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  1. For many weeks I have been flying across virtual Australia, now be prepared for a surprise. The choice of plane and livery in Melbourne already gives an indication. Get her up... ... out of Tullamarine, with the city behind. Such an office view is fantastic. Summer-y Melbourne at the end of Port Philip Bay. Here we climb along Wilsons Prom. NP, the southernmost point of Australias mainland. You may spot the oil rigs of Bass Strait below... ... and the Furneaux island group right/south of us. This time we do not visit Tasmania... ... but continue over water until we make landfall over Franz Josef and Fox - New Zealand welcomes. The two most prominent glaciers of the Southern Alps. Mt. Cook NP, covered with snow - in Summer. It gets warmer as we descend eastwards to the plains of NZSI. And Rakaia River brings the melted snow down to the Pacific. Here you can spot our runway at Christchurch... ... a bit more obvious... ... even more obvious. Now: grab your bags and go hiking!
  2. Completing my little Victoria tour I went out of Stawell near the Grampians... ... across Ararat... ... and south of Mt. Buangor State Park... ... to the western outskirts of Melbourne... ... and back to Tullamarine. With lots of potential connections to half the globe from here. We´lll see where this heads to.
  3. An early summer morning saw us leaving Cobden airfield... ... towards Warrnambool, one of the bigger settlements at the Great Ocean road coast. We left the coast at Tower Hill Lake, which I assume can best be overseen from the air. In contrast, Mt. Rouse is hardly to be seen from this perspective. And here we came to the magnificient Grampian mountains. The view from the Balconies lookout might be more spectacular in reality. Halls Gap below, the most common place to stay for a trekking vacation in the region. And a little orientation help.
  4. In continuation of the last post... ... I flew over Bells Beach, a Surfer´s paradise... ... to Anglesea, dominated by a coal mine & power plant, which is located directly next to a National Protection area. The industrial site was closed in August 2015 and is now the subject of restorative work. Fairhaven Beach at Airey´s Inlet, which in reality shows quite a fancy holiday home: The Pole House. And this is Kennett River, where Koalas can be spotted nearby. As long as their habitat exists. For Jack: Cape Otway and its famous lighthouse. The second-southernmost cape of the mainland. The Twelve Apostels in beautiful Summer weather. Rain continued over Port Campbell, where I turned inland... ... towards Cobden. Some grass on the runway, probably all mowers have beed transported to PNG by Ken Hall.
  5. ... force me to split this flight into two posts. It began in Melbourne Tullamarine already on the ground, where i saw one of our fellow forum collegues in a parking lot. Essendon airfield (and business park). From this altitude I could not spot the Orbx offices - in which building is it? Here we close in towards Merbourne´s center, ... - don´t get sick - ... before we head south over Victoria´s plains. Wrong timing for the Avalon Airshow. Always a good timing to visit Torquay Tiger Moth World, though we pass it today. To be continued...
  6. In my previous post I have already confused you by the move from GA to a small airliner, the (Majestic) Dash 8-400. And now it gets even heavier: After the traditional https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamworth_Country_Music_Festival in January I was scheduled to transport all the music instruments out of Tamworth, using a (PMDG) 777. Unfortunately, this year the festival is postponed to April. So I had to leave without freight... For this short flight with nearly empty tanks the runway was no problem. Heading southwest I crossed the biggest river of the continent: The Murray. Passing Shepparton, one of the world´s leading places for bird breeding, as far as I know. And that was the approach into Melbourne that was chosen by my ATC. Slowing down on downwind... ... with the Yarra Ranges ahead. Ready to land on the 26. And the ground crew did their job... ... reliable as always. 500 miles of a streightforward flight. Ignoring quite a number of Orbx & partner airports, beginning with Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie on the coast north of Sydney, Wollongong south. Cessnock, Bathurst and Canberra inland. Not to forget the Melbourne surrounding with Lilydale, Coldstream, Tyabb, Moorabbin and Essendon. Forgive my ignorance...
