By Renee Bogatko, Image Credits – Events ACT/facebook.com
It’s nearly that time of year when Canberrans brave the dark and cold to see giant balloons inflate and take off from the lawns of Old Parliament House.
Two new balloons will make their Aussie debut when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular kicks off from Saturday – a Smurf balloon from Belgium and a Hummingbird balloon from the United States.
Held over nine days, pilots begin laying out and inflating their balloons from 6:15am each day before taking to the Canberra skies – creating a stunning back drop to our national attractions.
You’ll remember the controversial Skywhale – unfortunately we won’t see that beauty this year.
But there’ll be stacks of other balloons from around the world, with more than 40 taking part in the festival.
To top off the experience, the Belconnen Lions Club puts on a hot breakfast every day on site!
And make sure you don’t forget your camera!
Dates: 11 – 19 March 2017
Venue: Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Timings: Balloons inflate from 6:15am, launched from 6:30am – 7am, breakfast until 10am