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Sydney is the city that never rests! We understand that in this fast paced city, you don’t have time to waste searching around for your balloons.  Whether it’s a product launch in Parramatta, or a birthday party on world famous Bondi Beach, or a sick aunt in St Vincent’s Hospital, Balloons Online delivers gifts same day to the greater Sydney region.

Based in the inner west suburb of Annandale for over 12 years, our team of design professionals are ready and waiting to help you in any way we can. Even if you’re out of the city centre, our dedicated team will make sure your balloon bouquet or Balloon-in-a-Box gets to the recipient in record-breaking time.  We also offer a range of goodies such as Chocolates, Bubbly, Wine, Teddies and more for various occasions, to keep even the fussiest Sydneysiders content. 

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A party just isn’t a party without balloons, so that’s why Discount Party Warehouse offers a wide range of balloons online for all sorts of special occasions.

Choose from foil or latex balloons in all sorts of colours or designs to create the right party atmosphere. We even stock a wide range of party supplies to match!

Please note balloons ordered online does not include helium inflation. Helium inflation booked in store only for an additional fee.

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Inflating your Balloons

When you buy balloons from Discount Party Warehouse, you have a few options for inflation:

  • Visit our store – if you’d like your balloons inflated, simply visit our store in Lidcombe, Sydney and we’ll be happy to inflate them for you
  • Helium Tank Hire – you can also hire a helium tank from our store for four days, giving you plenty of time to inflate your own balloons
  • Choose a disposable helium tank – if you’re planning to inflate many balloons or make balloon decorations, these tanks can be delivered to your door and are easy to operate
  • Balloon pump – a simple option for kids’ party balloons is to simply use a pump, and you can then attach a balloon stick to the base. The balloons don’t float away, so this is better for young children

Buy Balloons for any Special Occasion

When you are looking for party balloons, there are two main types of balloons we offer:

  • Foil balloons – foil balloons are a popular choice for parties, as they’re shiny and pretty and come in a wide range of shapes, from numbers to letters, and there are lots of different printed options. They need to be filled with helium, so you’ll either need to buy or rent a tank to inflate them at home
  • Latex balloons – these simple balloons come in a wide range of colours and can be filled with either air or helium. They’re popular at kids’ parties and can also be used to create balloon decorations such as arches and centrepieces. You can also buy modelling balloons to create balloon art

Creating Balloon Decorations for your Venue

Balloons can also be a fun way to decorate a party venue, and at Discount Party Warehouse we have all the supplies you need to make balloon decorations to coordinate with your other decorations.  

You can buy balloons from us to create:

  • Bunches of balloons – these make a great centrepiece. Simply use our balloon ribbon and attach a balloon weight at the bottom
  • Balloon archways – these are ideal for the entrance to your party, or to decorate the buffet table or the top table at a wedding
  • Balloon spiral – this can be made using helium balloons tied to ribbons of different lengths
  • Balloon Garlands

The great thing about using balloons to decorate is that there’s no limit to the ways you can use them and the displays you can create!

Visit our Party Store or Buy Balloons Online

When you’re searching for a ‘balloon shop near me’, you can either visit our Sydney store, call us on 02 9647 2151, or browse the Discount Party Warehouse website and buy online. We can deliver to most cities in Australia in just a few days, with shipping only $10. We also offer a simple click and collect service if you’d prefer.

Shop online today and find the perfect balloons for your party.

ABLS – Australian balloon launch Station

Althought civilian air activity was common in Alice Springs since 1920, the military buildup in the north of Australia in the late 1930s saw the need for the establishment of an airport that could receive larger and heavier aircraft. Thus, the Australian Department of Defence decided to built in 1940 the Seven Mile Aerodrome shifting the operations from the already established Town Site Drome. Altought civilian aircraft were allowed to use the airport, due to his strategic location, during World War II its primary purpose was military, being used primarily by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Air Force, as the main transit base for transport planes bringing troops and supplies into the Pacific Theater of Operations and as a refuelling and staging facility. At the end of the war, the military left the aerodrome and it returned to civilian use.

By 1946 several improvements were made including the installation of the first underground fuel tanks, a VHF radio range and meteorological facilities. In 1958 the aerodrome became officially known as Alice Springs Airport and in 1961 a major improvement was made with the reconstruction of part of the existing Runway 12/30 and its extension to 2,4 km of longitude. In 1965, the construction of a new passenger terminal and a fire station near the old installation marked the complete transfer of all activity to the current building area. The only facilities that remained active then at the original airfield site (referred even today as the “Seven Mile Area”) were those devoted to maintenance tasks.

First uses of the airport to launch balloons

In 1960 was established on behalf the Departament of Supply (DOS) the first Australian Balloon Launch Station (ABLS) which was located at the Mildura airport in Victoria. The main activity there was to support an atmospheric sampling program carried out by the United States Atomic Comission under a first intergovernment agreement which lasted almost seven years and that allowed the launch of near 600 balloons from the station.

Once finished a new document was signed reducing sharply the amount of missions devoted to the sampling effort but at the same time diversifying the research aims of the flights to other branches of Science as well to other users.

Scientific groups from around the world, realizing the potential of Australia as an excellent site for ballooning, became increasingly interested in performing flights from various locations within the continent. The southerly latitude, combined with the large land mass in the east-west direction could yield extended observation times for astrophysical sources not easily visible from the northern hemisphere. One of those locations was precisally the airport of Alice Springs from which were carried out many experiments in the field of Gamma Ray and X-Ray astronomy on those years.

Obviously in that times, the airport lacked of dedicated facilities so the balloon launches were performed under Mildura ABLS managment: generally all the necessary equipment and staff was transported by road and rail to Alice Springs during each campaign.

There were three main reasons to make such an effort each year: Population, Winds and Location.

The very low population density over Central Australia allowed to use heavy payloads and big balloons with less security restrictions and with very safe termination process margins, though the prevalence of semi-desertic landscapes over most of this region difficulted somewhat the recovery operations.

On regard the wind pattern, Alice Springs has two features worth noting: a low wind velocity regime that dominates the altitude range of 90,000 ft. to 110,000 ft. between March and November, giving a long period when flights with payloads that not need extreme altitudes (i.e. infrared) can be carried out and two turnaround periods, one in the October-November window with a duration of three to five weeks of slow moving winds above 120,000 ft and the other in March-April with somewhat short duration. With careful preparation and timing, turnaround flights of over 60 hr duration can be achieved.

Finally, the site offered too better observing conditions than Mildura specially due to its latitude located nearer the declination of the Galactic Centre region along with a higher vertical cut-off rigidity.

All these factors led to the first era of scientific ballooning in Alice Spring, which would extend during the entire 70’s decade.

Basic infrastructure

The launch of the balloons is carried out from two runways located in the so-called “Seven Mile Area” of the airport clearly visible in the center-left of the image below. During launch operations, the entire airport is closed to air traffic.

For inflation, Helium gas is used instead of Hydrogen as the extremely dry air of the zone can generate dangerous estatic discharges during balloon inflation. As mentioned, the launch equipment available at the station is the same used for balloon operations at Mildura ABLS and allowed to launch balloons with a volume of up to 46.000.000 cubic feet, and payloads weighting up to 2 tons.

On regard telemetry, the LOS (Line of Sight) hardware is composed of receivers for downlink telemetry channels operating on 234.4, 253.8 and 255.1 MHz, with standard IRIG channels up to F, and transmitters with a power of 2 Watts feeding a quarter-wave ground plane antenna together with a quad-helical receiving antenna system with a gain of 21 dB. The uplink system is composed of a transmiter of 50 w operating on 148.46 MHz coupled to two vertical and horizontal plane multi-element yagis antennas, allowing a reliable control of the payload in flight.

Two downrange stations were used, one located in Newman (West) and the other in Longreach (East) each one with a coverage of 700 kms in all directions. Good telephone links were available between the two stations and Alice Spring with the possibility of data transfer at up to 9.6 kbs.

Althought the tracking of the balloons was performed visually using locally hired aircrafts, almost real time positional information was also available by the use of on-board Omega receivers or Argos transmitters. Termination was also performed from aircrafts with the balloon in sight.

Due to the desertic and rough terrain, in addition to the 4-wheel drive vehicles owned by the station, recovery operations often required the use of helicopters which are also hired.

