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  1. From Fitzroy Crossing it is just a short flight to the coast... ... passing settlements like Noonkanbah, ... ... along (dry) Fitzroy River... ... and getting in touch of the sea near Curtin. The approach offers a first, great perspective of Broome. A bit off the usual routes, but the scenery is absolutely worth some detour. And we are obviously awaited: The tarmac is getting perfectly cleaned.
  2. A "frontier" flight takes us from The Granites, Northern Territory ... ... along Tanami Road. Hard to see the road, impossible to see the border to West Australia - but there might even be travel restrictions nowadays with Covid! The next settlement to see is Balgo Hill, ... ... perfectly OZX-ed, ... ... then we follow the road to Bililuna... ... and the nearby attraction, Wolfe Creek Crater. Halls Creek, an important road crossing point in the Northwest, ... ... and soon (in the plane, n
  3. The next day in my outback tour ... ... started early at Kings Creek Station. A lovely and well-depicted OZx scenery, ... ... giving the virtual pilot a good impression of the place. Lovely outback views... ... on the short hop to Kings Canyon. The mesh looks a bit unspectacular here, ... ... reality has more to show. When you accidently come along, do not miss to do the 6 km rim walk! Afterwards you have deserved a break at the nearby BBQ area, you can see the loop in the sim... ... in reality it
  4. We continue the flight from my last post ... ... with a BBQ lunch at Yulara campground, unfortunately you cannot see the smoke from the white roof below. Heading east we follow the (only) road and pass Curtin Springs. A roadhouse to be recommended, and why won´t anybody be stopping here - with cold drinks, hot air and a good sense of humour? North of Lasseter Highway is a big salt pan... ... to the south you can see the 3rd big rock in the area: Fooluru. Aka Mt. Conner, aka Artila. Navigation is easy here
  5. Very rare that I have to split a flight report in two posts, but this one just had too many sights. This is a replication of a highlight day of our last family vacation: It started at Yulara, ... ... watching the sunrise at Uluru was followed by hiking through the nearby rock formation: The longer of the famous Kata Tjuta hikes leads through the Valley of the Winds, ... ... passes a helipad at the north side... ... and includes the Karingana lookout. The parking lot is south of Kata Tjuta. It
  6. Here we go again from Kingsford Smith, ... ... Sydney, ... ... over the Blue Mountains to the bush. Lake Eyre, ... ... pure desert, ... ... and, after about 4 hours, some sacred rocks appear. Sand dunes make the final into Ayers Rock airport a bit more challenging, ... ... but pure trust brings us down. Let´s go to the teminal!
  7. ... just between P3D and the real one. And we clearly see where MSFS is superior. Kingsford Smith airport (FT) is fine in any sim, ... ... but Darling Harbour is way off from reality in P3D. The same with the coathanger: P3D... ... and the real thing. Same effect with the panorama, from the copter, ... ... and from the ferry. A day at the Opera. View from Vaucluse: And finally Bondi. Indeed the potential of MSFS leaves no doubt when it comes
  8. After some days of wilderness hiking in Tasmania it is now time to change the perspective and leave Launceston. Climbing out over the green plains... ... and the charming city, ... ... we reach the coast, east of Bridport. Flinders Island is the biggest remainder of the land bridge that disappeared some 10.000 years ago in the floods of Bass Strait, ... ... a smaller one is Deal Island ahead of the Bus´es engine. OZx has brought some oil rigs to the sea. Canberra from flight level. And you c
  9. After some days of hiking is it time to leave the Cradle Mountain area. This airstrip is really wonderfully placed into the valley next to Cradle Mountain Road. We follow the road further eastwards... ... until we cross Forth River down of the Lake Cethana Dam. The lake appears smaller on this old picture taken in autumn. But Mt. Roland appears big enough, ... ... just above the Claude Road airstrip. We pass the mountain towards Minnow River, ... ... and follow the Mole Creek Karst valley to
  10. Todays program is just a short hop for a pilot, but a giant hike for the walker. From the campgrounds at Cradle Mountain airstrip... ... up Cradle Mountain Road... ... to Dove Lake parking. Meanwhile the car access is limited, once it´s reached full capacity you´d better take the bus to get here. That was easier 18 years ago. But we had to face the usual weather. A hard climb uphill leads you to Marions Lookout, overlooking the entire Dove Lake. We walked around it, but couldn´t climb up in the old times, so this lookout is still on the list.
  11. The next leg of this Summer´s Tasmania tour initially leads us from Strahan down to Macquarie Heads. The main entrance into Macquarie harbour was named "Hells Gates" in the convict time, as one of the first British penal stations in Australia was located on Sarah Island in this inlet. We escape and turn back north again over Strahan city, ... ... and along Henty Dunes at Ocean Beach. Turning inland we cross a number of nature reserves towards Zeehan village, ... ... follow A10 north to Lake Que, ... ... and fly alon
  12. Then join me on the way out of Tasmanias state capital, with both city airports below, ... ... over the Tasman Bridge and CBD, ... ... along River Derwent to New Norfolk. A slight detour brings us to Mt. Field NP and the famous Russell Falls... ... before joining Lyell Highway again to get to Tarraleah´s serpentines. Derwent Bridge is a hikers hotspot between Lake St. Clair and Lake King William, ... ... while Queenstown was famous as a miners hotspot for decades. Finally we come the Tasman
  13. Founded in 1804 Hobart watches the mouth of River Derwent. The city center around Battery Point summarizes a lot of attractions, be it the Salamanca Market or (Bill) Lark´s distillery. Just a short flight (or a long walk) to the west is Mt. Wellington, ... ... which offers a great view over city and river. Tasman Bridge, rebuilt after a collapse caused by a colliding ship in 1975, is now high enough for the commercial ship traffic. The Cadbury chocolate plant has been added by Terry @teecee. Not shown in the scenery is MONA, a to
  14. After a bumpy takeoff from Friendly Beaches airstrip we head eastwards to the coastline... ... and turn south, checking the sandy runway once again. A few seconds later we spot Cape Tourville lighthouse, ... ... just on top of some spectacular cliffs. Extra view for @Jack Sawyer . Turning back westwards we meet Wineglass Beach and the hills of The Hazards. From the top of Mt. Amos you´d have a magnificient view, too. The village Coles Bay at the left end of Richardsons Beach...
