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An Australian first: hot air balloon flights launching from Uluru

For the first time ever, visitors to Ayers Rock – aka Uluru – will be able to enjoy one of the best views as dawn falls over Australia‘s Red Centre. The service will begin in March 2012, courtesy of Outback Ballooning.  Flights will last around 30 minutes and pass over the Patji region just outside Uluru -Kata Tjuta National Park, with Uluru viewed from the south (depending on the wind direction). This is an area that has never before been accessible to visitors before – at least not without the need for special permits. From this ultimate viewing platform visitors will get incredible views of the 348 metre high Uluru, and will be able to soak up the vastness of the surrounding desert. As the sun rises, you can admire the rock as it gradually changes colour as the sun rises. The new service has come about thanks to the support of the traditional Anangu owners.  And guests of this experience will also get to help re-pack the balloon after it lands and enjoy a light bush breakfast. Priced at AU$450 per person for a 30-minute flight, the four hour experience also includes transfers to and from your accommodation.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Wow, never thought about how cool hot air ballooning was! Just have to get over my fear of heights now!

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