Newcastle Williamtown Air Show 2023 flying display

Air Force and the City of Newcastle will present a fantastic opportunity to watch the fleet of Air Force aircraft from around Australia in action. Vintage World War II and Vietnam War era planes will also perform exciting air displays and flypasts.

There are two flying sessions, which are a similar format and where feasible will feature the same aircraft:

  • 10am – 12.30pm and
  • 1.30pm – 4pm

In addition to flying displays, there will be ADF and community displays at the Newcastle Foreshore.

Where to watch - Newcastle’s Nobby’s Beach and Foreshore Park are the best places to watch the over-water flying displays. Stockton Foreshore also offers the chance to see the aircraft as they fly over the ocean and along the Hunter Estuary.

Check out the flying display map to plan your day.

For more event information please visit the City of Newcastle webpage.


Air Force will showcase the full suite of current aircraft and some historic aircraft from No. 100 Squadron.

Find out more about our aircraft:

There are two flying sessions, which are a similar format and where feasible will feature the same aircraft:

  • 10am – 12.30pm:
    1. 100SQN historic aircraft - CT4, Wirraway, Winjeel, Hudson/Mustang/Spitfire and Canberra
    2. F-35A Lightning II
    3. C-27J Spartan
    4. Roulettes
    5. E-7A Wedgetail
    6. P-8A Poseidon
    7. Pilatus PC-21
    8. KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport
    9. AP-3C Orion
    10. F/A-18F Super Hornet + EA-18G Growler
  • 1.30pm – 4pm
    1. MXS-R Matt Hall Racing
    2. 100SQN historic aircraft – Hudson, Mustang, Spitfire and Canberra
    3. F-35A Lightning II
    4. C-27J Spartan
    5. Roulettes
    6. E-7A Wedgetail
    7. P-8A Poseidon
    8. Pilatus PC-21
    9. KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport
    10. AP-3C Orion
    11. F/A-18F Super Hornet + EA-18G Growler

The flying program is subject to change due to aircraft availability and operational requirements.


There will be significant road closures within the Newcastle CBD, with all roads east of Watt Street closed with access to residents only.

Public transport is the best way to get to and from Newcastle, with extra train, bus, ferry and light rail services scheduled.

We recommend you plan ahead, and allow extra time and be patient. Plan your journey by using the tools available. More public transport information will be available closer to the date at and

Information on road closures will be available on closer to the event.

Train. In addition to the regular timetable, extra trains will run along the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter lines, to coincide with show times.  The closest train station to Foreshore Park is Newcastle Interchange. From there, catch the light rail to the Newcastle Beach stop, which is a short walk to the event. You can also walk to the foreshore from the interchange, following the signage in place.

A Park and Ride option will be available at McDonald Jones Stadium with buses travelling between the Stadium and Newcastle all day. Motorists could also consider parking at commuter car parks at key stations along the Central Coast, Hunter and Newcastle lines including Wyong, Morisset and Fassifern then continue the remainder of the journey up to Newcastle by train.

A Park and Walk option is available at Stockton, where viewing areas are only a short walk.

What to bring

  • Cameras, but no drones
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Ear muffs or plugs
  • Water
  • Picnic food or take advantage of the many food vendors, cafes and restaurants
  • Fold-up chairs or picnic blankets

For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

Flying schedule

  • The Air Show will have two flying displays
  • 10am to 12.30pm
  • 1.30pm to 4pm

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