Date(s) - 13/03/2020 - 15/03/2020
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Hot air Balloons over Canberra

Canberra balloon festival paddling weekend

A rough plan….welcome to join for as much or as little as you wish.  We do however ask that you register for the event for planning and insurance purposes and so we can keep in touch (webscorer link below).

The main accommodation option is a group camp booking at EPIC (the exhibition centre/showgrounds).  If you wish to sort out alternative accommodation, you’re welcome to do so – we just ask that you sort this privately.

The plan…

  • Friday afternoon / evening – arrive at EPIC grounds and set up camp; optional dinner at the historic Old Canberra Inn
  • Saturday morning – up early to be on the water to view balloons as they go up and float majestically over the water; followed by social paddle to a brunch spot on the lake’s edge.  Approx total distance 15km.  (Bad weather plan: Farmers Markets at EPIC grounds)
  • Saturday night – early pub dinner 6pm, allowing time afterwards to check out Skyfire on the lawns of Parliament House (6pm-9pm)
  • Sunday morning – a 2nd chance to view the balloons (no group brunch this time)
  • Pack up camp 11am-12noon

How to sign-up

Places are capped so please registrations for the weekend via webscorer –

Event Organisers:

Trip Leader/Contact: Simon Wilkes (email: )

Trip organisers:  Rob Law (


All payments are collected as part of the webscorer registration process including club boat usage.

Canberra balloon festival paddling weekend

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