NEW DATES FOR MAY 2022 ANNOUNCED FOR POSTPONED NATIONAL BALLOONING CHAMPIONSHIPS: SEE DETAIL BELOW


Following the successful delivery of the 2015 and 2017 National Ballooning Championships, the skies of Northam will again be filled with hot air balloons between 2 and 7 May 2022, for the Australian National Championships.

Shire of Northam President Cr Chris Antonio said “Northam is Australia’s premier hot air ballooning destination. This exciting and prestigious event adds another reason to visit the Avon Valley region and explore beautiful Ballardong country as well as all that the town of Northam has to offer.”

The Shire of Northam will be delivering a number of unique ballooning themed activities during the Championships including the exciting "Elevate" Community festival on Saturday 30th April 2022, which includes the visually spectacular ‘Balloon Night Glow’. 

Along with ‘The History of Ballooning’ display at the Northam Visitor Centre, a Ballooning Photographic Gallery, and a Star Gazing event. Hear Aboriginal cultural stories of the night sky followed by a "Beginner's Guide to Astronomy" and a closer look through telescopes as you travel back in time.

The Shire of Northam congratulates the organising committee ‘Northam Ballooning Events’ for the outstanding work they have done to secure the event.


THE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Competition flights (tasks) require pilots to exercise skill in manoeuvring their balloons over a set course with goals, targets, scoring areas, time and distance limits. Good results in competition tasks are achieved using the variation of winds at different altitudes to fly in the direction of a goal and accurately approach the target. Balloons do not land on the target itself. Crew members aboard the balloons drop markers onto or as close to the target as they can fly. The markers are small sandbags with streamers attached. We ask you to not touch the markers or move them as this may adversely affect the score of the pilots and their competition results.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

DateEvents
Saturday 30 April Sunrise - Practice flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.     
Balloon Glow - Location TBA
Sunday 1 May Sunrise - Practice flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
Monday 2 May Sunrise - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
4 - 5 PM - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
Tuesday 3 May Sunrise - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
4 - 5 PM - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
Wednesday 4 May     Sunrise - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
4 - 5 PM - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
Thursday 5 May Sunrise - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
4 - 5 PM - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
Friday 6 May Sunrise - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
4 - 5 PM - Competition flights, duration 1 to 2 hours, Weather permitting.
Saturday 7 May

Sunrise - Reserve Competition Day / Key Grab Task or similar, Weather permitting

Contact Us

For Visitor information/Community events: Visit the Northam Visitor Centre or contact them on 96222100 or email tourist@northam.wa.gov.au

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For Pilots & Competitors: northamballooningevents@gmail.com 

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