RICHARD Swansborough hopes to take one of the most spectacular hot-air balloon flights of his life when he travels to Papua New Guinea’s Mount Hagan and flies over the Waghi Valley next year.
According to Mr Swansborough, who lives in Canowindra, it will be the first time a hot-air balloon has ever flown over the area.
Mr Swansborough recently travelled to Mount Hagen, Orange’s sister city, to enjoy its cultural festival in the Western Highlands and shoot footage he will incorporate into a documentary he’s planning to make about next year’s flight and his time in Papua New Guinea.
“I filmed the festival, which was one of the most spectacular events I’ve ever been to,” he said.
“There was lots of colour, music and dancing.”
Mr Swansborough, who has shot documentaries in Papua New Guinea before, said he couldn’t wait to take the flight in July next year.
“It will be quite spectacular to fly over there, the Waghi Valley is an ideal location for flying,” he said.
Mr Swansborough plans to travel with Richard Leahy.
Mr Leahy’s father Michael and another explorer Michael Dwyer were the first white people to travel into the Papua New Guinea interior and meet highland tribespeople who had previously had no contact with the outside world.
The trip was documented in the film First Contact.