Australian International Airshow - Avalon

Premium Small Group Tour departing 1st March 2023


A leisurely paced, small group 8-day tour escorted from NZ by aviation enthusiasts Kevin & Melanie Salisbury.



Two days at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon with Gold Pass Tickets, B24 Liberator Restoration Museum

RAAF Museum, Shrine of Remembrance, Australian National Aviation Museum, Old Aeroplane Company, Naked Racer & Antique Motorcycles


Tour Itinerary – Avalon 2023


Day 1 – Weds 1st March              Flight to Melbourne                                                                             (L, D)

We depart today at 3.35pm flying Air NZ “The Works” with a meal included, arriving in Melbourne at 5.55pm. We transfer to Mercure Welcome Hotel and settle in to our “Superior” rooms for our 7-night stay including daily breakfast. This evening we have our welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Thurs 2nd March              RAAF Museum & B24 Liberator Museum                                         (B)

A short journey this morning takes us to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook. The museum will have recently reopened after refurbishment and the installation of significant new exhibitions.  In the afternoon we head over to the B24 Liberator Restoration Museum and see the intricate restoration work proceeding in one of the impressive World War II hangars on the old Werribee airfield. This is the only remaining Liberator in the Southern Hemisphere and is one of only eight still existent in the world. We will be treated to an engine run during the afternoon, a P&W 1830 radial engine. This evening we suggest dinner together at the Hofbrauhaus for an evening of entertainment. (own cost)

Day 3 – Fri 3rd March                    Avalon Airshow                                                                                        (B)

Today we explore the showgrounds and take in the first day of flying from the comfort of our Gold Pass grandstand. The evening show finishes with a fantastic firework spectacular. The Australian International Airshow has a strong focus on military aviation, featuring aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force, United States Navy and the United States Air Force. Representatives from other air arms have also appeared at the airshow on many occasions, including aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and many others. It has been said by air show organizers to be the largest air show in the southern hemisphere.

Day 4 – Sat 4th March                   At Leisure                                                                                                   (B)

You may return for a second day at the airshow by public transport (own cost) or stay in Melbourne for a day at leisure. With our hotel in the heart of the city there are plenty of options.

Day 5 – Sun 5th March                   Avalon Airshow                                                                                        (B)

We spend another day at the airshow with Gold Pass tickets.

Day 6 – Mon 6th March                 Shrine of Remembrance                                                                        (B)

This morning we visit the stunning Shrine of Remembrance. Built in 1934, the Shrine is the Victorian state memorial to Australians who have served in war and peacekeeping operations.  You may like to explore the Botanical Gardens nearby and the rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Day 7 – Tues 7th March                Australian National Aviation Museum & Old Aeroplane Co       (B,D)

Today we head to Moorabbin and spend the morning enjoying one of the most significant collections of aircraft and engines in Australia. The collection has some very rare and unique examples of Australian made aircraft, including the oldest surviving Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) aircraft - Wirraway A20-10; a Victa AirTourer and a DAP Mk21 Beaufighter, one of only two Australian made variants left in the country and the only Beaufighter left in the world capable of ground running. The Museum also owns the oldest surviving DAP / Bristol Beaufort which is now part of a massive restoration project. Our lunchtime experience will be at the Naked Racer Café, a museum in itself, full of antique motorcycles. Later we continue to the Old Aeroplane Company to visit the very impressive private collection of Judy Pays. This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner together.

Day 8 – Weds 8th March                Flight to Auckland                                                                                   (B,L)

This morning we will transfer to the airport for our 12.10pm Air NZ “The Works” flight home including lunch, arriving in Auckland at 5.45pm


8 Day Tour including Air NZ economy return flights from Auckland    


$ 3595 per person twin share         

$ 795 single room supplement if required

$ 2795 land only joining at the hotel

$ 2870 land only including airport transfers to the hotel

A refundable deposit of $200 is required on booking, full balance due by 1st December

For bookings after 1st December, the full balance is payable within 7 days

Please ask if you would like any variations to the above arrangements. We are quite flexible! Costs subject to availability.


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