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Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

The Australian International Airshow, also known as the Avalon Airshow, is the biggest airshow in the southern hemisphere, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Held every two years, the Airshow brings together aircraft from different defence forces; including the US Air Force, the US Navy, as well as the Royal Australian Air Force; in a spectacular display of tactics and prowess.

Australian International Airshow Avalon 2023 Dates, Tickets & Accommodation

Every 2nd year the show is held at Avalon Airport; just a 1-hour drive from the Melbourne CBD. The program for the Australian International Airshow is categorised into three sections: the Friday program, the Weekend Program and the Exhibition Program.

The Friday program includes ground exhibits, which will be open to the public from 2pm. There will also be public flight displays from 2pm until around 9pm. The Weekend Program boasts of jaw-dropping flying displays between 10am – 4.30pm coupled with ground displays on each day of the airshow.

Attendees should dress appropriately for this outdoor event, with plenty of sunscreen and hats for warm days as there is little shade. Ear plugs are available on site, but it may be necessary to bring your own for younger patrons. Picnics are able to be brought in, however, alcohol is not permitted. There will also be plenty of food and drink stalls located inside the venue where you can purchase lunch and a cold drink. If you intend to sit and watch the flying displays, you are also welcome to bring your own chair.

Public Transport Victoria offers transport to and from Avalon Airport over the period of the Australian International Airshow. For those driving, use the Princes Freeway to get to the airport from Melbourne where you will be directed to the ample parking space which is a short walking distance from the airshow entry point. Also, why not stay close by in any of the nearby accommodation choices.

The Australian International Airshow will deliver one of the most exciting and diverse flying display programs ever seen in Australia.


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    • Hi Geoff,

      Be that the official Airshow website is extremely limited on information right now, it would be worth contacting the airport directly on 03 5227 9100 – especially since the event is 11 months away.

      Aside form that, it may be also be worth using the Flight Movement Request Form on their website to see if you hear back. Please see https://www.avalonairport.com.au/aircraft-movement-requests.

      Having been in previous years, I do recall seeing commercial Jetstar planes from taking off during the show, so it might be a possibility.


    • Hi Peter,

      There is a campsite in Lara, approx 7km to Airshow site. There are no powered sites available and generators are not permitted due to fire risks. There are showers and toilets on site and there is free shuttle bus service on a regular basis from the campsite to the Airshow site.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Keith,

      I have located the following information posted by the organisers of the previous Airshow events:
      “Visitors to the Australian International Airshow should be aware that the event is not held on a purpose built site and can pose some challenges for the very young, the elderly or those with mobility issues. Every effort has been made to make the site as accessible as possible, however visitors should note there are uneven surfaces throughout many areas.

      Specific facilities are available for those visitors with disabilities, including disabled toilets, rest areas and viewing platforms. A companion card ticket is also available, with the holders of the card given free entry when attending with the person they care for.

      Disabled parking is available near the front entrance for those with the relevant parking stickers. Due to the large number of visitors to the site, car parking can also be some considerable distance from the front entrance, and the site itself is extremely large to walk around.”

      Best regards,

    • Hi Bernard,

      The Australian International Airshow 2017 offers concession tickets for the following persons:
      “Health Care Cards, Pension Cards, Student Cards only accepted. Senior cards are not accepted.”

      Best regards,

  • Hi
    I am coming across from NZ to go to the airshow. I am trying to purchase gold pass tickets but appear to be sold out. I have secured Sunday but require Saturday. Ticketmadter indicates they are available but when trying to get them for Saturday nothing. Is there another web site where people re sell tickets that i can go to and secure.

    Cheers Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      Ticketmaster are the official ticket sellers for the Australian International Airshow. I am not aware of any other reputable places selling gold pass tickets. Sorry, general admission for Saturday may be your best bet.


  • I’ve been trying to book 2 concession General Admissions for Avalon Air Show for Saturday 4th but the Ticketmaster website does not provide an option to choose a specific day. If I go ahead and book a General Admission, does that mean we can attend on our day of choice? Ticketmaster doesn’t seem to have a simple method of getting an answer to my question so thought you may know from previous experience.


    • G’day Hugh,

      General Admission ticket prices for the Avalon Air Show 2017 are per person per day. This means that you purchase one ticket and use it on the day that you wish to attend. No need to select a date. Multiple tickets need to be purchased to attend on two or more days of the event.

      Hope this helps!

    • Hi John,

      I am not aware of any camping sites in or around Avalon. I suppose this is because the biggest attraction is the airbase and there isn’t much else to see around there.

      If you are willing to travel 20 mins to the airshow, then Geelong would be your best bet. If you have time to travel a little further, there are some beautiful campgrounds at Ocean Grove and Queenscliffe. If you enjoy the beach, I would stay down there.

      Otherwise, if you are looking for a bush setting, you will need to travel further north-west to the Brisbane Ranges National Park. Camping bookings must be made in advance.


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