Grand orbit scenic flight

Moreton Bay – Stradbroke Island – Sunshine Coast

March 14, 2021 was a perfect day to fly so Vonnie, Ros and John accompanied me in MSF on a “grand orbit” of Moreton Bay, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Taking off from Redcliffe we flew up to Bribie where the radio was just full of chatter. Everyone must have agreed it was the day to fly with a week of wet weather forecast from the day after. We headed over to Tangalooma on Moreton Island and on to Point Lookout on Straddie.

Point Lookout

Tracking over North Stradbroke Island we headed for Archerfield and obtained a clearance to traverse their controlled airspace.

M1 at Springwood, approaching Archerfield

We passed to the west of the CBD and over the top of Indooroopilly Golf Course on our way to a scenic orbit over The Gap.

From there it was a gentle climb via Dayboro and the Glasshouse Mountains to Maleny and the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Sunshine coast hinterland

We then descended towards Cooroy and on to Noosa Heads.

Tewantin and Noosa

We passed Noosa and turned over the heads with a great view of Hells Gates.

Hells Gates and Alexandra Bay

Following the standard scenic coastal route now we headed down the coast past Mooroochydore and Mooloolaba.

Point Cartwright and Mooloolaba

Soon we were over Caloundra and heading for Bribie Island.

Caloundra and the northern tip of Bribie

Soon we were approaching Redcliffe.

After a standard mid field cross wind entry we joined the circuit and finished with a soft touchdown on runway 07.

About 1h 40min all up. Thanks to John and Vonnie for the photos.

Happy crew

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