A new era of cooperation

Scientific ballooning in Australia would suffer two major changes during the 80’s decade. The first one was a direct consequence of severe funding troubles started at the end of the 70’s decade: the closure of the Mildura ABLS in December 1980. The station equipment was then moved to Alice Springs and the responsability for running the facility was transferred to the Physics Department at the University of Melbourne under direction of Prof. Ravi K. Sood.

The second change would occur in late 1981, with the entrance in the scene of NASA. Between November and December that year the National Scientific Balloon Facility (now Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility) in charge of the managment of the NASA balloon program, succesfully launched the first six balloons from Alice Spring under a campaign fully managed and supported by NSBF.

This marked the start of some sort of dual mode balloon campaigns, some of them managed by the Australians launching their own payloads as well third part experiments offered by international collaborations and the others carried out by the Americans, launching mainly US scientific payloads and in some occasions Australian payloads as well.

Since the change of management in 1980 all flight operations at the station under Australian managment have been carried out by amateurs, mainly academics, researchers, technicians and students of the University.

Past, present and future

Great part of the activity at the site took place in the 80’s decade being launched dozens of missions in the field of Infrared, X-Ray and Gamma Ray astronomy as well were performed several others to measure high energy particles of galactic and cosmic origin. This activity was focused mainly in campaigns performed in the summer that lasted several months. Notably, a few missions on that decade were performed using a concept known as radiation controlled balloon or RACOON. This development allowed to flight large, low-cost polyethylene balloons for several weeks without the need of use great amounts of ballast. Those balloons made at the time crossings of the Pacific Ocean to Southamerica where the payload was recovered and even a few succeded in performing circumglobal flights with diverse results.

By the end of the decade a flood of scientists were looking to perform balloon missions in Australia to perform observations in all the high energy domain. The reason was that after the discovery in 1987 of the SN1987A supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, soon was realized that Alice Spring offered a first class seat to analyze the event, only visible in the southern hemisphere. Thus several missions were performed with this objective in the remainder of the 80’s decade and the first years of the next, when the amount of launches started again to decrease.

In the first years of the XXI century, Alice Spring was choosen as the site to perform the first global flights of the NASA Ultra Long Duration Balloon (ULDB), a superpressure craft devoted to perform circumglobal flights of up to 100 days carrying a payload weighting a ton. Nevertheless, none global flight was achieved due to several design flaws of the model used at that time.

Since those launches in 2003 an “impasse” took place in the activity of the station. On one hand the intergovernmental agreement between Australia and the US for the accomplishment of these activities ended. In the other, the NASA’s balloon program decided to cancel the missions from Australia initially until 2007, to balance its accounts after extraordinary expenses that demanded the works of improvement of the Antarctic balloon facilities at the McMurdo base.

After the renewal of the agreement, NASA’s balloon program started in 2008 an important upgrading to the launching facilities in the Seven Miles Area of the airport by constructing an additional Integration and Staging Building adjacent to the existing one as can be seen in the image at right (click to enlarge).

The new construction is a 60-foot by 60-foot building with enough space to allocate four integration bays for big payloads. The older building will be used for the Electronics Shop and Ground Telemetry Station as well as integration building for up to two small payloads. Much of the existing structures were also improved.

The main construction ended in October 2009, and during the rest of the year and the first two months of 2010 was carried out the internal outfitting of the buildings.

In early Febraury started to arrive the three scientific teams to launch their payloads. The first flight was performed on middle April with a float duration of 50 hours and a succesful performance, but during the launch of the second mission, the payload fell from the launch crane and was dragged for a few meters before impacting violently a car parked near the launch spot. A TV crew was present and recorded the incident which was reproduced worldwide that same day.

As sensitive to bad publicity as NASA is, an investigation comitee was formed and sent to Australia to investigate the incident. The immediate result of the mishap was that the campaign was concluded and all the scientific teams still in the field returned to United States. More important, after analyzing the preliminary data from the event, the comitee issued an order forbidding further flights of the NASA balloon program, even in United States, until a full report come out and corrections would be made to assure not to got again such a situation.

The final report was made public on October that year, and changed from head to toe the NASA safety measures applied on each flight performed by the agency in the United States and also overseas.

A year after the mishap, the last NASA balloon launch was performed at Alice Springs, on April 2011, for the launch and succesful recovery of the HERO telescope. From that moment on, the site remained unused for balloon launches until 2015 when a team from Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) in cooperation with the New South Wales University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) had sent aloft a gamma ray experiment.

Table of balloons launched from Alice Springs

(Incomplete list under permanent updating)

DateHourFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
4/5/1972 26 h 55 mCONTROLLABLE X-RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
4/15/1972 PAYLOAD UNKNOWNBalloon Failure
11/7/19756:14 cst11 h 58 mGAMMA RAY DETECTOR— No Data —
11/11/19756:35 cst23 h 46 mGAMMA RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
11/21/19756:13 cst60 h 7 mGAMMA RAY DETECTOR— No Data —
11/24/19754:12 cst9 h 6 mGAMMA RAY SPECTROMETER— No Data —
10/26/1977 F 8 h 15 mX-RAY OBSERVATIONS— No Data —
11/11/1977 F 55 h 45 mBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPEIn the Simpson Desert, 175 miles E of Alice Springs, Australia
11/16/1977 30 hGAMMA RAY BURST DETECTOR— No Data —
11/21/197720:08 utcF 47 h 45 mGAMMA RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
11/24/1977 F 9 h 30 mNRL HARD X-RAY OBSERVATORY— No Data —
11/30/1977 X-RAY TELESCOPEBalloon failure at launch. Aborted fligth
11/1/1978 X-RAY EXPERIMENT— No Data —
11/13/1978 58 hGAMMA RAY BURST DETECTOR— No Data —
11/20/1978~ 23:00 utc24 hX-RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
11/22/1978 ~ 55 hrX-RAY EXPERIMENT— No Data —
3/23/197920:57 utc1 h 46 mRADIOMETER— No Data —
3/28/197921:30 utc5h 35mMEASUREMENTS OF NO AND HNO3— No Data —
4/3/197921:45 utc3h 10 mRADIOMETER— No Data —
4/4/1979 2 hGAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT— No Data —
4/7/1979 PAYLOAD UNKNOWNLaunch Abort
4/9/197917:45 utc~ 7 hMEASUREMENTS OF NO, HNO3 AND OZONE— No Data —
4/15/1979 F 16 h 10 mBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
4/18/1979 F 13 h 10 mDOUBLE SCATTER GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
4/24/1979 2 h 10 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN— No Data —
11/12/1980 30 hAGLAEIn an aborigin reserve 600 km from Alice Spring
11/25/1980 1 hUTIC 80 (University of Tasmania / Imperial College 1980)Balloon brst at 60. 000 ft
11/10/1981 24 h 30 mUCR GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
11/20/19814:20 local19 hLEGS (Low Energy Gamma-ray Spectrometer)300 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
11/21/19815:10 local30 h 5 mBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE311 miles WNW of Alice Springs, Australia
12/1/198121:03 localF 10 h 10 mUTIC 81 (University of Tasmania / Imperial College 1981)— No Data —
12/1/1981 COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTBalloon failure
12/1/198118:24 localF 12 hCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT— No Data —
12/14/1982 PAYLOAD UNKNOWNAborted flight
1/19/198320:4122 dEOSCOR III (Extended Observation of Solar COsmic Radiation)Lost over the Indian Ocean
5/4/1983 34 hCOSMIC RAY HEAVIES— No Data —
5/8/1983 11 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY— No Data —
5/10/1983 29 hCOSMIC RAY HEAVIES— No Data —
5/13/1983 25 hATMOSPHERIC ELECTRICITY— No Data —
5/18/1983 13 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY— No Data —
11/7/1983 34 hCOSMIC RAY IRON NUCLEI— No Data —
11/20/198419:44 utcF 9 h 29 mBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE320 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
12/5/198412:36 utcF 4 h 2 mX-RAY & GAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT290 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
12/7/198419:40 utcF 5 h 10 mBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE315 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
2/21/1985 12 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)— No Data —
2/27/1985 2 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)— No Data —
3/8/1985 8 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)— No Data —
8/27/1986 11 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)— No Data —
9/4/1986 2 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)— No Data —
9/13/1986 6 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)— No Data —
11/20/1986 12 hHIBAL 86— No Data —
1/25/1987 6 d 6 hJACEE 7 (Japanese-American Collaborative Emulsion Experiment)In Concepcion, Paraguay
2/9/1987~ 21:0012 dOBSERVATION OF THE SUN CORONAIn Palotina, Parana, Brazil
2/19/1987 GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
4/13/1987 2 hX-RAY / GAMMA RAY ASTRONOMY— No Data —
4/19/1987 9 hSN87A – I— No Data —
5/20/198720:21 utcF 8 h 24 mGRIP (Gamma-Ray Imaging Payload)15 miles S of Middleton, Australia
5/30/198719:19 utcF 9 h 40 mSUPERNOVA OBSERVATION15 miles NNE of Clermount, Australia
6/2/198720:38 utc20 mBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPEBalloon failure at 10. 000 ft. Landed 3 miles S of Alice Springs, Australia
6/8/198721:11 utcF 9 h 57 mSUPERNOVA OBSERVATION40 miles N of Longreach, Australia
10/29/19879:20 utc40 hGAMMA RAY SPECTROMETER10 miles S of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia
11/8/198718:55 utcGRIP (Gamma-Ray Imaging Payload)Aborted launch
11/10/1987 15 mX-RAY ASTRONOMY— No Data —
11/18/198710:45 utcGRIP (Gamma-Ray Imaging Payload)400 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
11/19/1987 20 hX-RAY ASTRONOMY— No Data —
12/6/19879:47 utc10 h 50 mGAMMA RAY SPECTROMETER550 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
1/5/1988 GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE— No Data —
2/8/198821:06 utc6 dJACEE 8 (Japanese-American Collaborative Emulsion Experiment)3 miles NW of Pratinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
2/16/198820:52 utc9 dGAMMA RAY EXPERIMENTMogi Mirim, Sao Paulo, Brazil
4/5/198820:43 utcSN87A – II100 miles SSW of Mongrel Downs, Northern Territory, Australia
4/8/198822:00 utcF 31 hHARD X-RAY TELESCOPE11 miles WNW of Murray Downs, Australia
4/11/198821:50 utcGRIP (Gamma-Ray Imaging Payload)16 miles W of Ti Tree, Northern Territory, Australia
4/15/198821:00 utc10 hCOMPTON GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE30 miles N of Erldunda, Northern Territory, Australia
4/18/19888:20 utcINFRARED EXPERIMENT61 miles SW of Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory, Australia
4/30/198819:59 utc24 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)174 miles NW of Longbeach, New South Wales, Australia
5/6/1988 GAMMA RAY EXPERIMENTAborted flight
5/16/198820:51 utcGAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT98 miles SE of Longbeach, New South Wales, Australia
5/17/198821:05 utcEXITE (Energetic X-ray Imaging Telescope Experiment)121 miles WNW of Longbeach, New South Wales, Australia
10/28/19889:24 utc44 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)61 miles NW of Warrabri, Northern Territory, Australia
11/2/19889:04 utcGAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT34 miles WNW of Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
11/17/19888:43 utcCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT3 miles N of Stirling, Australia
4/3/19899:02 utc28 hGRIP (Gamma-Ray Imaging Payload)20 miles NE of Fregon, South Australia
4/15/1989 EXITE (Energetic X-ray Imaging Telescope Experiment)Aborted flight
5/9/198921:52 utc6 hEXITE (Energetic X-ray Imaging Telescope Experiment)160 miles NE of Longreach, Queensland, Australia
5/17/19898:27 utc10 hPOKER 8931 miles SSE of Tambo, Queensland, Australia
5/22/198920:45 utc5 hHEXAGONE (High Energy X-ray And Gamma ray Observatory for Nuclear Emissions)130 miles WSW of Mackay, Queensland, Australia
5/29/198922:01 utc20 hLAPEX (Large-Area Phoswich Balloon Experiment for Hard-X-Ray Astronomy)5 miles E of Muttatura, Australia
4/10/1992 GRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)Aborted launch
4/26/19928:17 utc14 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)20 miles NNE of Clermont, Queensland, Australia
4/27/19927:32 utcBICE / BIRTRuby Gorge, Northwestern Territories, Australia
5/7/19927:37 utc24 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)35 miles N of Evremunga, Australia
5/8/19927:09 utc11 hINFRARED EXPERIMENTMt. H.Witt Station, Australia
5/24/19927:44 utc10 hBICE (Balloon-borne Infrared Carbon Explorer)13 miles NW of Tambo, Queensland, Australia
6/1/19927:47 utc10 hHEXAGONE (High Energy X-ray And Gamma ray Observatory for Nuclear Emissions)Mantuan Downs, Queensland, Australia
9/26/199522:12 utc24 hAXEL (Astrophysical X-Ray Experimental Laboratory)17 miles NE Giles Weather Station, Western Australia
10/4/19957:30 utc24 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)13.5 miles N of Alice Springs, Australia
10/6/199522:24 utc34 hGRIP-2 (Gamma-Ray Imaging Payload)140 miles NW of Boulia, Queensland, Australia
10/17/199522:09 utc32 hGRATIS (Gamma Ray Arcminute Telescope Imaging System)30 miles W of Ti Tree, Northern Territory, Australia
10/25/199521:43 utc35 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer) + PORTIA30 miles E of Alice Springs, Australia
11/14/199522:00 utc9 h 30 mGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer) + PORTIA10 miles N of Alice Springs, Australia
2/24/200123:15 utc4 h 17 mNIGHTGLOW + ULDB (Ultra Long Duration Balloon)115 miles SSW of Alice Springs, Australia
3/9/200123:26 utc24 h 42 mULDB (Ultra Long Duration Balloon)90 nautic miles N of Carnarvon, Western Australia
3/17/20038:38 local12 h 13 mNIGHTGLOW + ULDB (Ultra Long Duration Balloon)130 miles WSW of Ayers Rock, Australia
4/16/2010 57 hTIGRE (Tracking and Imaging Gamma Ray Experiment)70 km SW of Longreach, Australia
4/28/20108:00 local timeNCT (Nuclear Compton Telescope)Ground abort. Payload destroyed at launch
4/18/201122:13 utc34 h 37 mHERO (High Energy Replicated Optics)N of Balcardine, Queensland, Australia
5/12/2015 GRAINE (Gamma-Ray Astro-Imager with Nuclear Emulsion)— No Data —
4/4/2017 4 h 55 mCLIMAT (Combinaison de Lasers et d’Instrument in-situ de Mesure dans l’Atmosphère Terrestre)10 km from Glen Helen creek, Northern Territory, Australia
4/9/2017 12 h 33 mCARMENNorth of Tanami road between Hamilton Downs and Milton Park, Northern Territory, Australia
4/16/201715:50 utc33 h 40 mPILOT (Polarized Instrument for Long wavelength Observation of the Tenuous interstellar medium)Diamantina Lakes National Park, Queensland, Australia
4/7/20186:24 acst28 h 43 mSMILE-2+ (Sub-MeV/MeV gamma-ray Imaging Loaded-on-balloon Experiment)190 km SSE of Alice Springs, Australia
4/26/20186:03 jst16 h 44 mGRAINE (Gamma-Ray Astro-Imager with Nuclear Emulsion)W of Windorah, Queensland, Australia

Balloon releases and littering | Keep Australia Beautiful WA

What’s the issue?

Balloons that are released into the air eventually come back down to earth and end up as litter, with the potential to harm the environment and animal life, in particular birds and marine animals. Keep Australia Beautiful WA does not endorse the releasing of balloons and encourages anyone considering doing so to seek an alternative method of celebration or commemoration.

What harm do they do?

Balloons have similar effects to plastic  bags and many dead animals have been found with the remnants of balloons inside them. Balloons and balloon fragments are often mistaken for food and swallowed, which can cause injury and death. The string attached to the balloon, can also be dangerous as they can strangle or entrap animals. Birds have been found tangled in the strings of balloons making them unable to fly or search for food. Watch this video about the impacts balloons and other plastics are having on sea birds.


What about bio-degradable balloons?

Claims that balloons are bio-degradable are misleading. While natural latex may be biodegradable, the addition of chemicals and dyes in balloon manufacture can make balloons persist for many months in the environment. Balloons that are released into the environment, even for a short time can cause harm. Similarly, degraded remnants of balloon can be harmful to animals that ingest them. (Ref:

What’s the law on releasing balloons?

