Jet Tour

Jet Tour - Qantas Founders Museum
Jet Tour

The Jet Tour is a 90 minute (1.5hrs) experience which takes you behind the scenes on our two jet aircraft, the Boeing 747 and 707. You’ll also view our DC-3 and marvel at the changes in airliner design technology since the 1930s.

The Tour begins at the 747 with a walkaround inside and out, showing you features such as the Lavatory Service Hatch, Traffic Collision Avoidance System, Flight Recorders (the Black Box) and many other systems, all explained in layman’s terms by our experienced tour guides. Outside, you’ll discover the secrets of the engines, undercarriage and wings, inside, you’ll learn how to “arm the doors”, check out the top deck and have a peek at the flight deck and crew rest area.

Our 707 is an aircraft like no other. Learn about the aircraft’s unique history as the first Boeing 707 sold outside of the United States, its first days with Qantas, its conversion to a luxury charter jet to the rich and famous including its time as the personal jet of a Saudi prince. Still sporting the luxury interior, you can get to see how the other half lived; check out the fine timber, crystal and gold plated fittings. This aircraft is one of four Boeing 707-138s remaining in existence.

The tour also stops beside our DC-3 and tells the history of DC-3 service with Qantas to destinations such as Papua New Guinea.

There are very few places in the world where you can tour fully equipped aircraft like this. Whether you’ve never flown before or fly all the time for work, it’s a fair bet you’ve never seen a jet up close like this before!

747 Wing Walk Tour Add On

Boeing 747 Wing Walk

The 747 Wing Walk Tour is an extra 45 min personalised tour, for no more than six people. It consists entirely of features not included on the standard Jet Tour and showcases parts of the Boeing 747 which larger groups cannot access. Our experienced guide will show you the rear pressure bulkhead and horizontal stabiliser assembly beyond the pressurised part of the fuselage. You’ll also inspect the cargo hold underneath the main cabin. Then there’s the chance to sit in the pilot’s seat and have our guide show you what some of the many switches and buttons do! The tour concludes with a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk on the wing of the 747, safely strapped into a harness and attached to a static line, where you can enjoy the most unique view of the aircraft to be found anywhere! The Wing Walk Tour is only available for guests 12 years or older and all participants must wear enclosed shoes for the tour. Children aged between 12 and 17 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Platinum Tour

Sit in the cockpit of the Boeing 747

Available only by advance booking, the Platinum Package is our premium experience of all the museum has to offer. The experience starts with a three hour guided tour for no more than six people of the Boeing 747 and 707 including the Jet Tour, access to the private rooms of the 707 and a Wing Walk on both jet aircraft, the only place in the world to do it!  After your tour, you have the rest of the day to explore the museum and enjoy a meal in our McGinness’ Restaurant using your meal voucher before leaving with your 6×9 photo from your tour. The Platinum Package is only available for guests 12 years or older and all participants must wear enclosed shoes for the tour.Children aged between 12 and 17 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Flight Simulator Experience

The Museum is home to the world’s only Bristol Fighter simulator, the aircraft Qantas founders Paul McGinness’ and Hudson Fysh flew together during World War One. Once you have flown the Bristol (which is included in your museum admission), try our Lockheed F-35 simulators to experience a near 100 year leap in technology! Sessions for the F-35 simulators are 30 minutes and can be booked at the front counter of the museum. Bookings are essential.

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F-35 Simulator