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Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
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  • Offered in: English


Sometimes driving through a small part of the Australian Outback isn’t enough. See the desert from above on a morning hot-air balloon ride. This tour from Alice Springs gets you up in the air near dawn for a scenic ride. Spot wildlife, including the elusive Red Kangaroo, from above, take in views of the landscape, and enjoy sparkling wine afterward.
  • See expansive Outback views on this morning hot-air balloon ride
  • Choose between two hot-air balloon flight durations
  • Get the chance see how the hot-air balloons and ground crew work
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Alice Springs is included for convenience

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Bookings made prior to 26 July 2022 do not include the $AUD30pp mandatory CASA Insurance Charge.

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

- Private address pick ups are not always possible. Please contact us to discuss. - If you are staying out of town, not in local accommodation options, please select Crowne Plaza Lasseters as your meeting location. Parking here is free.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
The most memorable part of the ballooning experience was floating peaceful across Alice Springs as the sun was rising and looking down the see cows and kangaroos
267 reviews
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Evangelia_C, Jan 2023
The tour from start to finish was awesome. Andy and Duncan were very professional and made the morning very memorable. Out of all the tours I went on ballooning was the best hands down.
Just do it
Dianne_P, Nov 2022
The whole experience. Duncan, Andy and Kieran friendly and knowledgeable hosts. Kept informed at all times
Beautiful morning....
Angela_M, Aug 2022
Beautiful morning. Excellent view of West McDonnell Ranges from 6000 feet. Professional staff. Wear warm and comfy clothes- we were invited to help pack up balloon, so got a little dusty.
Do it again in a heartbeat
Annemarie_D, Jul 2022
Lifting off and landing. Great crew with good knowledge. Enjoyed the story of why we have chamoagne.
View from the sky
CAROLYN_A, Jul 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our hot air balloon ride. The views were breath taking. Very professionally run. Brilliant!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks Carol, we think the views are breathtaking too.
Shirley_H, Jun 2022
Excellent adventure for sure! The guys were all fantastic from start to finish. They are professional and knowledgeable. I totally enjoyed this experience and highly recommend it to all visitors to Alice Springs.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
thanks Shirley, so glad you enjoyed.
Just do it!
Suzan_C, May 2022
Very professional team. Highly recommended. Great experience. The sun rise colours and scenery were breathtaking.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks Suzan for the glowing review, I have said it before but our team loves what they do and it shows. Our amazing desert landscape never disappoints.
Ballooning in the early morning
Jenny_S, May 2022
An exciting way to view the surrounds of Alice Springs. The pilot and crew were very accommodating. Early morning was breathtaking
Response from Host, May 2022
Experiencing our desert landscape from the air certainly gives a different perspective and agree early morning is the best. Thanks Jenny for taking the time to write a lovely review.
The setting up and the...
Caroline_D, May 2022
The setting up and the sharing of packing up. Also the cattle mustering we experience and the sole Kangaroo .
Ballooning across Mparntwe
courtney_m, Apr 2022
The most memorable part of the ballooning experience was floating peaceful across Alice Springs as the sun was rising and looking down the see cows and kangaroos
Definitely one for the bucket list
Steve_K, Apr 2022
Great experience. Donna was an excellent pilot and made the experience really enjoyable. Calm. Relaxing. Beautiful.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
thanks Steve, the perfect 3 words to describe ballooning in the Red Centre and in general.
Great fun experience...
Jackie_M, Mar 2022
Great fun experience would love to have seen more wildlife and have a bit more commentary about the area.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Wildlife and the weather are 2 aspects of ballooning that unfortunately we have no control over, we would love it if we did. Our pilots are always happy to chat to our passengers but are also aware that people need to enjoy the quiet serene feeling of watching the world go by. Thank you for your feedback, Jackie and glad you had a fun time with us.
Sunrise in the desert
Linda_P, Feb 2022
The very coordinated take off The stunning scenery All the staff and of course the champers are the end Great way to start the day
Response from Host, Mar 2022
thanks Linda, we think its a great way as well.
Wonderful outback ballooning experience
Erin_L, Nov 2021
Wonderful hot air ballooning experience over the west macdonnell ranges. Duncan (pilot) and Marco (driver) did an amazing job.
One for the bucket list
Robyn_M, Sep 2021
An awesome experience from start to finish. Professional staff, great pilot. A magical way to experience the outlying area of Alice springs and a beautiful sunrise.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thanks Robyn, very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and magical is certainly a very apt way to describe our backyard.
A fantastic experience and I would do it again!
John_P, Aug 2021
Just going up in a hot-air balloon. It was a fantastic experience just floating over the desert and seeing the trees and scrub below us. Another highlight was to see the sunrise over the desert. Very enjoyable and we felt very safe with the professional operator. Fun afterwards to share the bubbly and the light breakfast with the other twelve passengers.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thanks for the great review, glad you enjoyed your time with us.
A very pleasant morning
Amitabh_M, Jun 2021
The wind conditions weren’t favourable at the start but the team did not give up and kept trying. The ride itself was very smooth. I’d have liked a little more commentary.
1 traveler found this review helpful
So much to see
Veronica_V, Apr 2021
Beautiful sunrise and wonderful view of the landscape. Felt very safe, the pilot and the ground crew certainly knew what they were doing. Nice soft landing which on occasions doesn't happen. Champagne breakfast to finish the morning off.
Response from Host, May 2021
Thanks for your kind comments, our crew and pilots love what they do and who wouldn't enjoy their office being outside with amazing views to share with their passengers.
Bucket List No 1
Jenny_D, Apr 2021
Lift off was awesome, sunrise from 1000ft up was spectacular, our pilot's great, informative tour, being a part of the balloon pack up & the champagne & goodies food pack @ the end was the creme de la creme. Thank you so very much for another one of my bucket list ticks.
Response from Host, May 2021
Thanks Jenny, glad we could help you with your bucket list and that you enjoyed your time with us.
Highlight of our trip
John_B, Apr 2021
What an amazing experience Despite an extreme fear of heights I felt safe and secure The view was amazing and staff warm and friendly I would recommend everyone do this on their trip to Alice Springs
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Thanks for the great review John and allowing us to take you for a balloon flight despite your fear. The peaceful way the balloon leaves the ground coupled with the amazing views you can see without actually looking down, ballooning certainly has a unique way of calming everyone. No better way to watch the world go by.


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