This page is for fly-away ideas and suggestions for pilots in the Greater Brisbane Area and neighbouring towns and cities. For fly-ins, go to burnettflyers.org, wattsbridge.com.au or aeroclub.com.au etc.

Fly Away - Upcoming events - see below:
Fly Away - Any time:

Kooralbyn: (Updated 15th November, 2020) Fly to Kooralbyn Resort, between Beaudesert and Boonah, and land on the resort's runway for breakfast.

The $22 all-you-can eat buffet breakfast is still offered at Lilies Restaurant inside Kooralbyn Resort but is no longer serve yourself due to the restrictions of their COVID Safe Plan. The staff will serve you from the buffet. The breakfast choice of hot dishes, fruit, cereal and pastries remains unchanged and is as good as it ever was or better.

Lilies Restaurant is an easy 5-minute walk from the runway.

Kooralbyn Resort and Lilies Restaurant have reopened as of 13 June subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

The coffee shop at Kooralbyn Shopping Centre remains closed as is the other eatery/takeaway which occasionally used to do breakfasts too.

Breakfast at Valley Kitchen Cafe, Kooralbyn
Breakfast at Valley Kitchen Cafe, Kooralbyn

Caloundra: Fly into Caloundra Airport and see the Queensland Air Museum. Have breakfast at the nearby Hungry Jacks or a cooked breakfast at the Golden Beach Tavern(weekends only).

Take the bikeway/walkway into town and then pick up the boardwalk starting at Bulcock Beach for a walk right around the headland to King's Beach. Complete the circle by walking down the main street(Bulcock St) on your way out of town and back to the airport.

Boardwalk, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
Boardwalk, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra

Fly Away - Upcoming events

Italian Festival - Cancelled for 2020.

The 2020 Italian Festival at Moffatdale Ridge Winery, in the South Burnett Wine Region was to be held on Saturday 5th September 2020 but is now cancelled due to the COVID 19 situation. Click the links for more info. Fly to Murgon Airfield (YMRG) on Saturday morning.

Purser's Coaches will pick-up from the airfield at 9.25 a.m. Cost is $5.00.

Italian Festival Admission: Cost is $10.00. Pay at the gate or you may book in advance. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

2019 Italian Festival, Moffatdale Ridge Winery
2019 Italian Festival, Moffatdale Ridge Winery

Drop-off after the festival will be about 4.30 p.m. at the Tourist Information Centre, Murgon. The bus will not drop off at the airfield. Because it will be too late for any return flight, stay at the motel units at The Australian Hotel(100m from the bus drop-off). Cost: $95.00 for a double/twin room.

Walk back to the airfield on Sunday morning(22 minutes).

Contacts and bookings: Contacts and bookings must be made separately.

Moffatdale Ridge Winery Tel (07) 4168 4797 to pre-book tickets. Tickets may also be purchased on entry.
Purser's Coaches Tel (07) 4168 1533. Pre-book seats and pay the driver on the day.
Murgon Airfield(Angelfield)Facebook, Tel (07) 4168 6248 Contact Ralph or Deb for permission and information.
Australian Hotel Tel: (07) 4168 1095

Heartland Festival

All Gayndah 2020 Heartland Festival activities are cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions. See you in 2021.

Heartland Festival Wine & Cheese
Heartland Festival Wine & Cheese

Contacts and bookings: Contacts and bookings must be made separately.

Heartland Festival Tickets for various festival events at Eventbrite.
Golden Orange Hotel/Motel Tel (07) 4161 1107

Comments and Suggestions based on the 2019 experience:

We combined this flight with a visit to nearby Biggenden for lunch on the Friday. Following a spectacular descent over Mount Walsh, we landed at the 900m smooth, well-maintained grass airfield and walked the 700m into town.

After a lap around the CBD, we settled for an excellent burger, salad and chips at the Grand Hotel for $10. The other eateries in town, the Bakery, and the well-reviewed Coffee Pozzie Cafe were obviously well-patronised too.

After lunch we flew the 12-13 minutes to Gayndah Airport via the two small extinct volcano calderas of Coalstoun Lakes.

That evening, we did the Wine and Cheese($20 pp) at the Art Gallery, and enjoyed the excellent local produce with a quantity and quality far in excess of the $20 that we had paid. In short, we made pigs of ourselves with the fine cold, then later on, hot nibbles on offer.

As far as the food goes, this was by far the best experience in the four years that this evening has been happening as the starting event for the Heartland Festival.

Unfortunately, If you are after any wine or champagne you would be disappointed. It is not included in the entry ticket. It is just sold at the bar in a very small plastic glass at $5, as is basic spirits as well. The best value is beer at $5 a stubbie/can.

The market on Saturday at the local primary school oval was a very small, underwhelming event with not much on offer as it has been for the last two years previously. It was nothing like the spectacular and large event held at the showgrounds back in 2016 during the first Heartland Festival.

Last updated 15th November 2020.