Air-Sea-Rescue chopper departing after refuelling

There are two airports servicing Glenelg Shire; Portland Airport and Casterton Airfield, with the Portland Airport being one of the 5 certified airports in Victoria.
Learn more below!

Portland Airport



Portland Airport is a major gateway and transport link in south west Victoria connecting both the domestic business and leisure travel markets to some of Australia’s major capital cities.
The award winning airport is one of five CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) certified airports in Victoria, and the only certified in the south west region, with the capacity to support passenger aircraft 30 seats and greater.
The airport was developed in 1982 to provide for growing business demand borne from the development of Alcoa, one of Australia’s most successful smelting options. During the past three decades trade has grown to support the thriving business community with major customers including the Port of Portland, renewables, manufacturing, mining and forestry sectors in addition to thriving agricultural markets.
Portland Airport is a major gateway to some of Australia’s greatest tourist attractions including the Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park and Coonawarra wine region and Limestone Coast.

During its peak trade the airport supported four daily flights to Melbourne carrying more than 20,000 passengers per year. Week day connections to Adelaide have also been available.

The airport provides a broad range of other services including charter flights, freight, Royal Flying Doctor Services and other commercial business aircraft. It is also an imperative base for emergency service operators and used for Aviation Defence training exercises.
Charter operators are a substantial user of the airfield with regular national business and organisations using the facility in addition to pleasure users.

Key Facts

  • Located in Cashmore - 14km west of Portland
  • 308km from Melbourne by air - 1 hour flying time
  • 357km from Melbourne by road - approx 4.5 hours driving time
  • Size - 128 hectares
  • Aerodome Category Certified Code 3C under Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations - MOS 139a
  • Deregulated as a Security Controlled Airport under the TRansport Security act 2004


Site Specifications

  • Main runway - 08/26-sealed. Length-1616 metres 077 53a PCN 14/F/B/850 (123PSI) T WID 30 RWS 150
  • Secondary runway - 17/35. Length-1180 metres. Unrated Natural Surface 167 39C 5700/550 (80PSI) RWS 90
  • Navigation aids - Random Area Navigation (RNAV) Global positioning satellite (GPS)
  • Lighting Systems comprise of: 
    • Runway 08/26 – low intensity runway lighting, 60M spacing
    • Taxiways A C and D – taxiway centreline lighting
    • Blue Apron Edge Lights
  • Illuminated Wind Indicator
  • Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) lights Left side for Runways 08 and 26 3.0 DEG 39.4FT 
  • Pilot activated
  • Standby Power Available
  • Automatic Weather Information Service (AWIS) Freq 118.75 - Operated and serviced by the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Aircraft parking - RPT Apron Area contains 4 Bays suitable for up to F50 size aircraft
  • GA Area Parking - 4 Bays with tie-down points on seal. unlimited on grass
  • Aviation Fuel Availability – Jet A-1 24 HR Self- Service CC facility
  • AVGAS 24 HR Self-Service CC Facility – Aero club operated – Ph: 0417 163 324
  • Hangar space - Council Owned Hangar currently leased to Aircraft Engineering Contractor
  • Private Hangars, land leasing available for private hangarage proposals
  • Terminal building tenants - Hertz rentals
  • Year of construction - 1982


Terminal Infrastructure

  • Lounge
  • Two car rentals
  • Airline office space
  • Indoor and outdoor toilets
  • Public wi-fi
  • TV screens
  • Conference Room available for Hire
  • Staff Office Space and Kitchen area

Airport Users

Emergency Service Aircraft, including Fire Bombing, Air Ambulance, Police Airwing and Search and Rescue operate regularly to and from the airport.
Defence Aircraft also utilise the airport for training and charter purposes.

There is an Active Aero Club with 24 active members and 14 member owned aircrafts. Bruce Knowles is the Aero Club President and can be contracted on 0438 295 442.

Air Charter Services regularly operate to and from the Airport.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Solutions – Aircraft Engineer Contact: Jeff Wykelsma 0439 311 232.




In 2013 the airport received a AAA industry award for airport of the year, credited for its apron extension works.


Australia’s rural and regional areas are experiencing a renaissance, and the Glenelg Shire is ideally positioned for prosperity as a regional centre for manufacturing, renewables, agriculture, health and transport services. Find out more -Why Invest in Glenelg?

Casterton Airfield

Casterton Airfield has no facilities for commercial passengers. The airfield is 4km south west of the Casterton township. It is used primarily for aircraft landing, take-off, and emergency services.

Prior permission is required before using the airstrip, please get in touch with the Casterton Service Centre on (03) 5554 2444.