Heritage Centres

Air Force has a proud heritage. Established in 1921, the Royal Australian Air Force is the second-oldest independent air force in the world. Most military aviation enthusiasts would know the RAAF Museum at Point Cook Victoria as the iconic place to learn about RAAF aviation history. Air Force also has a number of regional Aviation Heritage Centres located at air bases in NSW and QLD which are run in partnership with local communities.

RAAF Aviation Heritage Centres are managed by the Air Force History and Heritage Branch with a locally based RAAF Reserve Officer as OIC and staffed by volunteers from the local community some of whom are current or retired RAAF members.  The Aviation Heritage Centres showcase the history and heritage of the Air Force in both peace and war at their respective location.

The focus is to present the role of the base in projecting Air Power in the defence of Australia and, importantly, the special relationship between each base and their local community. While each centre is smaller than the RAAF Museum, volunteer staff guide visitors to view an eclectic collection of artefacts that cover much more than just retired aircraft, including  uniforms, vehicles, photographic displays, ground equipment and personal records. These stories should appeal to those broadly interested in history, not just military aviation.

RAAF Base Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre

RAAF Base Amberley
South Amberley Road
Amberley QLD 4306
Phone Number: (07) 5361 1245
Website: www.raafamberleyheritage.gov.au

Open on the third Sunday of each month.
9am to 3pm
Entry is free.

The Centre is open to the public on the third Sunday of every month, February through to November, 9am – 3pm. Please bring a completed Public Open Day Application form with you, which is available for download on the Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre website under ‘visit the centre’. Public open day admission to the RAAF Base ceases at 2:30pm

To reach RAAF Base Amberley from Brisbane, follow the Centenary Highway to Yamanto, then the Cunningham Highway, to the RAAF Base turnoff at Willowbank.

The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre welcomes pre-arranged community groups and schools arriving together by minibus, bus or coach to visit us on our weekday openings, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am – 3pm. Bookings are essential.

RAAF Base Townsville

Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm, other times by appointment.
Phone: 07 4752 1712

Opening hours are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 0900 to 1200 hours.
Sunday – 1000 to 1600 hours.
Groups by Appointment

The RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre has a number of indoor and outdoor display areas which feature the history of the RAAF in Townsville in war and peacetime.

RAAF Base Wagga Aviation Heritage Centre

RAAF Base Wagga
Sturt Highway
Wagga Wagga NSW 2651
Switchboard: 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 3623)

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
10am to 4pm.
Entry is free.

The RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre showcases Air Force history along with representing the significant involvement of the RAAF in the Riverina Region of New South Wales. The static aircraft display adjacent to the Heritage Centre represents over sixty years of RAAF flying history and is accessible for public viewing.

Current aircraft on display include a Canberra bomber; Meteor, Mirage and Sabre jet fighters; and a Winjeel basic trainer.

Fighter World - RAAF Base Williamtown Aviation Heritage Centre

RAAF Base Williamtown
49 Medowie Road,
Williamtown NSW 2314
Phone Number: (02) 4965 1810
Website: www.fighterworld.com.au

Open everyday* from10am-4pm
*except Christmas Day

Admission Prices:
Adult $15
Child (5-17) $10
Family $40

A recent agreement authorises Fighter World to operate as the RAAF Williamtown Aviation Heritage Centre and continue its dedication to preserving the proud history of fighter aircraft operations in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Fighter World is a totally ‘hands on’ experience with exhibits in two hangars. Visitors can walk around, touch and look into the cockpits of such famous aircraft as the Mirage III, the Avon Sabre, the Gloster Meteor, the first Vampire jet built in Australia and, new in 2013, the F-111.

Other Links

You may also be interested in the RAAF Museum at Point Cook, Victoria.
The Air Force History and Heritage Branch is the source of authoritative information on RAAF history and heritage.