight

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

  • With more than 130 Koalas on site, you can choose to cuddle a koala (own expense)
  • Take photos with adorable marsupials, and perhaps catch a talk by the koala’s keepers
  • 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
  • Experience 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
  • See owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the Birds of Prey show

Koala and River Cruise

  • After spending some time exploring Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary make your way to the Lone Pine jetty to cruise back to river 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’ll 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’ll 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


  • Pickup from Brisbane CBD accommodation starts at approximately 40 minutes prior to the nominated pre-sunrise meeting time required at the ballooning program venue in Ipswich - could be as early as 3.15am in Summer and 5.15am in Winter. You MUST contact Floating Images to reconfirm your pick up time (contact details with be printed on your voucher)
  • Floating Images Hot Air Ballooning commences 45 minutes before sunrise and the duration is approximately 3–4 hours
  • After the Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight & breakfast experience, you will be transferred by Floating Images to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which opens at 9am daily (approximately 30 minutes). Depending on the time of the year and the ballooning program finishing time, you will arrive at Lone Pine somewhere between 9am–10.30am season pending. You can then spend between 3–4.5 hours exploring Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • After exploring Lone Pine, head down the Jetty at Lone Pine for a relaxing cruise back to Brisbane’s Southbank precinct, departing at 2.15 pm
  • The River Cruise & Tour finishes at Southbank Cultural Centre Pontoon at approximately 3.30pm and there is no hotel drop off after cruise
  • Note: A Koala Express - fast boat option is also available to return to Brisbane departing 12pm (arrives 12.40pm) or 2pm (arrives 2.40pm). You are able to choose either river return option pending availability on the day

Additional Information

  • Minimum 2 people per booking applies
  • Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights - unsuitable flight weather alternative tour option:
  • After being advised by Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights Chief Pilot either the night prior to the scheduled flight date or very early on flight morning that the flight is to be cancelled due to unsuitable weather/operational safety reasons the alternative tour options are:
  • 1) The BKC program may potentially, in total, be rescheduled/swapped to another day subject to Floating Images availability
  • 2) If the flight booking cannot be scheduled to another day; you can still experience on that same day the Koalas & Cruising components of the BKC package by:
  • (a) Having your breakfast at either the accommodation venue or alternative breakfast venue of your choice and cost (completed by approximately 9am-9.15am)
  • b) Arranging with the hotel concierge for guidance to walk and/or maybe catch a cab/bus (a own expence) to the Mirimar Cruises jetty located at the Cultural Centre Pontoon Southbank for the 10am Mirimar Koala & River Cruise departure to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. After experiencing a 1 hour and 15 minutes Mirimar Cruise entertaining narrated river journey along the Brisbane River taking in various sights, homes, fauna & flora along the river front, you will arrive at Lone Pine at approximately 11.15 am. The Mirimar Cruise upstream to Lone Pine will be at no additional charge as this will be covered in the BKC Package transfer fees
  • c) The balance of the BKC program applies for the remainder of the day – so enjoy your time at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (3 hours) before heading down to the Lone Pine Jetty for a relaxing cruise back to Brisbane’s Southbank precinct. Cruise departs at 2.15pm and arrives back at the Cultural Centre pontoon at approximately 3.30pm
  • d) Floating Images must be advised on the morning of the proposed flight booking that you are proceeding with the Koala & Cruising components of the program as outlined above
  • 3) If after doing the Koala’s and Cruising components including transfers on the scheduled date as outlined above, you wish to undertake the ballooning flight component only on a suitable alternative sunrise flight morning and Brisbane transfers are required, an additional charge of net $50 per person will apply - which can be paid at the time direct to the pilot
  • 4) If the balloon flight component of the package is unable to be rescheduled and not undertaken during the Brisbane visit, the ballooning component only will be refunded/deducted from the BKC package price.
Make sure you go to bed early the night before the experience, as you will be up very early to see the magical views of the sunrise. Choose the Ballooning, Koalas and Cruise package to make the most out of your day.
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300 935 532 enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 3516
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