King Valley Balloon Festival

Saturday 9 + Sunday 10 June + Monday 11 June 2018

A visual feast!

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.


Morning Flights

From 7am Saturday + Sunday + Monday

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.

Afternoon Flight

From 3pm Sunday

Balloons will be launching from sites around Whitfield town centre.

This is your perfet opportunity to take in the sight of ballons flying over the valley as you enjoy wine tasting and warm hospitality at the cellar doors, cafes, restaurants and craft brewery of the King Valley.

Pick your vantage spot and settle in.


As part of the inaugural King Valley Balloon Festival, join us at the Brown Brothers Night Glow for an exciting evening, like never before seen in Milawa!

Grab a glass of mulled wine, warming wintry foods and watch the balloons light up in unison around you, to the sound of live music on the Milawa Airfield.

Saturday 9th June, 4pm - 7.30pm. $10pp, children play free.


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 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 Patricia's Table restaurant upon your return.

Flights depart approximately 5am each day of the festival. Suitable ages 7 - 97. From $385 per person.


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 balloon festival, food and wine events, cellar doors, cafes and craft brewery and gin distillery in the region.

Lindenwarrah will capture your imagination and indulge your senses.

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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 or contact Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre on FREECALL 1800 801 065.

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