• 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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Hvr

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My flights and hotel booking are both on points and fully refundable.

I hope to get there but in these uncertain times planning for the worst to happen is prudent.
 

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I am going to take myself off the list for this in case someone else wants my spot. Domestic travel just not worth the stress atm

We are thinking the same thing but will hang on for a while longer
I understand your sentiments but I wouldn't cancel yet.

We are meant to be leaving for Noosa on Tuesday and I have no idea about that let alone October.
 

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FWIW the Hunter Region/ Newcastle has been relatively fortunate so far with respect to lockdowns and border closures. It’s one of the reasons we chose this area IIRC.
We haven’t had any lockdown here except the initial nationwide one at the start of the pandemic in 2020. All of our shops and hospitality have remained open since that finished.

I’ve probably jinxed us now lol but I remain reasonably optimistic of a good outcome for this event.
 

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I dobt that the Hunter will be shut down .the real problem though is getting home.You can't trust QLD,WA,SA,Victoria to keep their borders open if there are a couple of cases in the Hunter.Tasmania usually only closes their border when a lockdown is announced in the State concerned.Problem is they then keep it going after the lockdown is lifted.
Despite that If I am not working then may be a late starter if space available then.
 

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We Sydneysiders will probably still be in lockdown
 

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Well, being from Perth, this could all go to custard for me. On the other hand, Perth itself may be in and out of lockdown a couple of times by then :)

It's far enough away that anything could happen from this point.....
 

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I am now a definite non starter.Will be working in either Mt,Isa or Tasmania.A bit too far for a weekend.
 

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I am still hopeful that I can attend and finally got around to booking flights and accommodation, plan is:
  • Arriving 22/10 - VA1593 1:35pm
  • Booked the Rydges Newcastle however this may change.
  • Leaving 24/10 - VA1594 2:15pm
 
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It was only a few days ago I was still hopeful that I would be attending. After looking at the SA cross border restriction things are not looking so good. The latest update details from 12:01am 29 July 2021, travellers arriving from New South Wales (excluding the LGA of Broken Hill) is currently prohibited from entering South Australia :( Although it is still a couple of months away I cannot see the SA Government easing their restrictions, my last hope is that vaccinated people may be able to travel but I am not holding my breath. At least all the travel arrangements are refundable.
 
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FWIW the Hunter Region/ Newcastle has been relatively fortunate so far with respect to lockdowns and border closures. It’s one of the reasons we chose this area IIRC.
We haven’t had any lockdown here except the initial nationwide one at the start of the pandemic in 2020. All of our shops and hospitality have remained open since that finished.

I’ve probably jinxed us now lol but I remain reasonably optimistic of a good outcome for this event.

Yep, you certainly did!
 

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