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NT Exposure: Desert Safari And QF Link 717 To PER  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Posted (2 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21319 times:

Introduction



G’day mates,

Have you ever made someone’s acquaintance, but unfortunately never got any chance yet to meet this special person in real?

Mates, allow me to dedicate our story about the second part of Desert Safari and QantasLink flight from Alice Springs to Perth to Roy (Quokkas) because of his endless support from the very beginning.


Please make yourself comfortable and enjoy the view before Herman and I take you further along with us.  





Sunset on our camping site



Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21366 times:

Watarrka National Park



“Good morning, everybody!”




Sunrise



‘Red Rooster?’
‘Very funny! It is Ray, our tour guide! Welcome to the 72,200 hectares of Watarrka National Park!’
‘Watarrka?’
‘Derived from an Aboriginal word referring to the umbrella bush that thrives there,’



Kings Canyon



‘Here we are! The start of Kings Canyon Rim Walk,’
‘My goodness, could we not better take another walk?’
‘We could have done Kings Creek Walk along at the Canyon Base. But if we make it to Kings Canyon, Watarrka’s main feature, the Rim Walk is just the way to go!’
‘Sigh! No wonder locals call it Heartbreak Hill! What a steep climb to get up here!’
‘Well, we have indeed climbed over 100 meters, but what do you think of the view?’




Reddish 400 million years old Meerenie Sandstone and greenish 440 million years old Carmichael Sandstone underneath



‘Do you realize that we are standing on rocks dating back to a time when the Earth was bare, with hardly a patch of green to be seen? Look at that!’




Cross-bedding



‘400 million years ago, Central Australia was a wide swept plain covered with sand dunes. Cross-bedding is very common in rocks that originated as desert sand dunes. The examples of cross-beddings are evidence that Meerenie Sandstone was originally sand dunes,’
‘Beauty!’
‘Watarrka contains the western end of The George Gill Range which lies at the intersection of three major landforms with the western deserts towards the southwest, the Simpson Desert towards the southeast and the MacDonnell Ranges towards the northeast. Hey, look over there!’




MacDonnell Ranges Cycad



‘The cycad is unique to Central Australia. Watarrka is the southern limit of the cycad’s range. Come along,’




Priscilla’s Crack



‘Can you remember an Australian comedy-drama film from 1994 called The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, in particular the scene when film characters Anthony, Bernadette and Adam climbed Kings Canyon in full drag regalia?’
‘So, are you saying that the crack is named after…’
‘Too right! By the way, do you know where the name of The George Gill Range comes from?’
‘Err…’
‘This curiously domed plateau is named after the brother-in-law of Ernest Giles, the explorer,’




Weathered sandstone domes




‘Maze of weathered domes of The Lost City. Mind your step!’




Red walls



‘Can you imagine that there were used to be shallow lakes at Watarrka once, million years ago?’
‘At this height? The walls rise up 270 meters!’
‘Can you see the marks?’




Ripple marks



‘These are dead sea’s ripples,’
‘Where the ancestor of SpongeBob roamed at the time?’
‘Joker! The sandstone of Kings Canyon is indeed like a giant sponge that soaks up the rain. Moisture seeping from the rock has turned a deep gully into a lush oasis,’




Garden of Eden



‘A haven for aquatic wildlife,’




One of permanent waterholes



‘Among more than 600 species of plants and many native animals. Well, hello there!’




Native lizard



‘What is it looking at?’




Tessellated red rock faces



‘Anyway, we are just over halfway of this six kilometers loop,’
‘Seriously?’
‘Yes, you have to count three to four hours for the whole stretch,’
‘So, we, visitors, should consider their health and fitness carefully before undertaking the walk?’
‘Correct, and if you are on the go, do not forget to drink at least one liter of water per hour per person,’
‘Shall we go for a slow descent to Kings Canyon Carkpark?’
‘Sure. This way,’




Sandstone domes



‘Nearing the finish line!’




Walkway under an eucalypt to Carpark behind the shrubs



‘After forty minutes, that is to say,’
‘Ariel!’



The West Macs



‘Fancy picturesque swimming holes? The West MacDonnell Ranges have them all! Waterholes, gorges or otherwise rocky ridges!’



Ormiston Gorge



‘Sigh! Another walk again?’
‘Relax! The Ghost Gum Lookout Walk is less challenging than Kings Canyon Rim Walk. We will reach a steel viewing platform soon,’




Platform’s overview



‘You can walk back and go down the creek,’





Ground level overview



‘Do you believe that Ormiston Gorge offers all spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges?’




Rugged scenery and a near-permanent waterhole



‘It also plays an important role as a fauna refuge,’




Australian Ringnecks



‘Parrot native to Australia, adapted to all conditions, except for extreme tropical and highland areas,’



Ellery Creek



‘So, you should be able to spot Australian Ringnecks here as well,’
‘Yes, Ellery Creek Big Hole is very important for local wildlife. It is also one of the largest waterholes in The West Macs, fed by the mighty Ellery Creek,’




Waterhole



‘What do you think?’




Shady trees



‘A peaceful setting to swim, relax after a hot day and enjoy the nature,’
‘Can you imagine why it has been the inspiration of many artists? Among them is Henry Smith, an Alice Springs artist with its artwork Arts of Boats. Speaking of artwork, can you name any source of materials used all over the world for decoration and painting since prehistoric times?’



Ochre Pits



‘Indigenous peoples throughout Australia have made grateful use of natural ochre for thousand years. Ochre is integral to the Dreamtime stories of theirs,’
‘The Dreamtime stories?’
‘Stories of creation and Law. What do you think of the formations up there?’




10 meter high cliff face



‘The ochre deposit is still used by Western Arrernte Aboriginal people, mainly for ceremonial purposes,’




Close up



‘Keep your hands off!’
‘Why?’
‘The Aboriginal custodians of The Ochre Pits have made a special request to us, visitors, not to touch or remove ochre from the cliffs. It is also an offence by law. This site is protected by Sacred Site and Parks and Wildlife legislation, ’
‘So, it is a registered sacred site, then?’
‘Yes, just like Tnorala Conservation Reserve,’



Tnorala




Tnorala viewed from Tyler’s Pass



‘The ring of hills is a place of great cultural significance to Western Arrernte Aboriginal people. Do you want to know what they believe how it was formed?’
‘Reckon!’
‘A group of women danced across the sky as The Milky Way. During the dance, a mother put her baby to rest in its turna,’
‘Turna?’
‘Wooden baby carrier. Sadly, the turna toppled over the edge of the dancing area and crashed to earth where it became the circular rock walks of Tnorala. The baby’s parents, the evening and morning star, continue to search for their baby to this day,’
‘How heartbreaking! Look at the impact of the crash!’




Rolling landscape



‘By the way, do you know that scientific interpretation of Tnorala also has a celestial origin?’
‘Fair dinkum?’
‘Around 142,5 million years ago, an object from the space, believed to be a comet about 600 meters across, crashed to earth, blasting a crater of at least 20 kilometers across,’
‘And then?’
’Now exposed by erosion, this area marks the points of the impact where shock waves shattered the rock strata thousands of meters underground and stood them on end,’
‘Is the alternative name Gosse Bluff derived from the object?’
‘No, our explorer Ernest Giles named the range after H. Gosse, a fellow of the Royal Society,’
‘Alright. Can we go inside the ring of hills?’
‘Yes, the Aranda Aboriginal owners are happy for us to visit as long as we respect the area and obey signs where access is not permitted. Long time ago, their ancestors used to live there,’







‘They hunted, camped and performed ceremonies here,’
‘Tnorala’s massacre!’
‘Massacre? Ariel, what are you talking about?’
‘One day, early in the morning, a man climbed up the rocks, hunting kangaroo,’







‘When he came back, he found all his people, men, women and children dead, murdered by kadaitcha men who were supposed to look after them and their land,’







‘The kadaitcha men might be killed by the avenging family, but no one has lived here since because of the sorrow of the lost family. Tnorala became a sorry place,’
‘Is that why camping is not permitted in the Reserve?’
‘Yes, out of respect of the people that passed away here,’



Simpsons Gap



‘Is camping here not permitted either?’




