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Visit to Archerfield Airport

  • 22 Jun 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Archerfield
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Treks & Activities Event

Brisbane’s 2nd Airport, at Archerfield, has had its geographic and historical footprint on S W Brisbane for almost 100 years. Historian Peter Dunn OAM will host a visit to the Airport for RGSQ members and will provide a fascinating account of the establishment of the airport through to its current operations, and including the important, and perhaps not well known role that the airport played in WW II. A conducted tour of the Historical Displays and War Rooms will also feature. Peter’s presentation will be conducted in the Departure Lounge of the airport (seating available). The tour of the display rooms will require standing.

The adjacent God’s Acre Cemetery at the entrance to the Airport, equally has a story to tell, and Robin Barke, who has had a long association with Archerfield, will provide a talk and conduct a walk around the resting places of a number of the early pioneers and settlers of the broader Archerfield district. No seating is available for this segment of the visit.

The Event will commence at 10.00 am, and our time at Archerfield, and the Event will finish at about 12.30 pm.

For participants inclined to add an hour or so the outing, there are a couple of lunch options: 

  •  Visit the nearby Oxley Common (about a 5 min drive from the airport) for a (BYO) picnic lunch. There are good facilities (BBQ, covered tables, toilets) and walks along Oxley Creek and into the associated wetlands, all fully recovered from the floods of a year ago. 
  • Souths Sports Club (in the Acacia Sports Complex, off Mortimer Road), about a 2 min drive from the airport, for the usual club-style meal, at participants cost.

Cost: $10 per person (member); $20pp (non-member)

Access: By car is the most convenient, and parking in the Airport Car Park (off Beaty Road) is available. Please be aware that the area around the airport is ‘trucking central’, and large road transport units operate everywhere.

BCC bus services operate to the area.

Please register on-line. Participant numbers are limited to 20. A wait list will be operated. Peter Dunn OAM and Robin Barke have agreed to provide a repeat event later in the year if required.

Event Coordinator: Roger Grimley. If you have any questions please email

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