AFF Gathering #16 in LST on 13 – 15 October 2023

Added to Calendar: 13-10-23, 14-10-23, 15-10-23

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Launceston has been chosen as the AFF Annual Gathering destination for 2023, occurring over the weekend of the 13 to 15 October. The average temperature range for October is 7ºC – 18.2ºC (November is 9.1ºC to 20.5ºC). The average rainfall is 48mm with 7.5 rainy days. It is Tasmania's second most populous city following Hobart – which held AFF#7 in 2013 – and Australia's 21st most populous overall.

In addition to the usual dinners, planned activities (all subject to confirmation) for Saturday include a visit to the Table Cape tulip farm in full bloom, Ashgrove cheese and/or Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and/or Anvers chocolate, and a separate wine excursion along the Tamar River, perhaps including the Beaconsfield Mine (disaster) museum. On Sunday, a visit to Cataract Gorge and/or a cruise on the Tamar and if possible, a visit to the National Automobile Museum and the Boags brewery.

Costs are expected to be inline with past AFF Meet-ups, subject to fuel price increases!

However, the organisers have noted that wineries in the area who will take groups of more than 10 are limited. An alternative to the usual style of AFF-organised bus may be an externally-organised paid tour, but this would be more expensive - perhaps $170 including transport, lunch and tastings but this could take a bigger group. Those who may consider themselves 'Platinum' or 'Gold' may wish to express their willingness to pay for the second option if the usual style tour is not possible, to assist with planning.




Please make it known what activities you would be interested in (generally) when indicating attendance, so the organisers can gauge numbers before announcing final plans and itineraries. For example:
  • interested/not interested in alcohol-based activities (vineyard/distillery/brewery),
  • interested/not interested in food based activities (cheese/chocolate/fruit),
  • interested/not interested in general activities (museums/flowers/cruise)., etc.
The usual schedule includes two dinners, a Friday welcome dinner that is more casual and a Saturday "guest speaker" dinner that could be considered more formal. While people generally mingle at both, you may find the space chosen on Saturday makes it harder to do so, but is regarded as the main event as well.

The lead organisers this year are @RooFlyer & @Steady , however they encourage all members local to Launceston (or surrounding areas) to raise their hands on helping coordinate the weekend.

The AFF Leadership Team can provide support in terms of money collection and distribution, and editing this thread as needed. If something needs to be updated, please simply report the post with the update so anyone on the team can action it (starting a conversation only alerts one person).




Links:

Tulips: VDQ Bulbs | Van Diemen Quality Bulbs
Ashgrove: Ashgrove Cheese, Tasmania, Australia
Christmas Hills: Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe
House of Anvers: https://www.anvers-chocolate.com.au/
Beaconsfield: Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
National Automobile Museum: N.A.M.T.
 
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Thank you Rooflyer & Steady for a fabulous weekend, & mememe for the transport.
We have only just seen invite for dinner at Peppers - we have just had early dinner and back in room to rest our feet after day of meandering streets.
Purchased Rooflyers book from book shop in Brisbane St.
 
Some of us don’t want the weekend to end so if you’re still around we’d love you to join @straitman, me and our +1s at Grain of the Silos at Peppers Silo at 6.30pm.
Thanks for the invitation. I’ve been walking most of the day around town, so am putting my feet up and having a quiet night. Enjoy the evening.

Thanks to @RooFlyer and @Steady for the organization of the weekend. Thanks to all AFF members who attended, it was great to meet everyone. Safe travels home.
 
I’ve sent out a prayer to King Neptune I survive Bass Strait. Fingers and toes crossed and anchors away.

Very nice to have you along for the weekend, and such a long journey! I hope you won't need anything for the trip across Bass Strait. And many thanks for the souvenirs you left with me :)
 
All hail, King Neptune and Bonine. I survived the Spirit of Tasmania.

