Our 3 year old is going through a stage of wanting to be a pilot. So, instead of our usual outing to the park and shops, today we decided to indulge him with a visit to the Bankstown airport.
Bankstown airport is the second largest airport in Sydney, with easily accessible parking and no parking fees!
It has a fascinating history, beginning with its establishment in 1940s when it was known as the RAAF Station Bankstown, and played a prominent part in Australia's involvement in WWII.
The entire road to Bankstown airport is clearly marked with well-placed road signs, making it so easy to find - even without a map.
The Passenger Terminal of the airport can be found at the very end of Airport Ave, which begins as a cross-road with Marion Street (George's Hall).
Although the Bankstown Passenger Terminal looks very small, it's unique feature is an open area that allows for a close-up view of the airport goings-on, with the aircrafts only meters away.
With a table and benches, it makes for a unique morning tea venue for you and your little one.
During our visit we observed a diverse range of light aircrafts, including helicopters, arriving and departing. We also saw aviation fuel trucks at work and ground-based controllers directing the airport traffic. We even saw a few passengers departing and alighting from planes.
If you eventually manage to get your little one back to the car, adjoining the airport (within a close drive) there are: ALDI, Bunnings Warehouse and a McDonalds restaurant. There are also many nearby parks within a short drive along the Henry Lawson Drive, for example, the Mirambeena Regional Park.
Next time you are passing through the Georges Hall area, consider following the signs to the Bankstown airport - it will give your little pilots plenty to talk about.