Largest Australian and New Zealand airports (by acreage)


Alice Springs Airport - Source: catprojects.co.au

Alice Springs Airport – Source: catprojects.co.au

Below is a list of the largest commercial aviation airports in Australia and New Zealand as measured by total acreage (using hectares and then multiplying by 2.471). Finding this land data proved to be more difficult than one would think it should be, as in most cases it took downloading and reading the individual master plans or annual reports for each airport. Unfortunately, even this level of research was not always successful. To this planner, the total land area of an airport seems to be a key piece of data that should always be easy to find.

Those commercial airports with at least 200,000 passengers for whom data could not be found are listed in a separate list.

  1. Alice Springs, NT, Australia = 8,772 acres
  2. Brisbane, QLD, Australia = 6,672 acres
  3. Melbourne (Tullamarine), VIC, Australia = 5,849 acres
  4. Perth, WA, Australia = 5,201 acres
  5. Melbourne (Avalon), VIC, Australia = 4,332 acres
  6. Auckland, New Zealand = 3,707 acres
  7. Sydney (Kingsford Smith), NSW, Australia = 2,242 acres
  8. Port Hedland, WA, Australia = 2,422 acres
  9. Christchurch, New Zealand = 2,192 acres
  10. Broome (proposed new), WA, Australia = 1,977 acres
  11. Adelaide, SA, Australia = 1,940 acres
  12. Karratha, WA, Australia = 1,784 acres
  13. Darwin, NT, Australia = 1,522 acres
  14. Hobart, TAS, Australia = 1,404 acres
  15. Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast), QLD, Australia = 1,075 acres
  16. Gold Coast, QLD, Australia = 894 acres
  17. Rockhampton, QLD, Australia = 877 acres
  18. Melbourne (Essendon), VIC, Australia = 765 acres
  19. Melbourne (Moorabbin), VIC, Australia = 726 acres
  20. Mackay, QLD, Australia = 675 acres
  21. Mildura, VIC, Australia = 591 acres
  22. Lauceston, TAS, Australia = 445 acres
  23. Cairns, QLD, Australia = 400 acres
  24. Broome (International), WA, Australia = 381 acres
  25. Queenstown, New Zealand = 339 acres
  26. Nelson, New Zealand = 319 acres
  27. Wellington, New Zealand = 270 acres
  28. Gladstone, WA, Australia = 221 acres

SOURCES: en.wikipedia.org and the master plans/websites/annual reports of each airport

Brisbane Airport - Source: sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

Brisbane Airport – Source: sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

Could not find data on total hectares or acreage on the following airports – any feedback is most welcome.

  • Albury
  • Ayers Rock
  • Ballina-Byron
  • Canberra
  • Dunedin, NZ
  • Coff’s Harbour
  • Hamilton Island (Great Barrier Reef)
  • Kalgoorie-Boulder
  • Mildura
  • Mount Isa
  • Newcastle (Williamtown)
  • Newman
  • Port Macquarie
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Townsville (joint use facility with the RAAF)
  • Wagga Wagga
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