- Aug 1, 2008
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Was great to catch up and chat over lunch @Mattg. I can only imagine anyone eavesdropping wouldn't of had a clue what we were talking about I have now in the last 3-4 months been fortunate enough to meet 2 real AFFer's in person. The other being @Cessna 180 It has only confirmed that in my 12 year learning journey on this wonderful forum we are indeed a different breed.Yesterday I had a look around Emerald, which was a nice, friendly town, although there didn't seem to be a lot for tourists in the town itself. Other than the botanical gardens, the main attraction seemed to be the "Big Easel".
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It turns out that @craven morehead lives in a nearby town, and he joined me for a very pleasant lunch.
Finally, yesterday evening I flew back to Brisbane with QantasLink.
The Qantas Regional Lounge in Emerald was open. It wasn't that big, but there was enough space for the 5 or so people using it. There was a selection of soft drinks, tea/coffee, beer & wine available, and snacks such as cheese & crackers. If you wanted anything, you just had to ask the attendant and she would get it for you - I assume that's a covid thing to stop people rummaging through the food etc. There was a small outdoor seating area attached to the lounge as well, which overlooks the apron.
The inbound flight was early an we started boarding really early, around 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time. We then ended up leaving 25 minutes early, which I think is a first for me! This was about 5 minutes after the last passenger checked in - it's amazing what's possible at a small but efficient regional airport!
The sun was setting as we took off from Emerald on the Dash 8, and we got some nice views.
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This was a standard, pleasant QantasLink flight. Everyone got a bag of crackers & water, and that was it. Pretty much identical to what I got on my last QantasLink flight two months ago.
That's all for my contribution to this trip report. Hope you enjoyed reading, and I would definitely recommend visiting outback Queensland if/when you can!