Under the Litter Act 1979 items become litter when they are deposited on land or waters, so while the action of releasing the balloons is not an offence, littering does occur when they land.

This is however, a very difficult situation to prove, as an authorised officer would need to witness the release of the balloon, then follow the balloon and see it fall to land to be able to issue an infringement. There is currently no other legislation in Western Australia addressing the mass release of balloons.

Other states of Australia have laws regarding the release of balloons. For example:

  • In New South Wales, you cannot release more than twenty balloons at any one time.
  • The Sunshine Coast in Queensland banned the intentional release of helium balloons into the atmosphere in 2011.
  • In Tasmania, the idea of banning mass balloon releases has been considered, but no formal law against the mass release of mass balloons has been enacted yet.

Keep Australia Beautiful WA is well aware of the environmental damage helium balloons can cause and discourages the practice. Many large organisations that previously released balloons now choose other methods for celebration.

Local Government Bans

In Western Australia, the release of gas-filled balloons is prohibited within the City of Fremantle and City of Cottesloe.

Environmentally friendly alternatives

Here are just a few ideas for alternatives to balloons to celebrate, promote and commemorate.

Plant or gift in remembrance: By giving seeds, seedlings or planting a native tree, or garden, you can provide shelter, food and clean air to wildlife in the area, while also providing a more permanent place of remembrance.



Flags, banners, streamers and dancing inflatables: These are an option for companies who are looking for some promotional, reusable signage. They save money and can be reused.


Bunting: Different types of bunting can be very eye-catching and a great way to rope off or highlight an area.


Lighting candles and luminaries: Candles made from environmentally friendly materials are readily available and provide an easy option to celebrate or commemorate. Luminaries can be placed along a footpath and can have messages attached to them, or designed to allow people to leave their message.


A battery operated bubble blowing machine: Bubbles are made from harmless detergents and water and disappear on impact, leaving nothing behind. Machines are available cheaply from online stores.


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Party Supplies Online | #1 Discount Party Store [Shindigs]

I can’t find the party supplies I’m after, can you help?

Of course! We have over 18,000 products on our website and we’ve gone to great efforts to catalogue them all and make them easy to find. With so many thousands of items to search through it can sometimes be tricky to find that one item you’re after. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website these tips may help:

  • Search by category such as birthday, occasion, theme or colour
  • Search for products by keyword using the search bar at the top of the page
  • Check the spelling on your search terms
  • Try different terminology for example “scatters” instead of “confetti”

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to get in touch with us online or give us a call. If we have it in stock either online or in-store, our team will find it for you!

Do you offer wholesale or discounts for bulk purchases?

We do offer wholesale and bulk purchase discounts for select purchases.

The prices you see listed on our website are our retail prices. While we’re primarily a retail store we are happy to provide discounts for bulk purchases. We work out our bulk discounts on an order to order basis based on which products are ordered, quantity, destination and urgency.

As Newcastle’s Number 1 party shop we often supply bulk orders and discounts to local event organisers, function centres, schools, universities, pubs and clubs — and to our customers further afield, too, of course! Some items are already available in bulk or carton quantities including 1000pk Cups and 200pk Plates. For more information on our bulk buying options check out our Bulk Buying page.

If you’d like to see if you’re eligible for special discounted rates on your party supplies order simply get in touch with our friendly team!

How do I order balloons for my event?

You really can’t beat the classic party charm of balloons! At Shindigs, we supply a fantastic range of helium balloons and balloon arrangements. The ordering process is simple:

  1. Contact us to place your order
  2. Pick up helium tanks and balloons in-store
  3. Have balloon arrangements delivered to eligible locations

Balloon orders must be placed through our bricks and mortar store located at 3/31 Griffiths Road, Lambton in Newcastle, NSW as helium tanks and DIY kits are strictly pick-up only. Balloon decorations can either be picked up or delivered in the local Newcastle area (delivery charges and conditions apply).

To place an order or find out more about our helium balloon and balloon decoration services, get in touch with our helpful team or read more about our balloons for every occasion including balloon arrangements, table centrepieces, archways, numbers, letters and much more.

Do you offer party supplies for hire?

No. We only offer our range of party supplies for sale, not for hire. Our huge range includes everything you need to make your event a success and our trained staff will gladly help you find party supplies that suit your budget and your style. Whether you need super easy to use disposable catering supplies or amazing party decorations you’ll find it all online.

All our costumes are also for sale only. If you’re after a cost-effective fancy dress outfit check out our dress-up accessories for an easy instant costume that can be paired with regular clothes.

Do you offer click and collect?

Absolutely! To take advantage of our free click and collect option simply select “Pick up in store” as your delivery option. If you want to nominate a friend or family member to collect your order for you simply make a note in the comments section naming the person who’ll be picking up your party supplies — be sure to include their full name as we will ask them to show ID prior to collection to ensure they pick up the correct order.

We will send you an email or text message to let you know when your order is packed and ready for pick-up. Orders placed by 11 am Monday – Friday will be available for collection after 3 pm on the day of ordering.

How long do helium balloons last?

The “float time”, or the amount of time helium balloons stay in the air, varies depending on the volume of helium used at inflation, the type of balloon, and the temperature, sunlight, wind and other weather conditions the balloon is subjected to. Below is a guide to float times for various helium balloons we stock here at Shindigs. These times are based on balloons that have been inflated according to instructions:

  • 11in/28cm latex – 8 to 10 hours
  • 11in/28cm latex – treated with Hifloat – approx 2 to 3 days
  • 14in/40cm latex – 12 to 14 hours
  • 18in foils – 2 to 3 days (looking their best)
  • Supershapes – 4 to 5 days (looking their best)
  • Bubbles – 1 to 2 weeks (looking their best)

For more information about helium balloon float times and how to get the most out of your helium balloons check out our helpful blog on filling helium balloons and our balloon and helium facts.

Can I place orders over the phone?

Absolutely! Our friendly staff will gladly place your order for you if you prefer not to order online or have any issues. If you’re unable to add products to your cart it may be because your internet browser doesn’t allow pop-ups. You may be able to fix the issue by allowing pop-ups for our website in your security settings. If you can’t change your settings we’ll gladly place your order for you over the phone!

Give us a call Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm and we’ll help you order your party supplies in a flash.

Will my party supplies arrive in time for my event?

We make every effort to get your party supplies delivered to you as quickly as possible. We offer three delivery options — Standard Post, Express Post and In-Store Pick Up. Our Standard Post delivery times range from 2-8 business days depending on where you are in Australia. Express delivery times range from 1-7 days depending on your location. Alternatively, you can select In-Store Pick Up and visit us at our Newcastle store for same day or next day pick up by you or a nominated collector.

For more information on our delivery times and options check out our shipping information. If you need your delivery urgently please get in touch with us to make sure you select the appropriate shipping option.

Do you sell eco-friendly disposable catering products?

Absolutely! We offer a great selection of sturdy, eco-friendly party catering products that’ll make clearing up after your party a breeze!

One thing we never want to see after a party is waste, so we offer a huge range of eco-friendly party wares from sugar cane plates to paper straws, palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery. We find many of our customers love the idea of disposable party supplies but feel guilty about the plastic waste it produces. If this sounds like you then our range of eco-friendly party supplies will do the trick. Clear away all the cups, plates, platters and cutlery at the end of the night without harming the environment!

Browse our Eco-Friendly Party Ware section to find everything from platters and trays to utensils, straws and treat boxes.

What if I change my mind? Do you offer refunds?

At Shindigs we want you to be absolutely thrilled with your party supplies.

We offer change of mind returns on most items provided they’re returned to us within 45 days of the invoice date and are still in good saleable and usable condition in their original packaging.

We take every care to ensure your products reach you safely, however, if your products arrive damaged please get in touch with us as soon as possible. For products damaged in transit, a claim must be made within 5 days of delivery.

We do not accept returns on some items including latex balloon, stationary, food items and custom items. For a full list of non-refundable items along with more information on our returns policy check out our returns and refunds information page.

Why should I choose Shindigs?

We’ve been supplying quality party supplies to the community since 2003 and in that time we’ve served over 750,000 happy customers! Our focus is on bringing you the best, most comprehensive range of party supplies at an affordable price backed up by top-tier customer service. Our hardworking team is made up of dedicated party experts who love nothing more than going the extra mile to help our fellow party lovers find exactly what they need. With over 18,000 party products to choose from we really are your one-stop party shop!

