Hot-Air Ballooning: (32° 46′ 50″S, 151° 20′ 38″E) offers a different airborne view of the Watagan Mountains: Balloon Aloft (+61 2 4991 1955) or Hunter Valley Hot-Air Ballooning (+61 2 4991 3566 ). Both about 20 km from the Great North Walk and roughly 6 km due north of Cessnock.
Balloon Aloft is celebrating 30 years of flying over the beautiful Hunter Valley.
In 1980 Balloon Aloft offered the very first passenger balloon flights in Australia and thirty years later we remain the market leader, delivering the highest quality balloon flights and service. With unparalleled experience, your comfort and safety are assured.
Balloon Aloft sunrise flights depart daily and take in spectacular views of Pokolbin, Lovedale and Rothbury wine regions. All flights conclude with the sampling of multi-award winning sparkling wines over a gourmet champagne breakfast.
We pride ourselves on offering the highest possible service and value for money. Let our local pilots with local knowledge and thousands of hours of experience, be your guide to the Hunter.
When it comes to service,
Balloon Aloft aims for the sky!
The Great North Walk Companion extract- page 322
“No, seriously Auntie, don’t you think there should be more?” My companion turns earnestly to me and the words flood out. “This walk — our Great North Walk — has been amazing. It’s been extraordinary: along and through valleys; across old and new bridges; over rivers and up to panoramic views from mountain tops and high escarpments. We’ve been on beautiful beaches, eaten by hungry leeches, squelched through soggy creeks, found farms from the first European settlement times right up to today’s gourmet (yuk!) snails; and learned about the colony’s first roads and ox carts pulling massive tree trunks down remote valleys. Can’t we manage to keep it somehow?”