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User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

As I stated in another thread I am going to spend the whole month of November in Australia. If there is no change of plans or problems with my flights I should be arriving at SYD the 29th of October in the afternoon. I'll stay 3 or 4 days at SYD before moving on. I wonder if any of the locals (or not locals) would like to meet or could provide any useful info about spotting in SYD and Australia in general.

Please answer in this thread or contact me via my pictures or profile. Thanks a lot.

j a.k.a. javier guerrero


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User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

J,
I sent you a private message via your profile... let me know if you still need info...
E


User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Hi Javier,

Good to hear you'll be paying us a visit! I'd love to meet up when you're here in SYD and show you around a bit.

For a start, have a look at the YSSY enthusiast website for general info. The viewing areas guide gives a general overview of the main spots, however there are some others which are not listed. Email me for more specific info.

Will you be here for the A380 visit?

Cheers,
Gabriel


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3689 times:
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Hi Javier

I am hoping to meet you and other A.netter to Sydney in November, I can't make it back from USA to SYD until Oct 31 then straight to Canberra to work until 5 Nov.

I got a job promotion returning to Sydney in mid-Nov then I shall be free every morning and evening, please feel free to contact me when you need assistance. We can always have drinks after a long hard day of spotting or sightseeing  Smile

Sam


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3686 times:
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http://samchuiphotos.com/wheretospotsyd.html

Here is a unofficial spotting guide I have produced. It covers all the good spots.

Sam


User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Hey hope to catch up with you J like Sam said

Quoting N178UA (Reply 3):
I am hoping to meet you and other A.netter

Count me in
Cheers



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User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

Gabriel, Sam, Alan: Thanks for your answers! I do not know yet for how long I am gonna be at SYD before we (my girlfriend and me) move on; our plan is to drive all the way up to Cairns. But I will keep in touch because I definitely would like to do some spotting and/or some beers!!

A couple of questions: any info about CNS? I've seen some gorgeous shots taken there!

Is there any confirmed schedule for the 380?

Regards

j



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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Quoting Javibi (Reply 6):
couple of questions: any info about CNS? I've seen some gorgeous shots taken there!

Hi Javier,

I heard from a fellow spotter that you can get some good spots from the hill just next to the airport (can't recall the exact name though). You will need a 300mm lens according to him.

By the way, I'll be in Sydney from November 12th in the evening until the morning of November 16th. I informed for one of the airside tours, but they already have a large group unfortunately, and somebody else told me that it is not thát good anyway...

Since I'll only stay 3 days in Sydney, I don't have any plans for visiting the airport, I'd rather visit the town. But if any local A.netter would like to show me around the airport or catch a beer with a Belgian (we know ALL about beer, we basically invented it Big grin ) I'll be staying in the 'Leisure Inns Park Regis Sydney' (just call reception or so and ask for me).

Greets,
Ivan

PS: Javier, should you happen to be in Cairns on November 25th, I'll be on flight AO7875 to HKG  Wink And I don't have any specific plans for November 24th yet.



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User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Javier,

I'll possibly be free as well on one of the weekend days. I can certainly take you around for a bit of spotting, but some of this board may agree that at the end of a spotting day, I'm probably better at being the tourist guide  Wink

Give me 2 hours at the end of spotting day, and I'll give you an essential Sydney tour. Email me at gstewart@tt.com.au.

Cheers,

Glenn



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

Quoting Glennstewart (Reply 8):
Give me 2 hours at the end of spotting day, and I'll give you an essential Sydney tour.

that tour might include a game of pool n some beer at Glenn's office! game on mate when i come over in january!?  Wink



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User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2391 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3575 times:

Javier, here's the text of a standard email I send to enquirers:

These photos were taken from a lookout point on a walking track known as the 'Red and Blue Arrows' on the southern side of Mount Lumley Hill.

To access these tracks head towards the airport on the Captain Cook Highway. Just prior to the airport turnoff there is a road to the left named Collins Avenue. Turn left into Collins. You will pass the botanic gardens on your left and 'The Tanks' arts centre on your right. Just after 'The Tanks' there is a car park on your right where the 'Red and Blue Arrows' walking trails commence.

Follow the walking trail up the hill. When the trails branch off you can go either way as they meet up at the top. After about twenty minutes walk you will get to the track intersection and a single, winding path continues up the hill. Walk for about five minutes up that track and you will reach a lookout point with a shelter that is directly above the Runway 33 threshold.

This location is best in the afternoon for the sun direction. You will find that departure shots from Runway 15 like the one you linked are less likely at this time of year, however approach and landing shots to Runway 33 are just a satisfying:

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The local newspaper, the 'Cairns Post' lists aircraft arrival and departure times each day, so it is worth taking that with you. Most International departures occur at about midday.

