Clubs & Runways

CLUBS AND RUNWAYS 101

Clare Valley (YCVA), SA

Right on the doorstep of Australia’s best wine region for Riesling and 14km north of the main township of Clare, YCVA features a North-South 1,200m x 18m RWY, built to RFDS standards for aircraft up to 5,700kg. A 600m x 20m grass cross strip is also available at the northern end of the main runway.

THE CLUB

The Aerodrome is the proud home
of the Clare Valley Flying Group
Inc. who are passionate about
showing off their beautiful region.
The club is the driving force behind
the development of the aerodrome
and host regular Burger Fly-Ins to
encourage fellow aviators to pay
a visit – word on the street is
the burgers are definitely worth
the flight!

GETTING AROUND

Courtesy cars are available for all
visiting pilots with prior arrangement.
Pickups and car tours can also be
arranged from the aerodrome to help
you explore.

STAY

Choose from a range of quaint
BnBs, luxury accommodation and
even a country club with an adjoining
18-hole golf course.

EXPLORE

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the
charm of the Clare Valley. Cruising
through the rolling hills, vine-filled
valleys and back country roads is
breathtaking. Step back in time and
marvel at some of the magnificent old
buildings including historic churches,
cottages, cellar doors and mansions
(Google Martindale Hall!).

EAT & DRINK

The Clare Valley is home to over 40
terrific cellar doors that produce some
of the country’s best Riesling wines.
The gourmet region has a selection of
fine dining options, including awardwinning
restaurants and artisan
cafes housed in everything from
ultra-modern buildings to old stone
cottages. Top picks include Paulett
Wines and Sevenhill Wines for a
tipple and a bite to eat.

Merimbula (YMER), NSW

Just two kilometres south of the coastal haven known as Merimbula, YMER features a single asphalt 1602 x 30m RWY and regularly hosts regional commercial flights run by REX and Qantas.

FACILITIES

There aren’t any flying clubs that run out of YMER, but if you plan to fly in there’s a good chance you will meet Tracy, CEO and CFI of Merimbula Air Services. Tracy will welcome you in for a tea or coffee, plus there’s also a rooftop deck you can enjoy when you touch down. Contact Merimbula Air Services on (02) 6495 1074 if there’s anything you need.

GETTING AROUND

Tracy has a courtesy car available for people flying in. Many car rental agencies also operate out of YMER including Europcar, Hertz and Avis. Hop on a public bus to the township of Merimbula and beyond. Taxi services are readily available to pick you up as needed.

STAY

There is no shortage of beautiful coastal holiday homes and self-contained apartments where you can sit back and take in fresh, ocean breeze. More budget-friendly options include holiday parks and motels.

EXPLORE

With Merimbula to the north and Pambula to the south, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to stunning beaches, spectacular wilderness and abundant natural beauty. Just 30 mins drive south and you’ll find Twofold Bay, one of the best places for whale watching in the country (Aug-Nov). Walk through Tea Trees and along the clifftops to Tura Head and enjoy rock pool rambling, fishing and breathtaking views.

EAT & DRINK

If you’re a lover of seafood, you’ve come to the right place. Book yourself in for a tour at Wheeler’s Oyster Farm and Restaurant. Visitors come from far and wide to sample their world class oysters. Wash down your lunch with a tasting paddle at Longstocking Brewery.