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Old 12-09-2017, 08:25 PM
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Default An Outback adventure in Australia

In June this year,my wife and I had a week off and were able to complete a trip
out west that had been on our"bucket List" since completing the RV-10.

The trip was to take us to the outback towns of Charleville and Longreach then a short stay at Hamilton Island ,then Mackay and then home to Redcliffe.



With the low winter sun in Australia at that time of year,we departed to Charleville,



We flew out at 4500ft to take the opportunity to have a good look around at all the cattle stations and properties on the way out.What was a surprise to me was how poor the Garmin Database for outback Australia was.The Dynon loaded with Avplan mapping showed every cattle station that had a strip where as the GTN750 would only show the major towns.So pushing the direct to on the Dynon gave your way more options than the Garmin.Garmin has since advised they are working on a fix for some time next year.



Charleville is a small country town of only 3700 people but is famous for many historical events in the growing days of Australia.One of the main reasons to visit Charleville is the Cosmos Observatory.
http://www.cosmoscentre.com/
A small observatory staffed by passionate astronomers who give amazing presentations of the Southern sky every night.


Tied down safely at Charleville,


The next day was a walk around town and a wonderful tour of Charleville's Historic House.
https://www.charlevillehistorichouse.com.au/
A time capsule of all things from the last 200 years in outback Australia.




Followed by lunch ,(you are in beef county !)
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:34 PM
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After lunch, it was time to leave Charleville for a short flight to Longreach.
Longreach is famous for being the birth place of Australia's first airline QANTAS (Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service).
The Qantas Museum is an impressive display of the early aviators of this country with a collection of aircraft and early maintenance facility. Qantas is famous for being the only airline to ever manufacture her own aircraft,the DH61.
A tour through the original serving 747,707 and DC3 is a must do.
















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Old 12-09-2017, 08:39 PM
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Thanks for giving us a nice view of this part of the world. Your airplane looks very clean!
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:49 PM
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One of the 'must do things' in Longreach is the Sunset Dinner Cruise and Show along the Thomson River.
http://www.outbackaussietours.com.au...?contentID=110

The cruise takes you along the Thomson River and then returns at sunset for a wonderful meal and Aussie Outback show. Lots of laughs and good times at this dinner.






The next day was spent at the Stockman's Hall of Fame.
http://outbackheritage.com.au/

A very humbling and uplifting place where the story is told of the early pioneering cattlemen and women of the last 200 years in this country.





You need to allow at least 3 days to take in all that Longreach has to offer.

Next stop, Hamilton Island...........
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Longreach is famous for being the birth place of Australia's first airline QANTAS (Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service).
The Qantas Museum is an impressive display of the early aviators of this country with a collection of aircraft and early maintenance facility. Qantas is famous for being the only airline to ever manufacture her own aircraft,the DH61.
A tour through the original serving 747,707 and DC3 is a must do.
Interesting that they are displaying this 747 with the Spare Engine Carriage Kit (SECK) and 5th engine (non-operating) installed. The SECK was used to ferry spare engines that were too big for the cargo compartments.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:56 PM
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The 747 on display is Qantas's first ever 747 and has quite a history,



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Old 12-10-2017, 12:16 AM
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Hamilton Island is 15 hrs drive from Longreach or.......
2hrs and 20 mins in the RV-10 !!

http://www.hamiltonisland.com.au/hot...ICTKaKIjeF4.97

Hamilton Island is one of the Islands in the Whitsunday Island group that is close to the Barrier Reef.
We have been here many times and to the surrounding Islands as we used to live very close by in Mackay. It was great to drop in and spend a couple of days relaxing on the island.

You have to fill out a form online to get permission to land and stay over night and the cost is $33.00/night.

The island has its own control tower and can get quite busy. We were No2 of 4 to land and were slotted in between a Beaver float plane in front and a Dash-8 RPT behind us with 2 more helicopters also trying to get away.





Our good friend ,Alan Carlyle ( RV-14A ) kindly let us borrow his buggy to look around the island.


The island was heavily damaged by Cyclone Debbie (Catagory 5) in January so the bushland and trees were only just starting to recover.
Sunsets in the Whitsundays are not to be missed,


One of the best deals on the Island is to travel by ferry to the Golf Course for lunch on Dent Island. There ,after a buggy tour of the Island, you have a wonderful lunch before they return you to the main island.




The next day it was time to leave for a short hop to Mackay,we departed Hamilton Island and wandered down the coast to Mackay circling the many islands in the Whitsunday group.


Next stop Mackay.......
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:47 AM
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Mackay is where we lived for 17 years, a beautiful little sugar farming town that we moved to in 1996.It has had extensive growth in the time we lived there and still retains its country/coastal small town feel.

https://www.queensland.com/en-sc/exp...-mackay-region



It is also were the story of our RV-10 began 4 years earlier....



It was quite amazing to land in Mackay and to find my old friend, Piper Aztec VH-WGN, who gladly donated her L/H engine to my RV-10 project 4 years ago .She was towed to the flightline and tied down during Cyclone Debbie so I was able to park beside her. I wonder what stories, new and old, WGN and XTE could share during the night !



Our one week holiday had come to and end and after lunch with good friends in Mackay,we departed home to Redcliffe. We were blessed with a great tail wind and 2hrs 35mins later we were home in Redcliffe.



Until the next adventure.........
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:24 AM
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Thanks for the trip report Ashley. With your permission I can endorse and add a little bit to the flying adventures that are possible in Queensland.

Last Sunday Diana and I set off to the same part of the world. We also overnighted at Longreach, then direct Tully where we tied down the RV and spent four nights at Bedarra Island.

Following a boat and car transfer back to Tully, day one of the journey home included fuel stops at Townsville and Rockhampton then an overnight at Hervey Bay. Departing early to minimise exposure to the thermals also allowed us some interesting morning shots of Fraser Island before once again leaving the coast and taking the inland route via Toowoomba to avoid the storms along the coast.

16.8 flying hours and 509 litres of avgas later we arrived home yesterday and now downloading many great memories from our cameras.

One of the highlights of this trip was the lengthy delay at the Townsville runway 01 holding point while several flights of FA18's, Hawks and Alphajets conducted I&P arrivals. Despite the uncomfortable tropical conditions and the CHT climbing above 380 we quite enjoyed the front row seat.

Amazing what these little aeroplanes can do.
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Looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing!

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