Where we fly
A 30 minute drive west of Brisbane’s CBD
Once up in the air you’ll see hot air ballooning is all about the views. With Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights you’ll have the opportunity to soak in where city life and country charm collide just a 30-minute drive west of Brisbane.
The geography and climate make this area ideal for hot air balloon flights. Ballooning is the best way to view South-East Queensland’s diverse natural landscape as you float over the rich agricultural land, valleys and mountain ranges of the Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset regions. While in the air there is no doubt our Chief Pilot Graeme will point out a few gems to explore once back on land.
From the balloon it is possible to see almost all of the Greater Brisbane area including:
- The heritage city of Ipswich, Queensland’s oldest provincial city, with its beautiful old heritage buildings, churches, homes, classic Queenslander-style houses, parks and gardens
- The skyline of Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha and Moreton Bay
- Flinders Peak, Mount Walker, Cunningham’s Gap and Mount Tamborine
- The Bremer and Brisbane Rivers and Wivenhoe Dam
- The stunning peaks of the Great Dividing Range, McPherson and D’Aguilar ranges
- The agricultural Brisbane, Fassifern and Lockyer valleys and their quaint country towns.
Where to meet us
The Floating Images meeting point is at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre, Queens Park, 14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipswich, Queensland. If you spot the big wicker basket in the driveway, you’ve found the right place! There is free car parking at the Visitor Information Centre.
After the flight we will head back here to collect our vehicles before going to Fourth Child Restaurant, 215 Brisbane Street, Ipswich, for our breakfast and post-flight catch-up, where we present commemorative flight certificates.
Ipswich Country Motel
250 South Station Road, Raceview
How to get to Ipswich
The early bird gets to fly high in a hot air balloon, so if you’re precious about sleep you may wish to travel to Ipswich the night before the flight. We provide a list of local accommodation, including trusted providers who can offer discounts and other benefits.
Floating Images Brisbane Transfer Service
That’s right – we can pick you up from Brisbane. Personal transfers to and from Brisbane CBD accommodation can be booked at an extra cost. Transfers must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and cost $50pp, with a minimum two passengers per pick-up. You can book this service when purchasing your flight via our website, or get in touch via email, phone or live chat to add it to an existing booking.
Driving to Ipswich
The easiest way to reach us on the day is by car. If you are driving, please take note of roughly how long the trip takes from these major centres.
Brisbane CBD – 30-minute drive
Brisbane Airport – 60-minute drive
Gold Coast – 60-minute drive
Sunshine Coast – 120-minute drive
Toowoomba – 60-minute drive
Warwick – 90-minute drive
Catch the train to Ipswich
There is a major train line connecting Ipswich and Brisbane with regular services. In summer months our balloon program kicks off before the trains start running, so if you are reliant on public transport please arrive the day before.
If you are travelling from the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast or Brisbane Airport you will need to switch train lines in Brisbane City. The train timetables are syncronised with Google Maps but you can also use the official Translink Journey Planner or call 13 12 30 for more information.
Take a coach or shuttle bus to Ipswich
Daily coach or shuttle bus connections are available to Ipswich from Brisbane and Toowoomba.
Brisbane Airports to Ipswich:
Toowoomba to Ipswich:
Bus Queensland runs regular buses. For customers travelling without a car from Toowoomba, this is the best way to reach Floating Images.
Our office location
The Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights office is in Karalee, Ipswich. If you would like to pick up a gift voucher or pay in person, please call (+61) 07 3294 8770 or send us an email.259 Junction Road, Karalee