Open Day - 16 August 2014



Open Day Information brochure and map

RAAF Base Darwin will welcome the Darwin community at the ‘Pitch Black Open Day’ to be held on 16 August 2014, from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

With the theme ‘Strong International Partnerships – One Community’, the Pitch Black Open Day celebrates Air Force’s bond with our international partners and our local community.

The Open Day acknowledges the long association we have with the Darwin community and the Northern Territory and provides us an opportunity to thank these communities for their support.


Air Force recommends the public to bring sun protection and practical footwear. Food and drinks can be brought on (no glass bottles) or purchased on site. Photography will be permitted in the public areas.

Alcohol and smoking are not permitted on site, and there are no ATM facilities for the public. No animals are allowed on the Base (unless registered assistance dogs)
Public Toilets will be available.

Getting There

A special event bus service will allow the public to park at Darwin Showgrounds on the Stuart Highway, and be transported to RAAF Base Darwin through the Bombing Road Gate. This is the only means for the general public to access the RAAF Base, and pedestrians will be turned away.

Parking, bus transit and entry to RAAF Base Darwin is all provided free of charge. Buses will depart from Darwin Showground from 8.55am until 3pm and conduct round trips throughout the day.

Note that there could be minor traffic disruptions between the Showgrounds and the RAAF Base. Defence highly recommends members of the public carpool to this event.

Showground Parking

The Showground car park access will be via Hook Road off Stuart Highway. The Showground car park exit is to the west onto Hook Road (to join Stuart Highway at the traffic lights).

Disabled parking

Disabled members of the public will be permitted through the Bombing Road Gate at RAAF Base Darwin if their vehicle displays an official ACROD-issued Disabled windscreen sticker. Patrons will then be directed to turn left once inside the gate, and directed to the Disabled car park, near the static display area.

Open Day Map

Open Day Map