Morning Glory Cloud

Morning Glory Cloud
Morning Glory over Massacre Inlet (photo: Diane Davey)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Route Up

The route I will be taking goes right through the outback. It is based on the route taken in 2009 by Andrew Rigby and Ian Patching from VMFG (thanks guys!). One of the main influences for the route is of course the fuel stops - will have to keep feeding that iron thermal up the front!

Will be departing Melbourne (more info on that coming soon) and heading up through Tocumwal and Griffith (fuel stop) to spend the 1st night in Lake Cargelligo. Day 2 goes through Cobar to Bourke. The 3rd day will take me to Charleville via Cunnamulla. Day 4 to Longreach via Blackall. I'll spend the next day visiting the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach then back in the air on day 6 to Cloncurry via Winton. Finishing off the week with the flight to Burketown.

I'll be spending 3 weeks in Burketown then heading back down. Hopefully I'll be lucky and the Morning Glory will appear at least once in those 3 weeks.
I'll post the return route a bit later.

I've kept the legs relatively short to leave some time to have a look around each of these places and maybe even switch off the fan and do some gliding if the conditions are right.

If you've got any suggestions on where to stay along this route, please let me know. I've picked out accommodation (favouring proximity to the airport) but haven't booked anything yet except for the Savannah Lodge at Burketown. I'll have my tent, but would prefer something more comfortable providing it's affordable. The weather being what it is, I'm also leaning towards doing last minute bookings to avoid any cancellation fees should murphy or the weather prevent me from progressing to plan.

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