Outback hot air balloon flight, Alice Springs

From: AUD265

per person


60 minute flight available. Price is $360 per adult

6-16 years receive 20% discount

 

There is an extra of $25 insurance fee per person is payable direct to us on the morning of the flight


Return Transfers Champagne Real Outback
Wildlife Soft Adventure Sunrise Over Desert

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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Early morning balloon flight tour, Alice Springs

 

Experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the Outback as the sun slowly rises over the desert on this awe-inspiring ballooning adventure.

 

Journey to the launch site in the cool pre dawn darkness and begin the ascent just as the morning light begins to illuminate the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Float gently across the vast expanse of the Central Australian outback – keeping an eye out for native wildlife including the iconic red kangaroo and gain an appreciation of the remoteness of the area as the balloon glides across the landscape.

 

After landing, passengers may become involved in assisting the crew as they pack the nylon balloon back in to its bag or may prefer to take photographs, the choice is theirs.

 

At the ballooning landing site, there is time to enjoy the desert tranquility as light refreshments accompanied by sparkling wine and tropical fruit juice are served. There is an opportunity to purchase ballooning souvenirs and a commemorative flight certificate is given to all participants.

 

Prices and Flight Duration – 01 April 2014 to 31 March 2016

30 Minute Flight with light refreshments

Adult $265 plus $25 insurance (payable on the day)

Children 6-16 years $212 plus $25 insurance (payable on the day)

60 Minute Flight with light refreshments

Adult $360 plus $25 insurance (payable on the day)

Children 6-16 years $288 plus $25 insurance (payable on the day)

Children under 6 years are not generally recommended but considered on an individual basis.

 

Exact meeting times vary throughout the year and will be advised at the time of booking.

 

Passengers must phone the day before the flight to re-confirm flight, accommodation and pick up time.

 

Tour Duration and Location

Whole tour approximately 4 hours in total.

 

Flight distance will typically be between 10 and 20 kilometres. 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.

Number of Passengers

 

We have a large fleet of balloons suitable for 2-4 people, up to 8, 12, 16 and 20 people in one balloon depending on number of bookings on the day. Exclusive charters are also available on request. Charters are perfect for honeymooners looking for that unique romantic experience!

 

When and Where to Meet

Return transfers from all accommodation in Alice Springs is included with every flight. Pick up time is generally 1 hour before sunrise – time will be given when booking and exact time will be confirmed when passenger re-confirms day prior to flight booked.

Transfers (at the end of tour) to the airport or other tours available on request.

 

Refreshments

Refreshments of individually packaged muffins, banana bread, carrot cake, cheese and biscuits and fresh fruit accompanied by sparkling wine and tropical fruit juice will be served ‘in the bush’ after every flight.

 

The Feeling in a Balloon

There is no turbulence or vibration as the balloon moves with the wind. With eyes closed it is impossible to tell that you are flying. It is no colder in the air than on the ground. It is a fact it is often warmer with the burners overhead and the balloon flies above the night time low level cold air temperature inversion.

Fear of heights is not generally a problem as the basket sides are high and secure and there is no vertical ‘face’ between the balloon and the ground. The sensation is similar to looking out of an aircraft window but it is much bigger with no glass!

 

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.

 

What to Wear

It is dusty in the bush! Suitable outdoor clothing (not white), enclosed footwear 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 mid winter very warm clothes may be necessary. Loose clothing and jewellery are not permitted once passengers reach the launch site and embark from the bus.

 

Cancellations

Passengers who:

ï‚· cancel their ballooning tour within 24 hours of departure will not be given a refund

ï‚· "no show" on the morning of the tour will not be given a refund

ï‚· suffer "cold feet" on the launch field will not be given a refund

No fee is charged for cancellations more than 24 hours before the flight.

 

General Health

Physical fitness is not a requirement to enjoy a ballooning adventure but passengers must be able to climb up and in (there are foot holes) and stand for the duration of the flight (with secure high sides to lean on) as there are no seats in the basket.

Pregnancy must be advised in advance. We do not recommend a woman of 4 months or more to participate in the balloon flight tour. The flight and carriage of any passenger will take place at the pilot’s discretion.

Sickness or diseases that may affect the person or other persons on the tour must be notified to us in advance. Medication should be brought on the tour.

Any form of disablement must be discussed with us prior to making a booking. Each person is considered on an individual basis.