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Tablelands Hot Air Balloon Flight
Raging Thunder

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This 1/2 day trip is rated easy.

Departure Information
Departure is from your lodging every day.
Lodging Pick Up Times: Cairns4:30 AM
 Port Douglas4:00 AM

The Trip

Raging Thunder offers 30-minute early morning balloon flights over the Atherton Tablelands; an area comprised mostly of bucolic farmland, pastures and forests a 40-minute drive east of Cairns. They use what are the world’s largest commercial hot air balloons, which have a capacity of twenty persons. © Raging Thunder An Aussie champagne breakfast follows the flight.

Two friends of ours recently took their first balloon flight over the tablelands, an area they had never seen. Suffice it to say, they’re not morning people, and were not looking forward to the 5:00am (4:30am in Port Douglas) pick up time. However, they recognized that the pre-dawn start is one of the key elements that make this trip worth it. Impressed with the morning quiet while floating over the landscape, they watched wallabies hop through the bush, and the beautiful morning light on the landscape. With a couple of cups of Jo cranking through their veins, they would definitely do it again. Remember to bring long pants and a sweater, it can be cool in the mountains in the early morning.

Raging Thunder asked us to remind you that the departure and return times listed here are approximate, and vary depending on the time of year. We will let you know more exact times when you book. The minimum age requirement for this trip is 5 years of age.


  • world's largest commercial balloon
  • Aussie champagne breakfast
  • personalized flight certificate
  • transfers to and from lodging (Cairns and Beaches)

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All prices are in US Dollars.

Suggested Items to bring on this trip:

your ticket suitable clothing hat

The Company

Raging Thunder has operated rafting trips on area rivers since 1984 and is one of two companies responsible for pioneering white water rafting in the Cairns area. They also own Rescue 3, which trains Australian and Asian river guides, including those working at Raging Thunder, assuring that their staff is extremely well-trained and qualified. In the last five years the company has expanded its offerings to include kayaking and ballooning trips.

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