Overview



‘Yes, as the area is an important spiritual site of Arrernte Aboriginal people where several dreaming and trails cross,’
‘But, why is it called Simpsons Gap?’
‘It has something to do with the Overland Telegraph between 1870 and 1872. Explorer John Ross was contracted for laying the telegraph line through inhospitable terrain of the central section. He had to deviate in The MacDonnell Ranges and eventually accomplish his task thanks to Simpson who found this gap in the ranges,’



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21333 times:

Alice Springs Airport






‘What about that gap?’




Mwerre anetyeke



‘Designed and built with the assistance of Greening Australia of Northern Territory, Mwerre anetyeke or The Anetyeke Garden is recognized by the Alice Springs Land for Widlife scheme as a habitat of local wildlife,’
‘In Aboriginal culture, waterholes often features in dreaming stories and are sacred places. Is Mwerre anetyeke sacred as well?’
‘Well, Mwerre anetyeke is Arrernte Aboriginal language that means ‘a good place to sit’. A proud feature of ASP,’




Airport sign



‘Speaking of indigenous culture, come to this side!’



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Terminal entrance



‘Can you see the pillar bases? They feature the works of Patricia Ellis, Muriel Williams and Josette Young, indigenous artists from Keringke Art Centre at Santa Teresa which constitute The Alice Springs Public Art Precinct collection,’
‘The Alice Springs Public Art?’
‘Yes. The project started in 2009 as the result of a strong determination from Northern Territory Airports and the Jumbana Group to showcase the cultural diversity of the Central Australian Desert through indigenous and non-indigenous artwork,’



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Taxi stand. Note the canopy spanning its length



‘Look at the motifs on the fence! They feature the works of Rosina Ryder from Santa Teresa, while the fence itself was crafted and erected by Ross Engineering. And over there…’



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Bollards on the foreground. Note the awning behind the eucalyptus



‘The bollards translate the art of Marcia Alice and Nora Campbell from Tapatjatjaka Art Centre at Titjikala, while the awnings are joint venture of Patricia Ellis, the Santa Teresa artist, and Annette Gilligan from Titjikala. Mrs. Ellis has also collaborated with Mrs. Campbell for the canopy,’



Airport Check-in



‘What do you think of locally inspired carpet designs?’



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Indigenous motifs



‘Painted by June Smith from Santa Teresa, the carpet has been installed to reinforce the colors and textures of The Red Center. It was a part of two million dollar refurbishment to terminal in 2004 to improve passenger processing,’




Airline check-in overview. Note the deserted Bag Drop counter on the right



Customer Service Agent Erin called us forward as soon as she noticed us glancing at her counter sign.




Bag Drop pillar



“Checked in online?”
“Mobile actually,”
“That is fine,”

After sending on our joint 21.8 kilogram suitcase, Erin returned our documents.




My boarding pass



Our joint Customer Baggage Receipt



“Your flight has been retimed. It will leave one hour later due to weather circumstances in Darwin,”




FIDS



‘There are heavy rains along the Northern Territory coast, including Darwin,’
‘Hence the delayed departure. So what should we do with the extra hour?’
‘How about a history lesson?’




Connellan Airways’ Rolls Royce



‘Connellan Airways?’
‘In a nutshell, after being founded on July 23, 1943 by Edward Connellan, the airline of the same name became a regular public transport operator twenty years later whilst holding an exclusive contract with Royal Flying Doctor Service. In 1980, it was sold to East-West Airlines,’
‘More details can be found at Central Australian Aviation, I assume?’
‘Yes, but there was a certain sore topic which the museum did not wish to cover intentionally,’
‘Really? Which one?’
‘Connellan air disaster because of a suicide attack on January 5, 1977, killing five and injuring four. But anyway, ASP is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all people. So, no worries,’



Airside Departure Area



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Red and brilliant tiling



‘Earthy tones with the tiling to complement the carpet,’




Departure Lounge West overview


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Gate area



ASP wants to make our visit as comfortable as possible. What do you think of a range of retail facilities for better shopping experiences?’




Australian Way. Note the money spinner



Modern refitted Runway News



‘Telephones and internet access are available as well,’



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Payphone and internet kiosks



‘But the internet service costs AUD 1 (EUR 0.82) already without additional AUD 0.30 (EUR 0.25) per minute usage, ’
‘There is free open Wi-Fi throughout the sterile area if you like,’
‘Beauty! By the way, what are we doing here?’



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QF counter



‘I have selected over wing seats. Hopefully, there is still something to do about it,’
‘How disappointing! You always observe the seat map carefully before check-in, don’t you?’
‘Don’t get smart with me, Ariel!’

Customer Service Agent Paula was immediately on hand.

“Can I help you?”
“Yes, please. I wonder whether there is still any space for two with window seat further back,”
“Let me check,”

“I have only got only row twenty on the right,”
“We take it,”




My new boarding pass



‘Do you hear the rumble? Our Boeing has arrived just fifteen minutes before the advised boarding time,’



Boarding



Flight Attendant Melanie did not waste any time. After guiding her passengers to Arrivals Gate 6, she joined Paula at Gate 9 for boarding preparation.

Slightly past 10.45, we were authorized into restricted area.



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Canopied walkway to the tarmac



Walking past multilingual farewell signs including Arrernte Aboriginal.




See you another time



‘Look what is waiting for us at Bay 4!’




VH-NXL



Forward section



T-tail



“OUCH!”



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21322 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: ASPPER
Date: March 17, 2012
ETD/ATD: 10.05 / 11.10
ETA/ATA: 11.45 / 12.45
Flight number: QF 1935
Plane: Boeing 717-231
Registration: VH-NXL
Flight deck: Captain Darren Castle, First Officer David Driver
Delivery date: September 28, 2001 to TWA as N426TW



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Flight Attendant Kath who was standing next to the front galley, smilingly remarked, “You are just too tall,”
“I was distracted…”
“You have middle seat in row twenty,” Kath ushered me further.




Our row with comfortable fabric seats



Sufficient legroom with a seat pitch of 31 inches



Decent view in between the right part of 28.4 meters wingspan and BR 715



‘Perfect for tarmac spotting!’




VH-VZR



‘Incoming as QF 796 from Melbourne. Christened Coral Bay after a small town of the coast of Western Australia with neighboring Ningaloo Reef, a popular diving and snorkeling site with a large variety of coral and fish life,’




VH-VYD



‘Incoming as QF 981 from Brisbane. Christened Eudunda after the birthplace of world-renowned author Colin Thiele which is located roughly 103 kilometers northeast of Adelaide,’
‘Melanie and her colleague Flight Attendant Clinton are performing in-flight safety demonstration. Let’s pay attention, shall we?’

“Sir,” Melanie caught me holding our DSLR as VH-NXL entered Taxiway E1.
‘Oh no!’   
“You can hold your camera, just remove the strap from your neck,”
  




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Sister ship VH-NXO. Note the MacDonnell Ranges on the background



‘Incoming as QF 1940 from Ayers Rock,’
‘Ayers Rock?’
‘Alright! Uluru!’



Take off



“Flight attendants, take off position,”




Starboard turn on 12 threshold



‘Do you know that ASP’s current node configurations allow for Boeing 747-400 and even Airbus 380 to conduct 180 degrees starboard turn? In case of other aircraft type like VH-NXL, minimum speed and maximum radius turns are used to avoid pavement damage,’




Safely lining up



‘No aircraft noise abatement procedures are currently required here. Hence, no need of reduced power for takeoff for the sake of noise emissions…. Whoa! Whoa!’




Liftoff at 11.20



Steep climb out



VH-NXL banked to the right for further climb.




Parallel to ASP. Note the symmetrical spirals underneath the picture




In flight



Once fasten seat belt signs were extinguished, in-flight service was outlined.

“Our today flight time will be two hours and forty minutes. We will be serving lunch along with coffee and tea, soft drinks, while alcohol is available for purchase at six dollars,”

‘I wish we were outside Western Australia after 16.00,’
‘How come, Ariel?’
‘Beer and wine would be offered complimentary then,’

“… On cruising altitude of 32,000 feet, our flight route today will be Uluru – Kalgoorlie – Perth...” Captain Castle followed up with technical details.

‘No chance to get ourselves outside Western Australia. By the way, look out the window!’




Lake Amadeus



‘A huge salt lake in the southwest corner of Northern Territory, about fifty kilometers north of Uluru, named after King Amadeo I of Spain (or King Amadeus I in English). Our explorer Ernest Giles, the first European who discovered it, originally intended to honor his benefactor Baron Ferdinand von Mueller with the eponym Lake Ferdinand,’
‘So what made him change his mind?’
‘Von Mueller prevailed upon Giles to instead honor King Amadeo I, who had previously bestowed honor on him,’

Twenty five minutes after liftoff, refreshment service was commenced.




