Andrew & Sharon Clement (VH-KGR)

When Mum & Dad elected to swap their annual grey nomad pilgrimage in their caravan for a house on the edge of Woodgate Beach (QLD), the invitation was extended for us to fly up in a kero burner to spend a week with them.
Not when you have a perfectly good Avgas burner in the Hangar!!

As the departure date loomed closer so did the forecast for storms and rain on Saturday 29th June. The decision was made to leave on Friday afternoon and make our way to Narromine for the first stop where we were entertained and fed at the Aeroclub.
The outstanding Aeroclub facilities along with the friendly and comfortable accommodation next door made this the perfect stopover for our first night.
Saturday we headed for Goondiwindi, punching into a dreadful 30kt headwind. 249nm in 2.5 hours!
Goondiwindi offers excellent facilities, fuel and close proximity to town. After refuelling we launched for Childers with the headwind backing to a bearable 10kts and after dodging a few low clouds landed at Childers on their very nice grass strip and were met by the ground support crew (Mum & Dad).

woodgate sunrise

The next week was spent enjoying beach views, swimming, walking, drinking, eating and watching lawn bowls! (in no particular order). Little did we know the storms back home in our local town of Tatura turned into Tornadoes causing 24 hour power outage and extensive tree damage to the township.
Shaz and I joined the Childers Aeroclub for morning tea which is held every Wednesday. We then went for a quick trip to Gayndah just 30nm West. Gayndah is a lovely old style town, well known for citrus growing. It was faced with major floods in 2010 and 2013. My cousin lost their house and half their crop in a 3 year period. They’ve been able to rebuild and now have a healthy export market to China. We were blown away by the extent of damage to the area but were reminded again of how resilient our farming communities are.
We left Woodgate feeling very relaxed and absolutely certain we are not ready to retire onto the lawn bowls circuit.
The return trip offered the same challenges with weather which forced us to abandon our hopes of landing at Hervey Bay and Gympie to visit our Airtourer friends (Paul and Andrew).
Stops on the way home were Coonamble (excellent new CC fuel facility) and overnight at Condobolin which is well known for its “utes in the paddock” display and a recommended visit.

condobolin sunset

Our final day saw the weather gods finally smile on us giving us a 30kt tailwind and reaching Wahring in 1.5hrs.