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Rising Above – Experiencing Mareeba by Hot Air Balloon

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Hot Air balloons over the Atherton Tablelands

This article was written by Fiona Lake and appeared in Issue 101 June/July 2015 of R.M. Williams Outback magazine. Images have been provided by Hot Air. Head torches bob busily around a bare paddock fringed by ghost gums barely visible in the predawn gloom. With some trepidation, groups of 24 passengers look on. With military-like precision and speed, padded wicker baskets are unloaded, stainless steel wires are attached and colourful nylon fabric is carefully laid out. Propane gas cylinders are fired up and fans push the heated air sideways into the balloon opening. In a surprisingly short time, the massive…
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