Aka. The Avalon Air Show is held every 2 years at Avalon Airport just outside Geelong (In Lara, to be exact).
The public show runs for 3 days at the end of February / start of march over Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Friday night attendees being treated to the “wall of fire” (A big pyrotechnic show).
The event is a must for any fan of planes and military hardware. This year the event was billed “Air power in action,” which notably featured the Australian Air Forces first pair of F35A JSF’s and the Americans bringing a trio of F22 Raptors including a flying demonstration.
Aside from the static displays of civilian aircraft like private jets (let’s face it, private jets are not nearly an interesting as 5th gen stealth fighters) and military might, there is an enlistment station if that’s something you’re looking into, interactive displays where you get to play with equipment such as putting on bomb defusal armour and booths in the trade area with set ups from the biggest names in defence.
Prices, of course, are on the high side, given the few food choices in literally the middle of nowhere (expect to pay $5 for a bottle of water and $6 for soft drinks) and if driving… be prepared for some intense traffic. We had left 1.5 hours early and it still took 2 hours to leave the car park and reach the entrance road.
Adult (15 years and over) $65.00
Child (5-14 years) $30.00
Children (under 5) Free
Family Ticket (2A + 4C) $130.00
Extra child (5-14 years of age) $10.00
Concession / Student* $50.00
- Public transport on train and then shuttle bus
- Private charter flights for you ballas out there
As the air show keeps getting record breaking attendance every time, the traffic nightmare will only get worse. Best park in Melbourne CBD and get a train out to Lara and get the shuttle bus. Save yourself the petrol money and stress.
There is absolutely no cover, I have been sunburnt (again) after applying SPF50+ sunscreen twice in 5 hours. Bring a hat or even and umbrella, in fact, bring a backpack with more sunscreen to reapply a lot.
Going with the family? Why not make some food beforehand and bring a picnic rug and have a family picnic with some jets roaring by.