41th Convention & Annual General Meeting

Orange, NSW

22nd to 25th March 2019

“Orange without the pips”

For this AGM we will be using Orange Airport but staying not in Orange. Instead the delightful village of Millthorpe, where most everything is within walking distance, will be our night time stay. Conveniently the airport is equal distance between Millthorpe and Orange.

The Orange district is one of the most beautiful and exciting food and wine regions in Australia. Due to its cool climate and rich volcanic soils, the produce ranges from stone fruits and sheep's cheeses to fungi and grapes and about 40 cool-climate wineries operate in the area. There many attractions from historic buildings and streetscapes to cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants in the city.

Accommodation has been a limiting factor and the cause of a date change for the event. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Millthorpe Motel

26 Victoria Street
02 63663653
15 Rooms on hold for nights of 22-24 March.
Will only be held until 8 March.
This venue is in the centre of town and within easy walking distance of all attractions and so is the best option those dependent on bus for transport.


168 Forest Reefs Rd
5 Rooms
This venue is out of town and not within easy walking distance and so more suitable if you have independent transport.
Booking held until 2 weeks prior.

Lastly there are a number of B&B style accommodations available if you want to do something special. No reservations have been made.

Getting To Orange Without An Airtourer

Orange is located in the Central West of NSW and is approximately 258 kilometres from Sydney.

The Dubbo XPT runs daily between Dubbo and Sydney and stops at Orange. On Mondays the Broken Hill Explorer runs between Broken Hill and Sydney and stops at Orange, coming back on Tuesday. In addition, NSW TrainLink runs daily services from Sydney to Lithgow with connecting coaches to Orange.

Regional Express Airlines have regular passenger services between Orange and Sydney with 25 return flights to Sydney each week. Fly Corporate provides daily, return weekday flights between Orange, Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Program

Friday March 22

Arrivals At ORG and Airport Facilities:

  • Aero Club rooms are open for general use. Tea/Coffee and soft drinks are available with payment.
  • ORG is a security controlled airport but not unfriendly. Entry to airside will be via the side gate next to the Aero Club or terminal (code 22554). If you have one please wear you’re ASIC.
  • Avgas is available. Refer to ERSA for more detailed information.
  • ORG is a high airport by Australian standards with an elevation of 3115 ft. so density altitude and aircraft performance need to be considered.

Registration Desk:

  • Gerry Pels is the registrar.
  • Please ensure you complete registration with Gerry.

Bus To Accommodation:

  • For those flying in a bus will be available, not before 1630, for transport from airport to accommodation in Millthorpe.

1800-1830 Welcome Dinner:

  • Dinner at the Millthorpe Railway Station.
  • Tables will be set up on the Railway Station platform for a Bar-B-Que dinner. Choice of 3 meats/chicken, beef, sasuage. 3 salads/seafood, pasta, garden and watermelon. Tea/coffee and cake.
  • BYO Drinks or purchase from the Hotel next door.
  • No need for a ticket because trains do not stop at the station anymore, but some trains may pass through during the night.

Saturday March 23

We have the entire day available to us to appreciate this delightful little town. Be prepared with good walking shoes and a copy of the Millthorpe guide book.There are many eating out options in the town for breakfast and morning coffee after which you are free to explore. If necessary the bus will be available, please speak to the driver.

  • 1100 Tour And Lunch At The Golden Memories Millthorpe Museum:

37 Park Street
02 63663980

Enter for a guided tour of the museum and a catered light lunch of sandwiches, cake, tea/coffee served in the grounds.

Committee Meetings:

Held in a mutually agreed location:

  • Airtourer Association Committee meeting 1630
  • Airtourer Co-Operative Directors meeting 1700

1900 Convention Formal Dinner:

Tonic Restaurant

  • Cnr Victoria And Pym St
  • The AGM Dinner will be a signature event of the weekend.
  • Established in 2003 by owners Tony and Nicole Worland, Tonic restaurant is located in the centre of the village of Millthorpe. Over the last eleven years the restaurant has regularly been awarded a chef's hat. The menu has a seasonal focus and showcases the best from local producers such as Mandagery Creek Venison and Cowra Lamb. Over the last eleven years the restaurant has regularly been awarded a chef's hat by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Tony has had the honour of working beside renowned chefs Matt Moran, Michael Manners and Gordon Ramsay during his career. The experience he has gained is brought to the fore at Tonic and reflected in the quality of food produced by his team.
  • Set menu with PAYG drinks from the bar.
  • Note: The Best Presented Airtourer Prize will be awarded at the AGM dinner or alternately at the ORG Aero Club ON Sunday morning.
  • The “Goat Soap” award is also believed to be making an appearance.

