Canberra Balloon Spectacular

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Canberra Balloon Spectacular
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Genre Hot air balloon festival
Date(s) March
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Canberra
Inaugurated 1987
Attendance 32,000 (2014)[1]

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular, formerly known as Canberra Balloon Festival, is a hot air balloon festival that takes place at the lawns of the old Parliament House of Canberra, Australia. Over 50 hot air balloons from all over the world launch daily at dawn from the forecourt of Old Parliament House and float over Canberra.[2]

Some of the unusual balloons that have participated in the festival include a pair of dancing honey bees, Vincent Van Gogh’s head, a windmill, a tropical tree, a turtle, the Skywhale,[3] and a Scottish bagpiper. The event is complete with on site entertainment, activities and food and drink.

The balloons are launched from the forecourt of Canberra's Old Parliament House.


  1. ^ Andrew Barr, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation (20 March 2014). "Canberra Balloon Spectacular". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Australian Capital Territory: ACT Legislative Assembly. p. 635. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Air display for ACT's birthday". The Canberra Times. 19 February 1988. p. 7. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Emma (4 March 2014). "Novelty hot air balloons float in for nine-day event". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014.