Changes to the plane spotting areas at BNE
In response to COVID-19 and Queensland Government’s Public Health directive, all plane spotting areas at Brisbane Airport, including the Acacia Street loop, will be temporarily closed from 6pm Thursday 9 April 2020.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly and, while we appreciate some in the community may be disappointed, in the current situation we all need to act responsibly. The health and safety of our community will always be our priority.
We thank you for your understanding and ask you to please respect this decision and each other.
Why are you closing the Loop?
With non-essential gatherings now banned, the Loop is being closed to discourage crowds of people (in contravene of the law) that will potentially put others at risk.
Where else can we plane spot?
We encourage all plane spotters at this time to adhere to the Queensland Health directive and only attend the airport where required for work, travel, or to pick up or drop off passengers. Anyone who does not have an essential reason for being at the airport will be asked to leave and may be issued a fine by QPS.
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We’ve spent a lot of time at the airport, so you can trust us when it comes to the best places for plane spotting:
Acacia Street Loop: For the best shots of the runway, bring a zoom 70-300mm lens to the Acacia Street Loop (accessible with free parking from 4.30am-7.30pm) to see RWY19 and RWY01 arrivals and departures. For the best taxiway shots, you may want to consider a ladder for uninterupted views over the fence.
Please note: The Dryandra Road underpass is now open and is the only access to the General Aviation Precinct and Plane Spotters' area at the Acacia Street loop. There is no pedestrian access between the Domestic Terminal and this area.
Boronia Road: For front row seats to a RWY01 and RWY19 take off and landing show, set-up your tripod at Boronia Road from sunrise to 10am. A lens from 50-400mm will best capture the action, depending on your framing. Before getting too enthralled with your photos, please note that Boronia Road is home to a number of businesses, so use this area respectfully and don’t block any driveways.
*** Security note: If you’re using a ladder, please keep three (3) metres clear of the fence.
Da Vinci Boulevard: The approach of RWY01 aircrafts is best captured from 11am onwards at Da Vinci Boulevard. Onsite parking makes this an accessible spot to set up for the afternoon, using (at least) a 20mm lens to capture the sunset as the planes approach in the afternoon light.
Tips for plane spotting:
- Charge your camera battery spotters! Take it from us, there’s nothing worse than coming all this way and realising you’ve flatlined.
- Pack spare batteries for your radio frequency scanner too so you don’t miss a beat.
- Follow the road signage, especially around parking as we need to keep some areas free for emergency vehicles.
- We take security seriously in the airport precinct and ask that you follow all signage and act accordingly.
- With limited undercover areas in these spotting areas we suggest you slip, slop, slap to spot. Depending on the time of day and year, insect repellent won’t go astray either.
- Time your visit for airport peak arrivals and departures by checking our website frequently.
- Turn off your flash when taking photos of aircraft for safety.
- It’s important to comply with any requests from BAC Security staff or the Australian Federal Police. Your safety is our number one concern.
- Be mindful of other plane spotters and share the vantage points so everyone can have a go.
- Please ensure you maintain a three (3) metre distance from the perimeter fence when using a ladder.
Extra tip: If you're out for a long spotting session, remember that the BNE Service Centre is available for bathroom facilities and food outlets.
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