Avalon Airport – located in the locality of Avalon in the state of Victoria, Australia – serves the region of western Victoria. It is located around 55 kilometers from capital city Melbourne and about 20 kilometers from the Central Business District of the city of Geelong. As of July 2014 the airport only offers domestic flights and is serviced by Jetstar, with about 5 flights a day to Sydney and Brisbane. However, there are plans to upgrade the airport capabilities so as to be able to support international flights in the future.
To get to Melbourne city from Avalon Airport, one of the easiest ways would be renting a car from an agency at the airport and driving; the airport is connected to the city by the interestingly-named Princess Freeway and is an easy, toll-free route that takes only about 40 minutes. Simply drive along the freeway and take the Avalon turn-off when you see it. Otherwise, bus transfers are also available from the airport to both Melbourne and Geelong. If you’re heading to Geelong or the Surf Coast then the Avalon Shuttle Bus is for you; if not take Sita Coaches which connect the airport to Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne in about an hour.
With buses meeting every departing and arriving flight, public transport has never been so easy. Passengers can choose to book a ticket at the counters in the airport or pre-book their seat on the bus.
What to see and do
Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia, and the capital of the state of Victoria. Vibrant, colorful and exciting, Melbourne offers everything from high-end cuisine, lush parks and gardens even within the city, chic fashion boutiques, hippie cafes and bars as well as historic architecture and a bustling arts scene. Have a stroll in the gorgeous Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne for some fresh air and lush greenery, take a look at the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral that has been around since the 1800s, visit the Old Melbourne Gaol – museum and former prison – or shop to your heart’s content at one of the coolest and largest open air markets in the world, the Queen Victoria Market (so significant to Melbourne’s culture that it is listed on the Australia’s Victorian Heritage Register!)
But if nature is what you’re looking for, you should head to Geelong city from Avalon airport instead. A port city named after the aboriginal name for land or cliffs ‘jilliong’, Geelong offers some spectacular natural beauty in the form of stunning surf beaches, lakes and other natural formations. Relax on the beach or ride the waves in one of the many sandy beaches along the coast, have a look at the uniquely formed You Yangs – granite ridges that rise up to 360meters high – or have a relaxing day at Lake Connewarre, an estuarine lake surrounded by mangroves and just teeming with diverse flora and fauna.