Adventure Tours in the Outback – Balloon Tours

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Outback Ballooning provides a high-quality, fun and totally safe ballooning experience. The setting over the remote desert, serviced by only a few bush tracks, enhances the sense of adventure. Ballooning may be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.

outback ballooning over alice springsSpecialist Outback Operator

Outback Ballooning is Australia’s only balloon company specializing in remote Outback operations. With over 25 years of experience and around 250,000 satisfied customers, it is one of the largest and longest established ballooning businesses in Australia.

Great Weather

In Alice Springs we operate every day, weather permitting. The reliable desert weather means we have one of the lowest cancellation rates in the world.

In addition to individual travelers, we are able to cater to large groups, incentives, special interest and private charter markets.

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Tourism Accreditation

Our Tourism Accreditation audited quality assurance program, ensures that individuals, tour companies, inbound operators, wholesalers and retail agents may book with us with confidence.

Passengers can be assured that we are committed to providing a safe high quality product.

We are proud of the fact that we were the first Tourism Accredited operator in Central Australia.

About Us

Internationally renowned experience

ballooning at sunrise in the outbackManaging Director John Sanby

John Sanby established the business and was responsible for making ballooning available for the first time on a large scale through established tourist booking channels. He has attended every Australian Tourism Exchange since 1986 and is well known to agents all over the world. He has flown over 2000 hours in the world’s largest balloons and has an impeccable safety record.

Chief Pilot John Wallington

John Wallington has spent the last 30 years working on all aspects of ballooning businesses in Canberra, The Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns, Alice Springs and China. In addition to managing passenger operations, John is the Chief Flying Instructor for Outback Ballooning’s approved Pilot Training School. His achievements include being twice the Australian National Ballooning Champion and the first record-breaking balloon flight non-stop across Australia and from New Zealand to Australia. He holds the Australian records for the longest and highest flights ever in a balloon.

Operations

people in a ballooning basketOutback Ballooning has been operating in Alice Springs since 1986, and is one of Australia’s largest and longest established ballooning companies. We operate every day, weather permitting.

Our fleet of large balloons carrying from 4 to 20 passengers each, provides great booking flexibility. The reliable desert weather means we have one of the lowest cancellation rates in the world.

In Alice Springs carrying capacity is 100 passengers per morning, which allows us to cater for FIT, group travel, incentives, special interest and private charter markets. As we increase capacity simply by flying more balloons everyone receives personal attention no matter how many or few people are flying on the day.

Northern Territory Tourism Accreditation audited quality assurance program, ensures that tour companies, inbound operators, wholesalers and retail agents may book with us with confidence. Passengers can be assured that we are committed to providing a safe high-quality product.

Mark Petering is Operations Manager. Mark has been in the ballooning industry for 25 years. He is committed to customer service and to ensuring our clients enjoy all aspects, from bookings to the flight itself, of their experience with Outback Ballooning. He or his assistant may be contacted by phone seven days a week between 7 am and 9 pm. All emails will be promptly answered by Office Manager Diana Mo.

Maintenance

Outback Ballooning is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved balloon maintenance organization and balloons are licensed aircraft. Byron Hall, with over 20 years of experience, leads our team of fully qualified maintainers to ensure all balloons are delivered to the highest standards for your enjoyment and safety.

Locations

Alice Springs

ballooning over the australian outbackExperience 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 your ascent just as the morning light begins to illuminate the rugged McDonnell Ranges. Float gently across the vast expanse of the 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 you glide across the landscape.

After landing you may become involved in assisting the crew or taking photographs as we pack the nylon balloon back into its bag. At the balloon landing site, you will be offered champagne and tropical fruit juice accompanied by a selection of muesli biscuits, exotic slices, cheese and fresh fruit. A range of Outback Ballooning souvenirs is also available.

When We Meet – Return Transfers Included

We will pick you up from any hotel, resort, caravan park or hostel in Alice Springs.

Pick-up time is approximately one hour before sunrise. In winter the pick-up time is approximately 0500 with a return time around 0900. In Summer, it will be approximately 0400 with a return of around 0800. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed when you book.

