PHONE: 1300 908 825


Being a spectator at the Canowindra Challenge is free!


  • All spectators are reminded that hot air ballooning is completely weather dependent. Events may be delayed or cancelled if the conditions are unsafe for flying. A decision to delay activities or cancel them will only be made from 6.00am each morning.  To find out if the balloons are flying, announcements will be made over the loud speaker (at 6.00am and 3.30pm), on Facebook plus a recorded message on 1300 908 825.
  • Balloons take between 15-30mins to inflate, depending on their size. Inflation usually commences at 6.15am with the majority of the balloons launched prior to 7.00am. The early bird catches the worm.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture all the stunning balloons.
  • Bring along warm clothing for possible chilly Canowindra mornings.
  • Bringing pets to the event is discouraged.
  • Spectators are encouraged to follow the balloons after they launch. It can be exciting to watch them drop their markers at each target



Safety Tips

  • If a balloon is launching or landing near you, stand well clear and not in front of where the balloon is heading.
  • Stay well clear of all equipment, especially inflator fans and walk around, not over ropes.
  • Ensure young children are closely supervised at all times.
  • Follow instructions issued by pilots, crews and volunteers.
  • Do not smoke near the balloons. Highly flammable propane gas is used in the inflation process.
  • If you are driving while balloons are overhead, please watch the road and not the balloons.  Or alternatively pull over and stop in a safe place.
  • Pets can be frightened by the balloons and noise of the gas burners. Be mindful of this if the balloons are overhead and take necessary precautions.


E: info@canowindrachallenge.org.au

P: 1300 908 825