WELCOME TO THE
Full Event 21st to 29th April 2018
Official Balloon Competition Monday 23rd to Friday 27th April
ANZAC Campfire Cookout and Concert Wednesday 25th April from 6.30pm
Key Grab Saturday morning 28th April
Balloon Glow Saturday 28th April from 3.30pm
During the Canowindra Balloon Challenge, the town receives over 10 thousand visitors to see the balloons. The wide open spaces, ideal weather conditions, and friendly local people make this an ideal area for hot air ballooning.
The event in 2018 will be run over 8 days during the NSW school holidays, 21st to 29th April 2018.
See the program here.
WHERE IS CANOWINDRA?
Canowindra is approximately 320km west of Sydney in New South Wales; the drive by car takes around 4.5 hours from Sydney Airport, depending on traffic and road conditions. Canowindra is a small country town with a population of 2000 people. A charming, and typical Australian country town, with some lovely, but limited number of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Enjoy these unique places, but remember forward bookings are essential during the event.
The town features a heritage-listed main street and a collection of art galleries showing works by local painters, potters and artisans. Canowindra became world-famous in 1955, when a 360-million-year-old fossil was found. Today, you can see it among other fascinating exhibits at the amazing Age of Fishes Museum.
The region boasts an abundance of fresh food and unique wine which will be showcased at the Balloon Glow and Night Market.
Throughout this site you will find information to assist you in planning your attendance at our event, whether you are a participant, volunteer or spectator.
We might be known famously for our hot-air ballooning, but there’s plenty more going for our town and plenty of reasons to visit!