Why do Hot Air Balloon flights take place so early in the morning?

It’s a great time to be up and the early morning light is just spectacular! Besides balloons need cool stable calm winds to operate effectively and the hours following sunrise are the most suitable with gentle winds,  before the heat of the day.

In other countries around the World, mostly cold ones, it may be possible to reliably schedule an afternoon flight, but the thermal wind conditions in Australia make that difficult to achieve in practice, so first thing in the morning it is and we will aim to be taking off close to "official first light" . Not necessarily Sunrise though,  it just depends on the day.

As hot air balloons are the only form of flight which moves with the wind, the weather is most important, the pilot cannot directly steer but chooses heights carefully to utilise wind currents to sail towards the closest, most appropriate landing site.

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