Avalon Airport (AVV)

Avalon Airport was opened in 1953, had its first passenger flight in 1995, and is the second-busiest airport serving Melbourne. It is leased by the federal government to Linfox, and is located 55 kilometres south-west of Melbourne and 19 kilometres north-east of Geelong. The single-runway airport also hosts the Australian International Airshow every second year.  The airport has cafe, bar and snack facilities, as well as a dedicated area for children, Avalon Kids Zone, in the departures terminal.

Transport & Car Hire

There are service desks for rental car companies Budget, Europcar and Avis in the arrivals hall. Travellers will also find a service area for Sita Coaches, which runs an Airport Bus from the airport the Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station in the city’s CBD. The desk for Avalon Airport Shuttle is not far away, and this operator takes passengers to Geelong, as well as to the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road.A taxi rank is just outside the terminal, and secure parking is also available.

Tourist Attractions

Nearby Geelong features attractions including the National Wool Museum and the Geelong Botanic Gardens. The gardens have themed displays that are changed regularly in the Pit Glass House’s Curiosity Cabinet. The National Wool Museum showcases the history of the commodity in Australia, and is in Geelong’s waterfront precinct. There are four galleries and one of the standout displays is a century-plus-old Axminster Jacquard carpet loom. On the water, Cunningham Pier has a selection of restaurants, and Geelong’s Eastern Beach is a popular local swimming spot. The famous Great Ocean Road, the world’s biggest war memorial, begins at Torquay, just south of Geelong.

The local climate is temperate, with an average maximum and average minimum temperature of 24.4 and 12.9 degrees Celsius in January, and 13.9 and 5.4 in July.

Airlines to Avalon

Avalon Airport is served by Jetstar, flying to and from Sydney and Brisbane.