RDP: Delay


Who hasn’t spent time hanging around an airport due to some unforeseen delay?

Jet taking off at Tullarmarine Airport, Melbourne.
A Jet taking off at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne.

The first time I ever flew was back in 1977 and my flight was delayed in departing from Melbourne for something like 9 hours. The first few were not too bad. I’d never been to an airport before and David was with me so we explored, we looked at the planes from many different airlines, we got something to eat. I didn’t want to leave the airport because I had no idea how long my flight would be held up. No handy apps to let you know back then. In the end, David had to leave, he had come to Melbourne to see me off on my trip but I had to see him off as he was getting the train back to Adelaide that night. I read the book I had brought to take on the plane and when we eventually took off sometime around midnight I waved away the flight attendant who was serving dinner (at 1 am) and went to sleep.

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Virgin Airlines passenger jet from 2013.
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Waiting to board

That was probably my worst experience with airport delays. I don’t fly that often but if I go on a holiday or to visit friends and family in Adelaide or Melbourne I generally have to fly. Hobart airport is so small that there really is not much to do, the larger airports in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide offer a few more places to eat and a few more shops but as I don’t have a great interest in fashions, shoes or bags they don’t really hold my interest. I usually visit the newsagents and may buy a book or a magazine but generally, technology is what gets me through long waits if I’m on my own.

Domestic Terminal Melbourne.
Domestic Terminal Melbourne.

Flying to and from Adelaide from Hobart usually involves a change of planes in Melbourne or sometimes Sydney. Occasionally they can be three or more hours. So what do I do? Well, I usually try to travel with my camera in my hand luggage so I can use the downtime to take some photos at the airport. I also have my Kindle for reading and I take advantage of free wifi at the airport to read blog posts, answer comments and sometimes even write something. Most of the photos in this post were taken while I was entertaining myself during an airport layover.

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How much time is this going to save you really?


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Those runways are a big help if you have trouble walking! My worst hangup was more than 40 hours at Heathrow. We weren’t allowed out of the lounge because we were from out of country, so they left us there, sitting on our suitcases for the whole time. I have never voluntarily flown British Airways since.

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    • Oh nearly two days at Heathrow must have been deadly. Why do airlines treat people so badly? I would never fly with local carrier Jetstar after two female employees stood and watched Naomi and I struggle with their “self check in” in Melbourne. We had a suitcase, hand luggage and a handbag each and all they did was tell us how to use it. Didn’t want to ruin their nails I guess. We found the runways in Singapore’s Changi airport helpful but the one in Sydney I photographed is really short so it seemed a bit pointless.


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