First of all, thank you all for letting in an American. If you need someone to blame though, that would be @Bundy Bear for alerting me my trip dates coincided with your DO. (On FlyerTalk, we capitalize both the ‘d’ and ‘o’ for some reason. 🤷🏻‍♀️)

Much gratitude to the organizers, @Steady and @RooFlyer . The activities and dinners seemed to run like well-oiled machines. I loved the cheese, chocolate, lamb ribs!, flowers, and that fantastic rainbow.

Thank you to my fellow tulip tourers for looking after me all day and thank you again to @Jacques Vert for sharing Ubers and saving me from riding with a bus load of strangers to Devonport.

Someone, please connect with new member @sirchop . He graciously did a Friday airport run, went back to work, and didn’t make it to dinner. (I’m looking to you, @CanadianJay !)

Judging by the youngsters I met this weekend, I see that the future of the frequent flyer community is in good hands.

If and when any of you make it up to SFO (or even better, Monterey MRY) please let me know. I’d love to see you again.
 
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All hail, King Neptune and Bonine. I survived the Spirit of Tasmania.

First of all, thank you all for letting in an American. If you need someone to blame though, that would be @Bundy Bear for alerting me my trip dates coincided with your DO. (On FlyerTalk, we capitalize both the ‘d’ and ‘o’ for some reason. 🤷🏻‍♀️)

Much gratitude to the organizers, @Steady and @RooFlyer . The activities and dinners seemed to run like well-oiled machines. I loved the cheese, chocolate, lamb ribs!, flowers, and that fantastic rainbow.

Thank you to my fellow tulip tourers for looking after me all day and thank you again to @Jacques Vert for sharing Ubers and saving me from riding with a bus load of strangers to Devonport.

Someone, please connect with new member @sirchop . He graciously did a Friday airport run, went back to work, and didn’t make it to dinner. (I’m looking to you, Jason!)

Judging by the youngsters I met this weekend, I see that the future of the frequent flyer community is in good hands.

If and when any of you make it up to SFO (or even better, Monterey MRY) please let me know. I’d love to see you again.
Great to hear that you survived the crossing.
 
Good that you made it across the Pacific @boxo

Thanks for organizing the weekend @Steady and @RooFlyer some weekends you are wide open other times you have event clashes.

The Friday night dinner was good and the Saturday lunch at Nadines at pipers was really good for a shared platter so thanks to @Steady for letting us drop in for lunch.

Thanks to @serfty for hiring the car it made the weekend so much easier for me.

I got back to Brisbane on Virgin via Melbourne, and have earned 430SCs I just need to add another flight to keep Gold for another year.

I did run the Bridge to Brisbane on Sunday morning, it was a practice race for New York Marathon in 3 weeks.
 
Thanks all for an amazing weekend - exceeded my expectations in every capacity. Will definitely be doing this again, and I can't wait until the dinner in December! Hope to see some of you there
Did you get paged as the last remaining passenger to board your flight (JQ)?
 
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Well some of us still in Launceston. QF1548 the 717 is delayed by 65 min to 1525 and the QF2290 the1530 Dash 8 is cancelled. We still have 2hr and 20min to connect in MEL.

It's almost a worry when they are using a 717 as service recovery for another cancellation.
 
Had a fantastic flight home last night - many many thanks to @CanadianJay (formerly meMEme) for allowing me to use his office yesterday afternoon. Got tons of work done in comfort, peace and quiet.

As I said at Saturday's dinner and echoed here, Do's aren't anything without an organising committee and willing locals. @Steady and @RooFlyer, your time and effort showed in how smoothly things went over the weekend. Thanks to @Steady for the surprise gift, it will go down well this week. My wife was thrilled to get some white wine - hope she likes the delivery of Champagne even better.

It is always lovely to see old friends but also to make new ones. Some of the chats on the bus were robust.
 
Well some of us still in Launceston. QF1548 the 717 is delayed by 65 min to 1525 and the QF2290 the1530 Dash 8 is cancelled. We still have 2hr and 20min to connect in MEL.

It's almost a worry when they are using a 717 as service recovery for another cancellation.
1525 isn’t going to work as our chariot has only just arrived.
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