Book Now

Toll-Free Number 1800 809 790
Phone +61 (0)8 8952 8723
Fax +61 (0)8 8952 3869

[email protected]
www.outbackballooning.com.au

Prices

60 Minute Balloon Flight with light breakfast
385 AUD per person *
Children 6 to 16
313 AUD per person *
30 Minute Balloon Flight with light breakfast
290 AUD per person *
Children 6 to 16
237 AUD per person *
Children under 6 by special arrangement
Desert Balloon Chase
40 AUD per person
Children
32 AUD per person
*Prices include mandatory Civil Aviation Safety Authority Insurance. The insurance charge is 25 AUD per
person. If you book through an agent this charge is generally payable separately on the morning of the
flight.

Flinders Ranges

ballooning over the flinders rangesOutback Ballooning has added another great reason to visit the Flinders Ranges – South Australia’s accessible outback.

The beauty and complex landforms of the Wilpena Pound area can only be truly appreciated from the air. Why not add romance and a blend of adventure and tranquillity to your aerial view of the Flinders by experiencing it from an Outback balloon?

Get to know your pilot, crew and fellow adventurers during the short pre-dawn drive to your launch site of the day. Float gently across the vast expanse of the Australian Outback – keeping an eye out for native wildlife – and watch the morning light bathe the hills and ramparts. You might choose to be involved in the brief preparation as the balloon is inflated and made ready to lift you gently above the countryside.

Once in the air, the balloon floats as a perfect viewing platform with no turbulence, vibration or noise – other than the occasional reassuring roar of the burner.

After returning safely to land and some fun packing the balloon back into its bag enjoy a light breakfast of exotic slices, muesli, cheese and biscuits accompanied by sparkling Australian wine or fruit juice. Back at home base, you will receive your Flight Certificate to commemorate the occasion.

When and Where to Meet

We meet at Rawnsley Park Station on the main Wilpena road 35km north of Hawker. The meeting is 1 hour before sunrise – the exact time will be confirmed when you book. You will be with us for approximately 4 hours depending upon where we land. You will be driven back to Rawnsley Park from the landing site.

Flinders Ranges operations commence in March and end in November each year.

Book Now

Toll-Free Number 1800 809 790
Phone +61 (0)8 8952 8723
Fax
+61 (0)8 8952 3869

[email protected]
www.outbackballooning.com.au

Prices

Balloon Flight with light breakfast
350 AUD per person
Children 6 to 16
280 AUD per person
Children under 6 by special arrangement
Prices include mandatory Civil Aviation Safety Authority Insurance

General Flight Info

Weather Conditions

Safety is our primary concern and if you are prevented from flying due to unsuitable weather conditions you may either rebook to another day or receive a full refund. The pilot’s decision with regard to safe flying conditions is final.

What to Wear

It is dusty in the bush. Suitable clothing, enclosed shoes and a hat are recommended. You will be no colder in the balloon than on the ground but it can be chilly before sunrise so a light jacket may be appropriate.

Cancellations

If you cancel within 24 hours of departure or do not show up in the morning you will not be given a refund.

Please note: If you book through a third party, (ie travel agent or tour desk) Outback Ballooning Pty Ltd recommends that you check their cancellation policy carefully & take out travel insurance, as a third party cancellation policy may differ.)

Private Charters

We can make arrangements for your private flight, be it for weddings, conventions or just an indulgence!

Please contact us for full details and a personalized quote.

Confirmations

We suggest that you reconfirm the day before the tour. Please use the toll-free number 1800 809 790 or +61 8 89528723 This is to check to pick-up time and also to advise us of room numbers.

It is extremely important to be able to locate you if the weather is inappropriate for ballooning or in the event that you sleep in.

Mobile telephone numbers are also very helpful and should be left on the night before your tour.

Gift Vouchers

Special occasions, friends visiting the area, a staff member who should be rewarded or just because you feel generous. Why not give a gift that will always be remembered.

Contact us to arrange for an attractive gift voucher. It can be open-dated or pre-booked for a special date. We will post us or email the colorful vouched for any occasion.

ballooning in the middle of the australian outback

Toll Free Number 1800 809 790
Phone +61 (0)8 8952 8723
Fax
+61 (0)8 8952 3869

[email protected]

www.outbackballooning.com.au

Breakfast

After landing, Outback Ballooning has designed its program to allow you a unique opportunity to experience the Australian bush.

Most of our landings are in the desert kilometers away from the nearest sealed 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 our tropical apple and guava juice. Perhaps mix the two for a delightful morning cocktail. Drinks are accompanied by a variety of individually served muesli biscuits, exotic slices, cheese and fresh fruit before your return to “town”.

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