Either from the incredible valley scenery or a touch of fear, nothing makes one more appreciative of being alive like an early morning hot air balloon ride across the Yarra Valley. Gentle early morning winds are the most suitable for ballooning and also give passengers an amazing sunrise view. Rides usually last for an hour with between 6 and 16 people in a basket although both of these are determined by weather factors and air pressure changes. Passengers touch down, with their newly heightened senses, to a gourmet breakfast at a wine estate. Balloons cannot fly in bad weather so make flexible travel plans. Tickets information can be found at any tourist office in the Yarra Valley or many wine estates.