  15. I think I do a virtual tour around Tasmania every year, and mostly I start from Launceston, as shown here. Just a few captures of this 5-hour-drive, the first ones from Binalong Bay, ... ... then St. Helens, ... ... and, down the east coast, Bicheno. The perfect break is made at Friendly Beaches, with some good places to stay, hike and relax nearby. Parked!
  16. Another simulated real-life flight takes us to a neighboring state, out of Melbourne... ... throwing some noise over the city center, ... ... and heading down over the outskirts... ... towards Philip Island. Wilsons Promontory NP (in the background) marks Australias southernmost point, of the mainland that is. Even more southerly is this state, under Down Under. Approaching Launceston, Tasmania. Here we are about to capture the localizer... Got it. Ready for deboarding.
  17. After some days of hiking in the Grampians we leave the nicely OZx-ed airstrip... ... climb over the hills... ... and get a final view of the Balconies lookout. We wave goodbye to the cabins and B&Bs at Halls Gap, ... ... before we follow the road eastwards past Ararat. The M8 gets bigger and transforms into the Western Freeway, ... ... leading us over Melton... ... back to Melbourne. Amongst the numerous Orbx airports here we choose Tullamarine again, because we want to catch a connection to our nex
  18. Here we leave Warrnambool airfield, ... ... and throw a look to the city at the Southern Ocean coast. Just west of it there is Tower Hill Lake, the remainder of an inactive volcano. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Hill_(volcano) Turning north we can see the next coastal settlement, Port Fairy, in the distance... ... but we follow the road via Penshurst, where another extinct volcano, Mount Rouse, can be seen. https://www.visitgreaterhamilton.com.au/mount-rouse/ Just a bit further north, at Dunkeld, some mountains come into
  19. The Great Ocean Road I mean. Our plane takes off where we landed recently, Tullamarine. Soon after we cross the Orbx headquarter at Essendon, ... ... before we pick up some tourists at the CBD hotels. The cityscape is P3D at its finest. Then we follow the road along Port Philip, ... ... Avalon... ... and Geelong / Ceres. Can you see the curved runway under the plane? This was the first OZx airstrip I ever attempted to land at, and I will not forget this impression. Many of the world's most famous surf companies have
  20. Not many flights are currently left in real airline flight schedules. There is not even the direct connection I use today: From Darwin... ... climbing out southbound across the dams of Manton and Darwin river. The Red colour begins around Tennant Creek, ... ... some hours later the full glory at Simpson Desert, ... ... and Lake Eyre. Same area, different airline. And closer to the lake. Lake Frome and... ... Broken Hill are also dominated by red colour. The biggest river of the continent, Mu
  21. The last day of our Kakadu trip sees us making a morning tour on Yellow River, ... ... before leaving Cooinda. Next stop is famous Nourlangie Rock, ... ... before we pass the big city (Jabiru) with the Bowali visitor center. Heading west along Arnhem Highway we cross South Alligator River, ... ... Mary River, ... ... and Adelaide River, ... ... before joining Stuart Highway. Here we are, back in Darwin, ... ... and safely landed!
  22. Oenpelli airstrip in Arnhem Land seems to be depicted already in Covid mode: the airport is closed. At least we could head into our trusty Cessna 185 and fly over Ubirr Rock, with its sacred places and famous rock paintings, which are up to 40.000 years old https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubirr . The major city in Kakadu NP is Jabiru, founded as an Uranium mine and now home of tourist activity. Nourlangie Rock (hard to spot here) is below us. Again a place with famous rock art and occupied for about 20.000 years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nourlangie_Roc
  23. Maybe one fine day we get the chance again to travel into this beautiful land. To spend some time in Darwin and visit the market at Mindil Beach... ... walk the Esplanade and test the bars... ... before driving down Stuart Highway. My preferred tour operator suggests to turn left on Batchelor Road... ... passing the city (and airstrip) of the same name... ... on the way to Florence Falls. Remark: For this flight the season was set to "dry", not "rain". Then go "around the corner" to Wangi Falls and their pools (you c
  24. The longer these travel bans last, the more I long to return to Australia. At least, I can do this virtually. And I had my last plane parked in a good place to continue: Ready to leave... ... Singers. A little view of Borneo (this flight will surely be repeated with OLC Asia). Traffic, traffic. Flores island. Timor already looks interesting, the mesh helps a lot. Now the next continent shows up, with Melville Island ahead. A first view to Cox peninsula, while already descendin
  25. Following yesterdays arrival... ... my favourite airline with one of my favourite jets is getting ready in Christchurch. A thorough inspection might be wise before this flight. But all looks well maintained... ... so we can take off to the west, ... ... with a last view to the Pacific. Crossing Arthurs Pass NP... ... and Hokitika Gorge, ... ... before we leave island 1: New Zealand. Here we are already at island 2. Ya might guess the city below, even with the payware airport inactive.
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