Good luck, I hope you enjoy your time in Cairns!

Kind regards,

Anthony.


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I hope that helps!


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Wow, those shots from CNS look pretty awesome. I think I just found something to do on my free day at Cairns Big grin

Will a 75-300mm lens be enough for such shots? Unfortunately, I'm not going to take my 100-400mm all the way to Australia.

Ivan



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User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3550 times:

@ Glenn:
Thanks for your kind offer, I'll try to take advantage of it  Wink I'll send you an e-mail soon.
BTW I'll be really really happy if I come home with a shot like this one:


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@ Anthony:
Thanks a lot for the info, you've got some really gorgeous shots!! I definitely have to find some time to climb that hill, it'd be a pleasure if you want to join. I do not know yet when I am gonna get to Cairns, I'll keep you posted.

@ Ivan:
It is a pity but I do not think we are gonna meet, your dates and my dates just do not synchronize...

Anyone knows about the 380 schedule?

Cheers

j



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User currently offlineCallMeCapt From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

Count me in!
We'll make a day of it.
Goran



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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

Quoting Javibi (Reply 12):
@ Ivan:
It is a pity but I do not think we are gonna meet, your dates and my dates just do not synchronize...

No problem. Have fun down under!

Greets,
Ivan



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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Quoting Javibi (Reply 12):
BTW I'll be really really happy if I come home with a shot like this one:

Yep, I'm sure that can be arranged! The intl. obs deck is certainly a highlight when 16R is active for arrivals... Some other kinds of stuff you can look forward to getting from there:


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(Please excuse the plug.  Wink)

Quoting Javibi (Reply 12):
Anyone knows about the 380 schedule?

It's not set in stone yet, however the most reliable arrival date given seems to be the 13th (of November, of course). It will then fly up to Brisbane on the 15th or 16th for QF's birthday celebrations. As long as you're around Sydney between the 13th and the 16th chances are you'll catch it. A more firm timetable should be released by Airbus and Qantas closer to the date.

Cheers,
Gabriel


User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 17 hours ago) and read 3514 times:

Thanks Gabriel, that panning is absolutely gorgeous!! Check your mail.

So far I am counting Gabriel, Sam (though I think I'll leave SYD before you come back), Alan, Goran and Glenn. I have got Glenn's number, so I'll contact him when I am certain about my schedule. I'll be carrying a cellular, my number is +34629450251, do write through my profile or send me a SMS if you wish to meet.

Thanks!

j



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User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

I did make it to SYD but I brought the rain with me as well  Smile Awful weather for spotting so far, I did have a couple of beers with Glenn though. I am hitting the road in a couple of days, I might leave spotting for when I come back to SYD around the 23th of November. If anybody wants to contact me though I am staying at the Vulcan Hotel, room 309.

Cheers

j



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3437 times:

Quoting Glennstewart (Reply 8):
Give me 2 hours at the end of spotting day, and I'll give you an essential Sydney tour.

Glenn, you should screp the dayjob and go into being a full time tour guide! I can definatly reccomend a Stewart Special tour! You get to see loads of the city and it's really good to have someone who knows the area!

I appriciate the tour you gave both me and then my dad! We both enjoyed it!

I can't wait until i return to Sydney soon! Would be good to have another beer and hopefully bring some better weather with me.

Cheers, Chris

P.S. I hope your having a good trip Jav! Hope the weather improves! I'd like to see the Spanish master's interpretation of SYD!



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User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 18):
Glenn, you should screp the dayjob and go into being a full time tour guide! I can definatly reccomend a Stewart Special tour! You get to see loads of the city and it's really good to have someone who knows the area!

Hi Chris,

You're welcome to come back at anytime!
Managed to catch up with Javier. It's a real pity for him the weather wasn't at it's best.... we're in a drought, and the rain has only come down while he was here.
Good for us, bad for him.
I hope to catch up again when he comes back from his drive up north.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 9):
that tour might include a game of pool n some beer at Glenn's office! game on mate when i come over in january!?

You're going to be here for New Year's Eve by any chance Monty?



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3334 times:

Quoting Glennstewart (Reply 19):
You're going to be here for New Year's Eve by any chance Monty?

no mate i can't afford Sydney at new years eve  Wink arrive in early feb at some horrid time of the morning!



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User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2391 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Any update on your progress to Cairns? I'm there this Friday (11th Nov) and again on Tuesday.

User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Quoting AJ (Reply 21):
Any update on your progress to Cairns? I'm there this Friday (11th Nov) and again on Tuesday

The soonest I will arrive there is Friday 11th in the afternoon and I plan to be in the area until at least Wednesday, I do not know yet the exact dates or where I am gonna stay though. I will keep you posted. If you wish to contact me my cell phone is +34629450251, just send and SMS and I will call you back, I hope we can meet.

j



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