Ballooning & Low Isles

Ballooning & Low Isles

Combine the romance of sailing to idyllic Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef with the romance of hot air ballooning over the picturesque Atherton Tablelands!

Itinerary at a glance… (Times may be subject to change):

Itinerary at a glance… (Times may be subject to change)

Hot Air Ballooning


Coach Pick up from your accommodation, advised at time of booking

Approx 5:30am

Hot Air balloon experience

Coach transfer to Port Douglas Marina

Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise


Depart Port Douglas for Low Isles


Arrive Low Isles


Depart Low Isles


Arrive Port Douglas Marina

MORNING: Hot Air Ballooning

Tour Operator: Hot Air


Start your day on a high with hot air ballooning! Watch the sunrise over the rolling hills of the majestic Tablelands then experience the wonder, silence and romance of floating in a hot air balloon. Enjoy the 360 degree panorama, before coming gently back to earth.

After some fun pack up games, your door-to-door transfer will connect you to join Quicksilver’s Low Isles Wavedancer Cruise. Personal photo portraits capturing your balloon flight are available for purchase.

Your Hot Air Ballooning Experience includes:

  • Morning Balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands
  • Pick up from accommodation and connection to Port Douglas Port Douglas Marina.

10am: Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise

Tour Operator: Quicksilver Cruises

Wavedancer Package

After your early morning ballooning experience, you’re set to continue your day to the idyllic Low Isles, one hour’s exhilarating sailing from Port Douglas. Set like a jewel in the Great Barrier Reef, Low Isles is an unspoilt, uninhabited coral cay island – a tropical island paradise. Combined with the romance of sailing aboard Quicksilver’s luxury 30 metre sailing catamaran, Wavedancer, this is the perfect day for families and couples seeking island relaxation.

From the moment Wavedancer moors in the calm waters of the island’s picturesque lagoon, a host of reef activities await. Our friendly crew will take you on a leisurely, informative day where island visitor numbers are limited.

Discover the mysteries of marine life while snorkelling or glass bottom boat viewing. Take a guided beach walk and snorkelling tour with a marine biologist or just relax on the beach under a thatched umbrella or on the decks of Wavedancer. Your day also includes a delicious tropical buffet lunch served onboard Wavedancer.

Your Day Includes:

  • Return Wavedancer cruise from Port Douglas
  • Morning and afternoon teas onboard
  • Lycra suits
  • Marine Biologist Reef Presentation
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) and instruction provided
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision
  • Glass bottom boat coral viewinglow Isles Package
  • Marine Biologist guided beach walk
  • Marine Biologist guided snorkel tour

Tour departs from the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Wharf Street Port Douglas

Departs Port Douglas: 10am Returns Port Douglas: 4.30pm


  Adult Child
Tour Price AU$ 443.50AU$ 314.00
EMC *)AU$ 6.50AU$ 6.50
Levy **)AU$ 30.00AU$ 30.00
Total Package PriceAU$ 480.00AU$ 350.50

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  Adult Child
Tour Price AU$ 453.50AU$ 334.00
EMC *)AU$ 6.50AU$ 6.50
Levy **)AU$ 30.00AU$ 30.00
Total Package PriceAU$ 490.00AU$ 370.50

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Coach transfers are provided with Hot Air Ballooning experience. For Reef component, coach transfers from the Port Douglas Marine are available at an additional cost.

* Day 1 Self-drive to the Port Douglas marina. Coach transfers are available.

Additional Costs


A Government Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 is levied for all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. This charge is included in the total price and is payable by passengers on the day of travel.

**Aviation Insurance

Aviation Insurance of $30 per person is payable direct to Hot Air on the day of travel.

General Conditions

  • Children: 4 -14 years; Children 3 years and under cruise for free.
  • Family fare- maximum of 2 adults and 2 children of the same family. Normal fare applies for additional children. Not applicable with any other discount. 
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice.
  • Listed fares in Australian dollars include Goods and Services Tax. Prices valid to 31 March 2020.

Hot Air Conditions:

  • General Mobility: It is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and company requirement that passengers must be able to climb into the basket unaided, so that in the event of an emergency passengers are also able to climb out of the basket unaided.
  • Medical Conditions: Passengers with medical conditions should check their suitability to fly prior to booking. The Operator recommends that pregnant persons do not fly in a hot air balloon.
  • The Operator will not carry passengers who have participated in a scuba dive the day before their balloon flight.
  • Full conditions are available at

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