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Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs provided by Outback Ballooning

Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs

Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
4.5
Book in advance
from €183.22 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Get amazing views of Alice Springs and the outback’s red center on this early-morning balloon ride. Book ahead of time to guarantee a spot on the balloon, which flies high above the rugged landscape for epic views and photo ops. Hear insightful commentary from your guide along the way. Back on the ground, refuel with light refreshments, including sparkling wine, before going about your full day in the outback.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Choose a flight duration to suit your schedule and budget
Get epic views and photo ops of the red dirt outback as the sun rises
Insightful commentary from your balloon pilot and guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a hassle-free adventure
What to expect
Roll out of bed for pickup at your Alice Springs hotel. Ride to the balloon launch site, where you can learn about the flight mechanics and safety considerations while watching the crew unroll the balloon in the predawn. Once in the basket, head high into the sky for the best possible views of the region as the sun illuminates the red dirt. Snap photos and listen to your guide's commentary on the history and environment; look out for native red kangaroos. There’s no better way to see the landscape without booking an expensive helicopter or plane tour. Back on the ground, refresh yourself with juice and sparkling wine before heading back to the hotel, a whole day in the outback ahead of you. A “balloon chase” option can be booked for those who’d like to join the tour, but don't actually want to go up in the balloon.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 26227_30_60FLT
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
30 or 60 minute hot air balloon flight (depending on option selected) • Light refreshments including sparkling wine and fruit juice • Hotel pickup and drop off • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
The listed price does not include the mandatory Civil Aviation Safety Authority Insurance. This insurance charge is AUD$30 per person and applies to all passengers regardless of age. This can be paid by cash, credit card or EFTPOS on the morning of the tour.
Duration
4h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
30 or 60 minute hot air balloon flight (depending on option selected) • Light refreshments including sparkling wine and fruit juice • Hotel pickup and drop off • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
The listed price does not include the mandatory Civil Aviation Safety Authority Insurance. This insurance charge is AUD$30 per person and applies to all passengers regardless of age. This can be paid by cash, credit card or EFTPOS on the morning of the tour.
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
On occasion, the 60 minute flight time may be two separate, sequential 30 minute flights taken one directly after the other with a short changeover in between the two flights, depending on operational restrictions. Passengers will be notified the day prior should this be the case on the day of their flight.
Child price applies to 6-16 years and must be accompanied by an adult.
Children 3-5 years are not recommended but considered on an individual basis.
Weather Conditions
Safety is our primary concern and if we are prevented from flying due to unsuitable weather conditions, passengers may either re-book for another day or receive a full refund. The pilot’s decision with regard to flying conditions is final.
Where possible, the balloon flight should always be booked for the first available day in the area to allow for re-booking in case of bad weather.
General Health
Physical fitness is not a requirement to enjoy a ballooning adventure, but passengers must be able to climb up and into the basket (approx. 1.2 metres in height) unaided using the basket foot holes and stand for the duration of the flight.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules and regulations and Outback Ballooning’s policy prevent us from flying women who are over 12 weeks pregnant. Pregnancy must be advised in advance.
Illness and/or recent operations that may affect the person or other persons on the tour must be notified to Outback Ballooning in advance. Medication should be brought on the tour.
The packing up tasks at the end of the flight are optional and we would appreciate your assistance in these enjoyable activities. However, they do involve some lifting and participation is entirely voluntary. Passengers that are less able bodied are invited to stand back and take photos. Persons with medical conditions participating in the balloon flight and pack up activities do so at their own risk.
Any form of disablement must be discussed with Outback Ballooning prior to making a booking. Each person is considered on an individual basis.
The flight and carriage of any passenger will take place at the pilot’s discretion.
Sparkling Wine
Fruit juice
Selection of individually packaged muffins, slices and cookies
Cheese and biscuits
Fresh fruit
Menu subject to change without notice
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    MacDonnell Ranges
    Outback Ballooning
Popular mentions