Clinton and Melanie on duty



“Do you want anything to drink?” Clinton asked while handing a packet of Pretzels along with a napkin.




Santos pretzels and QF branded napkin



“Can I have ginger beer, please?”
“Sure,”




My ginger beer. Cheers, PlaneHunter



‘There is entertainment as well,’




QF The Australian Way and Spirit magazines



‘Though not long lasting as the magazines have immediately found a new home,’ 

“No, thank you,” Mr. 21E replied when Melanie was about to serve his lunch twenty minutes later.

‘Do you hear that? Free lunch dismissed just like that! What is his problem?’
‘I have no idea,’

“Do you want to something to eat?”
“Yes, please,”



Lunch tray set



‘Let’s take a closer look!’




Whole meal sandwich with cheese and sundried tomato tapenade



‘Nutritious whole meal bites with flavorful Mediterranean twist of sundried tomato,’




Bread and butter pudding



‘Moist, fluffy and not overly sweet,’




Cadbury Dairy Milk mini bar



‘Best selling company product by 1913 since its first production eight years earlier thanks to a higher proportion of milk. Yummy chocolate bar!’

“Tea?”
“Yes, please,”




My tea




‘How could Mr. 21E skip all these delicacies? He must be ill!’
‘Probably. I need to go to the lavatory by the way,’
‘Good luck!’
‘Why?’
‘Mr. 21E could have made a mess there,’
‘Ariel!’




Lavatory



‘No mess whatsoever, just like the rest of the cabin,’



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Forward cabin view



‘Suryo, wake up!’
‘What? Am I asleep?’
’Yes, half an hour long! Look outside right under the wing!’




From top to bottom: Lake Seabrook, Yellowdine and Mount Palmer



‘Yellowdine and Mount Palmer are town sites in Shire of Yilgarn, part of the Goldfields-Esperance region which is the largest of Western Australia’s regions with an area of 771,276 square kilometers,’



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Southern Cross



‘While Southern Cross is the major town and administrative centre of the Shire of Yilgarn,’

“Water?”
“Yes, please,”



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Melanie doing water run, assisted by Kath



Captain Castle was on the microphone to announce our descent. Simultaneously, Melanie and Clinton wandered through the cabin to collect rubbish.

Soon enough, fasten seat belt signs were illuminated.



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Beverley



‘Apart from providing commercial and industrial support to the surrounding agricultural area in Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, Beverley also hosts an annual agricultural show in August,’




Lake C.Y. O’Connor



‘Formerly known as the Helena River Reservoir, the lake was created by a dam called Mundaring Weir,’
‘But where does the current name come from?’
‘It is the name of an Irish Australian engineer, involved in the design of a scheme that transported water to the eastern Goldfields of Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie in the eastern part of Western Australia,’
‘Beauty!’
‘By the way, do you know which water supply dam provides water of the city of Perth?’



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Victoria Dam




Landing



“Flight attendants, take your seat,”




Perth Airport



VH-NXL banked to the right for the final approach to 06 – 24 runway along significant wetland area in Perth.



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Brixton Street Wetlands



‘The wetlands contain over 400 plant species, comprising 20% of the flora species of the Perth area. Can you imagine that about 80 flowering plants are considered endangered species?’




Touchdown just before 12.30



’12.30?’
‘It is local time. In Alice Springs it would be 14.00,’
‘Hey, look over there on Terminal WA Apron!’




Air Australia VH-YQB, Alliance Airlines ZK-JTQ, Our Airline VH-INU and Alliance Airlines VH-FKC



At 12.35, VH-NXL is safely pulled into QF Domestic Terminal. Mad rush followed as soon as fasten seat belt signs were extinguished.




Queuing to disembark



‘Hey, look over there!’




PH-ABX



‘Just delivered on February 29, 2012 to Skywest Airlines, becoming VH-FXF,’

“The stair has not yet arrived. Please be seated. We will update you as soon as possible,” Kath was on the microphone some five minutes later.

‘Well, at least they have already got someone to collect our luggage,’




Baggage handler in action




Disembarking



“Watch your head! Remember the last time?” Kath said jokingly as I bad her farewell.
“Yes, I know,”
“Have an enjoyable stay in Perth,”




T-tail in Western Australia



Thank you, VH-NXL



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21300 times:

Perth Airport






‘Welcome to Terminal 4,’




Level one overview



‘Operated independently by QF and not by the owners of PER, Westralia Airports Corporation. Look at the ceiling!’




Dome above QF Departure Lounge



‘Baggage carousels are located in the Arrivals hall on the ground floor,’




Baggage reclaim area. Note Carousel 1 for our flight



“Look, who is waiting for us!” Herman called to me. “Our sister-in-law, now with Ph. D. degree,”



Conclusion



First of all, I sincerely hope that my friend Roy will accept my dedication of this part of our journey in The Land Down Under.

Secondly, my gratitude as always to Herman for being my greatest companion. Also to our sister-in-law Valerie who drove some 230 kilometers to collect us at the airport.

At the same time, I wish to cordially thank Erin and Paula for their assistance at Alice Springs Airport. Furthermore, Kath, Melanie and Clinton for taking good care of us on board.

Last but not least, my gratitude to all of you, my mates. Thank you so much for joining us.  


Warmest regards,
Suryo  




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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 21138 times:

Hey Suryo!

Simply beautiful! Those pictures you took are really lovely and the scenery really looks kind of out of this world.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 20905 times:

Hi Suryo

Super! Thanks for posting the next instalment of your travels.

I enjoyed your report as much for the destination pics, and your amazing shots, as the 717 experience itself. I regret not visiting this beautiful and ancient part of the country of my birth. It's something I really want to do at some point. Thanks for the commentary too. Seems like you enjoyed your time in the centre of Australia.

Great to see the 717 flight as well from ASP to PER. How long was the flight? It must be 2-3 hours? I remember when the 717 first entered service in Australia back in 2000 with Impulse Airlines. I was lucky to experience a BNE - SYD flight with Impulse in October of that year. I always thought the 717 would be short lived in Australia but that's be proven to be untrue. They are still going strong 12 years later!

Thanks again - Cheers Palmjet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5906 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20803 times:

Hey Suryo, another great report!

The images of central Australia are breathtaking. I'd love to get out there some time, but like most Australians I've never made it off the coast

*hangs head in shame*



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 20641 times:

Hello Suryo


Nice trip report, thanks for sharing! Great landscaping pictures you took, some are really simply breathtaking.
GFLink served you pretty wel again, too bad about the accident with your head when boarding! Great thing that Keith reminded you. QF Link 717's seem to be in a great condition.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 20543 times:
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Good report, Ahkmad! I love reading and seeing pictures from flights around Australia. What an amazing country!

The food on QF looks pretty good too - I've always heard good things and this report highlights their very high standard of catering for Y class!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 20433 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
of this part of our journey in The Land Down Under.

Suryo, Uw toewijding en e-mail bracht tranen in mijn ogen. Dank je vanuit mijn hart voor uw vriendelijkheid.

What can I say. The story that you have told and the landscape photography are brilliant. The country around Watarrka and the West MacDonnell Range is so beautiful. I am so glad that you decided to take the "Rim Walk" at King's Canyon and came back enriched with an understanding of how the land was formed and how the traditional owners lived on it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Sunset on our camping site

Ah, you had things easy. Permanent structures rather than having to put up your own tent each night and take it down when moving on. Luxury and it avoids the need to carefully check for the absence of ant-holes.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Can you see the marks?
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
offers all spectacular geology and landforms
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
where shock waves shattered the rock strata thousands of meters underground and stood them on end,

You really begin to appreciate the timescale and impact of change when you see horizontal strata suddenly standing vertical. And each change gave rise to new opportunities for plants and animals to adapt and create new habitats.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
like a giant sponge that soaks up the rain
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
A haven for aquatic wildlife,
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Rugged scenery and a near-permanent waterhole

Water is life and you were fortunate to have travelled through the area following decent rains. Everywhere looks lush green and refreshed. This will have provided a bounty for insects, birds, reptiles and mammals as the trees and shrubs burst into flower.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Can you imagine why it has been the inspiration of many artists?

