Migrating to Australia? Try flying balloon24 July 2016 by News Desk
Migrating to Australia has never been easier – you simply enjoy a plane ride... unless you're the guy who’s just broken the world record for a balloon flight.
“People are migrating to Australia for all kinds of reasons – adventure in the great outdoors is one of them,” says Darrell Todd founder of thinkingaustralia.
“And there’s no better place for adventure than in Western Australia”.
The state has just played host as the start and finish line in a record-breaking balloon flight that further confirms Australia’s place among the world’s top sporting nations.
Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov landed safely in Western Australia to gain the world record for fastest circumnavigation of the planet in a hot air balloon.
He set off from, and landed in triumph at, Bonnie Rock in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.
In an epic journey lasting 11 days Fedor beat Steve Fossett’s round the world record by two whole days.
Migrating to Australia? A long way by balloon
Konyukhov endured savage Antarctic winds and temperatures of minus 56C degrees while flying his balloon up to 10,000 metres above the earth.
Fedor guided his specially-made giant balloon to the ground in a soft landing at 4.30pm local time, anxious to bring it down safely before sunset.
Crowds of well-wishers turned out to welcome him back and to celebrate his record-breaking endeavour.
“There are many different ways to get to Australia but travelling by balloon is going a bit far – over 34,000km to be exact!” says Darrell Todd.
“Flying by balloon is very tempting but I have to be honest, I like to be comfortable and well-looked after – so I always travel Qantas”.
Pictured: The balloon landing and Russian pilot Fedor Konyukhov
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