• AFF Gathering #15 (October 2021) Postponed

    Unfortunately Covid got the better of us and we have been forced to postpone the 2021 annual AFF Gathering. The event will now be held in October 2022.

    Please see my POST for full details.

AFF Gathering #15 in NTL on 22 – 24 October 2021 **Postponed**

Added to Calendar: 21-10-22, 22-10-22, 23-10-22


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Newcastle has been chosen as the AFF Annual Gathering destination for 2021, occurring over the weekend of the 22nd to 24th October. The average temperature range for October is 14.1ºC – 22.1ºC. The average rainfall is 72.5mm with 11 rainy days. It is NSW's second most populated area and Australia's seventh most populous, representing 1.95% of Australia.

The weekend is likely to take in a wine tour, owing to the proximity of the Hunter Valley. Please note if you are interested in attending a wine tour when indicating your interest for the weekend as this will help organisers make a good start on venues that can cater to our group size.

The lead organiser this year is a member that has turned up to many previous events, @Bindibuys.

Members that have offered help include: @support @Bindibuys @Princess Fiona



Activities​

Friday 22nd October​

The dinner venue is The Landing Bar and Kitchen, located next to the Rydges on the water front. We will have the outdoor marquee all to ourselves, with the sides down for privacy. Menus are available online, and the exact kickoff time will be advised closer to the weekend.

Saturday 23rd October​

During the day will be a wine tour for those who have indicated interest/are booked for the tour and another tour – possibly dolphins – for those not attending the wine tour.

The dinner venue is The Wickham Boatshed, where some canapés will be followed by a two-course meal. There is a cash bar. The special guest is a local Newcastle breakfast DJ.

Sunday 24th October​

A tour of the city will follow on the last day, ending at Fighter World, located conveniently next to the airport.

Tentative Attendees​

This list simply indicates an interest in attending the event and additionally, the wine tour. Members are in order of response to the thread and are not ranked from silver to platinum (least likely to most likely to attend).

UsernameArrival DetailsAccommodationWine Tour?Departure Details
I love to travelYes
Bindibuys
Congewai
Lynda2475Yes
AIRwin
kpc
Doug_Westcott22/10 VA1593RydgesYes25/10 VA1594
samh00422/10 QF1776NovotelYes24/10 QF2424
TownsendDrivingYesDriving
Townsend +1DrivingYesDriving
MattgYes
kookaburra7522/10 DrivingNoah's on the BeachYes24/10 Driving Noon
kookaburra75 +122/10 DrivingNoah's on the BeachYes24/10 Driving Noon
Matt_01Yes
oz_mark
DrakeculaYes
Drakecula +1
NMYes
NM +1
EijaYes24/10 QF1567
RooFlyerNovotelYes25/10 QF1565
tuapekastarYes
serfty22/10 VA159325/10 VA1594
JessicaTamYes
CaptJCool
SprucegooseYes
Jacques VertDrivingYesDriving
Gem56DrivingYesDriving
ellen10
Hvr22/10 QF1564Holiday Inn Express24/10 QF1567
Major
Major +1
justinbrett
SimoYes
motefLocalLocalYesLocal
motef +1LocalLocalYesLocal
sharpinjrYes
sharpinjr +1Yes
FifaHoliday Inn ExpressYes24/10 Afternoon
Princess FionaLocalLocalLocal
penegalYes
AdeYes
drron
mrs.dr.ron
BVTYes
admin
admin +1
Glider_22/10 Train?24/10 Afternoon
straitman
straitman +1
aleafYes
 
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Lynda2475

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Gold (as being NSW no need to worry about Covid Lock-outs), unlikley to fly-in so will need to work on convincing a +1 to drive me.

Count me in for wine tour too (and Fighter World if it happens,, now have Danger Zone stuck in my head)
 

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If travel within Australia has passed the risk of borders slamming shut. 🤔 Probably silver at this stage.

Hopefully the Indian Pacific will be back in operation and I can use my SYD-PER credit from last year for the return leg.
 

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Interested as I had recently cancelled a day trip to NTL on New Year's Eve... I can also celebrate my birthday at the gathering!
 

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Will try and get to this one. No border issues for this Sydenysider. :)
 

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Definitely keen to attend and for longer than the fly-in/fly-out visit I did last year. Interested in a Hunter Valley winery tour.
 
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I'm definitely keen to attend, assuming I'll still be in Australia at that point (I have no idea whether that will be the case) and there are no border issues. With Newcastle being in regional NSW, at least the chance of there being border issues is minimised. For now, put me down as "gold".

I'm also keen for any wine tour that gets organised. I know those who attended last year's wine tour in Canberra had a good time, and I was disappointed not to be able to join that one.

Gold (as being NSW no need to worry about Covid Lock-outs), unlikley to fly-in so will need to work on convincing a +1 to drive me.

Count me in for wine tour too (and Fighter World if it happens,, now have Danger Zone stuck in my head)

You could always fly SYD-NTL with FlyPelican, or take the train up from Sydney. (You can even book a first class seat from Sydney to Broadmeadow on the XPT if you don't feel like taking the regular intercity trains.)

Or, assuming the borders are open, you could always fly SYD-BNE-NTL... why fly direct, right? :p
 

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Or, assuming the borders are open, you could always fly SYD-BNE-NTL... why fly direct, right?

Food for thought, plenty of time to decide.

But Pelican is out, no points/status in it.
 
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Gold for MrsK and I - including the wine tour. It's in between our birthdays, so we can make it a double celebration.
 

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I am in production of this years Visitors Guide for the Wines. PM me anyone that wants a copy when it comes off the press. Guessing around March for release.
 

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I will put myself down as Gold and interested in the wine tour. I would also go to fighterworld, I have not been to RAAF Williamtown in a long time, I think the last time I was there was in the mid 1990's for a FAC course.
 
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Is silver tentative? At this point in time I'm a yes, but who knows what will happen by then. I'd like to do a wine thing. I may be able to get MrD to come too, but we'll see. I used to live on RAAF Williamtown, so it'd be nice to go back if there's a visit to Fighter World. Would probably drive up from CBR.
 

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Definitely interested. Likely to be me and NM+1, but probably only me for the wine tour.
 
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