There is no mention of it in your report but did you get the chance to visit the Hermannsburg Mission, once the home of Albert Namatjira, one of Australia's most famous landscape artists? He painted in what might be called a European style, rather than the Dreaming Style used by modern Aboriginal Australian artists, but he captured the feel of the country through his use of colours. When you first see some of his paintings you think that isn't natural, until you go there and see that he really "saw" and "felt" the country.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
The project started in 2009 as the result of a strong determination from Northern Territory Airports and the Jumbana Group to showcase the cultural diversity of the Central Australian Desert through indigenous and non-indigenous artwork,

A welcome effort with a good outcome.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Connellan air disaster

A sad chapter indeed and I am not surprised that it isn't covered. They wouldn't want people getting any ideas.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
I have selected over wing seats. Hopefully, there is still something to do about it

Once again the crew, both on the ground and in the air, were helpful and accommodating. Good on them. The meals looks suitable for the journey time, too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘Look what is waiting for us at Bay 4!’

Your second 717! Stands to reason going to PER, although a detour via Adelaide on 737s could be an option if you have extra time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
the magazines have immediately found a new home

I wonder where that might be.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Yellowdine and Mount Palmer are town sites in Shire of Yilgarn

I love the way that your report includes snippets of information about the area over which you fly. Sadly there is not much left of Mount Palmer, a former town of about 500 who were attracted by a gold rush in 1934. Today all that remains is a crumbling arch to a former hotel and a lone grave stone. But the area is pretty when the flame grevilleas are in flower.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Hey, look over there on Terminal WA Apron!’

And behind the aircraft you can see the new Terminal WA building under construction. Should be ready for use in the next few months, if all goes to plan.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Just delivered on February 29, 2012 to Skywest Airlines, becoming VH-FXF,’

... and previously F-GPXD Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures), Air France and Brit Air. Be interesting to see if it ends up in Virgin Livery if the takeover of FX goes ahead.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Our sister-in-law, now with Ph. D. degree,”

Congratulations to the sister-in-law.

Suryo, I have enjoyed reading your trip report. Herman's photos (?) are stunning and bring back wonderful memories of my own travel through the Northern Territory. I look forward to your next instalment.

Suryo above all, thank you for your offer to dedicate this report. I am honoured and touched by your spirit of generosity. Thank you dear friend.

Roy / Quokkas


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 20420 times:

Hi Suryo,

Thanks for producing another fantastic report!

Wow, the scenery in the Australian outback looks absolutely gorgeous. Your pictures & commentary made it seem like we were there with you. Unfortunately I've yet to visit Central Australia, something to add to my bucket list.

You seemed to have a good flight with Qantas. Domestically they're the best of the bunch in Australia & it's quite hard to fault them as they still offer free meals, free checked bags etc. Also nice to see a 717 in a report!

Thanks for sharing

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 20301 times:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Be interesting to see if it ends up in Virgin Livery if the takeover of FX goes ahead.

Correction: FX should read XR. I don't know why I wrote the former.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
*hangs head in shame*

And so you should.   Place on your immediate "to do" list:
Watarrka and the Meereenie Loop;
Purnululu and the Bungle Bungle Range; and
King Leopold Ranges and the Gibb River Road.


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1771 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19952 times:
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Hi Suryo!

Thank you for this nice and educating piece! I'm sure you wrote down all those fantastic travel details on the spot or at least memorized some of them. No Wikipedia involved    Ariel is back in business again as well and it's good to see as well you were able to score another B717.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, allow me to dedicate our story about the second part of Desert Safari and QantasLink flight from Alice Springs to Perth to Roy (Quokkas) because of his endless support from the very beginning.

That's very kind of you and I'm sure Roy will appreciate your gesture.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Maze of weathered domes of The Lost City. Mind your step!’

That looks very much like one of the last scenes in the last Indiana Jones movie (from 2008: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). But I might be wrong 

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Tessellated red rock faces

They look perfect for outdoor wall climbing!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘What do you think of locally inspired carpet designs?’

I love it. This whole airport has quite an indigenous feel about it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Canopied walkway to the tarmac

Huh, no jet bridges at ASP?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“You can hold your camera, just remove the strap from your neck,”

Hmm, strange request. I wonder what it was for?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Whole meal sandwich with cheese and sundried tomato tapenade

Looks actually quite good, was it a tasty sandwich?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 19748 times:
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Hi Suryo!

WOW, another fantastic, informative and entertaining report with so many amazing pictures! Australia is such a beautiful country as your pictures clearly show. I will be sure to get there sometime in my life  
ASP surely looks like a beautiful airport with all the designs, very welcoming.
The flight also looks quite nice with some very nice views from above   Service looks acceptable and always nice to catch the 717 again  

cheers mate,

Brendan


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1327 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 19635 times:
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Hello Suryo,

Yet another write up with so much detail and history, that is unbelievable. Like I said I am sure even some of the locals do not know as much as you have documented. Well done!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
to Perth to Roy (Quokkas)

Always nice to see a fellow a.netter

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“Good morning, everybody!”

G'day mate!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Do you realize that we are standing on rocks dating back to a time when the Earth was bare, with hardly a patch of green to be seen? Look at that!’

That is indeed incredible.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Priscilla’s Crack

Quite funny when you think they named it after a movie!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Native lizard

Saw so many of these cute creepy crawlies at the Featherdale Koala park!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Shady trees

Very peaceful

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘The Aboriginal custodians of The Ochre Pits have made a special request to us, visitors, not to touch or remove ochre from the cliffs. It is also an offence by law. This site is protected by Sacred Site and Parks and Wildlife legislation, ’

I am glad that tourists are told to maintain the respect for this and other areas.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘The ring of hills is a place of great cultural significance to Western Arrernte Aboriginal people. Do you want to know what they believe how it was formed?’
‘Reckon!’
‘A group of women danced across the sky as The Milky Way. During the dance, a mother put her baby to rest in its turna,’
‘Turna?’
‘Wooden baby carrier. Sadly, the turna toppled over the edge of the dancing area and crashed to earth where it became the circular rock walks of Tnorala. The baby’s parents, the evening and morning star, continue to search for their baby to this day,’
‘How heartbreaking! Look at the impact of the crash!’

Very interesting...these aboriginal stories are amazing to read about...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Red and brilliant tiling

Love that very much!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):

“OUCH!”

OUCH indeed.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘I wish we were outside Western Australia after 16.00,’
‘How come, Ariel?’
‘Beer and wine would be offered complimentary then,’

Ah Ariel has decided to get back on board and even make recommendations lol

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘How could Mr. 21E skip all these delicacies? He must be ill!’

He's probably never flown on North American carriers between the US and Canada lol

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
VH-NXL banked to the right for the final approach to 06 – 24 runway along significant wetland area in Perth.

Would you have had a better view of the city had you to be on the port side? I know I've seen some gorgeous views here on a.net

Once again thank you for these reports....Looking forward to you getting back on the widebodies, though!!


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 715 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (2 years 13 hours ago) and read 19295 times:

Hi Suryo,

another brilliant report here from your hands. It almost felt like I was traveling with you through the Australian outback. Great how you pointed out all these little details. Awesome pictures as well, for sure a gorgeous scenery there. Makes me want to go back there so much   ...

Also nice to see the airport at Alice Springs again. That reminded me so much about my visit there, it is certainly a special little airport. I especially liked the covered walkway on the apron out to the plane. Though back then they didn't have these carpets.

And finally nice to get another ride in a 717. Again Qantaslink offered good service it seems. That sandwich looks quite tasty indeed.

Thanks a lot again for this great report
CaptainRed


User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 hours ago) and read 19246 times:

Hi Suryo !

Thanks for this great TR, ASP looks really cool and the 717 in very good conditions  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Alliance Airlines ZK-JTQ, Our Airline VH-INU

I had never heard of these airlines before   



Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1464 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 18953 times:

Hi Suryo,

Great to read the latest installment of your Australian adventure. As with the previous part, I just love your landscape shots and the window views of the great outback. It still never ceases to amaze me how vast Australia is and your pictures capture this perfectly.

As for Alice Springs airport, I just love it. From the pillar bases outside the building to the patterned carpet (they seem to be quite found of that on the other side of the world) and beautiful mosaic tiling to the canopied walkway out to the tarmac….you know you are in one very special place.

