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Call Townsville Clearance Delivery on 128.1 when inbound. Make the call early, say 45-50nm out, so that ATC has plenty of time to process your clearance without delaying your arrival. You will be given a squawk code to transmit at this point, then when ATC have identified you, they will give you a clearance and hand you over to TL Approach.
The Rollingstone VFR Route is useful if inbound from Cairns or Whitsunday Islands. Pick the route up at Toomulla, a small settlement on a headland, just inside the 2500ft control step at 25nm from Townsville. There is a prominent aquaculture farm a short distance away as you’re tracking south-east.
A little south of here, Blue Water Park is a CTAF within Danger Area D764. Whilst operating in this area, if you have two radios, monitor Multicom 126.7 as well as Townsville Approach.
From Toomulla, track between the Bruce Highway and the coast to within 5nm Townsville, then track as required for your assigned base turn.
You may be issued tracking for, and clearance limit of, Yabulu for sequencing purposes. Yabulu is west of Townsville as marked on the VTC. Look for the cleared power line easement (with no power line) to help you navigate down to the prominent nickel refinery at Yabulu, where you will easily see the standalone chimneys.
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You may be asked to hold within the control zone around the refinery whilst traffic clears for your arrival on RWY 07 or RWY 01.
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Other features ATC may use for clearance limits are the Mouth of Black River, (recognisable by the township of Bushland Beach to the south) or the Mouth of the Bohle River a little further south-east. It is very useful to know the locations of these features on your map.
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Tracking inbound via the Bohle River leads you towards a convenient extended final approach for RWY 07.
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ATC will often use RWY 07 for light aircraft arrivals, so as to more efficiently manage traffic using the main RWY 01.
No taxi clearance required. Monitor Ground on 121.8MHz.
Taxi clearance from Ground required before entering this area.
Specific clearance required from ATC before entering this area.
An area on the aerodrome intend to accommodate aircraft for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, cargo, fueling, parking or maintenance.
That part of the aerodrome to be used for take-off, landing and taxiing aircraft, <strong>excluding</strong> aprons.
That part of the aerodrome to be used for take-off, landing and taxiing aircraft, consisting of the manoeuvring area and the apron.