  • 18,000+ products
  • 750,0000+ happy customers
  • In business since 2003

You can’t argue with the numbers! Shop online today or come and visit us in our Lambton store to find out for yourself why a quarter of a million people have chosen to plan their parties with Shindigs.

Balloon Delivery Sydney | Balloons Northern Beaches

Brookvale Balloons is a full-service  balloon company established by JayJay the Balloon Guy, a professional balloon artist who has spent more than 20 years creating detailed bouquets, party favors and centerpieces for children and adults all over Sydney.

We are delighted to announce that we’re now serving the Northern beaches and North shores of Sydney! Whether you need breathtaking and colorful helium balloon for a wedding reception, an upcoming birthday party, or want to add a little flair to your anniversary, our spectacular array of balloon bouquets are perfect for any occasion.

If you’re looking to inspire passionate smiles and good feelings, check out our vast selection at Brookvale Balloons and we’ll be happy to get them delivered to your next personal or professional event!

There’s nothing quite like receiving a big, vibrant balloon with a happy face or fun design that can turn a regular day into an unforgettable memory. That’s why we at Brookvale Balloons let you surprise loved ones, encourage friends, and inspire coworkers with bright, beautiful balloon bouquets deliveries that make them feel extra special. View our Balloon Bouquets now.

A unique way to wrap a gift! Bring us any gift that will fit through a ring 12cm wide and we can place it into a balloon. Soft toys can be squashed through as can T- shirts and other clothing items. Object like bottles of wine, chocolates etc obviously need to fit through without bending. View our Gifts in Balloons now.

Party planners everywhere can tell you that an event—be it a birthday, wedding, Christmas party, or business meeting—is only as good as the décor and amenities that adorn the room. That’s because a room without colorful and engaging pieces are boring and cause people to lose interest quickly. View our Balloon Decorations now.

If you have any questions about any of our balloon bouquets, gifts in balloons, balloon decorations or anything else, please contact us.

‘Sailing in the sky’ returns to balloon capital of Australia

The world-renowned Canowindra International Balloon Challenge setting sail is cause for celebration in the town that suffered from its cancellation last year.

Key points:

  • A meteorologist described the weather conditions for the balloon race as some of the best he’s ever seen 
  • The annual event brings more than $1 million to Canowindra
  • Pilots are preparing for the national championships in Western Australia

For nine days balloons rise into the air with the sun in a race of precision rather than time.

The event is expected to bring $1.3 million to the community of just over 2,000 people.

With only a few hundred beds to cater for the ever-growing crowds, surrounding areas benefit too.

Pilots gathered on Canowindra’s sports field at five o’clock to get a weather briefing before set up. 

Balloon pilots unload their baskets from trailers before lighting the burner.(ABC Central West: Xanthe Gregory)

Event meteorologist Don Whitford arrived hours prior to assess the weather conditions of the day. 

This year is expected to have “some of the best” with calm winds and clear skies set for the week, Mr Whitford said.

Balloonists do not have the luxury of a steering wheel, rudder or engine.

“I’m the first up to get the information together, like wind direction, because once they get up there that’s all they can use,” Mr Whitford said.

“It’s like sailing in the sky.”

Mr Whitford said his job was complete after a PowerPoint presentation with the racers, but he would be the first person to be blamed if anything during the race went off course.

The pilots readying themselves for flight.(ABC Central West: Xanthe Gregory)

Up and away

Balloonists unloaded their equipment to prepare for take off shortly after the sun rose.

Meanwhile, the festival’s flight director Adam Barrow returned from setting up the targets, which get moved each day based upon wind conditions.

“Ballooning is an accuracy sport, not a speed sport,” Mr Barrow said. 

Balloons slowly blow up as pilots ignite LPG to get them off the ground.(ABC Central West: Xanthe Gregory)

The pilots prepared to fly on their own, with the goal to drop sandbags as close to each of the four targets set out. 

“One they’re in the air there’s usually a lot of panic,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a Formula 1 team — the pilot is alone, but there’s a whole pit crew behind them.”

On-ground crews hopped in their cars to race the balloons and see which one was closest to the target.

The most accurate person was awarded 1,000 points — the least got zero.

A balloonist flies towards the first target on the course.(ABC News: Xanthe Gregory)

All in the landing

Meteorologist Don Whitford stood watching on as the 26 balloons floated towards to finish.

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His final wish, that the pilots landed where they were allowed to.

“It’s really important that people don’t land in people’s backyards and don’t land on farmer’s crops,” Mr Whitford said. 

The festival employed a liaison officer to work with the owners of surrounding properties to ensure no balloon landed in the wrong spot.

Racers use the event as practice for the National Championship in Western Australia this September.

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Single round-the-world balloon flight “MORTON”

Fedor set an absolute world record for a balloon, flying around the globe in a record short time: 11 days 4 hours 20 minutes or 268 hours 20 minutes.

Previous record for American pilot Steve Fossett: 320 hours 33 minutes, beaten by 52 hours and 13 minutes.

Total time in the air (until landing): 11 days 8 hours 43 minutes or 272 hours 43 minutes.

Second achievement: the total distance between the starting and ending points of the route is 35,168 km.

Steve Fossett’s previous record was 33, 195.1 km.

The third achievement, which is not recorded in the FAI book of records, but is of great importance – Fedor Konyukhov became the first person in the world to successfully fly around the world in a balloon on his first attempt .It took Steve Fossett 6 tries.

Fedor – the first aeronaut who flew in a balloon back to the same airfield from which the flight began. This is probably the most outstanding achievement of the flight and is unlikely to ever be repeated.

Fedor dedicated his flight to Steve Fossett.

Flight route from west to east: Australia – Tasman Sea – New Zealand – Pacific Ocean – South America (Chile – Argentina) – Falkland Islands – Atlantic Ocean – Africa (South Africa, Cape of Good Hope) – Indian Ocean and finish in Australia.

The expeditionary headquarters of Fedor Konyukhov thanks:

General sponsor of the flight – the MORTON group of companies for believing in the project, in the team and in the pilot. It took Fyodor Konyukhov 10 years to get funding for this flight. Only a meeting with the president of MORTON Group – Alexander Valerievich Ruchiev – gave the project the necessary impetus. The round-the-world flight of the MORTON balloon was organized at the expense of private companies, the main financial burden was taken by the MORTON Group of Companies.

The Open Sea Foundation for Cultural and Educational Programs and its President Mikhail Simonyan.

Cameron Balloons, Don Cameron ( Don Cameron) and his entire team.

Cameron Balloons manufactured a balloon in Bristol, England. Alan Noble managed and promoted the project with Don Cameron, Dave Boxall, Pete Johnson, Andy Skirrow, Chris Leikenicht, Simon Watley and Adrian Keely (Dave Boxall, Pete Johnson, Andy Skirrow, Chris What Lachenicht, Simon Adrian Keeley), who flew to Australia to organize the launch of the MORTON balloon.

John Wallington John Wallington

Australian project manager secured flight clearance and arranged for Australian logistics. During the flight, he worked as a specialist in the flight control center and assisted the head of the MCC, Oskar Konyukhov, in decision-making and flight planning.

David Dehenauw – Chief Meteorologist / Head of Marine Forecast Section Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI / KMI / IRM), whose trajectories, forecasts, warnings and the recommendations provided such a sensational result and a successful project implementation.

Instructors who trained and prepared Fedor Konyukhov for the flight: Ivan Menyailo (Russia), Giovani Aimo (Italy), Wilhelm Emers (Germany)

Gas supplier – Supagaz ( Supagas)

An uninterrupted supply of helium, ethane, propane and liquid oxygen was provided by Supagas. Their technicians, Doug Maclaughlan and Erol Arican, were on site to fill the cylinders and fill the balloon with helium.

Dick Smith ( Dick Smith)

A longtime friend and sponsor of Fedor, who introduced him to Cameron Balloons, and now organized the necessary helicopter to assist in landing, and also supported everyone with his inexhaustible enthusiasm.

Gren Putland ( Gren Putland) for organizing local logistics and attracting many volunteers, whose help was invaluable during the preparation for the start.

Claude Meunier ( Claude Meunier) for providing a hangar for preparing equipment for flight and for packing equipment after the flight.

Anton Parfenov and Yakov Orlov for their great help and round-the-clock duty at the MCC in Northam during the flight.

