If you’ve ever dreamed of soaring high in a hot air balloon, get ready: Balloon Aloft has launched a new wheelchair accessible balloon with flights over the Hunter Valley.
The new wheelchair accessible hot air balloon can accommodate seven to ten passengers. People with limited mobility and who use mobility aids will finally get the chance to experience the joy of a hot air balloon flight over the Hunter Valley with their loved ones
The company’s director, Matthew Scaife, says: “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a balloon flight and our new accessible balloon will make that possible for more people than ever before.”
The accessible hot air balloon is the first of its kind in New South Wales, the result of a joint initiative between Balloon Aloft and Cessnock City Council.
The basket for the new wheelchair accessible hot air balloon was made by Australian ballooning manufacturer Kavanagh Balloons. It has a specially-designed door, customised seating, and two harnesses to ensure that all passengers are safe and secure throughout their flight.
Wheelchair users will be able to transfer from the door of the basket to the seating using a grab handle. A wheelchair accessible shuttle bus with hoist access will also be available to transport passengers to the departure point, ensuring that the experience is totally inclusive.
Each flight lasts around 45 minutes to one hour, and is followed by a Celebration Breakfast at Peterson House winery. Balloon Aloft recommends passengers who require a high level of assistance bring along a companion to help with transfers and enjoy the experience. Tickets start at $265 per person, and are available via the Balloon Aloft website. You can contact the team on 1300 723 279 for more information.