Balloon Spectacular, Canberra
We will see hot air balloons fly over Lake Burley Griffin again this year. ACT Events is working to organise a Covid safe Enlighten festival which includes the balloons from 6-14 March. With the changing shape of Covid they don’t know if the event will actually happen but are working on the assumption that it will so I am calling on volunteers. 18 pilots have already registered to attend.
If you would like to volunteer please email me with
Dates you anticipate you can come – if this is not possible just now you can let me know later
Pilot/s you would like to be teamed up with if they come to Canberra
If you have been approached by a pilot please let me know. I still have to gather you up in my net to make sure you are covered by ACT Volunteer insurance.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Don’t hesitate to ring with any questions or comments.
Balloon Spectacular volunteer coordinator
0412 866 375
The Balloon Spectacular is an ACT annual event. It is one of the many events celebrating Canberra’s birthday. For this reason it commences on Saturday of the Canberra Day long weekend and goes until the end of the following weekend. Once more we have been asked to provide support crews to local, interstate and overseas pilots. We have been doing this for many years and our participation makes the event the success it is. Volunteers help pilots set up balloons, with crowd control sometimes necessary, follow or chase your balloon so that you arrive in time to help the pilot land safely, deflate, pack up and drive back to the lawns at Old Parliament House, refilling gas bottles on the way. There is a complimentary hearty breakfast and time to socialize afterwards. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new ones. Its also highly likely that you will be able to take in the sights of Canberra from the air as your pilot endeavours to take up all crew over the 9 days weather permitting. You don’t have to volunteer every day. Let me know which days you can come, whether you can tow a 4×8 trailer and if you have a preference for a pilot or balloon shape. Training is on the job with your friendly pilot.