Andrey Abrosimov, Galina Abrosimova for help in organizing the work of our team in Australia and attracting volunteers from among our compatriots.

Alexey Vikulov, translator and guide for professional help in translating instructions for the balloon’s fuel system, for translating press releases, as well as for working with friends and sponsors who came to Australia to support Fedor before the start.

The Northam District Administration and Residents for their tremendous local support, including permission to use the airfield.

Russian community in Perth and Western Australia.

Australian Air Traffic Services ( Airservices Australia). Air traffic controllers were always ready to meet halfway when the balloon passed the airspace under their control.

Australian Ballooning Federation and Civil Aviation Safety Authorities ( The Australian Balloon Federation and The Civil Aviation Safety Authorizations Safety ) on the flight.

The World Air Ops Company (“ World Air Ops”) for being cleared to fly through the airspace of 4 South American countries on a request received just a few hours before the flight.

Project sponsors:

Toyota Russia, Toyota Australia for providing reliable pickups Toyota Hilux

Breitling – Project Official Chronograph

DHL – Official Logistics Partner

Tour operator Biblio Globus – for the delivery of the pilot and the team to Australia

Channel One – general information partner of project

First Educational – information partner of the project

RGS – for help in organizing the project

Iridium Russia – for the provision of satellite communications

Iridium 360 – for providing an interactive route map

Forward – team and pilot equipment

Red Fox – Pilot Equipment

Lenovo – the official supplier of office equipment and mobile phones

Press about the project

Russian sets off for world record.CNBC

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov beats record for flying solo around world. International Business Times

Round-the-world: Russian traveler to set off on solo record-breaking balloon flight. RT

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov breaks record for flying solo around the world. The Guardian

Russian Adventurer Completes Round-the-World Ballooning Record. National Geographic

Russian sets record with 11-day global balloon tour.TRT World

Russian Aims for World Record in Solo Balloon Trek Around Globe. NBC News


Fedor Konyukhov completes solo circumnavigation of earth in hot air balloon. Guinness World Records

Russian Priest Claims Hot Air Balloon Record. Sky news

Russian balloonist claims new record. DW

Russian adventurer battled crazy winds to break hot-air balloon world record.Insider

Russian adventurer battled freezing temperatures and crazy winds to break hot-air balloon world record. Business Insider

Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days, sets record. USA Today

Ballooning priest sets sights on world record. The Times

65-year-old Russian man sets world record with 11-day nonstop solo balloon trip around the world. Daily News

Adventurer drops into Bristol balloon factory ahead of around-the-world record attempt.ITV

Around-the-world helium balloon build begins in Bristol. BBC News

Russia’s Latest Superjet: Russian Aviators Set Hot Air Balloon World Record. Sputnik News

ফিওদর কোনিয়ুকভের বেলুনযাত্রা! Prothom Alo

Russian tries to break balloon record. 7News

El cura que intenta dar la vuelta al mundo en globo en 13 días ya está volando: un superexplorador. Religionen Libertad

Fedor Konyukhov is back to Australia! SBS

Fedor Konyukhov Solo Around-The-World in a Balloon – Official World Record Claims received! FAI

Neun Tage in der Todeszone.Spiegel

Russian Adventurer Seeks To Break Record In Round-The-World Balloon Flight. NPR

Russian Adventurer Attempts to Break Hot Air Balloon Record. NBC News

Russian sets off for world record. CNBC

Russian balloonist sets world record for circumnavigation. Reuters

90,000 Don’t launch balloons into the sky!

Mass balloon launch has become an integral part of any holiday or event, including school graduations.

According to scientists, ecologists, experts, this tradition contributes to the deterioration of the ecological situation, in particular, leads to the death of land animals and marine life, including in protected areas. Some countries have already banned the launch of balloons (some regions of the US, UK and Australia).

Launching prom balloons in schools can create non-recyclable debris.

The material of which the balloons are made (latex, nylon, film with the addition of foil) is not recyclable and decomposes over several years, causing significant harm to the environment.As the scientists explained, after the balloons fall to the ground or into the water, their latex casings and polyethylene ropes release toxic substances into the environment. Attracting fish, birds and mammals with their bright appearance, they become lethal food for them. In addition, in the scraps of rope tied to the balls, animals can become entangled and die.

A particular danger to the environment is posed by flashlights, or rather, the batteries they contain. The departed ball becomes toxic waste of hazard class II (highly hazardous waste).Batteries contain hazardous substances: magnesium, mercury, tin, lead, nickel, zinc, cadmium, which, when decomposed in natural conditions, enter the soil and water, thereby causing irreparable harm to the environment and human health.

Sky lanterns are also a serious threat. Their wire frame is deadly for small animals that are trapped in it. According to the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of the Consequences of Natural Disasters, fires have occurred more than once in our country due to the launch of sky lanterns.

“If every eleventh grader launches a balloon, more than 2 tons of non-recyclable plastic and latex will end up in the environment. And they will be scattered throughout the country. I am sure that schoolchildren will sympathetically join in refusing to launch balloons into the sky. The younger generation is always willing to catch trends. , and the fashion for conscious consumption is no exception “, – the opinion of the General Director of REO Denis Butsaev is given in the message (

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Magadan Region supports the initiative to refuse the mass and uncontrolled launch of balloons, light balloons, sky lanterns during various events and large-scale holidays in the region in order to ensure environmental safety in the Magadan Region.

90,000 World’s Best Hot Air Balloon & Paragliding Locations

Not a single observation deck allows you to be where only birds and quadcopters fly.And if skydiving attracts those who love extreme sports, then a meditative paragliding or balloon flight will definitely suit everyone.

Where is the best place to fly paragliding and hot air balloons:

  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Masai Mara Wildlife Sanctuary, Kenya
  • Oludeniz, Turkey
  • Bagan, Myanmar
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Pokhara, Nepal
  • Dune Pyla, France
  • Gudauri, Georgia
  • Napa Valley, USA
  • Annecy, France
  • Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Stockholm, Sweden

1.Vilnius, Lithuania

Just imagine: you are flying in a hot air balloon not over hills and valleys, but directly over the tiled roofs of a medieval city. This is possible only in Vilnius and a couple of other European capitals. The balloon floats over the entire old center to the airport, where you can watch the planes taking off from above. The hardest part is deciding when to do it: at dawn or at dusk.

Castles, witches, zeppelins and more: 11 reasons to be surprised at Lithuania

2.Interlaken, Switzerland

When on both sides of the mountain, and under your feet – a river and a cozy alpine town, 15 minutes of flight is clearly not enough. It is not for nothing that locals say that Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland. The city is sandwiched between lakes, reliably sheltered by high mountains and scented with coniferous forests. One has only to accelerate better – and you rush right into the Alpine postcard!

Conquer the Alps, cook cheese and 10 more ways to remember Switzerland

3.Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Albuquerque became famous long before Breaking Bad: the International Balloon Festival has been held here for about 40 years. Once a large-scale holiday even got into the Guinness Book of Records, that day 345 balloons rose into the sky in an hour. Balloons are launched even at night, and with a romantic glow they resemble Thai sky lanterns. The funnest part is Special Shape Rodeo, when the most incredible balloons are circling over the Rio Grande Valley: from the inflatable Christ the Redeemer to the flying toad.

Festival dates in 2019: 10/05/2019 – 10/13/2019, the program on the official website.

Grand Canyon, voodoo magic and cheesecakes: where to go and what to do to understand America

4. Wildlife Sanctuary Masai Mara, Kenya

No sunrise beats a morning in the savannah, when the sun rises above the ground like a red-hot coin, and elephants, ostriches, giraffes and other locals come out to meet it. It is especially great to be here during the Great Migration of Animals, when millions of wildebeest herds and hundreds of thousands of zebras are streaming through the scorched valleys.

Cross the equator, feed the giraffe and 10 more reasons to dash to Kenya 90 140 90 129

5. Oludeniz, Turkey

Professional paragliders come to Oludeniz from different continents to practice the most difficult stunts or participate in the annual Air Games Festival. And beginners are excited by the amazing views of the mountains, forests and the protected Blue Lagoon. They say that from the top of Babadag, from where flights start, even the Greek island of Rhodes can be seen in good weather.

