Another great weekend as Pilot in Command with a great team of 9 Pilots and 3 aircraft. We departed Sydney’s Bankstown airport with first stop Orange in Western NSW and we were greated with a cool reception of 7 degrees celcius before departing for Parkes, Cobar and stopping at White Cliffs NSW and old Opal Mining town.
White Cliff is an opal town in the North West of New South Wales, Australia and a terrific and unique place to visit.
Most of the town live underground in homes called ‘dugouts’.
Dugouts are homes burried and dug into the rock.
Too hot outside, well the Dugouts make perfect sense as they remain a constant 22°C most the year round and stay dry, and well ventilated. In a dugout you may not have to use a heater, or air-conditioning as they are confortable all year round.
We all stayed at a great place called the Underground Motel http://www.undergroundmotel.com.au/ and it is highly recommended. More than just a motel, what you will find here is the opportunity to share a unique lifestyle.
Free shuttle service offered by the underground hotel. As 9 of us flew in we were greeted within minutes by the friendly staff of the hotel as they picked us all up and not only took us to the hotel, but back and forth to the pub and airport again the next day. good service.
Aviation fuel is available via the owner of the local Pub and Hotel who is also a local Pilot. The Pub is anice place to kick back and relax and is the center of town and center of hospitality.
A great weekend was had by all and this was another great experience to Fly away to a great place. Well worth the visit.