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Things to do near Tullamarine Airport

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Whether you have a few hours to spare while you are waiting for your flight at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport or you have an overnight stay, you will be surprised at how much there is do near Tullamarine Airport. 

Most people choose to sit and wait the hours away inside the terminal, but not me. I would instead explore wherever I am in the world, even if I only have a few hours at my disposal so, if you are like me and are ready to explore, keep reading because here is all you need to know about Tullamarine Australia.


Tullamarine Airport is not the only Melbourne Airport. Still, it is the most significant domestic airport and the only international airport in Melbourne, so it is fair to say when you are flying into Melbourne, this is the airport that you will most likely be landing in. 

You will find the information services on the ground floor of the International Terminal. Travellers information services (TIS) are worth a stop because they have everything you need from sim cards to discounted attraction tickets. It is also an excellent place for information about transportation services. 

If you would like to rent a car, Melbourne City is only 30 minutes drive away, and everything else mentioned in this article is within 20 minutes of the airport. 

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Five great reasons to explore the Tullamarine area

Learn to surf 

I know we are miles from any beaches, but only minutes from the airport you can learn to surf at the cities most recent attraction. Urban Surf has it all, from hiring your board to teaching you how to surf all within the safety of well-equipped professionals. If you arent up for a bit of surfing, then play in the lagoon, where you will spend up to 2 hours swimming or riding soft boards. A little something for everyone. Sunday – Thursday: 6 am – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday: 6 am-midnight. 

surf lessons

Shop for some great bargains

If you want a bargain with some great brands, head over to DFO (direct factory outlet), where sales are every day. You will find DFO at 100 Bulla Rd, Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria 3041. You can catch public transport, but an uber or driving is by far the quickest and easiest way. Opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm daily, but get there early if it’s a public holiday or general holiday season, it can get busy. 

shopping near tullamarine

Have lunch at a winery

Yes, this area has it all. A short 16 minute drive away, you will find one of the prettiest places to have lunch. Marnong Estate (accommodation also available) has both casual and fine dining. Book online if you would like to sit inside and enjoy a set menu (dress code applies), or sit outside and eat amongst nature with the cafe serving everything from pizza to picnic foods. It is a beautiful place to have lunch, visit the cellar door or spend the entire day just enjoying that fantastic view. 

Marnong estate

Watch a movie

The closest Westfield is only a 7-minute drive away and can be found at 29 – 35 Louis St, Airport West. Spend a lazy day watching a movie, having lunch at one of the cafes or the food court and browsing the many stores. If you are visiting with kids, then Playworld is free for everyone (but a parent must supervise children at all times). 

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Try an authentic horseriding experience.

Travel just 5 minutes from Melbourne’s International Airport, and you will find Woodlands trail riding. There are riding lessons, horseback tours, and pony rides that you can book online. So whether you are an experienced rider or a novice, the tours will cater to your needs. 

Other ideas in Melbourne 

  • If you think you might like to spend more time in Melbourne, try St Kilda. There is plenty to see and do in this diverse, eclectic beachside suburb. 
  • Yarra valley is always a favourite for any wine lover. From sparkling wine to gin distillery, yep, Yarra Valley has it all.

horse riding tullamarine

Accommodation Recommendations 


The Quest Melbourne airport

A great little apartment with enough space for the entire family to enjoy. With a fitness centre, onsite parking and free airport shuttle service provided, the Quest Melbourne Airport is a 7-minute drive from Tullamarine Airport, so it is a convenient place to stay for your short trip. 


Marnong Estate

Okay, so it isn’t actually in Tullamarine, but it is only 15 minutes drive, and it sure is pretty. The newly restored homestead has private cabins that are stunning and will have you waking up feeling like you may have just hit heaven. There are studio, one and two-bedroom cabins available, all with amazing views. Check out Marnong Estate availability here.

Marnong estate near tullamarine

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