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Essendon Fields

Established in 1921, Essendon Fields is a commercial and community hub located at Melbourne’s first airport, Essendon Airport. The airport has undergone significant development since its privatization in 2001 and now operates as a general aviation facility. It’s home to businesses including car dealerships, a gym, a shopping center, and a café.

What aviation history can I discover?

Essendon Fields has a long history of hosting aviation activities. In 1919, the Aero Club set up on the farmland known as St Johns. In 1923, the airfield became Essendon Aerodrome, a hub for Australia’s growing civil aviation industry. During WWII, it also served as a Defence base. In the 1950s, Essendon Airport became Melbourne’s international airport until 1970 when international flights were transferred to Tullamarine Airport. Domestic flights followed the next year.


What activities can I participate in at Essendon Fields?

In addition to aviation, Essendon Fields offers indoor skydiving at iFly, shopping at DFO Essendon, and a gym. There are also restaurants and cafes on site. Melbourne Helicopters offers scenic helicopter tours of the area and LaManna Melbourne is a great place for grocery shopping.

Bounce Inc is another attraction at Essendon Fields. It’s a trampoline center that spans around 3,000 square meters and has interconnected trampolines, adventure features, padding, and airbags. It’s perfect for high-flying fun.


Did you know they have a car dealership supercentre?

It is is home to a number of car dealerships that offer a wide range of vehicles to suit different budgets and needs. Whether you’re in the market for a new car or looking to trade in your old one, the dealerships at Essendon Fields have you covered.


Essendon Fields is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering a range of activities and businesses to suit a variety of interests. Located at Melbourne’s first airport, Essendon Airport, the site has a long history of hosting aviation activities. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular destination. Essendon Fields is located just 10 minutes from Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport.

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