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Overview
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.
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.
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Important Information
Duration
4h
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.
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Most travellers can participate
  • See above
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
83Reviews
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Emily wrote a review 5 Feb
34 contributions6 helpful votes
Wow, what an experience! Transfer arrived on time; Duncan, Eric and Jason are super friendly; Duncan was very knowledgable about the land we were crossing (he piloted); the bubbly and breakfast were a lovely surprise, and it was just all round faultless. Totally worth the money
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Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We love to hear that our passengers enjoy their time with us.
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Sherpa547692 wrote a review Dec 2019
4 contributions
This is something we had been hoping to do for years, When our daughter surprised us with a visit to Alice Springs from Perth at Christmas Time, we decided to book this adventure. However she missed her flight and we were upset that we would have to go without her. We contacted
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks Brenda for the rave review, we were so happy that the stars aligned and we could take you all for a flight. We are very lucky as all our staff love what they do and are very passionate about ballooning. I will pass on your wonderful comments and thanks again for spending the morning with us in our amazing desert back yard.
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Robert M wrote a review Dec 2019
20 contributions1 helpful vote
Professional operation. Safety first. Flight was flawless and checked one of life’s to-do’s. Would definitely recommend them. Really enjoyed lending a hand at the end. A little dust was perfect to us.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Adele R wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions
Awesome experience. Tour personnel very pleasant and accommodating. Had a good view from the basket, smooth ride, nice morning tea and champagne.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
Responded 31 Oct 2019
Thanks for the great review Adele 🎈🎈
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MartinHamburg wrote a review Oct 2019
59 contributions26 helpful votes
We enjoyed a very well organized trip in the early morning. After a very smooth flight it was fun packing the balloon.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
Responded 31 Oct 2019
Thanks Martin, always good to hear that our passengers enjoy their time with us. I agree it is fun albeit a bit dusty trying to get that huge balloon back in it’s small bag!
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About the operator
By: Outback Ballooning
Emily
Oxford, United Kingdom
346
10/10 Experience
Wow, what an experience! Transfer arrived on time; Duncan, Eric and Jason are super friendly; Duncan was very
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Sherpa547692
20
Most Do
This is something we had been hoping to do for years, When our daughter surprised us with a visit to Alice Springs
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Robert M
61
Ballooning
Professional operation. Safety first. Flight was flawless and checked one of life’s to-do’s. Would definitely
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Adele R
20
Hot air ballooning
Awesome experience. Tour personnel very pleasant and accommodating. Had a good view from the basket, smooth ride,
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MartinHamburg
5426
Amazing experience
We enjoyed a very well organized trip in the early morning. After a very smooth flight it was fun packing the
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Mur
22
Very professional operation, with great staff.
I guess there are landscapes to look down on from a ballon, that are more exciting to view, but, after all it is a
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Melissa H
40
Macdonnell sunrise ballooning
Awesome experience with great friendly crew Loved it and would Highly recommend *****% stars from Me
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lcj1031
Auckland, New Zealand
203138
Fabulous Early Morning
This was a great way to spend then early morning in the desert. It was an early morning pickup to make sure we saw
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MrsC
Alice Springs, Australia
737
Great experience up in the clouds
I took my 2 daughters for a balloon ride when my cousin came to visit. It was a cold morning in July so not as
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Amelia B
Green Point, Australia
3210
Incredible!
Not much room to move in the basket but was totally worth it! We went this morning for sunrise and it was
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Key Details
  • MacDonnell Ranges, Outback Ballooning
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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