Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

4.8 / 5

89 reviews

Activity provider: Outback Ballooning

Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

Activity provider: Outback Ballooning

From US$ 224.81 per person

The perfect way to appreciate the vast remoteness and spectacular dawn colours of the Australian outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as your balloon floats over spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup from any hotel, resort, caravan park or hostel in Alice Springs.


  • Experience the spectacular dawn colours of the Australian outback from a hot air balloon
  • Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and light refreshments in the bush
  • Admire the rugged MacDonnell Ranges
  • Select from 30-minute or 60-minute balloon ride options
Full description
Your ballooning adventure begins in the cool pre-dawn darkness as you are picked up from your accommodation in Alice Springs. During the drive to the 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. Once floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as the balloon floats above spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations. After landing, enjoy a program designed to allow you a unique opportunity to experience the Australia bush. Most landings are in the desert, kilometers away from the nearest road. There is no traffic, no other people and no noise. The perfect place to enjoy a glass of sparkling Australian wine or if you prefer some tropical apple and guava juice. Perhaps mix the two for a delightful morning cocktail. Drinks are accompanied by a variety of muffins, biscuits, slices of cheese and fresh fruit. It's the perfect mix to enjoy before reboarding your bus to return to “town”.
  • Return transfers
  • Balloon flight
  • Light refreshments with sparkling wine
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • From 26th September 2022, bookings will include the Mandatory Civil Aviation Authority Insurance charge of $30 per person.
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Pregnant women

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Safety is our primary concern and on the rare occasion that a passenger is prevented from flying due to weather conditions, a full refund applies.
  • No fee is charged for cancellations more than 24 hours before the flight.
  • Children must be 6 years or older & accompanied by an adult.
  • Daily departures except for 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.
  • Suitable clothing (not white), enclosed shoes and a hat are recommended. It is no colder in the balloon than on the ground but it can be chilly before sunrise. A light jacket is recommended from April to October and during mid winter very warm clothes may be necessary.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 89 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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I never gave the experience a thought until I was in the wicker basket with my husband and only daughter, then I realised what I had done!!! But the crew are amazing and they are pilots so they really know what they are doing. The noise from the gas coming on and off was probably the most stressful part. The history about hotair ballooning reassuring and champagne at the end settling. It was peaceful and tranquil. An opportunity not to be missed. No reqrets. Excellent value for the price when you think about the costs involved. Amazing service.

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July 5, 2022

The Australians are just well organized. We booked about 20 excursions through the travel agent and all of them were very well organized. The crew was in a very good mood and really, really nice. Here, too, great importance is attached to security. Please help load the balloon after landing. It's not an obligation, but it is quite a dusty affair, and that also applies to the landing. We had booked a trip for an hour, after half an hour the balloon landed again. The guide apologized to us for this and wanted to clarify this with the travel agent and calculate the money back. (The reason was that the other participants only booked half an hour.) We then contacted the travel agent 5 days later. They responded promptly and the money was charged back to us. All very fair. Even though we would have liked to drive an hour.

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November 10, 2019

Fantastic, everything was perfect ;) the Crew were amazing, they really love their job, and their entusiasme was remarkabel, the flight was awesome, and afterwards when we helped with packing Down the balloon was funny and a good (and dirty) experience ;) after that we had a “party” with the Crew with champagne and snacks. I Can highly recommend this trip. We where on the 60 min flight.

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August 12, 2019

Product ID: 16758