  7. For the next leg I booked a Qantas regional flight from YBCG. The ground crew handled our paxes´ luggage with the adequate care. And we left the Gold Coast area directly southwards. These mountains are called "Gondwana rainforest". These clouds are called "no coffee service for the passengers". And the weather radar indicated more to come. At least, over the plains of northern New South Wales it got better... ... and even better on base... ... into Tamworth. Ready for unboarding, let´s finish that up!
  8. After a few days of sightseeing it was time to leave Brisbane... ... chased by an Ultimate Traffic plane, ... ... but not without another view to the city. It was not too long to reach the Gold Coast region. Do these guys own boats instead of cars? Just a great view, though my rig comes to its limits with all these details to load. Griffith University Hospital below us - there could be another helipad for a try. For today we just land at Gold Coast airport, Coolangatta / Tweed Heads. I think some of our forum members live nearby? No reason for "me" to look so... serious. Maybe a drink helps bringing the smile back into the pilot´s face.
  9. Another replication of one of my real holiday drives takes us from Hervey Bay... ... with nice detail, but not-so-nice weather... ... towards the city´s Woolworth (and its parking lot with the huge white sunshades), to get some cookies for the day. The first waymark is Maryborough, ... ... followed by Gympie, with its numerous (red) traffic lights. Then we wave at the Sunshine Coast... ... and the magnificient Caloundra, ... ... just before we pass the Glasshouse Mountains. The M1 goes directly past the runways of Caboolture... ... and soon after we reach the outskirts of Brisbane. I wonder where they will build the area for the Olympics 2032. But I trust they will only make Summer Games here, no trials with artificial snow... Brisbane river embracing the CBD... ... and we go into the new 01L! Which is big enough for a soft landing...
  10. Today we leave the outhouse at Bundaberg airport... ... climb over the city... ... and have a look at the famous distillery. Look at all these wagons with sugar cane, waiting to be processed to a higher level. Back to serious tourism. Here we cross Hervey Bay towards Fraser Island. The earliest known name of the island is "K'gari" in the Butchulla (Badjala) language (pronounced "gurri"). It means paradise, but also has a creation story relating to it. According to the Butchulla Dreaming story, the creator being Beiral sent his messenger Yendingie to create land and sea for the people. His helper, a "beautiful white spirit called Princess K’gari", worked hard to create the shores and the land, but afterwards persuaded Yedingie to let stay on their beautiful creation. In order to stay, she had to be changed into an island, so Yedingie created lakes, vegetation, animals and people to keep her company. She remains today, happy "in, and as a 'paradise'". At exactly this point... ... this picture was taken, when real life travel was still possible. And there is even some kind of replication in the sim. At the northern tip of Fraser Island we find Orchid Beach airport & settlement. And at the west coast we come to the famous wreck of SS Maheno. Air Fraser offers short scenic flights, using the beach as an airstrip. At Eurong we turn inland, ... ... over Central Station (a settlement with quite a story), ... ... towards Lake McKenzie. Due to its water source (a perched lake with water filtered through sand), the freshwater lakes on the island are some of the cleanest in the world. We pass the beautiful Kingfisher Bay Resort... ... make landfall back at the mainland at River Heads... ... and turn into Hervey Bay airport. I think it may be worth to read about the island https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Island . Or just go there.
  11. Rockhampton is a perfect place to start a tour over the southern Great Barrier Reef islands. But first we had to come clear from the exploiting industry at East End Mine, ... ... Aldoga Mine, ... ... the huge deepwater harbour at Gladstone... ... and Tannum Sands. I do not know what this red lake is, have to check a guide book. However, just ahead of all this is Heron Island. No, Bernd with his yacht "Münster" was not here yet! So I went on to One Tree Island, ... ... Lady Musgrave Island... ... and Lady Elliott Island. That one looked so inviting, I had to stop there and go for a swim. But as I did not have an accomodation booked on the island, I went on towards the mainland at Burnett Heads... ... crossed the river of the same name... ... and reached Bundaberg. If I might get a drink there? Here´s the executed route of today.
