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Balloon & Fitzroy Island

2 Day Outback & Island
  • 30 minute Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Fitzroy Island day trip with lunch
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Balloon & Fitzroy Island Tours

2 day Balloon & Fitzroy Island  
FROM $352 per adult
1 day Balloon & Fitzroy Thunderbolt  
FROM $352 per adult
1 day Balloon & Fitzroy Ferry  
FROM $380 per adult

Balloon & Fitzroy Island Info

Balloon & Fitzroy Island - One & Two day combos 

  • 30 minute Balloon Flight
  • Ballooning Flight Certificate
  • Full Day Cruise to Fitzroy Island with picnic lunch
  • Ocean trampoline

Full Day Balloon & Fitzroy Island Ferry Combo itinerary:  

You will be picked up from your  accommodation for the 90-minute drive to the flight site. You will arrive just in time to see the balloons beings inflated. As the sun rises your pilots gently lift off and quietly glide the balloons over the panorama of the Cairns Highlands.

For a truly memorable experience try a balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands. The giant balloons accommodate up to 20 people and glide gently over bushland and farms of the Mareeba Valley.

Departures: Daily

  • Pick-up from Cairns or Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove) accommodation at 4:15am (time to be advised upon booking)
  • 90-minute drive to the flight site
  • Drop off at Reef Fleet Terminal 
  • High speed ferry to Fitzroy Island (45 minute transfer)
  • Light Picnic lunch
    - Ham & salad roll
    - Cheese & biscuits
    - Bottled water
    - Piece of seasonal fruit
  • Use of Ocean Trampoline

Inclusions:

  • Scenic 30 minute Tablelands Balloon Flight
  • Balloon Flight Certificate
  • $30 Ballooning levy
  • $5 Fitzroy Island levy

Also exclusive to Raging Thunder are their in-flight digital photo technology. The opportunity to have your photo taken whilst in-flight, high above the Atherton Tablelands in one of the majestic balloons is a moment to be treasured forever.

A light Breakfast (muffins, danishes, tea & coffee etc) is available for purchase at the Mareeba Heritage Museum at an additional cost.

Fitzroy Island Ferry departs Fitzroy Island at 4pm (returning to Cairns approx 4.50pm)

Extra Costs:

  • Snorkel Gear
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours
  • Paddle skis
  • Sea Kayaking

What to Bring:

  • Warm clothes in the winter months, but do not where light coloured clothing as its easily stained by the volcanic soil
  • Camera or Video
  • Hat and comfortable shoes (no high heels)
  • Money for photos and breakfast

One Day Balloon & Fitzroy Island Thunderbolt Combo itinerary:  One Day Tour including Hot Air Balloon with around 4.15am hotel pick-up followed by the Thunderbolt Jet Boat to Fitzroy Island.  This departs the Reef Fleet Terminal at 10am and arrives at the Island at 10.30am.  The Thunderbolt departs the island at 2.30pm returning to the Reef Fleet Terminal at 3pm. 

Note:  The Thunderbolt has a minimum age of 8 years old due to a height restriction for insurance reasons.  If your child is below 120cm tall it is not possible to participate in the Thunderbolt tour. 


Two Day Balloon & Fitzroy Island Combo:  

Day 1:  30 Minute Balloon Flight over the Atherton Tablelands

You will be picked up from your  accommodation for the 90-minute drive to the flight site. You will arrive just in time to see the balloons beings inflated. As the sun rises your pilots gently lift off and quietly glide the balloons over the panorama of the Cairns Highlands.

For a truly memorable experience try a balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands. The giant balloons accommodate up to 20 people and glide gently over bushland and farms of the Mareeba Valley.

Departures: Daily

  • Pick-up from Cairns or Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove) accommodation at 4:15am (time to be advised upon booking)
  • 90-minute drive to the flight site
  • Return to your hotel at approx 10:30am 

Inclusions:

  • Scenic 30 minute Tablelands Balloon Flight
  • Balloon Flight Certificate
  • $30 Ballooning levy

Also exclusive to Raging Thunder are their in-flight digital photo technology. The opportunity to have your photo taken whilst in-flight, high above the Atherton Tablelands in one of the majestic balloons is a moment to be treasured forever.

A light Breakfast (muffins, danishes, tea & coffee etc) is available for purchase at the Mareeba Heritage Museum at an additional cost.

What to Bring:

  • Warm clothes in the winter months, but do not where light coloured clothing as its easily stained by the volcanic soil
  • Camera or Video
  • Hat and comfortable shoes (no high heels)
  • Money for photos and breakfast

Day 2: Fitzroy Island

Spend the day at Fitzroy Island on the Great Barrier Reef, with a packed picnic lunch included.

Inclusions:

  • High speed ferry (45 minute transfer)
  • Light Picnic lunch
    - Ham & salad roll
    - Cheese & biscuits
    - Bottled water
    - Piece of seasonal fruit
  • Use of Ocean Trampoline

Departures: Daily

  • From Cairns at 9am and departs Fitzroy Island at 4pm (returning to Cairns approx 4.50pm)
  • Make own way to Reef Fleet Terminal for a 8am boarding at the Raging Thunder counter

Extra Costs:

  • Snorkel Gear
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours
  • Paddle skis
  • Sea Kayaking

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Ballooning is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant
  • It is a CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) requirement that all passengers be able to climb in and out of the basket unassisted.  
  • You can swap your tour dates around eg: Fitzroy 1st day then Ballooning the next day, just note in the general comments of the booking when booking online (subject to availability).
  • 2 Day Tour combo:  You have 14 days to use the 2nd portion of your package from the 1st date of travel, just note your preferred travel dates in the comments section when making your booking online (subject to availability).