About the Wine Country Ballooning Team


Meet your Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Team.

Chief Pilot, Daren Pallett has been flying hot air balloons commercially in the Hunter Valley for over 10 years. Daren is, without doubt, the most experienced full-time balloon pilot in the Hunter Valley, ensuring you the highest level of safety and enjoyment for your morning's adventure. 

Daren is a certified Commercial Pilot and holds a Commercial Hot-Air Balloon pilot's licence, issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), this allows him to conduct balloon flights in any size balloon, he has held this licence since the 1990's without incident.  Daren also holds a Maintenance Authority issued by CASA certifying his competency in the up-keep of the aircraft.

When not hot air ballooning, Daren is a passionate member of the NSW Fire Brigade and is keen to keep the ballooning separate from the fire fighting.

Office Staff

We have a dedicated team of sale professionals to assist you in your Wine Country Ballooning experience!

Ground Crew

Our ground crew consists of a small team of professionals. All crew are certified in their competency in retrieval driving, hot air balloon construction and in champagne pouring. Our crew play an integral role in the safety and enjoyment of your hot air balloon experience, they are regularly trained and assessed in excess of the CASA standard.  This ensures that their standards of competence are of the highest possible level.