A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published December 10th 2013
Fascinated with how the airport & port works?
Most people take the daily operations of the airport and the port for granted but smooth operations depend on a lot of planning and co-ordination. There is no better way to learn how things operate other than to observe it first-hand.
If you have a fascination of transport and large infrastructure, you don't need to be an employee to learn about their mechanics. Members of the community can now organise tours of both the Port of Brisbane and the Brisbane Airport.
Most people view the airport as a place where they meet their loved ones, go for a holiday or wave a friend goodbye. It is a place where they can stare at the large aeroplanes taking off and landing - some with fascination, some with anticipation and some with wistfulness.
If you are one of those who view the airport with fascination, wondering how it all comes together and what is required behind the scenes to ensure a smooth operation, your inquiring questions will soon be answered.
Your journey into the world of aviation begins with a fully-guided, interactive tour. Structured for community groups, students in grades 11 and up, professionals and university students, the tour takes you on a visit of current infrastructure projects and focuses on general airport operations and expansion plans.
For behind the scenes action, you will have the opportunity to visit the aircraft maintenance precinct and the freight and logistics precinct. If you have an interest in a career in aviation, this is a great opportunity for you to ask any burning questions you may have about the profession.
There are self-guided tours available for grades 10 and under. Minimum size for the tour group is 10 people and the tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Free tours are available on weekdays between 9am and 1pm and must be booked in advance. Groups will have to bring their own bus. To book a tour, contact the community relations officer on 61 7 3406 3192.
Port of Brisbane Tour
The Port of Brisbane provides a range of tour options, with 1 hour Explorer tours or specially catered group community and school tours.
The Explorer Tour is a land bus tour where you can observe the daily activities of the port and learn how the port operates, how it remains sustainable and view its efficiency first-hand.
You will have a tour guide available to answer your questions and to explain what is happening. The bus departs the Port of Brisbane Port Office on Tuesday and Wednesday at 12.30pm and it costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and concessions and $5 for children 12 and under.
School tours are free on Mondays but a bus has to be provided. Definitely a great educational experience for the little ones! To make a booking, you can contact 07 3258 4888. Educational resources are also available on their website.