Lucky you on catching the 717, sadly missing from my log.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our joint Customer Baggage Receipt

What happened to the little stickers? They are so much more practical.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“You are just too tall,”

That’s what I said to you in Berlin  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“You can hold your camera, just remove the strap from your neck,”

Phew, an FA who doesn’t object to picture taking, lucky you.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
No aircraft noise abatement procedures are currently required here. Hence, no need of reduced power for takeoff for the sake of noise emissions…. Whoa! Whoa!’

Well, I guess there aren’t too many houses nearby!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Let’s take a closer look!’

Quite a sweet little offering. It wouldn’t win any prizes for presentation – looks like someone's picnic, but the food seems quite ok. Cadbury’s is pretty popular in OZ/NZ, I stocked up whilst we were there too!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
PH-ABX

A long way from home.

Looking forward to the next part,

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 18740 times:

Hi Suryo,

This is an incredible tale of the outback! The Desert Safari is wonderful and I am most astounded by your very well-taken photos (thanks to Herman I guess   ) which really gives justice to the magnificient landscape and flora and fauna! Looking at your photos just makes me wanna get a ticket to the Australian outback!   Its simply gorgeous how awe-inspiring the natural landscapes are and how rich and diverse the flora and fauna over at the Natural Park! Does it get very hot?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Can you remember an Australian comedy-drama film from 1994 called The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, in particular the scene when film characters Anthony, Bernadette and Adam climbed Kings Canyon in full drag regalia?’
‘So, are you saying that the crack is named after…’

Lol, interesting how the name originated. It looks very suitable too!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
‘What do you think of locally inspired carpet designs?’

Beautiful! ASP looks like a very nice airport, especially with the aboriginal motifs and designs!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Gate area

I love how tropical the scene looks outside!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘I wish we were outside Western Australia after 16.00,’
‘How come, Ariel?’
‘Beer and wine would be offered complimentary then,’

Really? Non-Western Australia states have a different onboard alcohol policy?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Lake Amadeus

Wow, this is spectacular!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Bread and butter pudding

I think this would taste great!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Best selling company product by 1913 since its first production eight years earlier thanks to a higher proportion of milk. Yummy chocolate bar!’

I second that! Milky chocolate is the best!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Air Australia VH-YQB, Alliance Airlines ZK-JTQ, Our Airline VH-INU and Alliance Airlines VH-FKC

Very cool mix of airlines!

Its great that you flew on the QF B717 as well! Its quite a rare model these days. Furthermore, a wonderful aerial tour of the outback! What better way to end your outback adventure! Food looks decent on this domestic service though it would be nice if they could offer a hot meal - was it due to the timing of the flight that a sandwich was offered?

Thank you for this wonderful TR documenting your outback experience! Its a real treasure in itself!



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 18719 times:

Hi Suryo,

fantastic report with stunning pictures from the beginning to the end! The scenery is awesome, I should visit that part of Australia one day. And QF Link looks fine!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Native lizard

Perfect camouflage!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Earthy tones with the tiling to complement the carpet,’

Wunala Dreaming comes to mind...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Sufficient legroom with a seat pitch of 31 inches

But only for short/medium haul flights.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Decent view in between the right part of 28.4 meters wingspan and BR 715

Perfect seat on this plane!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My ginger beer. Cheers, PlaneHunter

Cheers! I still prefer the ale...  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Whole meal sandwich with cheese and sundried tomato tapenade

That looks good!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Air Australia VH-YQB, Alliance Airlines ZK-JTQ, Our Airline VH-INU and Alliance Airlines VH-FKC

What a nice lineup!


I'm looking forward to the next part!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (1 year 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 18381 times:

G’day William, palmjet, Alex, Marc, Matthew, Roy, aflyingkiwi, Nils, Brendan, flightsimboy, CaptainRed, jean-francois, Hannah, Gavin, PH,

Thank you so much for taking your time to reply. It really warms my heart.  


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William, Palmjet, Marc, Roy, CaptainRed, Hannah, Gavin, PH,

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Simply beautiful! Those pictures you took are really lovely
Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
I enjoyed your report as much for the destination pics, and your amazing shots, as the 717 experience itself.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Great landscaping pictures you took, some are really simply breathtaking.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Herman's photos (?) are stunning and bring back wonderful memories of my own travel through the Northern Territory.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Awesome pictures as well, for sure a gorgeous scenery there.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
As with the previous part, I just love your landscape shots and the window views of the great outback. It still never ceases to amaze me how vast Australia is and your pictures capture this perfectly.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
The Desert Safari is wonderful and I am most astounded by your very well-taken photos (thanks to Herman I guess   ) which really gives justice to the magnificient landscape and flora and fauna!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
fantastic report with stunning pictures from the beginning to the end!

Thank you very much. Herman gets the credit for the landscape pictures.

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Palmjet, Alex, aflyingkiwi, Gavin, PH,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
It's something I really want to do at some point.
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
The images of central Australia are breathtaking. I'd love to get out there some time, but like most Australians I've never made it off the coast
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Unfortunately I've yet to visit Central Australia, something to add to my bucket list.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Looking at your photos just makes me wanna get a ticket to the Australian outback!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
The scenery is awesome, I should visit that part of Australia one day.

I can only encourage you to visit Central Australia.

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Palmjet, Marc, Matthew, aflyingkiwi, Nils, flightsimboy, CaptainRed, jean-francois, Gavin,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
Super! Thanks for posting the next instalment of your travels.
Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
Thanks again
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
thanks for sharing!
Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Thanks for sharing!
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Thanks for producing another fantastic report!
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Thanks for sharing
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Thank you for this nice and educating piece!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Once again thank you for these reports...
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Thanks a lot again for this great report
Quoting airtrainer (Reply 17):
Thanks for this great TR,
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Thank you for this wonderful TR documenting your outback experience!

You are welcome. It has been a great pleasure of mine.

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Palmjet, Roy,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
Great to see the 717 flight as well from ASP to PER.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Your second 717! Stands to reason going to PER

Killing two birds with one stone.   


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Alex, Marc, Matthew, Hannah,

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Hey Suryo, another great report!
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Nice trip report,
Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Good report, Ahkmad!
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Great to read the latest installment of your Australian adventure.

Thank you.

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Marc, jean-francois,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
QF Link 717's seem to be in a great condition.
Quoting airtrainer (Reply 17):
and the 717 in very good conditions  

Not surprising with Cobham's heavy maintenance experience on 717. Do you know that its Australia-wide maintenance network is one of the nation's largest, equipped and approved for overhaul, maintenance and modification of aircraft from light twins to 717’s?

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Matthew, Roy, Hannah, Gavin, PH,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
The food on QF looks pretty good too - I've always heard good things and this report highlights their very high standard of catering for Y class!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
The meals looks suitable for the journey time, too.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Quite a sweet little offering.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
but the food seems quite ok.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Food looks decent on this domestic service
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
That looks good!

Reckon! QF delivers on promises of premium meal experience in economy class.

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Roy, aflyingkiwi, Gavin,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
The country around Watarrka and the West MacDonnell Range is so beautiful.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Wow, the scenery in the Australian outback looks absolutely gorgeous.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Its simply gorgeous how awe-inspiring the natural landscapes are and how rich and diverse the flora and fauna over at the Natural Park!

Who am I to disagree?

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Roy, CaptainRed,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I love the way that your report includes snippets of information about the area over which you fly.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Great how you pointed out all these little details.

I am so glad to hear that.

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Marc, Brendan, CaptainRed, PH,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
GFLink served you pretty wel again,
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Service looks acceptable
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Again Qantaslink offered good service it seems.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
And QF Link looks fine!

Thanks to Erin, Paula, Melanie, Kath and Clinton.

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Marc, flightsimboy,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
too bad about the accident with your head when boarding!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
OUCH indeed.

My mistake.   


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aflyingkiwi, Brendan, CaptainRed, Gavin,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Also nice to see a 717 in a report!
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
and always nice to catch the 717 again   
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
And finally nice to get another ride in a 717.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Its great that you flew on the QF B717 as well! Its quite a rare model these days.

My second and hopefully not the last time with 717.

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Roy, flightsimboy, Hannah, PH,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I look forward to your next instalment.
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Looking forward to you getting back on the widebodies, though!!
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Looking forward to the next part,
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I'm looking forward to the next part!

I am doing my best.

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aflyingkiwi, CaptainRed,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Your pictures & commentary made it seem like we were there with you.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
another brilliant report here from your hands. It almost felt like I was traveling with you through the Australian outback.

