Hot air ballooning is a must for the perfect Country New South Wales getaway. If floating above the clouds at sunrise and breathtaking scenery is on your bucket list, then we have some locations right here in NSW where you can get up’ up’ and away in style!
Hunter Valley, NSW
Take in the best of the Hunter Valley wine region with a sunrise flight over the vineyard region. Just 2 hours north of Sydney, it is the ideal location for a weekend getaway or short stay. With over 120 cellar doors in the region, vines roll for as far as the eye can see and the rising sun over the hills captures the best of nature.
Once your flight is finished, take advantage of the Hunter Valley Wine Country. The region is known for some of the most outstanding food and wine in the country.
Jump in the car and head to Muswellbrook towards the Hunter Belle Cheese Café where you can find some of the best cheese and dairy products in the state.
After hot air ballooning in the Hunter Valley, rest up at Reflections Lake Glenbawn in the upper Hunter. Relax in a cabin, pitch a tent or get outdoors with bushwalking, water-skiing or fishing.
The Mudgee Region offers charm and sophisticated food, wine and heritage year-round and boasts beautiful landscape for the ultimate hot air ballooning experience. Mudgee’s Balloon Aloft operates the flight every Saturday morning followed by a champagne breakfast.
While you’re in town check out Roth’s, the oldest wine bar in New South Wales and browse the boutiques and local traders.
For the hot air balloon enthusiasts, consider planning at trip to the region in May for the Mudgee Hot Air Balloon festival where the balloons light up the night in a music display.
For your stay set up camp just out of town at Reflections Cudgegong River for a total back to nature experience where you can stargaze and embrace bush camping, or head on short road trip to Reflections Lake Burrendong to live large and chill out in a comfortable cabin.
For more inspiration on your next Country NSW getaway, check out more on the Reflections blog.