Aloft over the outback in Australia’s biggest balloon
Alice Springs-based company Outback Ballooning has recently launched a new hot air balloon which offers capacity for 24 passengers plus pilot, making it currently the largest commercial hot air balloon operating in Australia and potentially in the southern hemisphere.
The new balloon’s 5.5 metre long basket is divided into four separate passenger compartments plus one exclusively for the pilot and includes seating, with passengers able to be seated for both take-off and landing, as well as for the duration of the flight.
This increased capacity complements the company’s already significant fleet of balloons, making hot air ballooning an even more appealing choice for conference and incentive planners seeking an iconic experience for their delegates and event participants.
Angela Collard from the NT Convention Bureau welcomed the addition of the new balloon.
“The hot ballooning experience in Alice Springs is one of the Northern Territory’s truly iconic experiences,” she said. “It provides an unforgettable way to view the outback and delivers a fantastic perspective on the vastness of the region. The new, larger capacity balloon makes it a great option for conference and incentive groups wishing to travel in even greater comfort, whilst floating gently over the landscape.”
The new balloon was literally handmade by Cameron Balloons in Bristol, England which have manufactured over 12,000 balloons since the early 1970’s. Approximately 2,500 metres or more than 2.5 kilometres of fabric, sewn up by approximately 16 kilometres of thread, makes up the impressive balloon envelope.
Early morning flights are conducted over the spectacular outback landscape and provide an opportunity to view desert sunrise from a lofty height. Balloon flights generally take off approximately 15 kilometres south of Alice Springs, adjacent to the scenic MacDonnell Ranges and over the historic Owen Springs Cattle Station.
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