Featured / 18th June 2020
Ballooners take to the skies
Visitors to the Warrumbungle National Park during mid-June were greeted with a unique sight, as a number of hot air balloons took to the sky.
The group of hot air balloon enthusiasts have been frequenting Coonabarabran for the past six years, with their first visit coinciding with StarFest in 2014.
Steve Campbell, a pilot based in Sydney, said they had loved their first visit so much they continued to return.
“Each year, more and more pilots and balloons have joined us,” Steve said.
“We keep coming back for the adventure and challenge of flying over the mountains, which is quite difficult to do and not normally suited for ballooning.
“We love the scenery of the Warrumbungles too and enjoy catching up with the locals we have met during our trips.”
Some local people have been treated to a flight over the Warrumbungles, taking in the iconic peaks and spires from a different angle.
Steve said he had noticed a dramatic improvement in the landscape this year following rainfall.
“Everything looks amazing and green and we even saw a waterfall while flying,” he said. “We were a little worried that the COVID-19 restrictions would prevent us from coming up this year so we got very excited as they started lifting!”