Morning Glory 2008

The remote settlement of Burketown, in Australia's northern Queensland with a population of 178 one of Australia's most remote shire. The Morning Glory, a massive backwards - rolling cloud formation up to 1000km in length and a kilometer high which can travel at speeds up to 60km/h. From around August until November the Morning Glory is one of the most spectacular events in nature to be found anywhere in Australia.

We set off in two groups;

Ximango ZAN (Charles Galloway, Richard McFarlane), Dimona VRG (Mike Grimwood, John Kenny),

Stemme GTS (John Hodgson from the USA, Rob Hanbury) in the first squadron going the northern route

and Ximango GFU (Bill Cooper, Kevin Saunders) going direct across the centre.

The trio sped around helped by tailwinds going via Geraldton ( except the Stemme that landed in a paddock – because it is a true glider), over Shark bay, Carnarvon, Coral Bay ( a really nice stop), Ningaloo reef (specky with a whale and calf), Learmonth near ExmouthPort Hedland, Derby, Drysdale River Lodge (where we had a rest day in the bush) on to the Bungle Bungles,Kununara, Katherine (tour around the Tindal airforce F18 base, and Katherine Gorge Canoeing), Boroloola, and finally home for two weeks – Burketown.

         
         
         
         

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