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Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

1. Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

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”.

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

2. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary with their immensity and array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples. View spectacular outback scenery and take photos as you travel along through magnificent Outback Country, making stops at the many historic locations. Depart Alice Springs to explore The West Macs, stopping at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial, resting place of Reverend Flynn, founder of The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Next up, travel to Simpsons Gap, featuring towering cliffs and a permanent waterhole. The site is significant to the Arrernte people as the home of giant goanna ancestors. Take a walk to sport black-footed rock wallabies and take magnificent photos. Lastly, you will visit Standley Chasm. Traditionally known as Angkerle Atwatye, this is an important cultural place, sacred to womens’ dreaming in Aboriginal culture. Take a 0.75 mile (1.2km) walk to access the dramatic 262 foot (80 metre) tall rock-face. On the way there or back, note the unusual features of the natural landscape here, the unique micro climate in this valley has created some distinctive features, such as ancient Cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousands of years old, washed down from miles upstream. After your walk enjoy Morning Tea at local cafe. Then make your way back to Alice Springs where you will have the afternoon free to explore.

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What people are saying about Alice Springs

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.

The ranges were excellent, the bus was clean and had good air. The guide was just ok ( I’m comparing to other tours where i e had overly friendly guides so maybe a bit unfair) … he wasn’t overly friendly but wasn’t mean just ok.

Amazing!!! Nathan was great, Jason the pilot was fantastic! John was brilliant and made me laugh The flight was breath taking, an absolutely awesome experience. Can not recommend this enough. Thank you Jason, Nathan and John

Very friendly and informative guide. A great sightseeing activity to do if your stay is short. Will make you want to come back for sure.

Our tour guide Tim was fantastic and the scenery was spectacular. We had a wonderful time!