Singapore WSSL to Christmas Isl. YPXM
We had an early start and headed to the airport rather
tackle the paperwork and to refuel the plane.
The weather was overcast, and just after takeoff, we
that our main artificial horizon just went on a blink, as
entered into lover visibility on our climb out. With the
electrical horizon, we ended up hand flying the aircraft
way to Christmas Island without our autopilot. What a
The weather somehow improved, as we headed south west
equator over Indonesia.
>From Jakarta onwards, heading south over the Indian
some 400 miles, we spotted Christmas Island from some
on the horizon, with large clouds on top.
To stay on the safe side, we approached the south western
of the island and went below the clouds and finally
battling with some vicious turbulence on final, on a
and modern airport, with everyone waiting for us there:
airport manager-, Peter from Customs & Immigration-
ladies from the Quarantine department. We were advised to
our doors and windows shut and first spray the inside of
cabin with insecticide for quarantine purposes, before we
disembark our plane after a 5 minute wait.
He! We were on Australian soil for the first time!
First landing on Australian soil
At Christmas Island they normally get only three regular
flights a week, and according to their memories, we were
single engine aircraft landing there for a very long
time, so we got
a royal treatment on our arrival. From the airport we got
a lift to
the islands settlement and our hotel the VQ at Somerset
the seashores by Andy’s wife Sasha.
At the nearby pub we watched the magnificent sunset and
dinner with a nice bottle of Australian wine.
>From all the history we read about, and the beauty of
with its vast population of indigenous birds and its 8
and blue crabs, we decided to stay an extra day, and
of this interesting place with a rented 4WD car..
Next morning, not with an early start, our hired car
arrived at 9hr,
no breakfast, we went to the airport and checked the
decided to explore the island.
Rocky, wild coast line
After we paid a visit to the Tourist Information Centre
in town, we
drove along the western coast to the now closed down
and then back up to the airport. We explored the Greta
beaches, using the 4 wheel drive, also the Margaret
heading south to the Quarry, west on the ridge, to the
constructed detention centre at Marry Hill.
The newly (2006–2007) built IRPC detention Centre.
We took quite a few photographs of this impressive and
complex and we then went on to Martin Point, where we t
people, who suggested to us to drove to the so called
which is something really special.
The "Blow Holes"
Back for a shower and a meal at Rocky Point, on the
of the Island with lovely palm trees, and after seeing
Indiana Johns “The Crystal Skull” in the open air
theatre, we went
to bed for an early start the next day to Bali.