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Old 07-31-2012, 12:50 AM
Finley Atherton Finley Atherton is offline
 
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Default 9A To Northern Australia

Last year my wife and I flew our 9A across Australia from east to west and back to attend a fly-in at Perth. This year we flew to the remote Kimberley region in NW Australia.



Total distance was about 5,000 nm over about 2 weeks. We usually flew between 6,500 ft and 9,500 ft and had head winds more often than not. Typically at around 8,500 ft amsl we had a TAS of 150 kts burning about 24.5 to 25.5 litres/hr depending on how much the carb 0-320 was willing to be leaned before running rough on the day.
With full fuel and 50 kg (110 lb) of baggage we were about 2 lb below Vans max weight. Vans max baggage compartment weight is 100 lb but I had about 10 lb below the seat back fwd of the flap actuator tube so I figured this as extra pilot/copilot weight rather than baggage.

All this including tools, a tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses, 10 litres of water and an empty 10 litre fuel container fitted in the baggage compartment below the level of the seat belt attach cables.


This first photos are from home to the Barkley Wayside Inn in the Northern Territory.

Charleville is a typical larger Queensland outback town. During WW2 there was a US Airforce Base at the airport with about 3,500 personnel. There were a number of aircraft including the Flying Fortress and the base was very high security as they did the testing of the Norden bombsight.



Dodging showers between Charleville and Longreach. Northern Australia is dry at this time of the year and these were just about the last clouds we saw for the next two weeks.



Between Longreach and Mount Isa in Queensland


The Barkley Wayside Inn in the Northern Territory - very pilot friendly and the owner/operator has a very nice Bonanza.



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Old 07-31-2012, 02:40 AM
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Barkley Wayside Inn to Halls Creek

This marginal country is regularly burnt in the winter to promote green growth in the spring/summer. There were more fires the further north we went and this is why many of the photos will be a bit hazy due to smoke.


The Tanami Desert.


More interesting country once past the Tanami Desert.


Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater.

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Old 07-31-2012, 03:44 AM
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Fantastic shots of the big brown land. Keep it up...
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Hi Fin,

Your day one legs looks like a long one. Did you stop / fuel up again at Longreach ? looking forward to the next lot of photos. Thanks for posting.
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:21 PM
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Hi Fin,

Your day one legs looks like a long one. Did you stop / fuel up again at Longreach ? looking forward to the next lot of photos. Thanks for posting.
Hi Jamie,

I am posting the photos in convenient blocks rather than day legs.
First day was home to Inverell for fuel then to Longreach with a stop at Charleville.
Second day was Longreach to Barkley with stops at a friends place outside Longreach and Mount Isa.
Third day was Barkley to Cape Leveque with a stop at Halls Creek.

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Old 07-31-2012, 06:12 PM
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Keep going Fin. One of my dreams flying AUS.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:49 PM
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Fantastic Photos .Thank you for sharing
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:51 PM
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At Halls creek we entered the Kimberley region.
The Kimberley is a wild, remote, ancient, mostly uninhabited landscape that has a unique rugged beauty. It consists mainly of a plateau that has been carved and scoured by the intense summer monsoon leaving mostly exposed rock with many spectacular gorges, sheer cliffs, water holes and waterfalls.
Despite the remoteness the Kimberely attracts thousands of visitors (mostly grey nomads) in the dry season however you can see from the map that there are few roads so you rarely see signs of human influence from the air.

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Halls creek to Cape Leveque (last leg third day)
These are photos of the King Leopold Ranges - very remote. I was almost starting to feel a bit too alone up there in our little homebuilt plane!

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NW Coast Line.
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Horizontal Waterfall. So called because a torrent of tidal water rushes between the narrow openings creating a waterfall effect. This region has huge tides (up to 11m). Unfortunately our timing was out and we missed the "waterfall".
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Sunday Straight towards Cape Leveque
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Cape Leveque. A welcome sight after 3 days of flying. We spent the next three nights there.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:24 PM
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Cape Leveque
We stayed at Kooljaman at Cape Leveque for three nights. We arrived a day earlier than originally planned and had to spend the first night "roughing it" in our tiny tent surrounded by "serious campers". We were booked the next two nights in a very comfortable Safari Tent. The winter is the peak tourist season and accommodation can be tight and expensive. Our safari tent was $270 pn. ($282 USD)

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The 9A having a well earned rest
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Spent a lot of time walking along the pristine beaches.
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Incredible red soil/sand. The beach at sunset. This photo has not been enhanced. It really looked like this.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:43 PM
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Awesome photos Fin. Great inspiration! Thanks.
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