King Valley Balloon Festival

7 - 10 June 2019

A feast for all the senses!

The King Valley Balloon Festival will see a mass of hot air balloons floating over this beautiful region on the Queen's Birthday weekend.

 

King Valley Balloon Festival Spectator Program
King Valley Balloon Festival Spectator Program
King Valley Balloon Festival Spectator Program

Spectator Program

Pack the family in the car and come to the King Valley to see the balloons drift over the region.

Please note, all flights and landing locations are weather dependent. Follow us on Facebook for balloon location updates across the weekend.

Mass Ascensions

From 7am Friday + Saturday + Sunday + Monday

MONDAY’S MASS ASCENSION CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

A mass of balloons will be launching from Brown Brothers Milawa Airfield, on the eastern side of Milawa-Bobinwarrah Road, just past Lindenwarrah at Milawa, opposite Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard. Preparation for morning flights starts at 6.30am with balloons lifting off from 7am.

The misty mornings of winter make the vision even more magical.

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate available from 6:45am. Fundraising BBQ egg & bacon breakfast from 6.45am provided by local schools and community groups.

Ample car parking available. This event is weather dependent.

Balloon Displays

From 4pm Sunday

In conjunction with the region's Weekend Fit for a King festival, balloons will be inflating on site at the following venues:

Dal Zotto Wines

King River Brewing

King River Estate

Politini Wines

Pick your vantage spot early, grab a glass of King Valley wine or craft beer, and enjoy the sight. If conditions are favourable, you will be able to jump in the balloon basket and get a taste of flight without leaving the ground - well, maybe just a little lift-off!

Experience the very best view of the King Valley Balloon Festival - get amongst it! Join festival partners Goldrush Ballooning to ascend with a mass of hot air balloons on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday morning.

You'll be thoroughly briefed by the balloon's pilot before takeoff, float over the valley with the festival ballooning participants, and celebrate the flight with a Prosecco breakfast at Brown Brothers upon your return.

Flights depart approximately 5am each day of the festival. Suitable ages 7 - 97. From $395 per person.

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Brown Brothers Night Glow is a light, sound and taste spectacular like no other.

Local food stalls, ranging from coffee and CWA sweet treats, to Vietnamese dishes and fried chicken. Huge bar offering Brown Brothers wine, local beer and cider, as well as mulled wine. Live music, jumping castle and the spectacular balloon Night Glow event, where the balloons light up in a choreographed performance to music while tethered to the ground.

This is the largest hot air balloon Night Glow event in Victoria for 2019!

Saturday 8th June, 4pm - 8pm. $20pp includes souvenir GoVino wine tumbler for use at event bars. Children free.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

We give the King Valley Balloon Festival pilots a fond King Valley farewell, with dinner and dancing.

Join the pilots at King River Brewing for starters and wood-fired pizza, and quench your thirst with a beer brewed on site. There will be live music, and the opportunity to chat with balloon pilots about the sport - or art - of hot air ballooning. If the festival events have ignited your enthusiasm, this is the perfect way to round out the weekend.

Sunday 9th June, 5pm - 8pm. Bookings required. $30pp includes starters, pizza and a beer.

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Boutique hotel

Our accomodation partner, Lindenwarrah at Milawa, is a tranquil country house hotel, brimming with elegance and style. Located opposite Brown Brothers, it provides the perfect base from which to explore the wine and food festival, the King Valley Balloon Festival, Art Show and the rich assortment of producers and farm gates in the region.

Lindenwarrah will capture your imagination and indulge your senses.

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Wine + food festival

King Valley Balloon Festival coincides with the King Valley's Weekend Fit for a King wine and food festival. Make the most of your day in the valley - taste the King Valley's premium cool climate wines, explore the cellar doors of the region, andf feast on rustic cuisine and local produce.

Festival tickets $25pp, including a souvenir tasting glass or reusable coffee cup. Children play free!

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Getting here

The Hume Freeway, the Maroondah and Midland Highways, and the Great Alpine Road feed into the region – the journey from Melbourne is a comfortable 3 hours, or 4 hours from Canberra. All roads leading to the region are sealed, and offer spectacular views.

Albury Airport facilitates daily flights between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, operated by Qantas Link, REX, Virgin Airlines and JETGO. All major rental car agencies are based at the airport. Wangaratta railway station is on the main Sydney-Melbourne rail link.

Staying here

For details of accommodation in the area, visit www.visitkingvalley.com.au or contact Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre on FREECALL 1800 801 065.

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