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Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs provided by Outback Ballooning

Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs

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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.
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  • Pass by MacDonnell Ranges
    Pass by Outback Ballooning
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
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Caroline H wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions
My adult son and I did this with 6 other tourists. We were picked up exactly on time from our motel and taken to the launch site. It was exciting watching the balloon being inflated but that was nothing compared to the thrill of getting in the basket and taking off. Duncan
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Caroline, thanks so much for the fabulous review and we are very happy to hear you had a great time with us. We pride ourselves on making sure our passengers have the best time possible in our sensational backyard. Thanks again and safe travels 🎈🎈
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Tim2486 wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia33 contributions4 helpful votes
Highly recommend taking a trip while in Alice. We caught the sunrise while also learning lots about the region thanks to Duncan's excellent knowledge of the region and it's history. Finished the morning with some sparkling wine and snacks. Both Marco and Duncan were great
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Emily wrote a review Feb 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom34 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 9 Feb 2020
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 18 Jan 2020
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
About the operator

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By: Outback Ballooning
Melissa H
Macdonnell sunrise ballooning
Awesome experience with great friendly crew Loved it and would Highly recommend *****% stars from Me
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Not much room to move in the basket but was totally worth it! We went this morning for sunrise and it was spectacul
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Fantastic ;)
Fantastic, everything was perfect ;) the Crew were amazing, they really love their job, and their entusiasme was re
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Great start to the day
My wife and i thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Outback Ballooning.The staff were excellent from our hotel pic
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Great morning
Was a really fun morning . Pilot has heaps of experience and it’s a great way to see the sunrise. Picked up from th
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A bucket list activity that was well worth the pricey tag. Got double the flight time and a memorable morning. Sunr
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Sue O
The dizzy heights
A very early morning start enabled us to view the countryside from a hot air balloon - never done that before. Saw
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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
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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
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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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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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Peter K
Early morning magic
A perfect way to enjoy an outback sunrise. Float above the wildlife and you may also get the opportunity to spot th
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Waste of money
What I expected of an outback balloon ride was the complete opposite. What I paid for was a 60 minute sunrise ballo
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glenn p
Floating Over the Outback
Great way to view sunrise over the Outback. You are picked up at your hotel, and driven by shuttlebus to the site w
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Angela J
One for the bucket list!
Picked up on time. Very knowledgeable staff with a sense of humor too ! It was our 1st flight so a little apprehens
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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