Modern hot-air ballooning has had a long history in Australia.

The art of hot-air ballooning

  • December 19, 2013

This year, James McCormack and Australian Geographic uncovered never-before-seen footage of Australia's first hot-air balloon flight.

THE FIRST MODERN hot-air balloon flight in Australia took place in 1964.

A group of young engineering students and recent graduates gathered around a shapeless object in a paddock near Parkes, in central-western New South Wales.

Thousands of onlookers had gathered, braving midwinter’s grasping dawn chill, because the young engineers were attempting the country’s first manned balloon flight in nearly half a century.

To read more about ballooning, grab a copy of issue 118 (Jan/Feb 2014) of Australian Geographic.