Moorabbin Airport (SYD)
Moorabbin Airport is one of the southern hemisphere’s busiest airports, and, by aircraft movements, was Australia’s second-busiest in 2011. It has been operating since 1949, and is, according to Moorabbin Airport Corporation, who have operated it on a long-term lease from the Commonwealth since 1998, “one of Australia’s premier general aviation and pilot training airports”.
The airport is about 25 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD. Its terminal building is open during regular business hours, and there is public parking nearby to this. 50-plus aviation organisations and more than 10 flying schools use the five-runway airport, which was named the Australian Regional Airport of The Year for 2006-2007.These include King Island Airlines, Moorabbin Aviation Services and the Royal Victorian Aero Club. There are several restaurants south of the airport, on Lower Dandenong Road.
The site also includes the Australian National Aviation Museum (Moorabbin Air Museum), owned and run by the Australian Aircraft Restoration Group and covering military and civilian planes. It is open Wednesday to Sunday. Established in 1962, its collection includes more than 50 machines.
Car Rental & Transport
Car rental outlets nearby include Europcar, Rent Me a Car and Hertz in Cheltenham, west of the airport, and Budget Car and Truck Rental Highett (north-west). The 828 Public Transport Victoria bus stops on Centre Dandenong Road, just north of the airport, and serves the Hampton - Berwick Station route via Southland SC route. The nearest train station is at Cheltenham, three kilometres away.
Melbourne’s climate is moderate oceanic, with average high and average low temperatures of 25.9 and 14.3 degrees Celsius in January, and 13.5 and 6.0 in July.