Note to all, planes are flying at Sydney again with more and more coming back each day as borders are opening across Australia and the world. Go enjoy the sights and sounds and remember to stay safe.
This past week Sydney Airport reopened Shep’s Mound in honour of plane spotter Bruce C. Shepherd. With 2 raised platforms, a parking area and lots of grass to watch planes from this new spot is an amazing upgrade on the old version which was a dirt area with some hills that made for fun 4WDing in the car.
For more information on great locations to plane spot in Sydney, head over to my Sydney Plane Spotting Guide. You might also want to check out my Shep’s Mound Walkaround Video.
The view here will not disappoint with planes taking off and landing on RWY34L16R and taxiing past every few minutes.
You also have an unobstructed view of the T1 International Terminal which features most of the larger planes we all love.
The seating area even features some history of the airport in graphical form and makes for an interesting read.
To find Shep’s Mound you just need to look out for the control tower, it’s right next door.
Coming from the south on General Holmes Drive, turn left at the BP service station and drive to the T intersection, turn left and follow the road around until the end then turn into the carpark.
From the other direction you can exit to the Domestic Terminal and turn left into Ross Smith Avenue and follow it around to the left and right at the end you’ll find the viewing area.
You can find this and more plane spotting locations in Sydney on my Sydney Plane Spotting Guide.
I haven’t made it to Shep’s Mound in months now, it’s been too quiet at the airport to make the journey from the northern most reaches of Sydney. Has anyone else been lately? What’s it like? Busy? Quiet?