Arguably the foremost fighter base in Australia with scores of based jets. Since 2005 it has an ever increasing amount of civil traffic as well because it doubles as Newcastle airport.
North of runway 12/30 the military ramps and hangars are situated. Newcastle airport's terminal is south of the runway, in the southeast corner of the airfield. It can be reached off road 121. Also, a facility of BAE systems is here, this is just west of the terminal area, the Hawks were assembled here.
The base is north of Newcastle along road nr.121. Coming from the south, the base is about 130 km north of Sydney, you have to stay on the Sydney-Newcastle freeway until you reach the roundabout where it ends. Make a right onto Rd.15 New England Hwy. Upon reaching the waterfront, head left for the Pacific Highway northbound, Highway 1. After crossing the water, make a right onto Rd.122. When you reach road 121, make a left again. Continue on this road, it leads past the threshold of runway 30, the base gate and museum entrance.
Alternatively, stay on the Pacific highway and take Richardson Road, from the village of Raymond Terrace. Do not forget to get the F-86 that is in the village along Adelaide street! This road will bring you to Rd.121 Medowie road as well, going right on the roundabout, but you will approach from the north now.
Around the Airport
1Fighterworld museum & runway 30 approach
There is only one good spot and luckily it is an excellent one. From the Fighterworld museum you can view all approaching traffic to runway 30 and the taxi way to it. It has an observation deck as well.
2South east side approach runway 30
Just south of the museum, there is a spot were you gan photograph the approaching aircraft with the sun in your back.
3Terminal and BAE Systems ramp
The Newcastle airport terminal area can be reached by taking Williamtown drive south of the runway 30 threshold. Driving all the way to the end of Williamtown drive will bring you at BAE Systems' gate. The ramp in front of the hangar sometimes holds a Hawk or Hornet because fast jet support is performed by BAE.
Plenty of Hornets at Williamtown. (Otger van der Kooij)
But some Hawks can be found here as well. (Otger van der Kooij)
|118.300 / 257.800||Tower|
|243.000||Tower / Approach|
|135.700 / 293.400||Approach|
|316.100 / 365.000||ATIS|
|Royal Australian Air Force|
|78 Wing||76sqn, 2nd OCU|
|81 Wing||3sqn, 77sqn|
|Forward Air Controlling Development Unit||PC-9/A|
|Direct air services||PA-31T|
|Newcastle helicopters||AS350BA, Bell 206, EC130, R22, R44|
|Fighterworld Avn Museum||various|
|Canberra Intl. (ex Fairbairn, RAAF)   subscribers only|
|East Sale, RAAF|
|Edinburgh, RAAF   subscribers only|
|Gold Coast   subscribers only|
|Newcastle - Williamtown, RAAF|
|Nowra - Albatross, HMAS   subscribers only|
|Richmond, RAAF   subscribers only|
|Wagga Wagga, RAAF   subscribers only|