Goldrush Ballooning was established in 2000 and has flown thousands of very happy guests over the years. Until 2015 the company was based in the Strathalbyn area of South Australia. Our regular operations in North East Victoria commenced in early 2016.
Our High Country pilots are led by Curtis Greenwood. Curtis is a former commercial helicopter pilot. Having left heavy metal aviation Curtis enjoys spending his time flying balloons or hang gliders in the Victorian High Country. Curtis has been involved in the professional ballooning industry 16 years. Rob Deeble has more than 22 years ballooning experience with much of that time spent flying passengers across Melbourne. Goldrush’s Director of Operations is Paul Gibbs. Paul is an FAI World Bronze Medalist and 5 time National Champion and started ballooning in the mid 80s. All our pilots hold CASA Commercial Balloon Pilot Licences and have a 100% safety record.
We also have a wonderful support crew who you may meet or speak to along the way. Maaike Bierma is Goldrush’s General Manager. When not managing the office Maaike is a private balloon pilot. Richard Michell is Goldrush's Crew Chief with experience retrieving balloons in Europe, Latin America and Australia. Goldrush’s experienced team are committed to sharing their passion for lighter than air flight with you. Goldrush Ballooning is certified by CASA operating under Air Operators Certificate C569224-8.