IN FOCUS: Taking the hassle out of holidays

Everything you need is right by the gate, making your journey more relaxing. (Photo supplied)

By Carole Levy

“You’ve no doubt noticed that the days are longer, the nights are getting warmer, the footy is over, and we’ve all made that confusing clock switch to daylight saving time,” says Avalon Airport’s chief executive Justin Giddings.

“Which means that we’re well and truly into spring – which means it’s time to book that summer holiday before everything books out.”

Justin says that if you’re like most people, you want your holidays to be relaxing the moment you leave your house.

Who wants to wrestle traffic, pay tolls, park so far away from the terminal that you need to catch a bus, only to wait uncomfortably in queues, and walk for what feels like miles to the gate?

Take advantage of the toll-free drive to Avalon Airport – a simple, straightforward journey which means that you don’t lose your cool before you’ve hardly started.

Justin also praises the ease of parking – right in front of check-in; it’s just a quick stroll from both short and long-term parking. On the other hand, for those wanting to avoid driving altogether, SkyBus has a dedicated stop in Werribee, with amazing family deals.

“There are no long queues at check-in at Avalon,” Justin says, “and it’s simple getting through security and/or immigration. You’re in the terminal quicker than you can say, “I can’t believe how fast check-in is at Avalon!”

“Once you’re at the gate, find a spot, get comfy and settle in, because you’re not going to have to move until your flight is called.”

Everything you might need is right by the gate: café, bar, free WiFi, mobile charging stations, duty-free and newsagency.

All you need to do is decide on a beautiful destination. Here are some ideas:

Jetstar flies direct from Avalon to the Gold Coast, Adelaide, and Sydney – so a holiday in the Barossa, or at Kingscliff or the Blue Mountains fits easily on the travel agenda.

AirAsia flies direct to Kuala Lumpur and then onwards. Amritsar, Phuket, Penang and Ho Chi Minh City are just a few of the more than 150 stunning destinations you can fly on to – each one with fantastic
low fares.


Avalon Airport, 80 Beach Road, Lara. Inquiries: 5227 9100 or