  12. Even though many of you enjoy Australia now in new and enhanced optics, I keep on with my continous report in P3D. At least you can take profit from the routing ideas - and compare. And if you comment with some screenies of this comparison I would be really happy! Here we leave the Whitsunday Islands... ... cross Mackay (and avoid comparison shots of the airport)... ... and reach Hay Point Coal facility. Obviously another place where tourism will not make much money in the next 100 years. And again, do not forget the ships that need to pass through... ... these beautiful islands ahead of the coast. By chance this one is named "Avoid Island". Finally we fly up Herbert Creek... ... and Fitzroy River... ... towards Rockhampton. Quite the easy routing today, I suppose you won´t need a map?
  13. I had to check if I could find some detail of the Great Barrier Reef in Auv2. So I took off from Hamilton, ... ... headed eastwards over Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach... ... to the outer reef. On this GPS position there should be... ... Heart Reef, as in this photo. But I could not identify it in the sim. Has someone else been more successful? However, I went back to Lindeman Island for a plane change...
  14. The ground crew in Airlie Beach/Shute Harbour gave us a warm greeting before departure, ... ... no surprise we left quickly... ... towards Molle Channel. A beautiful sunrise over the Whitsunday passage. Still we took care to climb high enough over Mt. Robinson. The famous Whitehaven Beach, with Hill Inlet to the right. Here we fly downwind over Hamilton Island. Be careful with you hotel selection, if you want a big block or rather a small lodge. And here we go into Hamilton, the main airport of the WhitSUNDAY Islands. I can already smell the cocktails...
  15. Just ahead of Townsville... ... Magnetic Island is a famous point for touristic excursions, be it to lonely beaches or Koala spotting. Further south we cross Bowling Green NP, probably a good place for Croc spotting. If one so desires. One off the less touristic spots is Abbott Point, the most northerly deepwater coal port of Australia. Not only does it mean exploitation of Australian ground to enhance burning coal in India, it also promotes intense ship traffic through the Great Barrier Reef. Easier reversable, in case needed, would be the colours of the Bowen salt ponds. We go on to another touristic hotspot, Airlie Beach. An airstrip with a slightly tricky location, as it lies in a valley with a hill just at the southern end of the runway. From the map you can already guess where I go next...
  16. Inspired by an article in the Australian Geographic Magazine 165 (Nov-Dec 2021) with some fantastic photos of Queensland´s outback I set up a little flight from Hughenden... ... over the wide lands ... ... to Porcupine Gorge. Indeed, the combination of AUv2 and the vector data gives quite a good impression of a dry river bed. I had never heard of this attraction before. It pays off to be a proud member of the Australian Geographic Society!
  17. This flight along the Queensland coast starts at a slightly different parking position at Cairns than... ... this one. But the takeoff generally leads over the city. Here we climb out southwesterly... ... to Atherton... ... and the famous Tablelands of the same name. The mountains below belong to Wooroonooran National Pork. I mean park. 15 minutes later, a totally different landscape. This is Orpheus Island, ... ... and after another 20 minutes we arrive at Townsville ... ... with some clearer skies! The usual orientation aid:
  18. The next flight on memory lane is a relatively short hop from Cairns. A little preview of the routing... ... before we arrive at Green Island. Some fantastic views of Arlington Reef, ... ... and even the underwater details of Michaelmas Cay are quite precise in AUv2. One of the platforms for diving and snorkeling. Many have been placed around Cairns. But too soon... ... we come back to YBCS. Quite some fun for the experienced simmer. Surely I have placed the "official" waypoints into my navigation software.
