It only seems like yesterday that Floating Images Hot Air Balloon flights was the region’s newest attraction, but the reality is that Floating Images is celebrating its 10th Birthday! That’s right we have been flying over the heritage city of Ipswich, Somerset & Scenic Rim region for 10 whole years.
Floating Images embarked on its inaugural inflation and tethered the balloon at Limestone Park in Ipswich on Saturday 1st Dec 2001. Since then Floating Images Managing Director & Chief pilot Graeme Day has flown more than 8000 people over Ipswich, Somerset & the Scenic Rim region including local, intrastate, interstate & international visitors.
Graeme said it has been an amazing & very proud journey to date, in the last 10 years, I have spent over 800 hours above the city of Ipswich & Scenic Rim. I have watched how Ipswich & the Scenic Rim has grown & changed from above. Ipswich is a very green city, not a concrete jungle as well as being only minutes away from being in the countryside.”
My passengers continually tell me that you have the best job in the world and I know I do as I get to show Ipswich, Somerset & the Scenic Rim region at it’s best, in a hot air balloon basket floating above, silently with the wind gently pushing you across the sky.
We have flown many diverse groups of people, young and old and in between who have come from all walks of life, who have had their birthdays, Mothers & Fathers Day, Valentine Day, Family Reunions, Anniversaries, proposals, weddings, citizenship ceremonies, celebration of life moments, bucket lists, business network & marketing functions or simply for the experience of flying in a hot air balloon!
Because the scenery around Ipswich & Somerset & the Scenic Rim region is so spectacular, passengers are not just locals, or from Brisbane & surrounds, but also interstate and international.
This is a proud achievement for a small family business, as Floating Images is Ipswich’s longest running adventure tourism business, and the first ballooning operator to offer hot air balloon flights in Ipswich & Somerset & the Scenic Rim region.
Over the past ten years, Floating Images has been a proactive tourism operator promoting Ipswich as a tourism destination with much to see, do and explore not only locally but also interstate, nationally and internationally at various consumer & trade show each year. Graeme Day said that over the years we have built many great relationships with the people of the region, both in business & personally.”
In a year where tourism operators across Queensland have been dramatically affected by floods and the global financial crisis, Floating Images Hot Air Balloons continues to fly high. The opportunity for a balloon flight is available all year round maybe this Christmas give the gift of flight in the form of a Gift Certificate to that someone special in your life.