The National Ballooning Championships are back in Northam for the first time in six years
The skies of Avon Valley have been littered with huge, colourful hot air balloons this week as the Australian National Ballooning Championships return to WA for this time in six years.
From May 6-13 pilots are competing in the only national competition where the highest ranking competitors will end up being selected for the World Championships.
It’s the 23rd National Blooming Championships, and will be followed by the Women’s World Hot Air Ballooning Championship taking place in September this year.
Pilots have to manoeuvre their balloons over huge set courses with goals, time and distance limits.
Last time the event was here it attracted more than 12,00 visitors, and along with the Women’s Championship later this year its expected over 30,000 visitors will be getting around the town of Northam for a variety of events and to watch the action.
“Northam is known for being a world-class hot air ballooning destination – and for good reason, with the town’s weather conditions being ideal for such events and the colourful display sure to delight those travelling to the region,” said Tourism Minister Roger Cook.
“The event is free for the public to enjoy and there is plenty of opportunity to witness the
colourful spectacular over the stunning Avon Valley scenery.”
Find out more at the Northam Ballooning Events website.