The following local activities are offered as part of the ICEN program and can be booked for an additional cost through the registration process or by emailing the ICEN Secretariat.  Activities are open to delegates, friends, partners and families and have limited numbers so book quickly to ensure you do not miss out!

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  • When:
    • 0430-0830/0900* Wednesday 19th October
    • 0430-0830/0900* Thursday 20th October
    • 0430-0830/0900* Saturday 22nd October

*Please note that the return time is dependent on weather conditions on the day, even when running on time you are unlikely to make the start of the first conference session of the day.

  • Where: Participants will be collected and returned to Lasseters Hotel (unless alternate arrangements have been made with Outback Ballooning)
  • Cost: ICEN discounted price $270 (usually $295)

Weather Conditions

Safety is our primary concern and if we are prevented from flying due to unsuitable weather conditions passengers may either rebook to another day or receive a full refund if prepaid.  The pilot’s decision with regard to safe 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 Outback. Outdoor clothing (preferably not white), long pants and hat or cap are recommended. Enclosed flat heel shoes are essential. It is no colder in the balloon than on the ground but it can be cooler before sunrise. Warm clothing may be necessary from approx May to Sep. Loose items such as dangling jewellery and scarves are not permitted once passengers reach the launch site and dis-embark from the bus.

Passenger participation in helping to deflate & pack up the hot air balloon is great fun and actively encouraged but standing back and taking photographs is equally entertaining.  Cameras welcome in the balloon.

Sunrise Ballooning

A 30 minute hot air ballooning experience while the sun rises over outback Alice Springs*.

Your day begins in the cool pre-dawn darkness as you are picked up from Lasseters Hotel in Alice Springs. During the drive to our desert launch site you will get to know the crew as they make final weather checks and explain the routine for the morning.

The balloon flight takes place to the south of Alice Springs over historic Owen Springs Station adjacent to the 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 crosses spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations.

After landing you may become involved in assisting the crew or taking photographs as we pack the balloon back into its bag.

Refreshments ( a selection of muffins, slices and biscuits, cheese and fresh fruit) accompanied by Australian sparkling wine and fresh juice will be served ‘in the bush’ after every flight.  A great opportunity to enjoy the tranquillity of the desert and share stories with the crew and other passengers.

Return transfers to your accommodation completes the morning adventure.

*Depending on many operational factors, which vary each day, passengers may be on the ground or in the balloon when the sun is actually coming over the horizon or rising, either way you will still see an amazing dawn.

The ICEN cannot take bookings beyond September 30th 2016.  Late bookings must go directly to Outback Ballooning.  08 8952 8723. 


Outback Camel Rides

Join Pyndan Camel Tracks in Alice Springs for a camel ride on our gentle camels led by experienced cameleers to explore a scenic valley.

A camel ride against the backdrop of the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges is a signature Red Centre experience. See kangaroos, birds and other wildlife as you experience the true beauty of the outback. It’s an unforgettable experience that will be the highlight of your trip. Relaxing and great fun for locals and visitors!

Learn about the history of camels in Australia from our museum and knowledgeable guides.


  • When:
    • 1400 pickup / 1430 ride / 1600 return Wednesday 19th October
    • 0830 pickup / 0900 ride / 1100 return Saturday 22nd October
    • 1130 pickup / 1200 ride / 1400 return Saturday 22nd October
    • (other times available – entire with Pyndan Camel tracks directly)
  • Where: Participants will be collected and returned to the Alice Springs Convention Centre
  • Cost: $70 pp (1 hour ride, two people per camel)

No more bookings will be taken through the ICEN registration process after the close of early bird.  You can still book directly at