  19. The surrounding of Cairns has enough sights for some days of exploration. And I do this with a scenic flight from Aeroglen / YBCS. When you set the calendar to dry season you get clear skies, but only low tide at Barron River falls. This flight leads us north along the spectacular coastal highway... ... to the visitor center... ... at Mossman Gorge. From there it is not far to the Daintree River ferry, ... ... you better not go fishing or swimming there. But when you drive up the hills to the north... ... you soon reach the famous rainforest. In contrast to the regular tourist we can take a shortcut back to accomodation in Palm Cove.
  20. Relaxed this flight out of Port Moresby/Jacksons will be, as it is not heading towards a bushstrip. And with an airliner instead of these all-terrain-props. However, the PNG scenery is always worth a visit! Just as the Great Barrier Reef along the Queensland coast is. Though... not in all seasons... ... and maybe better not in January. Landing in Cairns is stressless in all weather conditions, ... ... but why did they assign Cebu Pacific Airlines to "Domestic"? Perhaps this is the way to bypass Immigration controls even without carrying a tennis racket.
  21. Yesterday I left the Australian mainland northbound towards the southern Torres Strait Islands: And there is more to discover. I couldn´t carry all passengers arriving with the Qantas flight in Horn Island, only the bravest. Maybe they already doubt if this was a good decision just after takeoff. Nevertheless we approach Warral Island, ... ... and avoid the forest landing here. Over 270 islands (with only about 14 inhabited) form the Torres Strait Islands, a remainder of what was the landbridge between Asia and Australia until about 6000 years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torres_Strait_Islands Moa Island is one of the bigger. Badu Island has an airfield as well. And Mabuiag is almost a metropolis. They say there might be an airstrip on Gebbar Island as well. Hard to spot - and only Jack would bring a 747 to this place. Yam Island is definetively easier to land. Even for me. Surprising how fast this shower ended, though it is rain season. For the geography lovers: A map of the Strait.
  22. On my tour across the Torres Strait I have come closer to Papua New Guinea than to Australia. And I have found some confusing parking lots at Yam Island... ... an island that has some detail. Anyway: time to leave. Tudu island, quite green I would say. And even there is an airstrip, for the brave & slow. More obvious is the one on Sassie Island... ... did I ever mention that I love the enthusiasm of the OZx community? Coconut Island, not much more than a runway. There are enough lonely islands in the Torres group. This one is not lonely, and famous for Orbx flyers: Murray Island. Easy to land... ... and the ground crew is already waiting to finish maintenance and paperwork. PS: Today´s extra service for the geography lovers:
  23. You never know how the weather will be when you fly in rain season in North Queensland, but the start out of Weipa was okay. Some rain over Scherger airfield, but not too heavy. Only 20°C over the Cape York peninsula... ... and its attractive West Coast. The Box Yellyfish has a nice habitat! Crab Island is the mark to turn eastwards again... ... across Bamaga... ... and into YBAM airfield.
  24. Getting ready at Bamaga airfield for a flight into the Torres Strait I met some tourists from Jandakot. Quite the distance they have come with a heli... 36°C and no A/C - all is set for a hot flight. Jackey Jackey Creek is probably a nice place for bigger reptiles. Turtle Head Island doesn´t look much like a turtle´s head from above. Here we left the Australian mainland and travelled further north to Taikan Islet, ... ... Mt. Adolphus Island, ... ... Lacey Island and Little Adolphus Island. But for an intermediate landing I chose Horn Island.
  25. ... how it´s called in Germany - the english name for the sports would be Urban Golf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_golf , but that doesn´t fit to this flight: We´ll cross the Carpentaria Gulf in northeastern Australia - unfortunately in rain season. And do not see much land after taking off from Gove... ... and through the clouds. Do not underestimate distance or weather... ... but about one hour later we meet land again, near Weipa. Passing the OZx Aluminium mine... ... before getting ready for a plane change in rain season at Weipa. Now we´ll head north...
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