The first hot air balloon was invented by two French Brothers, Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier, in the late 1700s. Their maiden voyage lasted eight minutes and they didn’t get much further than their home town. Today, hot air balloon rides take place all over the world and in Australia their popularity continues to grow. Despite the centuries between the first flight and now, Floating Images maintains a strong French connection. Owner / operator & Chief Pilot Graeme Day learnt to fly balloons in France, working for over 5 years for various commercial balloon companies based in Alsace, Loire Valley & the French Alps. Much like the Montgolfier Brothers, Floating Images retains a spirit of adventure and innovation.
Floating Images was created in 1997. Owned and operated by the hard-working Queenslanders, Graeme and Ruth Day, it is South East Queensland’s first and only hot air balloon operator operating from the heritage city of Ipswich, a short drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. A French journalist described Graeme as “An Australian who is raring to go, with an infectious smile revealing his love of an adventurous life”.
This adventurous attitude is a huge part of why Floating Images has been operating so successfully for almost 13 years in Ipswich. An approved CASA chief pilot with over 22 years ballooning experience, Graeme has intimate knowledge of our scenic region encompassing the Greater Brisbane – Ipswich, Scenic Rim & Somerset regions. Floating Images is unique in offering a combined city and country balloon flight.
Floating Images Hot Air Balloon company are multi-award winners and finalists in tourism, innovation and micro business. Our aim, on every flight, is to have our passengers leave wearing their own infectious smile, a love & understanding of ballooning. We truly believe the best way, the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring way to view our gorgeous region is from a gently floating balloon 1000 to 3000 feet in the air.
Your unique hot air ballooning adventure includes:
- Meet & Greet passengers in the foyer of the Metro Hotel Ipswich International, 43 South Street, Ipswich, Queensland.
- Optional, passengers can participate with inflation & deflation of balloon
- Flight time of approximately one hour
- Full Flight commentary
- Restaurant champagne breakfast
- Commemorative flight certificate
- Flight program transportation
- Insurance & GST Please allow 3 to 4 hours for experience
Come meet Graeme Day& the friendly, knowledgeable staff of Floating Images. Come and experience the very thing Floating Images loves most. The adventure of a ballooning. Book your Floating Images balloon ride today.