This is a Hot Air balloon flight near Alice Springs for 30 minutes. Your flight begins in the cool pre dawn darkness as you are picked up from your accommodation in Alice Springs. During the drive to our desert launch site you will get to know the crew as they make final weather checks and explain the routine for the morning. At the launch site gas burners are used to inflate the balloons just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges.
Hot Air balloon flight experience
Once floating gently in the air in your hot air balloon, you will appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian Outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as the hot air balloon floats above spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations.
After landing you may become involved in assisting the crew or taking photographs as we pack the nylon balloon back into its bag. At the balloon landing site you will be offered Australian sparkling wine and fruit juice accompanied by a selection of muffins and slices, biscuits, cheese and fresh fruit. A range of souvenirs is also available.
Transfers back to your Alice Springs accommodation, the airport or another tour, and a commemorative flight certificate completes your morning.
Whats included in your balloon flight experience?
- 30 minute hot air balloon flight
- Return transfers to Alice Springs
- Qualified pilot and flight certificate upon completion
- Light refreshments including sparkling wine
Looking for a longer hot air balloon flight?
Things to know
Mandatory Insurance Charge
A mandatory aviation insurance charge of $30 p.p. is payable directly to the operator on the day of the flight.
Please note: Depending on many operational factors, which vary each day, passengers may be on the ground or in the balloon when the sun is actually coming over the horizon or rising, either way you will still see an amazing dawn.
- clients who cancel their ballooning flight within 24 hours of departure
- are a "no show" on the morning of the tour
- or who suffer "cold feet" on the launch field ...
... will not be given a refund. Where circumstances are beyond a client’s control, consideration will be given. Refunds are at the discretion of the operator.
Balloon flights can be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The operator will endeavour to rebook the passengers for another date that suits their schedule. If this is not possible, passengers will receive a full refund.
Refreshments of individually packaged muffin and other slices, cheese and biscuits and fresh fruit accompanied by Australian sparkling wine and tropical fruit juice will be served ‘in the bush’ after every flight.
Start and Finish Times
You should allow approx. 4 hours for this experience. Times vary considerable throughout the year. Summer: 4:00am to 8:00am. Winter: 5:45am to 9:45am. Exact times will be provided in writing upon booking confirmation.
What to wear and bring
It is dusty in the Outback. Outdoor clothing (preferably not white), long pants and hat or cap are recommended. Enclosed flat heel shoes are essential. It is no colder in the balloon than on the ground but it can be cooler before sunrise. Warm clothing may be necessary from approximately May to September.
Loose items such as dangling jewellery and scarves are not permitted once passengers reach the launch site and dis-embark from the bus.
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.
We cannot fly anyone more than 12 weeks pregnant. 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. 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.
- Children prices are applicable from 6–16 years of age.
- Children 3–5 years are not recommended but considered on an individual basis.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
We have a large fleet of balloons suitable for 2-4 people, up to 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 people in one balloon depending on number of bookings on the day.