Australian National Ballooning Championships 2021 (Postponed)Northam, Australia
2 May 2022 - 8 May 2022
Postponed - New dates in May 2022
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 30 August and 04 September 2021, 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 visually spectacular ‘Balloon Glow’ and Festival. Along with ‘The History of Ballooning’ display at the Northam Visitor Centre, a Ballooning Photographic Gallery and a Pop-up Ballooning Shop on Fitzgerald Street.
The Shire of Northam congratulates the organising committee ‘Northam Ballooning Events’ for the outstanding work they have done to secure the event.
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.