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Cameras At The Ready, We’ve Found The Ultimate Insta-Worthy Getaway

By Phoebe McRae
14th May 2018

If spamming your friends feeds with snaps of your ridiculously amazing life is your idea of a good time, then the King Valley Balloon Festival was made for you. Actually, it was made for just about anyone who loves adventure, wine and/or beautiful things. So, that’s all of us then.

WTH is the King Valley Balloon Festival, we hear you ask? Think 20 hot air balloons flying high over the King Valley for three days straight (AKA the June long weekend) and allllllll of the #bulklikes on your super scenic Insta spam. The balloons take off every morning (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) and there'll even be a BBQ bacon and egg breakfast and warming coffee to celebrate getting up so early.

While all of North East Victoria will be totally happening, the Brown Brothers Night Glow event needs to be at the top of your list. From 4pm on Saturday 9 June, Milawa will light up the sky with an almighty balloon light show (yes, really), and we can guarantee you've never seen anything like it. Cosy up to the bonfire, enjoy the sweet sounds of live music and prepare to be amazed. A pop-up bar will be serving mulled wine and hot coffee to keep you warm, and there'll be plenty of comforting winter foods (like traditional Irish stew and tasty soup) if you're worried about getting hungry. The best part? Entry is only 10 bucks and kids are free.

If you need more convincing to hit the road and get out of town, there are over 40 wine varietals on offer to taste at the Brown Brothers Cellar Door, some of the best cheese in the world at the must-visit Milawa Cheese Company and a whole weekend's worth of exploring to do. Our advice: book a stay at Lindenwarrah, rent a bike and get amongst it.


Where: Brown Brothers Milawa (239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa)
When: Saturday 9 June, from 4pm to 7:30pm (weather dependent)
Cost: $10 per adult, free for children
Click here for tickets.   


Where: Brown Brothers Milawa (239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa)
When: Saturday 9 June – Monday 11 June

Editors note: This article is sponsored by Brown Brothers and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Brown Brothers

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