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There are two VFR approach points from the west: Mt Molloy, to the north of Lake Mitchell, and Mareeba, south of Mareeba township. However you can also use the Biboohra VOR as a reference point.
There are not many visual fixes west of Mareeba. Note that there is a CTAF at the Mareeba strip, so if you are flying close to it you will also need to monitor the CTAF on 126.7.
Obtain the current ATIS and contact Cairns Approach on 126.1 at least 10nm before entering class C airspace.
As you track north-east towards Stoney Creek, look out for the Kennedy Highway which makes a useful line feature.
Be aware of the CTA control steps as you track eastbound towards Stoney Creek, particularly the 2500ft step which juts out to the west past the Kennedy Highway.
Stoney Creek is the lowest section in the terrain to the west of Cairns so it makes a logical inbound waypoint to head for. If you cannot identify it, ask ATC for a vector to assist you.
The minimum altitude to maintain terrain clearance along this route is 2500ft, so you need at least a 3000ft ceiling to maintain terrain and cloud separation.
The Barron River and Cairns airport are visible as you pass the range at Stoney Creek.
When past Stoney Creek, join the Western VFR Corridor north or south, or as otherwise instructed by ATC.
Follow ATC instructions for joining the circuit.
Note: Arriving from the south-west will take you via the Atherton, Lake Tinaroo Reservoir and Gordonvale areas. These are mainly high terrain and the control steps are steep. Be aware that this area has limited VHF coverage below the class C steps, which compromises two-way communication with ATC.
No taxi clearance required. Monitor Ground on 121.7MHz.
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.