4.5
122 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
15
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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L Barron
1 contribution
Amazing experience.
May 2021
We were picked up exactly on time by Marco. Great experience. Felt very safe the entire time. We had fantastic clear weather, great views and minimal wind. I was expecting it to be colder but was pretty mild, even at the highest altitude.
Written 8 May 2021
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Alina
1 contribution
So worth it!
May 2021 • Solo
Great team and wonderful experience all around. Be prepared for an early start and bring warm clothes.
Written 5 May 2021
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Urs M
Alice Springs, Australia4 contributions
Happy 18 Birthday Balloon flight
Apr 2021 • Family
For my son Flynn‘s 18th birthday we went for a 30 minute early morning flight which due to wind conditions turn into an hour and 10 fantastic it was such a wonderful morning the pilot was great fantastic and very informative about all the local areas and of course the floor of champagne on the end made the event a very memorable moment. Three young Brisbane passengers created great energy in the balloon with Harry Potter quizzes and with many many laughters. I would recommend this flight to anyone to see the red centre from above is just wonderful thank you.
Written 1 May 2021
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outbackalice
Thanks Urs, what a memorable way to celebrate Flynn's 18th birthday by coming on a balloon flight in your own backyard. We thank our locals for supporting our business during this difficult time and now being able to share the experience with visitors from other states is amazing.
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Trevor B
1 contribution
Great fun ,will do it again
Apr 2021 • Friends
Awesome fun smooth take off bumpy landing tip over basket but was funny everyone in our group loved it.
Written 29 April 2021
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outbackalice
I agree, layover landings in a balloon are fun and great photo ops. Glad you enjoyed and maybe next time your landing will be upright, the weather will determine that.
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Sue S
Normanton, Australia40 contributions
Great time!!
Apr 2021 • Friends
Very happy with the service and the effort the guys went to to ensure everyone was safe and enjoying themselves. The champagne at the end was a great way to finish....
Written 29 April 2021
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outbackalice
Thanks for the great review. I agree, having a sparkling wine is a lovely old traditional way to toast your balloon flight at the end.
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Mari A
Sydney, Australia38 contributions
Unforgettable dawn/sunrise balloon flight
Apr 2021
Outstanding and unforgettable on a cold, early morning outback experience. Nothing beats the balloon flight to watch the dark, dawn colors slowly change as the sun rises over the horizon....quite breathtaking. Duncan, our balloon pilot, was excellent. It was fun assisting the boys deflate the envelope. Post-flight snacks and glass of bubbly was most appreciated. Highly recommended. Alternative available date is recommended in case the flight is rescheduled due to unsuitable weather condition.
Written 28 April 2021
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outbackalice
Appreciate you taking the time to write such a glowing review, you have summed up the morning perfectly. We think all our pilots and crew are excellent so its good to get that feedback as well.
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Gtrew
4 contributions
An Unforgettable Way to Experience the Outback
Apr 2021 • Friends
Easy booking process, friendly service throughout & a phenomenal experience -- would highly recommend!
Written 26 April 2021
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outbackalice
Thanks for the recommendation, greatly appreciated.
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David
1 contribution
Exceptionally amazing
Apr 2021
We had an amazing balloon flight. From the moment we were picked up until we were dropped off we were looked after by the crew and Jason our pilot. The views from the flight were amazing and it was so smooth. Normally I am a nervous flyer but I would happily climb into another balloon in a heart beat. My mother in law who is 85 was easily able to participate also.
Written 25 April 2021
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outbackalice
Thanks David, so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. We love to share our amazing backyard and many nervous flyers have found ballooning very calm and serene and not what they expected.
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kirst1979_b
East Kilbride, United Kingdom7 contributions
Breathtaking balloon ride
Apr 2021 • Couples
The whole trip was absolutely amazing. The team were lovely especially kylie with her bright coloured hair and hat and personality to match. The balloon ride was so smooth and tranquilly and views were breathtaking it was definitely a trip to remember. Thanks Kirsty & chris
Written 24 April 2021
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outbackalice
Thanks Kirsty & Chris for taking the time to post a review, feedback is important to our company and we especially love to hear that our team looked after you. Will let Kylie know. So glad you enjoyed your flight.
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Frieda M
Woombye, Australia8 contributions
WOW
Apr 2021 • Couples
Amazing from start to finish but I loved watching the balloon being inflated. Our Pilot enhanced our experience with her commentary.
Written 21 April 2021
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outbackalice
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience, will pass on your kind comments to Donna.
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Bucket list tick
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One of our best experiences in the Alice
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Superb early morning experience
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Incredible!
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Fantastic ;)
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Great start to the day
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Great morning
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busysquirrel66
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Magical.
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Sue O
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The dizzy heights
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Great time, Great Business
This is a wonderful company; plenty of credentials and hours in the air. Saftey first. Very enjoyable ride, fun cre
carolinelundberg71
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Amazing start of the day!
We got picked up at 04:05 from the hotel and were given the safety instructions in the bus. The crew set up the bal
Billbrewer999
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Super early morning experience
Very well organised hot air balloon ride. Fun and engaging staff. Fantastic views and even saw wild kangaroos. Defi
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Incredible!
Just finished up a hot air ballooning experience and I promise you won't regret it! Seen so many kangaroos the othe
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