Buggybuddys member Lisa went along to watch the planes at
Jandakot Airport and this is her review.
Jandakot Airport opened in 1963 and is one of the busiest airfields and largest aviation training bases in Australia. Getting there is easy – from Roe Hwy, take Karel Avenue exit and follow the signs to Jandakot Airport passing Spud Shed on the way. Alternatively, Transperth has just started operating a bus service (515 and 516 bus routes) between Murdoch Station and the airport. Jandakot Airport has a public viewing area and café which is a great place to enjoy a picnic with family and friends.
Aviators Café is open from 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday. A takeaway coffee and muffin will cost you $9 and a bowl of chips and gravy $8.50. Nothing is stopping you from bringing your own picnic and enjoying it on the lawn whilst watching planes and helicopters take off and land.
The public viewing area is located on Eagle Drive, adjacent to
the Air Traffic Control tower and the Aviators Café. It has lush
green lawn and is well shaded by big trees. The area has been
named "Robert J Cross Park" in honour of the first Jandakot
Airport employee. Robert "Bob" Cross was responsible for
maintaining the entire airport site. There are bench seats
located near the boundary fence and there are 4 wooden picnic
tables protected by shelters. The café also has tables and chairs
both inside and out. I’d recommend packing your own chairs and a
Parking is free and there is plenty of it. There is one disabled parking bay near the café and another on the other side of the grassed area near the toilet block. Access to the public viewing area and the café is easy from the car park for wheelchairs and prams.
Public toilets are located not far from the café, one female and one male, disabled access good. They were clean and well maintained with toilet paper and paper towels, but you will need to take your own soap or hand gel.
I would thoroughly recommend this as a place to visit on a fine day.