14 March 2013
Whether you’re a hot air balloon enthusiast or are simply looking for a unique experience in New South Wales, you won’t want to miss all the excitement at the Canowindra Balloon Challenge, which takes place between April 20 and 27, 2013.
This year, the event will also incorporate the 18th Australian National Balloon Championships, which means even more fun! Canowindra, located near Cowra, is known as the balloon capital of Australia, and if you plan a visit during this week, it won’t be hard to see why.
Every morning at dawn, dozens of balloons take flight – but don’t worry if you aren’t an early riser, as there is a second launch in the afternoon.
Saturday April 20th kicks off the event – this is the day you really won’t want to miss! In addition to the dazzling spectacle of colourful balloons dotting the sky, visitors will also have the opportunity to take in the Balloon Glow – an evening event featuring a parade of balloonists on their trailers, with their balloons inflated and illuminated.
While you admire the beautiful sight of the balloons lit up at night, you can also enjoy some of the most delicious food and wine produced in NSW – the Balloon Glow is almost as known for its twilight wine and food markets as it is for the balloons themselves.
If you are planning on spending a few days in Canowindra, it’s well worth exploring the area’s fascinating prehistoric past. Fossils dating back more than 360 million years have been found in the area and can be seen at the Age of Fishes Museum, which takes a closer look at the Devonian period with stunning recreations of life as it existed at this time.