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Plane Watching at Canberra Airport?

By ActuAli 29 June 2011 26

I was thinking of taking my kids for a trip out to the airport to watch some planes landing and taking off.

I know that other airports have viewing areas – does Canberra have one? Alternatively, can anyone suggest good vantage points around the perimetre?

I am aware that we may attract the attention of airport security, but I don’t have a problem with this. I just want somewhere exciting to view planes with a plane/helicopter obsessed 2yr old without paying a fortune in carparking fees at the airport itself.

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Skyring 10:07 am 17 Aug 11

JC said :

The wall is a blast wall and is used to deflect the exhaust from jet aircraft away from the road. It was installed when they lengthened the runway towards the south putting the end too close to the road. Without it, it is conceivable that vehicles on the road could get blown away by (big) jets taking off.

Which is a good time to mention this video. I’ll bet the ears of the driver of that car heading towards Queanbeyan are still ringing.

The old cabyard used to be great for plane moments. There’d be a B737 just metres away on the other side of the fence, and when they loaded up the Dash-8s and turned ’em around to taxi out, the wingtips seemed to almost brush your hair.

You could see the planes coming in from the north and every now and then there would be some exotic bird carrying a foreign head of state, or a military job.

Yeah, the two level carparks at BBP are good places. You’re above the fenceline, so photography is unobstructed, and kids will definitely get a wave from the pilots as they taxi out. Pretty young ladies too – take the missus.

GraceMaybe 9:41 pm 04 Jul 11

Brand Depot used to be a good spot in the eatery, but that’s now closed, but there is always that carpark and no one would go there anymore so the kids could run around, you could pack a picnic, i believe the is some grass area somewhere…

Pandy 11:58 pm 30 Jun 11

Devil_n_Disquiz said :

That area of road has signs all down it saying “No Stopping” or “No Parking”. If the AFP find you sitting there, expect to be moved on and perhaps a fine to go with it. That includes the little road that goes down the side of the ‘forest of lights’.

http://photobucket.com/devil_n_disquiz

Where is the best place to use a lazer pointer from? :>-

I_P 1:40 pm 30 Jun 11

Lollipops at Brand Depot is good for plane watching with little ones. It is a kiddies activity centre (giant slide, jumping castle, ball pit) but they have a large floor to ceiling window facing where the planes take off. You will have to pay for entry but parking is free and it is indoors.

I take baby IP sometimes there.

Devil_n_Disquiz 12:24 pm 30 Jun 11

The best place for watching aircraft taking off/landing from the south is from the upper level of the carpark in Brindabella Business Park.
Aircraft taking off to the north often taxi past on taxiway bravo which is within spitting distance of the carpark. Nice close up views.

Those that have told you to sit at the end of the runway near the blast fence etc are leading you slightly astray. That area of road has signs all down it saying “No Stopping” or “No Parking”. If the AFP find you sitting there, expect to be moved on and perhaps a fine to go with it. That includes the little road that goes down the side of the ‘forest of lights’.
You can also go park on the side of Glenora Ave which is the road off Piallgo that leads into the old RAAF base.

At the northern end sitting on the side of Majura Road is often a good spot.

If you sit at any of the fence line around the airport, just keep in mind to remain 3m away from the fence.

Some pics from the upper level carpark are here. The Air New Zealand one was taken from Fairbairn. But you can get an idea of how close you can get 🙂

http://photobucket.com/devil_n_disquiz

Jivrashia 11:33 am 30 Jun 11

troll-sniffer said :

Only marginally better than standing in your backyard

Oh yeah…. Them damn trees. If those weren’t there it would be a perfect lookout.

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