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Published June 6th 2014
An Aviator's Paradise
Archer Falls Airfield is a privately owned and operated airfield midway from Woodford to Kilcoy in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and a true aviator's paradise in every sense.
Ron Field had a dream to create a place for flyers, by flyers, with flyers, and over the past twenty five years has developed his property to include two airstrips, and a helipad, nestled at the base of Mount Archer.
He has created pathways and tracks for visitors to explore all through the property and into the mountain rise. Three waterfalls run following heavy rain providing a wonderful backdrop for those who explore the natural rainforest gullies seeking native flora and fauna.
The old winery building is uniquely designed and built by Ron, now the 'clubhouse' for flying activities at the field, featuring a collection of aviation related memorabilia.
Ron welcomes visitors, opening the airfield for use to host charity events, in partnership with local community and service organisations, raising awareness and funds for charity, while inspiring youth in aviation.
On final into Archer Falls Airfield you are looking straight at Mount Archer
I can tell you, having visited Archer Falls on numerous occasions, it is another world and one you won't want to leave. In fact it's likely you will want to return again and bring friends along to share the experience, and discover even more of the delights. It is also a photographers delight, there are so many picturesque scenes, and a plethora of natural delights to be found while you explore the natural habitat of the many native animals who live here.
If you are like me, you will simply wish you could live there for the rest of your life, or at least to explore the rest of the region when you can. Would you like to know more about places in the region? I will be posting articles on the rest of the region's best kept secrets in coming months.
Next time you are looking for somewhere special to fly enjoy the spectacular landscape of Lake Somerset, explore the lush countryside of the hinterland, contact Ron to land at Archer Falls Airfield. If you are planning to arrive by vehicle, take Neurum Road from Woodford ten kilometres and you will arrive at the front gate, flanked on both sides by the old vineyard planted twenty odd years ago.
You may well see Ron tending the property, or taking opportunity to bring his favourite fire engine red Murphy Renegade biplane out for a flight, as he is often asked to fly over local events for visitors to enjoy, reminiscent of days of old.
It is Ron's love of flying, like the good old days, which has been the driving force in his work to create Archer Falls Airfield, in the way that pilots of old were able to take off in paddocks flying over countryside unfettered by bitumen and tarmacs, rather just enjoying pristine landscapes, blue skies and spectacular waterways such as you find in the Somerset region.
If you don't fly yourself, but want to enjoy the experience arriving at Archer Falls, contact Ron and he will be able to put you in touch with a few aviation operators who like to bring visitors to this hidden paradise. You won't be able to believe you are just an hour from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast by road, and as little as half hour flying time from some local airports. Charter operators of light aircraft and helicopters find Archer Falls a favourite to visit, and flying schools often use the airfield for students to practice landings in a natural environment. Some adventurers like to experience the extreme adventure scaling Mount Archer to sail down under chute to the field below, which is an amazing experience whether you try it yourself or simply watch on a beautiful day.
Ron Field is to be congratulated on his creation, Archer Falls Airfield, a true Aviators' Paradise. On a scale of ten, this venue is outstanding, while retaining its country charm. Also onsite are some delightful picnic and camping spots, though bear in mind, it is not a commercial operation, so you will need ask permission, bring what you need, and respect the environment by taking your rubbish with you when you leave.
Donations are accepted and passed to local charities such as the Rural Fire Brigade, Lions, Scouts and other non-profit organisations locally, with a special focus on organisations which provide services to youth. In fact, it's not unusual to find local organisations on site for training, social functions and events as Ron dedicates much time to supporting community. Ron was nominated and awarded Runner Up in the Regional Australia Awards of 2013 for his role in hosting the Archer Falls Airfield Fly In Drive In in partnership with Wings of Life, which raised $10,000 for RFDS, and went on to raise significant funds for local service organisations. Archer Falls Airfield has hosted a wide range of community events over past years, including the Asphalt Demons Invitational Annual, featuring a car show, live music and a host of fun and frivolous activity for lovers of vehicles, young, old and custom.
To contact Archer Falls Airfield for details check out www.archerfalls.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org