Watch the sky come to life at the Canowindra Balloon Challenge

21 April 2014

Balloon Glow at Canowindra Balloon Challenge

Canowindra hosts its annual Canowindra Balloon Challenge from April 22 to 27, 2014.

The hot air balloon competition will incorporate the 19th Australian National Balloon Championships as part of the event this year.

Enjoy the spectacle as dozens of colourful balloons take to the skies every morning at daybreak and in the afternoon at around 3pm (weather dependant). Take-off locations will vary depending on wind direction and the flight tasks.

A competition flight can feature up to five tasks, including achieving the greatest distance within a set airspace, and dropping a marker to a target on the ground. Marvel at the skill of balloon pilots as they zoom in on the targets, in many cases dropping markers within inches of targets.

Bring a chair or rug along to enjoy the highly-anticipated Cabonne Country Balloon Glow from 6.30pm at the Canowindra Sports Oval on Saturday, 26 April. A total of 15 brightly coloured hot air balloons will light up the oval grounds to the sound of music, creating an enchanting display. Head to the oval earlier to check out the Twilight Food and Wine Market and taste the region’s best produce from local chefs and wineries (open between 4pm and 8pm). The evening concludes with a rugby match between the local Canowindra club and a team from neighbouring Grenfell at 7.45pm.

The balloon pilots meet for a final challenge during the Key Grab race from 6.30am on Sunday, 27 April. The event involves pilots attempting to grab a key from the top of a nine metre pole on the Canowindra Airport site. Pilots decide the location most likely to give them the best flight course to grab the key, but take off is a minimum five kilometres away from the key.

Book your Canowindra accommodation and enjoy this spectacular event while you explore the red countryside of this beautiful town.