Melbourne From Above

Lonely Planet Magazine India|October 2018

Melbourne From Above

Ed Norton gets a whole new perspective on the Australian city.

Ed Norton

There are few major cities in the world that you can traverse by hot-air balloon, so a sunrise flight over Melbourne really is bucket-list material. Having spent six months in the city last winter, no frosty blue-skied morning was complete without the sight of numerous balloons floating gracefully over the skyline.

THE DAY STARTED LONG BEFORE the sun was up. The teams deployed the balloons and started to inflate them as the sun’s presence slowly made itself known, giving a gentle glow to the sky. The baskets are large enough for 16 people, but they are sectioned off so you each have your own space. The balloon spins around, which means there isn’t really a ‘better’ position to be in; they’re all amazing.


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October 2018