The Tale Behind the Gates. What to see outside the hotel in Turkey

6. Bagan, Myanmar

There is only one way to see all two thousand temples of Pagan at once – before the sun rises above them into the sky. The cold air allows the balls to fly so close to the ancient pagodas that it seems that the basket is about to catch on to the golden skewer of one of the rooftops. But the pilots know their stuff and calmly maneuver in the morning fog – a fairy tale!

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7.Queenstown, New Zealand

The Lord of the Rings was filmed in Queenstown, surrounded by mountains, so the townspeople were fabulously lucky to wake up in Middle-earth every morning. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a bearded wizard riding an eagle to climb the wooded hills and pristine Lake Wakatipu. Paragliding flights start from Coronet Peak, located just 20 minutes from the city center.

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8.Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one of the few places where people are happy to get up on an alarm clock at four in the morning. Dawn casts rose-gold shadows over volcanic figures, vineyards and cave cities dating back to BC. Hundreds of balloons soaring at different heights make the picture absolutely magical – especially in winter, when the bizarre rocks are powdered with snow.

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9.Pokhara, Nepal

Although Mount Machapuchare is not the highest in the Himalayas, no human has ever set foot on its top. The peak is considered sacred, and the only way to get close to it is to catch the air flow, like eagles do. Flying in a race with huge birds against the backdrop of sparkling hulks, you realize how insignificant all the problems are.

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10. Dune Pyla, France

As you chill out at the Bordeaux wineries, you will never think that the largest sand dune in Europe is just an hour’s drive away.It is most impressive from above: a piece of desert is unusually hidden between the bay and the lush forest. In June, there are especially many rainbow paragliders scattered over the Pyla Dune: every year the Wagas Festival is held here.

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11. Gudauri, Georgia

Only local landscapes can be better than Georgian khachapuri. Look for proofs at the Arch of Friendship of Peoples, which cannot be missed while driving along the Georgian Military Highway.The play of light on the angular mountains, the Aragvi River somewhere underfoot and endless distances – a picture that you want to hug. Fortunately, all it takes is a paraglider and good weather.

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12. Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley is a true gastronomic dream. More than 450 wineries and 6 Michelin-starred restaurants promise an eventful vacation.Nevertheless, the most vivid impression will be a flight over Californian Tuscany in a hot air balloon. Well-groomed wineries, endless valleys, mountains and rural air can turn your head more than a chardonnay.

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13. Annecy, France

For most people, Annecy is a cozy town with an Alpine postcard, but behind the ancient rooftops, the Alps cannot be seen. But one has only to rise above the doll houses, as instead of narrow streets, a 15-kilometer lake appears in front of your eyes, and the smell of croissants is replaced by the freshness of the mountains.

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14. Wadi Rum, Jordan

When the guys from Hollywood need to make a movie about Mars, they come to the Wadi Rum Desert. In reality, instead of rockets, balloons fly over rocks and wavy dunes, but this does not make the view lose its cosmic beauty. Morning rays soften the colors and cast shadows of bizarre sandstone figures – only the starry sky above the dunes can be compared with this view.

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15. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Climb Mount Pedra Bonita in the wooded park of Tijuca to meet the most magical sunrises in all of Rio. From a height of 500 meters, you can see the rock of Pedra da Gavea, Ipanema Beach and lush forests – the perfect place to run, jump and let the paraglider carry you through all this beauty under the trill of tropical birds.

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16.Stockholm, Sweden

Not surprisingly, you need to book a flight over Stockholm at least a month in advance: there are not so many cities in the world where you are allowed to take to the skies directly above the historic center. Sizzling burners set fire at sunset, and colorful balls fly up to the very spire of the Church of Riddarholmen – not even Carlson climbed so high.

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5 things to know before flying in a hot air balloon

1.Do not hesitate if you have no experience and special training: the pilot controls the balloon, and the instructor controls the paraglider.

2. If you want to fly in a hot air balloon alone or together, you will have to pay separately. A standard basket contains an average of 8 to 25 passengers. Paragliding flights take place in tandem with an instructor.

3. Make sure that the price includes insurance and that pilots and instructors have certificates confirming their experience. Be prepared for the fact that in bad weather the flight is postponed or canceled.

4. Book your paragliding or hot air balloon flight online in advance: tours take place at a strictly defined time of the day and therefore all dates may be busy during the season.

5. Budget at least half a day for entertainment. Although the flight itself lasts 30-60 minutes, it will take several hours together with the briefing and transfer. After traveling in a hot air balloon, they are usually treated to champagne and awarded with diplomas.

90,000 In the Moscow region, it is proposed to limit the launch of balloons

Launching balloons is a beautiful tradition on many holidays.But it does significant harm to the environment. Is it possible to restrict the launch – this issue was discussed during the round table of the Moscow Regional Duma Committee on ecology and nature management and the Commission on ecology, nature management and forest conservation of the Public Chamber of the Moscow Region.

“A beautiful balloon is not just a cute attribute of a holiday, but a potentially dangerous garbage flying across the sky. Launching thousands of them uncontrollably and not being responsible for where they go is simply wrong. And more and more people think so, especially young people.Therefore, the request from the society is ripe, “- said Alla Polyakova, Chairperson of the Moscow Regional Duma Committee on Ecology and Nature Management.

“This topic is relevant, since now there are many activities for the separate collection of waste, for responsible environmental management. Many environmental initiatives that have recently been introduced in the Moscow Region have been replicated throughout Russia. We want to raise this topic, make recommendations not to launch balloons, especially since there are alternatives, ”said Elena Grishina, Chairperson of the Commission on Ecology, Nature Management and Forests Conservation of the Public Chamber of the Moscow Region.

Harm to the environment

Every year in Russia, at mass events, millions of air, helium, light balloons and heavenly (“Chinese”) lanterns are launched into the sky. In favorable weather conditions, the flight of the balloons can last about 14 hours. Residues of latex and rubber become trash that no one can dispose of or clean up. Environmentalists around the world are increasingly reporting the deaths of animals from eaten latex, polyethylene or other types of waste.

Several hundred scientists from different countries have identified balloons as one of the main threats to marine mammals, seabirds and turtles, dolphins and even whales.Swallowing the remains of the balls, entanglement in the ropes and cords with which they are tied, leads to the painful death of animals.

Balloons are usually made of latex. It can also contain toxic substances. When properly disposed of, it takes four years for it to completely disintegrate. Being next to other waste, it blocks the access of air, which significantly increases the period of their natural destruction.

The so-called biodegradable balls also decompose over several years.The decomposition of the nylon braid used to tie up such jewelry is 100 years. Foil balls do not decompose at all.

An even greater threat to the environment is posed by battery-powered LED balloons, which, if not properly disposed of, become hazardous class II toxic waste.


Balls may cause an electrical short or fire if caught on power lines.

So, in 2018, 33,600 residents of Yakutsk were left without electricity, the reason for which was turned off was a balloon with foil ribbons.

In the UK, balloons caused 619 train delays on rail in 2018. The damage caused by this incident is estimated at £ 5,000.

Another type of threat – “Chinese lanterns”

Celestial (“Chinese”) lanterns with a wire frame are also a serious danger, for the complete decomposition of which takes decades, during which the remains of the wire can harm both domestic and wild animals.

“Chinese” flashlights can be dangerous to people too. In 2013, such a flashlight caused a fire in the West Midlands (UK), which injured 13 of 200 firefighters who came to extinguish the fire and caused damage of £ 6 million.

On the territory of the Russian Federation, fires have occurred more than once due to the launch of sky lanterns. For example, in 2013 at the Mosfilm site, as well as in the Krasnoyarsk Pillars National Park (almost 3.5 hectares of forest were burnt down).

No takeoff

In the rules of the fire regime in the Russian Federation, “Chinese lanterns” have a wording that sounds like: “uncontrollable products made of combustible materials, the principle of raising to a height is based on heating the air inside the structure using an open fire.”

These “uncontrollable products” are prohibited from being launched on the territory of settlements, urban districts and inner-city municipalities, as well as at a distance of less than 1000 meters from forests.

Regarding helium balloons, there is currently no legal ban on their launch. However, the Federal Air Navigation Service of the Russian Federation (Rosaeronavigatsia) recommended that citizens and organizations refrain from launching balloons, since they pose a threat to the safety of aircraft flights.

Foreign experience

In some countries, the launching of balloons is prohibited by law. In Australia, Great Britain and a number of US states (Florida, Tennessee, Connecticut, Virginia) there is a fine for deliberately launching an inflatable balloon into the sky.For example, in the United States, its size is up to $ 500.

