Essendon Fields Expo – First Essendon Airport Open Day in a Generation

26.04.2016 – 05:04 am

Essendon Fields, including the iconic Essendon Airport, is opening its doors giving you a first-hand look into the world of aviation, tourism and employment.

For the first time in over 30 years, you can access the tarmac to mingle amongst millions of dollars’ worth of corporate jets, helicopters, emergency aircraft and historic planes like the iconic DC3 Gooney Bird.

The day will also give interested attendees the chance to meet major employers like Hyatt Place Hotel, Peter Rowland Catering, Linfox and LaManna Direct.

Essendon Fields CEO, Chris Cowan, is thrilled to provide people with this experience and looks forward to people enjoying the day, taking in the diverse offer at Essendon Fields.

“Aviation is at the centre of everything we do at Essendon Fields. At the Expo we encourage everyone to get up close to a range of old and new aircraft that operate out of Essendon Airport.

“This is also a great opportunity for local jobseekers to meet with some of Essendon Fields' employers and find out more about job opportunities and how to apply in the future. Attendees can register to receive job alerts from Essendon Fields' businesses on our website,,’’ added Chris.

The Expo will also showcase the tourism product available out of Essendon Fields with a range of operators offering one-day only exclusive specials. Among the travel offers available exclusively to you on the day, Free Spirit Airlines will offer flights to Burnie for just $72 and Heli Experiences has scenic flights over Melbourne for just $75 per person. For golfers who like playing Australia’s most exotic golf courses, Air Adventure will be offering 10% off any golf tour booked (min 4 players) to Barnbougle and King Island.

“There will also be a range of other activities on the day – everything from jumping castles at Kinder Haven child care centre to free whisky tours and tastings at New World Whisky Distillery or the chance to step back in time at the Airways Aviation Museum. Some of Melbourne’s best food trucks will also be here,” added Chris.

The Bully Zero Australia Foundation, the well-known charity and community safety activist which is also based at Essendon Fields, will have its Ambassadors Clint Bolton, James Liotta, Johnny Di Francesco and Emmanuel Kelly on-site throughout the day to discuss the important issue of bullying.

“This really is a once in a generation opportunity considering the last time Essendon Airport had an Open Day was in 1984. In fact, The Rotary Club of Strathmore was heavily involved in our Open Day back in 1984 and I’m pleased that they are involved with us again as our official event partner,” concluded Chris.

The Essendon Fields Expo will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday May 1.