VFR Route 2 is favoured by ATC as it keeps aircraft clear of IFR departures off RWY 11 and the arrival path for RWY 29.
If arriving from the east via Lake Finniss, be aware that the CTA lower limit reduces to 2500ft just west of Lake Finniss, so request your clearance at least 15nm prior to the lake, or descend to be at or below 2500ft before the step. VFR Route 2 begins at Castle Point.
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Castle Point is on the western bank of the prominent Adelaide River, which is the only major geographic landmark in this area.
From Castle Point, track north-west on 287 to the next waypoint of Jackos Junction, a three-way dirt road intersection just inland from the coast.
Note that this waypoint replaces Hope Inlet as the published VFR approach point for traffic using Routes 1 and 2, and keeps VFR aircraft well separated from IFR traffic departing and arriving to the north of the airport.
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Whilst Jackos Junction is a little hard to identify, you will be able to see a clearing immediately north of the intersection, with a white tank and small tower adjacent to it.
Keep a good lookout in this area for traffic converging from the popular VFR Route 1, via which aircraft may be inbound from the northern islands. From Jackos Junction, turn left and track over water to Lee Point.
Lee Point lies within the Darwin CTR, less than five miles north of the airport. From here, follow ATC instructions for joining the circuit.
Pilots are often requested to track direct via the hospital, so make sure you have checked the location of published buildings or landmarks in this area on your VTC during your planning.
The hospital is a prominent landmark to the north of the airport.
Another landmark often used by ATC to ensure separation with departing and arriving traffic to Darwin is the Nightcliff Jetty, on a point to the north-west of the airport.
Note that Restricted Area R262 has been deactivated and replaced by a Danger Area up to 1400ft, to the east-north-east of the airport. It is frequently active. Check your NOTAMs for further advice on status.
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Remember that ATC may ask whether you are LAHSO-approved. Read up on LAHSO procedures in the OnTrack Darwin/Aerodrome/Procedures Overview. If at any time an instruction from ATC is not clear, immediately ask for clarification.
No taxi clearance required. Monitor Ground on 121.80MHz.
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.