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The Qantas Club Lounge ahead of boarding my flight. It was late morning and not as crowded as in peak periods but the flights themselves were packed with NSW Blues football supporters travelling to Brisbane for the State of Origin clash in the evening. They would have returned disappointed after yet another convincing defeat at the hands of the Queensland Maroons.
The ascent from Sydney Airport minutes after take off, flying over Sydney's eastern suburbs with Bondi Beach prominent on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and Royal Sydney Golf Club the large green expanse to the left.
About 40 minutes into the flight, the seemingly endless string of coastal beaches on the eastern rim of the New South Wales north coast.
About 55 minutes into the flight and now on descent into Brisbane flying over Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast with the dozens of little dots actually being high rise towers, the tallest of which is the 70 storeys tall Q1 building.