Airfield Guide
Newcastle - Williamtown, RAAF
ICAO Code:YWLM/NTLInfo Last Validated:
City:NewcastlePosition:32°47'42"S 151°50'04"E
Runway(s):12/30Elevation:30 ft

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.

Getting There

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
Fighterworld 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.

South 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.

Terminal 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)
  • 130.350
    Clearance Delivery
  • 121.800
  • 118.300 / 257.800
  • 243.000
    Tower / Approach
  • 135.700 / 293.400
  • 316.100 / 365.000
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • 2sqn
  • B737AEW&C
  • 76sqn
    2nd OCU
  • Hawk Mk127
  • F/A-18A/B
  • 3sqn
  • F/A-18A/B
  • F/A-18A/B
  • PC-9/A
  • Civil
  • BAe32
  • PA-31T
  • maintenance facility
  • AS350BA
    Bell 206
  • various
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