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Outback Ballooning has been operating in Alice Springs since 1986, and is one of Australia’s longest established ballooning companies. We operate everyday, weather permitting.

Our large fleet of balloons carrying from 2 to 24 passengers each, provides great booking flexibility. The reliable desert weather means we have one of the lowest cancellation rates in the world.

 

  •  Transfers from your Hotel
  • 2x 30 minute flights
  • Snacks including a glass of sparkling wine or fruit juice 

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    Available Seats: 9

    30 minute flight with refreshments Adult ( 1 - 9 Pax ) $285.00 $0.00 /Person

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    30 minute flight with refreshments Child ( 1 - 9 Pax ) $228.00 $0.00 /Person

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    60 minute flight with refreshments Adult ( 1 - 9 Pax ) $369.00 $0.00 /Person

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    60 minute flight with refreshments Child ( 1 - 9 Pax ) $295.00 $0.00 /Person

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No, Ayers Rock/Uluru is approximately 450 kms from Alice Springs.

No, you will need to stay the night before in Alice Springs.

Yes, unless you are part of a large tour group, then you may be asked to split in to 2 groups depending on how many people are booked on the day. If you are travelling with someone that has a separate booking to you, let us know so we can link your booking to make sure you are allocated to the same balloon

If we cancel due to weather and you do not have another available morning to fly, yes you will receive a refund if you have booked through a third party. We will advise your agent that the flight has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions and you will need to contact them directly. Payment for bookings made directly with us are not taken until the morning of your flight. Your credit card has been taken to secure the booking and will only be charged as per our cancellation policy.

Outback Ballooning has a flexible cancellation policy to allow for last minute cancellations or amendments due to COVID19 restrictions. Contact our office as soon as you can to discuss how we can help you either cancel or re-schedule at a later date.

We will ask you to meet us at the front of reception at the Crowne Plaza Lasseters, 93 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs, NT 0870.
This hotel reception is 24-hour and well lit with plenty of parking. We will confirm this with you the day prior to your flight.

We operate within the first 1000ft above the ground level. The weather will determine how high we fly on the morning.

The balloon flight takes place approximately 15 kilometres to the south of Alice Springs adjacent to the MacDonnell Ranges and over the historic Owen Springs Cattle Station. You will see views of our amazing desert landscape and the ranges as far as the eye can see, early morning skies like nowhere else and if you are lucky, kangaroos, birds, wild camels and other wildlife that have been woken by the sounds of the burner. Flight distance will typically be between 10 and 20 kilometres.

Please note that we do not fly over the MacDonnell Ranges.

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.

It is dusty in the Outback. Outdoor clothing (preferably not white if you want it to stay that way), 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.

You can bring a camera or phone to take photos. However, as there is limited space in the basket, backpacks and larger items will not be permitted on the flight. You will be required to leave these on the bus with the crew during the flight.

This is a mandatory Civil Aviation Safety Authority Insurance charge which applies to all passengers. Your personal travel insurance is not the same type of insurance.

It is no colder in the balloon than it is on the ground, in fact it can be warmer once in the air with the burners. Because the balloon moves with the wind there is little or no wind chill experienced during flight.

Whilst there are no weight restrictions as such, passengers must be able to climb up and into the basket that is approximately 1.2 metres in height unaided using the basket foot holes which act like a ladder. You will need to be able to swing your legs over and hop in to a small compartment that is approximately 60 cm wide. Compartments will accommodate from 2-6 people side by side depending on the size of the basket and the number of people booked for that day. We do require the weight of every passenger when booking and anyone over 110kg will receive an additional safety requirements email from our office.

Minimum age recommended is 6yrs old. We can take 3-5 year olds but we do not recommend as they generally cannot see over the side of basket (1.2 metres high) and cannot be lifted up although they can look through foot holes. Also, the noise of the burners or the fire itself can scare them (recommend earplugs). However, you know your children and if after reading the this you would still like to take your 3-5 year old with you then we are happy to take them as well.

We recommend that you allow up to 4 hours from pick-up time for our tour. Pick up times are approximately 1 hour before first light so vary throughout the year. As an example, in the middle of summer pickup times are around 4.15am and in the middle of winter around 5.45am. You will be advised the exact time when you book.

Illness and/or recent operations that may affect the safety of 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.

Persons with medical conditions participating in the balloon flight and pack up activities do so at their own risk.

The flight and carriage of any passenger will take place at the pilot’s discretion.