Sunday, 25 September 2016

Alice Springs to Brisbane

After an amazing 4 days here in Central Australia it was time to go home.
Our flight, Qantas 1799 was leaving at 12.25pm but since we had to check out of the hotel at 10am we just made our way to the airport.
We arrived there at 10.40am, checked in and made our way through security.
Alice doesn't have a viewing deck or a view of the runway from the terminal so it is very hard to see aircraft coming and going. They do have an outdoor area where you can see the apron and runway through the trees and work equipment.

QANTASLINK B717-231 VH-NXQ           (CN 55097)

We began boarding our QantasLink 717-231 (VH-NXL) through gate 3 right on midday, I was in 3A for this trip. There are no aero bridges in Alice so there is no need to request a push back, therefore aircraft just commence taxiing. We began taxing at 12.23pm and taxied out for a runway 12 departure; taking the views of the graveyard on the way out.

LEFT: SINGAPORE B777-212 9V-SVD (CN 30869)
RIGHT: SINGAPORE B777-212 9V-SVA (CN 28524)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B767-319 ZK-NCK (CN 26971)

After back tracking and lining up we got airborne at 12.28.
The sky was clear and blue so I knew it would be a good flight home, as we climbed out we maintained runway heading for sometime before making a very small banked to the right slowly and then set course for Brisbane, climbing to flight level 320.
Our track took us north of Birdsville; Charleville; over Roma and south of Toowoomba.
The country side really put on a display as the scenery changed every few minutes; from dark red dry soil to white clay based soil to a luscious green countryside.

The flight from Alice to Brisbane is just around 2 hours 30, and as there is no entertainment on these 717's you need to provide your own entertainment.
We began our descent at 2.24pm flying in over the city clearly showing the Brisbane River, the Rugby League stadium called Suncorp Stadium (left side of image) and the AFL oval called the GABBA (right side of image) before landing on runway 19 at 2.54pm.

Due to the time difference we had to put the time forward 30 minutes so our actual arrival time was 3.24pm

Alice Springs - Last Drinks

Well as the saying goes "everything must come to an end" and that is definitely the case here.
Yesterday was our last day of the conference and like all the conferences we started the last morning with a motivational speaker, yesterday we had Tom Potter. Tom was the founder, director and chief executive officer of a highly successful very well know retail food franchise called Eagle Boys Pizza.
Eagle Boys had 200 stores around Australia and New Zealand. Tom sold the business many years ago and apart from being a motivational speaker he is also the owner of many bake houses around Brisbane.


It was very interesting and inspirational listening to Tom.
We then got down to business for the rest of the day and announced the conference closed at 5.15pm.
We all then headed back to our rooms for a very quick change into our finest outfits and headed back down stairs for the Gala dinner. 

The theme was pink in memory of a beautiful lady called Sharon who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

This is where we can finely unwind and relax but also were awards are handed out by the suppliers / manufacturers and by the RapidClean group as well. I am really excited to say Whereabout Sydney won 4 awards and Whereabout Brisbane won 3 awards.

I am also very excited that my old company Septone Products received the award for chemical supplier of the year and they wanted me to join them in a group photo.



After all the awards were done and the meals completed it was time to drink and dance and drink and laugh and then have a few drinks as well.
We were entertained by a drag queen duo called "Ineta Mann" and after a few impressions from Liza Minnelli and Pink and few others the rest of the theme was from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
This famous 1994 movie was of 3 drag queens travelling from Sydney to Alice Springs to perform right here at Lassiters Casino.

After their performance we all got up and danced the night away 

At midnight we got kicked out of the room we were in so many of us went into the casino and kept on drinking and getting up to silly things.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Alice Springs - Quarry Dinner and Dance

After a long day in the saddle it was time to relax and have some fun, this time we boarded buses and headed off for a 20 minute trip out to a quarry area. We were told told for days tonight would be amazing and I can tell you none of us were disappointed. Just driving into the quarry I knew we were in for a treat

From the minute we arrived we got the red carpet treatment.

We had around 25-30 minutes before sunset and I was in ore of the amazing colours this quarry was giving off.


We were asked to be seated and we were then treated to an old fashion bread making demonstration,

and an Aboriginal playing his didgeridoo.

When the sun went down the sky lite up like I have never seen before, living in a major capital city you don't get see the stars like you do in the bush.

The rays of light were coming from a light show display back in Alice Springs

After dinner I raced around taking photos of the beautiful light display 

We all took turns in cooking up some s,mores 

and danced the night away to an incredible local bush band