Sunday March 24

Bus leaves the Millthorpe Motel at 0900 for ORG Airport for a group breakfast at the Aero Club. After breakfast formal meetings will be held.

Breakfast is pay as you go.

Annual General Meetings:

Both held at ORG Aero Club rooms.

  • 1030 Airtourer Association Annual General Meeting
  • 1100 Co-Operative Annual General Meeting

Following the meetings the bus will proceed on to Orange to partake of the many cultural attractions available in the city. Our first stop before lunch is Cook Park.

Cook Park

  • 24-46 Summer St, Orange
  • Originally a public reserve in 1873 the site of Cook Park was proclaimed as a park and in 1882 was officially named in honour of Captain James Cook.  From the 1870s onwards the first trees were planted resulting in today’s mature specimens. Andrew Patterson was the first curator employed in 1887.
    The 4.5 hectare park was laid out as a Victorian style public park out in a traditional Victorian design with straight paths and rows of trees, and much of the original design still in place,with the ‘union jack’ clearly seen in the path layout. During your visit to Cook Park don’t miss the Park Guildry. The work of local craftspeople can be found in ‘Bastick Cottage’, a Victorian style, heritage building. This crafts group offers a wide range of unique hand crafted goods including pottery, knitting, woodwork, home made jams and freshly baked goods.

1230 Lunch

The Greenhouse Of Orange

  • 44 Sale St
  • 02 63111899
  • Above the ex-services club
  • The Greenhouse of Orange is a relaxed and unique dining destination, sourcing and showcasing the best food and wine the Central West community has to offer with a diverse range of dining options.
  • The Greenhouse celebrates local and regional produce at affordable prices. It presents a unique dining experience providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy the complete field to fork philosophy through its carefully-orchestrated menu and well-crafted interior. Tables have been booked in the Green House Dining Room.
  • Lunch orders are available until 2.30 and the pizza bar is open all day.
  • Order pay for your meals and drinks from the wine bar.

After lunch we have a choice of either the Heritage Walking Trail with a total of 46 points of interest, the most notable being Number 9 “The first Power Pole” or a self-guided walk in The Orange Botanic Gardens. You may do both. Guidance material will be available for all Orange destinations from the visitors information centre which is also the start point for the heritage trail.

Heritage Walking Trail

151 Byng St, Orange

A great way to discover the unique heritage of the city of Orange is by taking a brief walk along some of Orange’s most beautiful streets. Firstly collect a copy of the brochures at the Orange Visitors Centre in Byng Street. The Orange Heritage Trail connects key historic sites and buildings. These are only a sample of some of the beautifully restored, historic houses and buildings that you will discover on the walk. The walk starts from the Orange Visitor Information Centre and proceeds up Byng Street, taking approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Along the walk you will encounter a series of interpretative signs that will give you additional information.

Orange Botanic Gardens

  • 1 Yellow Box Way
  • Orange Botanic Gardens is a natural undulating 17 hectare site which features an impressive native and exotic plant collection. The Gardens were officially opened in 1988 for the Australian Bicentenary with plantings ranging from original native and exotic trees to newly developed displays. The Orange Botanic Gardens are an ideal place in which to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery and district views. As well as being an ideal location for bird watching, the Gardens offer the opportunity for a family picnic and a relaxing stroll. These gardens exhibit the magnificent splendour of the four seasons of Orange.
  • The Orange Botanic Gardens are open daily from 7.30am till dusk and admission is free.

1800 Sunday Dinner:

Orange Ex-Services’ Club

  • 231-243 Anson Street
  • 02 6362 2666

Diggers Bar & Grill

Diggers Bar & Grill offers a contemporary Australian food selection, with the freshest produce from the local providores. Diggers Bar & Grill’s signature is serving up the region’s juiciest cuts of steak, carefully chosen seasonal produce and emphasis on quality. The bar provides a perfectly selected wine list and range of imported and craft beers to enhance your dinner experience No booking made order and pay for your own meals. Bus returns to Millthorpe after dinner.

Monday March 25

Bus to airfield from Motels at 0900 or as required by the driver.