Many countries have banned the launch of sky lanterns within their borders. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Argentina;
  • Austria;
  • Australia;
  • Brazil;
  • Chile;
  • Colombia;
  • Costa Rica;
  • Germany;
  • New Zealand;
  • Spain;
  • thirty states of the United States;
  • parts of Canada;
  • Wales (UK).

Experience of Russian regions

In our country, no restriction has been established at the legislative level, but a number of regions have followed the path of world practice and have already supported the initiative to ban the launch.

The state authorities of St. Petersburg, Ufa, Izhevsk, Irkutsk, Sochi, Petrozavodsk and Samara recommended not to launch balloons into the sky during mass events in educational organizations.

In some cities, schoolchildren themselves refused this action, the corresponding petitions with signatures are collected by their parents and sent to the authorities.

The “Balloons Not for the Sky” movement against disposable inflatable decorations is gaining momentum. The corresponding popular hashtag #No to Air Balloons appeared on Instagram.

Support for activists

The initiative to ban the launch of balloons, light balloons and “Chinese” lanterns in the Moscow region is supported by activists of many environmental movements and public organizations:

  • Traffic Separate Collection;
  • Community of Ecobloggers of Russia;
  • activists of the World Day of Cleanliness “Let’s Do It!” in Russia;
  • Interregional public organization in the field of ecology, ecological culture and environmental protection “Garbage.No more”;
  • Autonomous non-profit organization “Center for educational, media and creative solutions in the field of environmental protection” Russian Ecology “;
  • Autonomous non-profit organization of environmental education and consulting coalition “Missile defense wastes”;
  • Interregional Public Organization for Environmental and Patriotic Education “Clean Games”;
  • environmental movement “Circle of Life North-West”;
  • Association “Concerned Youth”;
  • movement “Let’s make the city better”, etc.

Poll of the Moscow Regional Duma

On the eve of the meeting, the Moscow Regional Duma conducted a survey in social networks, during which 57% of respondents spoke in favor of banning the launch of helium balloons. “Ahead of us is a series of ‘Last Calls’ and graduations. I think we need to abandon the launch of balls, replacing them with equally beautiful and spectacular alternatives. And I am sure that our youth near Moscow will support this initiative, ”Alla Polyakova emphasized.

Schoolchildren vs

All-Russian public-state children’s and youth organization “Russian movement of schoolchildren” was invited to support the refusal to launch, as well as to disseminate information about the dangers of such events among schools.

The Ministry of Education of the Moscow Region was also asked to bring the relevant information to schools, in addition to abandoning events with a mass launch in educational organizations.

So, in particular, it was noted that in the upcoming last calls and graduation schools will replace the balls with more environmentally friendly alternatives. For example, it can be the planting of commemorative trees. “Children, when they see that there are alternative solutions, are happy to bring them to life,” Alla Polyakova emphasized

Environmental Lessons

As part of environmental lessons, it is proposed to talk about the dangers of balls for the environment.

“It is necessary to create a social video, film or cartoon about the harm of such products to the environment. It will be more obvious for children, ”Elena Grishina emphasized.

Ball, don’t fly away

The Commission on Ecology, Nature Management and Forest Conservation of the Public Chamber of the Moscow Region is holding a competition “EcoPodmoskovye-2021”. It is proposed to provide for the nomination “Children’s poster (drawing) on ​​the theme” Ball, do not fly away! ”

The best works will be presented at the exhibition in Mosobldum.

Outdoors without balls

The Ministry of Ecology and Nature Management of the Moscow Region was invited to consider the possibility of introducing restrictions on the use of balloons and sky lanterns at promotions, forums, public events in specially protected natural areas of regional significance.

In turn, it was proposed to consider similar restrictions to the Ministry of Improvement of the Moscow Region in the territories of parks, squares and recreation areas.

Opinion poll

The Ministry of Public Administration, Information Technology and Communications of the Moscow Region has been asked to launch an online voting in Dobrodela on the issue of refusing to launch mass balloons.

The ball has no place in the sky

As a result, the meeting participants once again noted that we are not talking about a complete ban on balloons. “We are not talking about the need to close the production of balls, remove them from our life.But the balls must stay on the ground. They can be used to decorate rooms, streets. But there is no need to litter the environment and launch them into the sky, ”emphasized Elena Grishina.


90,000 Autumn in Australia

Autumn in Australia announces its arrival not only with fiery foliage falling from the trees, but also with the annual Balloon Festival.For nine days, every frosty March morning, a colorful cavalcade of balloons rises into the sky. This action takes place on the lawn in front of the old Houses of Parliament in Canberra. It is up to you to witness this magical performance with several thousand curious early risers or to take part in the flight on one of these balloons. Either way, it will be an unforgettable start to a day of exploring Canberra.

Pilots and balloon teams from around the world meet in Canberra for this annual festival.Even the most notorious sleepyheads arrive at the scene at 6.30 am to follow the movement of this unusual heavenly procession from the very beginning. During this festival, creative designers have created balloons in the shape of a house, a kookabara (a large Australian kingfisher), a huge frog, a couple of dancing bees, and even a replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s head! It is a stunning sight to see many balloons hovering in the blue autumn sky, reflected in the pond in front of the old Parliament building.

Flying in one of the balloons is also an original way to take an unusual tour of the Australian capital. Only in Canberra can balloons fly very close to government buildings. An unusual view of the Old and New Parliament Buildings, the National Gallery and the National Museum will open in front of you from the height of the flight. Sailing over the mirrored surface of Lake Burleigh Griffin, you can see the city parks, bordered by avenues of autumn trees.

All national monuments, museums and galleries are concentrated in Canberra.After a walk through all the interesting and fascinating sights of the capital, it is pleasant to enjoy a clean, sunny autumn day sitting on the shore of the lake or stroll through the quiet city parks. Within the city, there is the opportunity to ride a canoe or kayak on Lake Burleigh Griffin, walk through the bushes in the Australian National Botanical Gardens or Canberra Natural Park, climb to the top of Black Mountain, from where a beautiful panorama opens. A little further out of town on the Murrumbidgee River you can go swimming, boating, fishing or even having a picnic.It is also very rewarding to sneak into the wildlife sanctuary of Tidbinbilla Conservation Area or take a wilderness hike in Namaji National Park, which is part of the mountainous Australian Alps.

If you are looking for a quieter getaway, you will surely enjoy a drive through the vineyards in the suburbs of Canberra. On this guided tour, you will learn about all of the regional wine variety from Sangiovese to Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Stop at one of the nearby farms to enjoy homemade cheese and jams, smoked meats and young wine.Visit local studios displaying handmade glass and pottery. There are cozy little cafes and candlelit restaurants at your service, while hospitable country inns will offer you a comfortable night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast.

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90,000 White Balloon Day in Australia / September 10, 2021

At the beginning of September, Australia has Child Protection Week, and one of the events of the week is White Balloon Day .On this day, public attention is drawn to child victims of sexual abuse.

The event was organized by Bravehearts, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and protecting Australian children from sexual abuse. The organization’s mission is simple – to eradicate child sexual abuse and make Australia a safe parenting institution.

Bravehearts is Australia’s leading child protection organization and the only charity in the country dedicated solely to the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Bravehearts was founded in 1997 by Hattie Johnston after her 7-year-old daughter was sexually abused. Finding there was no organization to turn to for help, Hetty founded Brave Hearts to support and advocate for those affected by this crime.

White Balloon Day was first celebrated in 1997. A white balloon was chosen as the symbol of the holiday, which is associated with the use of balloons during a public demonstration on October 20, 1996 in Brussels.On that day, about 300 thousand people gathered in the main square of Brussels after the arrest of child molester and serial killer Marc Dutroux. People demanded better protection for their children from the authorities.

The demonstration was dubbed the white march, as everyone had a white balloon, flower, etc. in their hands, which symbolized hope. Since then, white balloons have been used to express sympathy and support for parents whose children have been victims of sexual abuse.

In Australia, White Balloon Day aims not only to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and exploitation crimes and how our community can play an active role in protecting children, but also to encourage survivors of child sexual abuse to speak up and break the silence around the crime.

As part of White Balloon Day events, Bravehearts typically raises funds to educate children about personal safety, counseling for children and families affected by child sexual abuse and exploitation.

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