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Outback Ballooning

Alice Springs, Australia
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About Outback Ballooning
OUTBACK BALLOONING ALICE SPRINGS: Whilst floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness and scenery of the Australian outback. Wildlife, such as big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as your balloon crosses spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations. The tour includes return transfer from your accommodation in Alice Springs, sparkling wine and light refreshments plus a flight certificate. 30 Or 60 minute balloon flights available. Daily departures.
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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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Bruce M wrote a review Nov 2021
Logan City, Australia17 contributions5 helpful votes
My partner and I recently took a hot air balloon ride over Alice Springs. Having worked for several years in the role of driver/guide for a hot air ballooning company operating on the Gold Coast, I can confidently assess our flight experience. Pick up: the bus arrived at the scheduled time and we were welcomed by John our guide. It was only a short 20 minute drive to the launch site. John was friendly and entertaining which always helps settle the nerves of passengers who may be nervous about their flight. Loading: we were able to view the balloon inflation. I was impressed with the high level of passenger safety during what is the most dangerous part of the flight. Good segregation of passengers away from the danger area and well controlled loading. Flight: I judged our pilot Duncan was very confident having worked with a number of pilots. At no time did passengers feel uneasy. We flew at below 1,000 feet which allowed us to enjoy the spectacular scenery. After recent rain, the outback is so green and filled with wild flowers. Landing: due to a brisk breeze, we had a fast landing with a very slow layover after the basket came to a halt. Not unexpected and not concerning, in fact the 5 passengers and myself enjoyed the experience. Pack up: our balloon was not large and the pack up by passengers was quite easy and enjoyable. Refreshments: balloon rides are traditionally celebrated with a glass of champagne. Plenty of that and cheese and biscuits and other snacks. Overall opinion: a thoroughly professional and enjoyable experience you won't want to miss if you visit Alice Springs.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Jenny1960_11 wrote a review Nov 2021
Brisbane, Australia89 contributions23 helpful votes
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All staff were very approachable, helpful and knowledgable. I have a dietery need (coeliac) and I was well catered for with a special picnic pack. Champagne was available until gone! Although there is not much to see from the air over the desert and limited by the no-fly zones of Pine Gap and the airport, the sunrise was beautiful and our pilot, Duncan kept us entertained and was full of fun facts. You will need to be able to climb into the basket fairly unassisted!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Outback Ballooning
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the great review Jenny.
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Mike C wrote a review Oct 2021
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
As a ballooning first timer, this was a great introduction. I can see why the pilots love it. From Kylie the pick-up driver through to Jason the pilot you could sense they all really enjoyed their job. And it certainly helps to enjoy some bubbles after wrapping up the balloon
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Outback Ballooning
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the review, and happy to hear that you enjoyed your first balloon flight with us. How could they not love it when their office has such spectacular views of the desert landscape.
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di19602016 wrote a review Oct 2021
Townsville, Australia13 contributions3 helpful votes
I was so surprised by how much I really enjoyed this. It was just so beautiful. It was so quite and smooth. Loved everything about it apart from getting up so early when it was so cold. But once I was in the air it was so worth it. The champagne breakfast was a great way to finish a stunning morning. Thanks to these guys was amazing.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from outbackalice, General Manager at Outback Ballooning
Responded 4 weeks ago
We are glad that you enjoyed your flight, you are not the first person that is amazed at how quiet and serene ballooning is, a feeling hard to explain until you experience it yourself. Thanks for the review.
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Steve K wrote a review Oct 2021
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
Watching the sun rise while enjoying the company of like minded people and listening to the knowledgeable commentary by our pilot was so memorable. Wonderful Staff. Learned a little about the history of ballooning from our driver and got to assist in folding that enormous envelope into a small box at the end. Highly Recommended.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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