That is very sweet of you. Thank you.   


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Nils, flightsimboy,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Ariel is back in business again as well
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Ah Ariel has decided to get back on board and even make recommendations lol

  


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Nils, Hannah, Gavin,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
I love it. This whole airport has quite an indigenous feel about it.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
As for Alice Springs airport, I just love it. From the pillar bases outside the building to the patterned carpet (they seem to be quite found of that on the other side of the world) and beautiful mosaic tiling to the canopied walkway out to the tarmac….you know you are in one very special place.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Beautiful! ASP looks like a very nice airport, especially with the aboriginal motifs and designs!

Reckon! Everything at ASP is an artwork, an ode to Central Australian artistic landscape.

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flightsimboy, Gavin,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Quite funny when you think they named it after a movie!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Lol, interesting how the name originated. It looks very suitable too!  

Very amusing indeed.  


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Gavin, PH,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Very cool mix of airlines!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
What a nice lineup!

Too right!

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Hey William,

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
the scenery really looks kind of out of this world.

Too right! I think because this great aged continent has been geographically isolated for a long term.

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Hi palmjet,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
I regret not visiting this beautiful and ancient part of the country of my birth.

I have similar feeling about certain parts of Indonesia.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
Thanks for the commentary too.

Thank you reading it.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
Seems like you enjoyed your time in the centre of Australia.

Reckon! There are just so many interesting places to see. We could not do all them despite our 4 days full programmed Desert Safari.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
How long was the flight? It must be 2-3 hours?

Block time was 3 hours 10 minutes, but our flight took 2 hours 40 minutes.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
I remember when the 717 first entered service in Australia back in 2000 with Impulse Airlines. I was lucky to experience a BNE - SYD flight with Impulse in October of that year.

Beauty! Can you remember its registration? Impulse Airlines got five 717’s in service by October 2000.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
I always thought the 717 would be short lived in Australia but that's be proven to be untrue. They are still going strong 12 years later!

Up to the next 12 years, I would say.

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Hey Alex,

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
*hangs head in shame*

No worries!

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Hello Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Great thing that Keith reminded you.

Indeed very thoughtful of Kath.

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Matthew,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
I love reading and seeing pictures from flights around Australia.

Beauty! Nice to know that.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
What an amazing country!

Mega diversity at its best!

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Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Suryo, Uw toewijding en e-mail bracht tranen in mijn ogen. Dank je vanuit mijn hart voor uw vriendelijkheid.

Graag gedaan. Het is mij een waar genoegen dit reisverslag aan u op te dragen.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
What can I say. The story that you have told and the landscape photography are brilliant.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Suryo, I have enjoyed reading your trip report.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I am honoured and touched by your spirit of generosity.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Suryo above all, thank you for your offer to dedicate this report.

That is all I would love to hear from you. Thank you so much.   


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Thank you dear friend.

It has been a great pleasure of mine, my friend.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I am so glad that you decided to take the "Rim Walk" at King's Canyon

Thanks. We just had to.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
and came back enriched with an understanding of how the land was formed and how the traditional owners lived on it.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
You really begin to appreciate the timescale and impact of change when you see horizontal strata suddenly standing vertical.

We were doing our best.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Ah, you had things easy. Permanent structures rather than having to put up your own tent each night and take it down when moving on. Luxury and it avoids the need to carefully check for the absence of ant-holes.   

Why do things the hard way?  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
And each change gave rise to new opportunities for plants and animals to adapt and create new habitats.

You just put it aptly.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Water is life and you were fortunate to have travelled through the area following decent rains. Everywhere looks lush green and refreshed. This will have provided a bounty for insects, birds, reptiles and mammals as the trees and shrubs burst into flower.

We were indeed that fortunate. Thank you for pointing it out.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
did you get the chance to visit the Hermannsburg Mission, once the home of Albert Namatjira, one of Australia's most famous landscape artists?

Unfortunately not. After learning about the Hermannsburg Mission later on, we should indeed have squeezed in a visit as well.  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
He painted in what might be called a European style, rather than the Dreaming Style used by modern Aboriginal Australian artists, but he captured the feel of the country through his use of colours.

I believe you.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
When you first see some of his paintings you think that isn't natural, until you go there and see that he really "saw" and "felt" the country.

I am sure I will be able to appreciate his paintings immediately.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
A welcome effort with a good outcome.

Reckon!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I am not surprised that it isn't covered. They wouldn't want people getting any ideas.

That makes sense.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Once again the crew, both on the ground and in the air, were helpful and accommodating. Good on them.

Erin, Paula, Melanie, Kath and Clinton, I was grateful of them all.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
although a detour via Adelaide on 737s could be an option if you have extra time.

If we would make it to Adelaide, it would be a stopover.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I wonder where that might be.   

It is a long way from The Land Down Under.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Sadly there is not much left of Mount Palmer, a former town of about 500 who were attracted by a gold rush in 1934. Today all that remains is a crumbling arch to a former hotel and a lone grave stone. But the area is pretty when the flame grevilleas are in flower.

I figure, Mount Palmer is a suitable filming décor.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
And behind the aircraft you can see the new Terminal WA building under construction. Should be ready for use in the next few months, if all goes to plan.

Thanks for the information.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
... and previously F-GPXD Air Inter (Lignes Aériennes Intérieures), Air France and Brit Air.

Too right!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Be interesting to see if it ends up in Virgin Livery if the takeover of FX goes ahead.

Will Virgin’s takeover mark the end of XR’s full service concept?  


Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
Correction: FX should read XR. I don't know why I wrote the former.

No worries.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Congratulations to the sister-in-law.

Thank you on behalf our sister-in-law. We will pass it on to her.  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
Purnululu and the Bungle Bungle Range; and
King Leopold Ranges and the Gibb River Road.

Also on our to-do-list.   


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aflyingkiwi,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 11):
You seemed to have a good flight with Qantas. Domestically they're the best of the bunch in Australia & it's quite hard to fault them as they still offer free meals, free checked bags etc.

Qantas says, ‘Let us take care of you’ and it shows!

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Hi Nils,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
I'm sure you wrote down all those fantastic travel details on the spot or at least memorized some of them. No Wikipedia involved   

Wikipedia? What is that? Joking aside, I am glad with Wikipedia as it has always been one of many useful resources of my report.  


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
it's good to see as well you were able to score another B717.

And that for a direct flight to PER!   


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
That's very kind of you

Thank you.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
I'm sure Roy will appreciate your gesture.

I think he does.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
That looks very much like one of the last scenes in the last Indiana Jones movie (from 2008: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). But I might be wrong

You have a point here. Unfortunately, none of the shooting locations was outside the US.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
They look perfect for outdoor wall climbing!

I knew you would say that, though I would strongly discourage as the rock faces are prone to sudden collapse.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Huh, no jet bridges at ASP?

Fair dinkum!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Hmm, strange request. I wonder what it was for?

I have no idea. I was more than happy that Melanie did not ask to switch off our DSLR.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Looks actually quite good, was it a tasty sandwich?

It was yummy!

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Hi Brendan,


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
WOW, another fantastic, informative and entertaining report with so many amazing pictures!

Thank you so much for your sweet words!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Australia is such a beautiful country as your pictures clearly show. I will be sure to get there sometime in my life  

I strongly encourage you to go there, Brendan.  


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
ASP surely looks like a beautiful airport with all the designs, very welcoming.
ASP wants to make sure everyone starts his or her visit to Central Australia as comfortably as possible.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
The flight also looks quite nice with some very nice views from above  

You just find yourself glued to the window.  


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
cheers mate,

Cheers, Brendan.   


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Hello flightsimboy,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Yet another write up with so much detail and history, that is unbelievable. Like I said I am sure even some of the locals do not know as much as you have documented. Well done!!

You know how I always look forward to your support. But this honor, thank you so much.   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Always nice to see a fellow a.netter

I did not manage to meet Roy, hence my dedication of this report to him.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
G'day mate!!

G’day flightsimboy!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
That is indeed incredible.

Reckon!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Saw so many of these cute creepy crawlies at the Featherdale Koala park!!

Hehe, somehow I knew you would say this.   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Very peaceful

To relax after a hot day and enjoy the nature.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
I am glad that tourists are told to maintain the respect for this and other areas.

The least we can do as tourists as Aboriginal people are happy for us to visit.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Very interesting...these aboriginal stories are amazing to read about...

