Canberra Balloon Spectacular Adventures


Join the Y Canberra Paddle Hub for a unique adventure this year – paddleboard or kayak on Lake Burley Griffin while hot air balloons fill the sky overhead and dip into the water right beside you.

Canberra’s Balloon Spectacular is a truly remarkable experience, as more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe take flight above the lake.

The Spectacular is the only event in the world where balloons can fly so close to government buildings, iconic architecture and houses and is known as one of the four leading balloon events in the world.

The Y Canberra’s Paddle Hub will run guided stand up paddleboard and kayak adventures throughout the event.

Book now to avoid disappointment:



Saturday 7 March – 6am arrival
Sunday 8 March – 6am arrival
Monday 9 March – 6am arrival
Saturday 14 March – 6am arrival
Sunday 15 March – 6am arrival

Tours depart at 6.15am and return at 8.30am

Please note: Hot air ballooning is completely weather dependent and tours may be delayed or cancelled as a result. If a tour is cancelled due to weather, you will be contacted by email and a full refund will be provided.

Where: Meet at the Y Canberra Paddle Hub, 35 Alexandrina Dr, Yarralumla ACT 2600. You will then follow your tour guide out onto Lake Burley Griffin where you will experience the Spectacular.

Price: $70

What will be provided:

  • – Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board (no prior experience required)
    • – Please note: it will take about 1 hour to paddle to the Balloon dipping, a low level of fitness is required
  • – Lifejacket


  • – The minimum age for individual hire is eight (8).
  • – Children between five (5) to seven (7) are permitted to use double kayaks, only when accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • – Children under sixteen (16) years of age must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times.


What to bring:

  • – Enclosed footwear that can get wet (e.g. crocs, old sneakers or wet boots)
  • – Clothes that can get wet
  • – A drink bottle
  • – A dry bag if you wish to take your phone or camera with you to take photos (limited dry bags are available but we recommend bringing your own to avoid disappointment)

A $5 discount is available for anyone staying at local hotels. Please ask reception for more information.

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