Serendipitously rather than pre-planned we were in Canberra for the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. They’ve been doing this every March for thirty years now and this year ran from the 7th to 15th. People can take rides for over $300. I wouldn’t! Others take to kayaks on the lake to get a closer look. They take off from the lawns of Old Parliament House and we could see them once they were above the National Library. We had a terrific view as they floated over the lake and I took lots of pictures. I have had to be very disciplined in only uploading the very best to this blog. They were taken over three different days – it took us a while to cotton on to the event even though we arrived in Canberra on the 7th. We missed them on the 8th but managed to see them on the 9th, 10th and 11th. They start blowing up at about 6.30 and take off around 7am. They are airborne for about twenty minutes; their route determined by the wind. On the third day they came quite close to us. I counted thirty. They are indeed a spectacular sight. These pictures are in the order that I took them.