The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is always a hit with the kids. The festival runs for a week although due to wind strength and direction it's often a bit variable as to whether the balloons take off. I think this year though they went aloft on all but one of the days.
Another downside of the festival is that you have to wake up early to see it. Usually the balloons take off at around 6.15am which is why, when you speak to many locals, they've never seen the festival - apart from witnessing the odd balloon floating past their kitchen window as they're eating breakfast.
I maintain it's worth going though, as despite the early start the fun is watching the balloons inflate and then head off into Canberra's clear blue sky.
We headed to see them on the last Saturday and having been glued to Twitter and Facebook as well as the local radio station I found that they were going to take off at Mount Stromlo, which is only a short 10 minute drive from our house, so we rugged up and headed out.
Afterwards we ventured back to Old Parliament House (where the balloons usually take off from) and saw some of the shaped balloons and enjoyed the atmosphere of the crowds and the band playing while people ate breakfast.
Here's some pictures.
not Skywhale, but apparently it's called 'Big Blue'
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