All the stories, one after another, just keep fascinating you.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Love that very much!!

Earthy tones to complement the carpet design.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
He's probably never flown on North American carriers between the US and Canada lol

Nor on intra-European flights.   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
Would you have had a better view of the city had you to be on the port side? I know I've seen some gorgeous views here on a.net

I suppose so. The views on a.net are evident.

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Hi CaptainRed,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Makes me want to go back there so much   

So, what are you waiting for?  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Also nice to see the airport at Alice Springs again. That reminded me so much about my visit there,
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Though back then they didn't have these carpets.

Have you been there before 2004? Because the carpet has been installed as a part of refurbishment in that year.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
it is certainly a special little airport.

Too right! A little airport, but certified to handle aircrafts up to A380!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
I especially liked the covered walkway on the apron out to the plane.

Successful artwork joint venture between Patricia Ellis from Santa Teresa and Nora Campbell from Titjikala.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
That sandwich looks quite tasty indeed.

Reckon!   


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (1 year 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 18377 times:

Hi jean-francois,

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 17):
ASP looks really cool

Gateway to Central Australia.

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 17):
I had never heard of these airlines before   

Well, Alliance Airlines is Australia’s leading provider of innovative fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) solutions to the mining and energy sector apart from providing ad hoc charter and wet lease services to a range of corporate and Government customers. PER is one of its 6 operating bases.

While Our Airline is the national airline of the Republic of Nauru, formerly known as Air Nauru, dating back to February 17, 1970.

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Hi Hannah,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Lucky you on catching the 717, sadly missing from my log.

Volotea and Blue1 come to mind.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
What happened to the little stickers? They are so much more practical.

But, this one is a better collector item.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
That’s what I said to you in Berlin  

I remember that.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Phew, an FA who doesn’t object to picture taking, lucky you.

Indeed, what a relief.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Well, I guess there aren’t too many houses nearby!

Too right!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
It wouldn’t win any prizes for presentation – looks like someone's picnic,

That is fair.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Cadbury’s is pretty popular in OZ/NZ, I stocked up whilst we were there too!

Somehow, I knew you would do that.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
A long way from home.

Nice to see a compatriot this far.

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Hi Gavin,

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
This is an incredible tale of the outback!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Furthermore, a wonderful aerial tour of the outback! What better way to end your outback adventure!
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Its a real treasure in itself!

Do you know how I always look forward to your sweet, encouraging words, my dearest friend? Thank you for replying despite your busy exam schedule.   


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Does it get very hot?

Yes, the average monthly temperature during the warmer months, from October to March is 30 – 37 Centigrade with maximums reaching the mid 40’s.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
I love how tropical the scene looks outside!

Central Australia has hot semi-arid climate though.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Really? Non-Western Australia states have a different onboard alcohol policy?

You make a point here. It is more likely QF policy as there are no time limits for serving alcohol in Business while beer and wines are served complimentary in Economy after 16.00.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
Wow, this is spectacular!

With its 180 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide, Lake Amadeus is the largest salt lake in the Northern Territory.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
I think this would taste great!

Moist and not overly sweet.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
I second that! Milky chocolate is the best!

  


Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 19):
though it would be nice if they could offer a hot meal - was it due to the timing of the flight that a sandwich was offered?

I think because the 717’s do not have ovens in the galley, but I can be wrong.

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Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Perfect camouflage!

Reckon!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Wunala Dreaming comes to mind...

So true! The story of 'Wunala' started thousands of years ago with ancient Dreamtime journeys of indigenous people and continues with the most advanced technology available for our own travels. Flying!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
But only for short/medium haul flights.

  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Perfect seat on this plane!

Good to know that!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Cheers! I still prefer the ale...   

That is fair enough.  


William, palmjet, Alex, Marc, Matthew, Roy, aflyingkiwi, Nils, Brendan, flightsimboy, CaptainRed, jean-francois, Hannah, Gavin, PH, you are just great!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6648 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 18278 times:

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for an amazing report with stunning pictures !

The area around looks stunning and I'll make sure to visit there soon.

Flight on National Jet/Qantas Link looks okay although the legroom doesn't look so great.

Looking forward to the next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 17991 times:

Hi Lars,

Thank you so much for taking your time to reply.  


Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Thanks for an amazing report with stunning pictures !

You are welcome. It has been a great pleasure of mine (and Herman’s).

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
The area around looks stunning and I'll make sure to visit there soon.

I can only encourage you to do that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Flight on National Jet/Qantas Link looks okay

Thanks to Erin, Paula, Melanie, Kath and Clinton.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
although the legroom doesn't look so great.

The legroom was sufficient for the flight duration.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Looking forward to the next part!

I am doing my best.


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 715 posts, RR: 21
Reply 25, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17867 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Makes me want to go back there so much
So, what are you waiting for?

Well, Australia is not exactly around the corner from here. Too far for a weekend trip   And still so much to do and see in Europe.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Have you been there before 2004? Because the carpet has been installed as a part of refurbishment in that year.

Yes, it was in 1992, so now 20 years ago (how time passes). But I still remember that big check-in hall (which felt quite empty back then) and the walkway out to the apron, where a single lonesome Bae146 was parked.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Reply 26, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17743 times:

Hey Suryo  

Great to read another fantastic report from you. Really amazing photos and read as usual.

Looking forward to the next one .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 27, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17342 times:

Dear Suryo!

Just wanted to say that the pictures around the Alice Springs area are absolutely stunning!!! Could not stop looking at them!

Glad you guys had a good time over there, and very nice that you caught up with Mr. Quokkas!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Priscilla’s Crack

The picture looks amazing, but i am not sure the name is so suitable with the serene scenery   Haha


Thanks for sharing this with us!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 28, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 17201 times:

Hi Suryo, thank you for your replies.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
If we would make it to Adelaide, it would be a stopover.

You already know about the Barossa Valley and South Australian wines, I am sure, so I have one word: Arkaroola. The ridge-top tour, though bumpy, is quite good fun and the scenery is impressive. Stop at Wilpena on the way back to Adelaide for a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, the Elder Range and Heysen Range.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Will Virgin’s takeover mark the end of XR’s full service concept?

I hope not. I suppose it would depend on whether the buy out results in full integration or whether Virgin decide to keep the two companies separate but centralise bookings, single livery and so on. Who knows, with some of the changes that have occurred Virgin might even extend free offerings. In the absence of any published details, we can only hope.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Also on our to-do-list.

That is good to know. A walk through Tunnel Creek (take shoes that you don't mind getting soaked) and watching pythons lunge at bats as they emerge is fascinating. But enough. Tourism Western Australia is not paying me to promote the State but I am happy to do it anyway.  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
very nice that you caught up with Mr. Quokkas!

Unfortunately Roni, we were unable to meet on this visit. But Suryo and I did exchange some of messages on Face Book.


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 29, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16714 times:

G’day CaptainRed, Roy,

How nice to see you back.   


G’day Philip, Roni,

Thank you very much for taking your time to reply.  


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Philip, Roni,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 26):
Really amazing photos and read as usual.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Just wanted to say that the pictures around the Alice Springs area are absolutely stunning!!! Could not stop looking at them!

Thank you so much. Herman gets the credit for the pictures.

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CaptainRed,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):
Well, Australia is not exactly around the corner from here. Too far for a weekend trip   

In that case, you should make it a loooooong weekend trip.  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):
And still so much to do and see in Europe.

That is true!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):
Yes, it was in 1992, so now 20 years ago (how time passes)

Indeed. I remember myself wandering about as twelve year old boy at Ahmad Yani Airport of Semarang, longing to see any jet plane on the tarmac instead of boring ATP.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):
But I still remember that big check-in hall (which felt quite empty back then) and the walkway out to the apron, where a single lonesome Bae146 was parked.

What a sweet memories. Did you take any picture at the airport by chance?

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Hey Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 26):
Great to read another fantastic report from you.

Thank you. How nice to hear from you.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 26):
Looking forward to the next one .

May I present you Cathay Business Class From Perth To Hongkong (by akhmad Dec 20 2012 in Trip Reports)


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Dear Roni,

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Glad you guys had a good time over there,

Thank you. We have always enjoyed our visit to Australia. Such an amazing country!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
The picture looks amazing, but i am not sure the name is so suitable with the serene scenery    Haha

You make a point here. 


Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
and very nice that you caught up with Mr. Quokkas!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 28):
Unfortunately Roni, we were unable to meet on this visit. But Suryo and I did exchange some of messages on Face Book.

That is why it feels right for me to dedicate this trip report to Roy.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Thanks for sharing this with us!

You are welcome. It has been a great pleasure of mine.

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Hi Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 28):
thank you for your replies.

You make me blush. What did I do to deserve this?   



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 28):
You already know about the Barossa Valley and South Australian wines, I am sure, so I have one word: Arkaroola. The ridge-top tour, though bumpy, is quite good fun and the scenery is impressive. Stop at Wilpena on the way back to Adelaide for a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound, the Elder Range and Heysen Range.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 28):
That is good to know. A walk through Tunnel Creek (take shoes that you don't mind getting soaked) and watching pythons lunge at bats as they emerge is fascinating.

Bonzer! Thank you so much for these great travel tips. I am sure we can set up an exciting itinerary accordingly next time.   



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 28):
I hope not. I suppose it would depend on whether the buy out results in full integration or whether Virgin decide to keep the two companies separate but centralise bookings, single livery and so on. Who knows, with some of the changes that have occurred Virgin might even extend free offerings. In the absence of any published details, we can only hope.

I do hope that Virgin will retain XR as the full service pride of Western Australia.   



Quoting Quokkas (Reply 28):
But enough. Tourism Western Australia is not paying me to promote the State but I am happy to do it anyway.  

The State should be proud of you.  


Thanks again, mates. Your replies really warm my heart.

Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2299 posts, RR: 7
Reply 30, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16705 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“Good morning, everybody!”

Good morning, Suryo  

First of all, all the landscape pictures look great! I guess my favorite would be the "tessellated red rocks" one, but it's been a hard choice...

Oh, and very informative, as well. Thank you for that...


Both Alice Springs and Perth airports look quite nice.

Nice to get a 717... Not everybody operates one!

The flight seems to have definitely been above average; a good experience overall, I'd imagine.

Oh, and Bundaberg ginger beer is definitely good too. Better than what they have in the States IMO.

Anyway, thanks very much for your report, Suryo... Hopefully I'll get to read the continuation soon; saw you've posted it  


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1108 posts, RR: 8
Reply 31, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16471 times:

Those pictures of the landscapes are incredible. I went to Australia in 2011, and see that I clearly missed out on an amazing part of the country!

QF looks to have performed solidly, as I'd expect from them.

Thanks for sharing! You travel to some very cool places.


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 32, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week ago) and read 16220 times:

G’day Alex, MHTripple7,

Thank you so much for your replies.  


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Alex, MHTripple7,

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
First of all, all the landscape pictures look great!
Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 31):
Those pictures of the landscapes are incredible.

Thank you. Herman gets the credit for those pictures.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
The flight seems to have definitely been above average; a good experience overall, I'd imagine.
Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 31):
QF looks to have performed solidly, as I'd expect from them.

Thanks to Melanie, Kath and Clinton.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Anyway, thanks very much for your report, Suryo...
Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 31):
Thanks for sharing!

It has been a great pleasure of mine.

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Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Good morning, Suryo   

Good morning Alex,


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
First of all, all the landscape pictures look great!

Thank you. Herman gets the credit for those pictures.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
I guess my favorite would be the "tessellated red rocks" one, but it's been a hard choice...

Good to know. The choice is somewhat endless.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Oh, and very informative, as well. Thank you for that...

You are welcome. I am so glad that you appreciate it.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Both Alice Springs and Perth airports look quite nice.

Both airports want to make sure we start our visit there as comfortable as possible and it shows!  


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Nice to get a 717... Not everybody operates one!

Indeed, there are only six airlines operating 717’s worldwide.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Oh, and Bundaberg ginger beer is definitely good too. Better than what they have in the States IMO.

Which one do you mean? Ginger ale?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 30):
Hopefully I'll get to read the continuation soon; saw you've posted it  

Take your time.  


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MHTripple7,

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 31):
I went to Australia in 2011, and see that I clearly missed out on an amazing part of the country!

There is always a next time! I have yet to visit Queensland as well.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 31):
You travel to some very cool places.

So do you!   


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Mates, allow me this opportunity to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013

Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 33, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 16056 times:

Suryo,

as excellent as ever! Thank you for this report. Again, it brings back pleasant memories of my one and only trip to Australia in 2002, with a visit to the Red Centre, a camping tour of the sights you described. Though maybe ours was more "hardcore", or perhaps simply "cheap", as we had no tents but slept in a "swag", a thick canvas sleeping bag straight on the ground. The views, I recall, were as amazing as your photos.

ASP airport seems to have improved in the meantime!

Thanks again for describing this epic journey!

signol



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 34, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 15936 times:

G’day signol,

How nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for your reply.  


Quoting signol (Reply 33):
as excellent as ever!

Thank you.   


Quoting signol (Reply 33):
Thank you for this report.
Quoting signol (Reply 33):
Thanks again for describing this epic journey!

You are most welcome.

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
Again, it brings back pleasant memories of my one and only trip to Australia in 2002, with a visit to the Red Centre, a camping tour of the sights you described.

My pleasure.  


Quoting signol (Reply 33):
Though maybe ours was more "hardcore", or perhaps simply "cheap", as we had no tents but slept in a "swag", a thick canvas sleeping bag straight on the ground.

We may have done that if we were undertaking the journey a couple of years earlier.

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
The views, I recall, were as amazing as your photos.

Herman gets the credit for the photos.

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
ASP airport seems to have improved in the meantime!

Thanks to AUD 2 million refurbishment to terminal in 2004, including locally inspired carpet designs to create a Centralian experience and to improve passenger processing.


Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 830 posts, RR: 20
Reply 35, posted (1 year 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 14652 times:

Very informative report, with interesting details especially in the touristic part.
Your beautiful pictures are an invitation to visit this part one day.
Great to get again the 717
AUD 6 is quiet a lot for the booze, at least the lunch tray is more than correct for that flight time

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
You can hold your camera, just remove the strap from your neck,

so nice!


Thanks a lot Suryo for sharing this wonderful TR  

regards



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1240 posts, RR: 3
Reply 36, posted (1 year 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 14647 times:

Your post brings back memories.

I was in Alice Springs in 1986. Flew on ANSETT which I think went belly up.

Did you like Perth?


User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3339 posts, RR: 12
Reply 37, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14438 times:

Great report Suryo...looks like you had a great time in the NT and on QF


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 38, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13756 times:

G’day lychemsa, Gabriel,

Thank you so much for taking your time to reply. It really warms my heart.  


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Lychemsa,

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 36):
Your post brings back memories.

Bonzer!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 36):
I was in Alice Springs in 1986.

Fair dinkum? I was six at that time!  Wow!


Quoting lychemsa (Reply 36):
Flew on ANSETT which I think went belly up.

How did you like Ansett? Too bad, the airline ceased operations on March 4, 2002 after 66 years and 11 days of service.  


Quoting lychemsa (Reply 36):
Did you like Perth?

Yes, it has been my third time there.  


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Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 37):
Great report Suryo...

Thank you.  


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 37):
looks like you had a great time in the NT

Reckon! Did you visit Central Australia as well when you were in NT?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 37):
and on QF

Thanks to Erin, Paula, Melanie, Kath and Clinton.

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Mates,

Thanks again and have a nice weekend!



Warmest regards,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 39, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 12904 times:

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, allow me to dedicate our story about the second part of Desert Safari and QantasLink flight from Alice Springs to Perth to Roy (Quokkas) because of his endless support from the very beginning.

= Super cool! Where is my invite Roy?

On a more "positive" note, awesome TR. Thanks for providing the commentary that only you can Suryo. I learnt a lot about Ayers Rock. QF seems pretty good - and I like their YCL domestic meal service.

Saludos,
Alex



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 40, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12646 times:

G’day Alex,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 39):
On a more "positive" note, awesome TR. Thanks for providing the commentary that only you can Suryo. I learnt a lot about Ayers Rock.

You are most welcome. Thank you for the kind words.  


Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 39):
QF seems pretty good

QF strives to provide us, passengers, with an exceptional level of service. Erin, Paula, Melanie, Kath and Clinton have showed it!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 39):
and I like their YCL domestic meal service.
QF delivers on promises of premium meal experience in economy class.


I wish you a Happy Easter,
Suryo  

[Edited 2013-03-30 08:24:29]


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