Courtesy of Liz & Graham Hawthorne.

They documented the events of the Tour to Western Australia held in May this year (2016).

It is worth a read even if you were on the trip as it brings back the memories of what a fantastic trip it was that was made all the more enjoyable by the company we had.

Click on the link for their story.




A very pleasant day was had by all who attended.

This fly-in was recommended by our President Phil Goyne and when it was discovered that the Redcliffe Aero Club had organised a day for the 16th October it was decided to join them.

From QRAA, President Phil Goyne with wife Mary flew in with Graham & Liz Hawthorne, Doug & Robyn McCullough, Graham & Val Pukallus, Bob & Robyn Denis, Steve & Leslie Donald with Peter & Lynn Bugg driving up from the Gold Coast.

We all arrived prior to lunch enjoying a coffee at the Cafe before walking up to the Ramada Resort to inspect the facilities there. After this is was decided to have lunch at the Cafe where the Redcliffe Aero Club had booked tables with approximately 20 people in their group.

As for flying in, the group from Caboolture experience some turbulence flying down via the lane between Archerfield and Amberley.

To state the obvious, the landings were interesting but not overly challenging to the experienced pilots flying in, it just needed the pilot to be alert and vigilant.

On departure, the wind had picked up and again required the pilot to be on his/her game. One Cessna on departure was noticed to have a very high nose up attitude to the point those on the ground thought that he might stall. Doug McCullough’s experience on departure was that he had to hold the nose down to maintain a 70kt climb out rate. The wind must have been in the range of 15 – 20kts as tracking up the east coast of Stradbroke sand was blowing to the west from the sand mining and would have been as high as 2,000 feet.

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Another successful event was held yesterday, 2nd October 2016 with 11 planes flying into Cherrabah for their Up-Market BBQ lunch.

Graham & Liz Hawthorne said it all in an email which follows.
Those who flew to Millmerran on Saturday, some planned and others last minute, had a very enjoyable day trying out the camp oven cooking and damper.  We hear the corned meat fritters were pretty good too! It was good to catch up with Steve and Leslie Donald who were camped there for the weekend.

Today’s flight on the 2nd October to Cherrabah for an upmarket barbeque lunch was enjoyed by all in the 11 aircraft that attended. We were surprised by the arrival of two twin engine planes (a Chieftain & a Twin Otter) as we were all coming in. Then the owner, Mr Ma, arrived by helicopter. It was nice to meet him as well.

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