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Raging Thunder: 30 mins Balloon Flight + Fitzroy Island Return Ferry Transfer (NBFIF)

See the Atherton Tablelands & explore tropical Fitzroy Island and swim on the Great Barrier Reef.

Book as a package and save.

Day 1 Ballooning

04.15 – 6.00am

Bus transfer


Transfer up the Kuranda Range, travelling approx 1 hour inland to the rural Tablelands district of Mareeba. Leaving the coast & rainforest behind, you enter open native bushland & farmland. Meanwhile our pilots in Mareeba are assessing the weather & wind to choose the most suitable launch site.

06.00 – 6.30am


A suitable launch site is decided upon (depending on weather variation and wind direction) and the balloon is prepared fo take-off. You can view the spectacular display of the balloons being inflated by the glowing flames of the burners, all set against the backdrop of breaking dawn and the emerging colours of the surrounding landscape.

06.30 – 7.30am



Depending on passenger numbers there are generally two 30minute flights operated. The first group takes to the air while the second group embark on an exciting balloon chase from the ground. This is the perfect time to look out for awakening birdlife & wildlife. As you are carried on the breeze, take in the surrounding panorama, inland towards the Outback and east towards the hills that form part of the Great Dividing Range which separate the Tablelands from the coast. Photo opportunities abound and don’t forget to smile for the in-flight photograph taken by cameras suspended as if in mid-air.

07:45 – 08:15

Help dHeismantle balloon from basket.

08:30 – 09:00

Comfort stop with opportunity to view photos taken (available for purchase).

09:15 – 10:00

Return to Cairns accommodation. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 2

Fitzroy Island



Make your own way to the REEF FLEET TERMINAL for an 0815 Check in time ( 1st check in counter on the right) inside the terminal to collect your boarding passes.

As boarding closes at 8.50am, please ensure you are on board prior to this time


Depart for a scenic cruise to Fitzroy Island with a crossing time of just 45 minutes, staying close to the calm waters of the coastline.




Free time to explore the island and enjoy the use of our floating Ocean Trampoline

Beach Hire equipment for a nominal fee * can be hired including Paddle Ski’s, Kayaks and snorkel equipment. Alternatively, you may prefer to just stroll through the National Park walking tracks, visit famous Nudey Beach - or do nothing at all! The choice is yours!

NB: Snorkel gear and Beach Hire equipment is to be returned to the Beach Hire Hut no later than 4.00pm


Meet at the Jetty to board the Fitzroy Flyer .


Depart Fitzroy Island for your ferry transfer back to Cairns, arriving at approximately 5.15pm


Day One: Departs Daily from Cairns at 4.10am | Returns 10.30am

Day Two: Departs Cairns 0900 daily. Departs Fitzroy Island 1630 arrives Cairns approx 1715.

For Ballooning $30 per person pay On Board fee for civil aviation and other insurance charges, take off/landing fees, transfer costs, GST & administration charges is payable on the day of travel

For Fitzroy Island Transfers $5 per person pay on Board fee for insurance charges, Cairns Port Authority per passenger levies, fuel surcharges, Government taxes and charges and administration charges is payable on the day of travel