12 March 2019

Early risers floating on air at Balloon Spectacular

| Ian Bushnell
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Photos: Jack Mohr.

It’s an early start but the experience is well worth rising in the chilly dark to make the annual pilgrimage to the lawns of Old Parliament House to watch the massive coloured shapes take form punctuated by the fiery bursts of gas jets.

Hundreds gathered on Sunday on the ground and the waters of Lake Burley Griffin to enjoy a perfect morning for the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, which continues this week until 17 March.

More than 30 hot air balloons rose up from the lawns to float across the city, providing birds-eye views of the capital’s national attractions, including the National Arboretum.

A favourite was the eye-catching giant Beagle Maximus.

Pilots begin inflating their balloons from 6.15 am, and spectators on the ground can watch the proceedings complemented by live music, hot drinks and breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club.

Local photographer Jack Mohr was on site to capture all the action and the views.

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