Route: Bankstown (YSBK) – Condoblin (YCDO) – Charleville (YBCV) – Condoblin (YCDO) – Cunnamulla (YCMU) – Condoblin (YCDO) – Bankstown (YSBK)
Aircraft: Beechcraft King Air – VH-ZOS
Over the Blue Mountains and down the Lachlan River, is a town which sits perfectly in between Lake Cargelligo and Parkes. Condoblin is home to less than 4000, but we find ourselves regularly performing charter flights in our Beechcraft King Air (VH-ZOS) out there for a few regular clients.
This week, it was an early start from Sydney for a 5am pickup in Condoblin, we blasted off through the fog in Sydney – into the dust out west, taking only an hour to reach Condoblin and arriving at Sunrise to pick up 7 passengers. We were off to Charleville in QLD (again!) for part two in our Rapid Relief Team partnership, delivering bails of hay to farmers doing it tough.
We wrote about Charleville in our last post about the Rapid Relief Team, (go check that out if you haven’t already) so this one’s about out ‘home base’ for the week, Condoblin. We had a full lay-day here to see the sights, meet the locals and get some rest in what we found to be a true-blue country town. Here’s what our crew got up to!
In all our years of flying private charters around Australia, we’ve learned that using Google to find things to do in country towns isn’t the best way to do it. The best, by far, is to walk into the bakery and chat with the locals. (Or just ask your passengers). This is how we found out about ‘The Utes’. Yep. They’re just called ‘The Utes’, and you guessed it – they’re a bunch of utes.
Stick with us now, inspired by driving the iconic Route 66 which crosses America, a Condoblin couple Jana and Graham have decided to pay tribute with an Australian version of the vehicle art seen along the famous highway. They’ve grabbed classic Australian built utes, painted them up in a dizzying array of colours and murals – then mounted them in an assortment of positions on their property (they’re shortly moving closer to Condo’). Our favourite was the HQ (we think?) that’s been painted to look like a bottle of Bundy Rum, but we’re still debating which was the best after a solid few hours wandering around the incredible pieces of artwork. We even made a point to spot them from the air as we left on day three of our charter to Cunnamulla!
As usual for our city dwelling flight crews, finding fancy places to eat in country towns can be quite a challenge – but Condoblin delivered! On the main street (Bathurst Street), across from an incredible little laneway garden was Café Romo.
With coffee from the Fish River Roasters in Bathurst, recent industrial style fit-out and a team behind the counter who know how to make some Sydney-grade Café style meals – we whittled away a few hours enjoying the atmosphere (and writing this article). Yep, smashed avo has totally reached the heart of NSW.
It wouldn’t be a country town without a pizza place, and Condo has a beauty – Condo Pizza Bar. It’s not quite the experience of Francies in Coolangatta (still our favourite), but it’s as good as pizza cooked in an electric oven can be. Don’t show up on a Tuesday night and expect them to be open though. It’s Wednesday to Sunday only!
So why did we stay in Condo for a day? We love multi leg charters, and when our clients are doing a few trips in one hit, we always do our best to stick around and save them some money. It’s much more economical to have our crews and aircraft stay in a location for a lay-day, than it is to fly home and give them a day off. It saves thousands on the trip, and means the aircraft is always there ready to go if you change your plans!
Call the team to arrange a quote for a flight just like this, or your very own tailored to your business requirements. We’d love to help, and we can’t wait to have you on board with us.