This is an information page about the
Orange F.O.O.D Week


Saturday 9th April until Sunday 18th April 2021

Whilst you are visiting Orange

take a fabulous sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride

with Balloon Joy Flights at Canowindra.



Canowindra Challenge Inc. is a community based organisation that hosts an annual balloon competition and festival in the second week of the NSW April school holidays, to benefit Canowindra and the greater region.

Visitors to the festival can wake up each morning to the visual spectacle of a mass launch and flight of a fleet of colourful hot air balloons, or take a flight themselves.

The event highlight is the night balloon glow, with wine, food and craft markets. Various support events are held around the village during the week.

Our history
Canowindra has a long association with the hot air ballooning playing host for many years to “Marti’s Balloon Fiesta”. This tradition ceased to operate in 2006, leaving a significant hole in the village’s annual event’s calendar and also in the hearts of many locals who took great pride in their unique event.

In 2010 local balloon operators Graham and Jan Kerr decided to take matters into their own hands and reinstate Canowindra’s claim as the “Ballooning Capital of Australia” by starting a new event called “The Canowindra Balloon Challenge”.

Following the success of this first event, Graham and Jan went back to the Canowindra community with a proposal to grow the event by setting up a community organisation to co-ordinate and ensure benefits flow to the communities of Canowindra and surrounding areas. Their gamble paid off and in 2011 Canowindra Challenge Incorporated (CCI) was formed.

Over the past 10 years the event has continued to grow and in 2011, 2013 and 2014 the Canowindra Balloon Challenge included the Australian National Balloon Championships sanctioned by the Australian Ballooning Federation.

In 2014 and 2015 the event was also granted the sanction for a Category 2 International Balloon Competition by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the world sports aviation governing body.

This Event is now recognised as a stand alone event.

The Canowindra Balloon Challenge is held annually in April due to this time of year offering the most ideal weather conditions for flying hot air balloons. Historically this time of year provides calm wind currents, cool overnight temperatures and sunny days with a low chance of rain. It is a peak tourism period for Canowindra as there tends to be a movement of the caravan and motorhome market from south to north during this time of year – the annual migration to a warmer climate for the winter months.

NSW Tourism Awards – Silver 2013 and 2014, Bronze 2017 and 2018
Inland Tourism Awards – Gold 2014
Regional Tourism Awards – Bronze 2016, Silver 2018
Regional Achievement and Community Awards – Finalist 2012, 2013, 2014
Australia Day Awards- Community Group of the Year 2018

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If you would prefer to give us a call to discuss booking your flight, please don't hesitate to call us on:
02 6344 1819  or 0428 441 819 or email

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Take a Hot Air Balloon flight with Balloon Joy Flights - for a Magical Experience

We have been flying hot air balloons for over 35 years and supporting the Canowindra International Balloon Festival!

Contact us online or to discuss booking your flight, please don’t hesitate to call us on:
02 6344 1819
0428 441 819
or email

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