List of Royal Australian Air Force installations

This is a list of current and previous Royal Australian Air Force airstrips, aerodromes and bases. The air force also owns and maintains "bare bases" in remote areas of Australia. These bases have runways and buildings, but only a caretaker staff. They are generally only used for exercises as there are no units permanently based there.

Current bases

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia


Western Australia

Former Headquarters

Former bases in Australia

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia


Stations in Australia

RAAF Stations were principally civil airfields with a permanent RAAF Station Headquarters and used for operational flying.

Airfields in Australia

Civil or temporary airfields used by the RAAF and allied air forces during World War II for operational flying but which did not have a permanent RAAF Station Headquarters.

New South Wales

Sydney Basin

Hunter & Central Coast

North Coast & New England

Darling Plains

Central West



South Coast

Western Plains

Norfolk Island

Northern Territory

Airfield Gove decommissioned hanger and tower
Decommissioned control tower at the former Airfield Gove.


RAAF Kingaroy firing butt
Aircraft firing butts, Kingaroy, Queensland, photographed 2008.

South Australia



Western Australia

Flying boat stations in Australia

Bases overseas

Australian or allied bases at which RAAF units were permanently stationed.

Airfields overseas

Civil, temporary or captured airfields used by the RAAF during World War II.

Flying boat stations overseas

Australian and allied flying boat bases used by the RAAF during World War II.


  • Lake Boga at War, Brett Freeman; ISBN 0-646-24705-0
  • A Potted History of the RAAF

Birdum may refer to.

Birdum (biogeographic subregion) - refer Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia

Birdum, Northern Territory, a locality established in 2007

Birdum Airfield, a former airfield - refer List of Royal Australian Air Force installations

Birdum Historic Site, the site of the former Town of Birdum, now in the locality of Larrimah, Northern Territory

Daly Waters Airfield

The Daly Waters Airfield, also RAAF Base Daly Waters, is a former commercial and sporadically-used military airfield located at Daly Waters, Northern Territory, Australia. As Australia's first international airfield, Daly Waters was used throughout the 1920s and 1930s as a stop over for commercial airlines operating on the domestic route to Western Australia and international carriers flying from Australia into south-east Asia. During World War II, the airbase was used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Army Air Force to undertake combat operations against the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and the islands to Australia's north. Following the war, the airbase was used commercially again up until the 1970s when the airfield was sporadically-used by the RAAF.

Defence Establishment Orchard Hills

The Defence Establishment Orchard Hills (abbreviated as DEOH) is a tri-service munitions storage base of particular importance to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Located in Orchard Hills, in the western suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the main role of the establishment is for storage and distribution. The base is also home to the RAAF-run Defence Explosive Ordnance Training School, which provides training in handling explosives to all branches of the Australian Defence Force.As well as the storage of munitions, other activities carried out on the 1,740-hectare (4,300-acre) site include the use of weapon ranges, firing ranges, fire training areas, and fuel storage and distribution from above ground and underground storage tanks. The site also contains a sewerage treatment plant, and two landfills for waste disposal from both site operations and general non-putrescible refuse, including building rubble.Also located on site is the privately owned Thales Ordnance Training Centre, an accredited Registered Training Organisation that provides qualifications specific to explosives, and covering the disciplines of storage, transport, manufacture and proofing of explosive ordnance.

Delamere Air Weapons Range

Delamere Air Weapons Range is a bombing range operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), located in the Northern Territory. The facility is located about 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of the town of Katherine and RAAF Base Tindal, Australia's largest airbase.

The Delamere facility is managed round-the-clock by a detachment of eight members of the No. 322 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron RAAF. Its large area—2,110 square kilometres (810 sq mi)—and 60,000 feet (18,000 m) of vertical airspace clearance allow virtually unrestricted freedom of tactical testing and training using any conventional weapons. In addition to its large mass inert weapon range, Delamere also has two practice ranges for smaller weapons testing, a simulated airfield complex, and a simulated township constructed from shipping containers named "Tac Town".Delamere is 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the larger Bradshaw Field Training Area which has an area of 8,700 square kilometres (3,400 sq mi), and the Department of Defence has considered acquiring land between the two facilities to merge them. Both areas are used for joint military exercises such as the Australia–United States Exercise Talisman Saber. Delamere is electronically linked with Bradshaw Field and Mount Bundey Training Area to form the North Australian Range Complex.The range is served by its own airfield, Delamere Range Facility Airport (ICAO: YDWF).

Dutson Bombing Range

Dutson Bombing Range is a bombing range operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), located in Victoria. The facility is located near the town of Sale and RAAF Base East Sale.

On August 15 1962 four Vampire aircraft of the Red Sales display team crashed in the vicinity of the range while doing aerobatics practice. All six men aboard the aircraft were killed instantly.The site ceased to be used as an active bombing range in 2000.

It has been used as a live firing site for the Australian Army as late as 2010.In 2018 it was announced that the company DefendTex would construct a facility to manufacture and test propellants and explosives at the range.


Koolpinyah may refer to.

Electoral division of Koolpinyah, a former electorate in the Northern Territory of Australia

Koolpinyah, Northern Territory, a locality

Koolpinyah ephemerovirus, a species of virus – refer List of virus species

Koolpinyah H.S. E.L.G, a World War II airfield in Australia – refer List of Royal Australian Air Force installations

Koolpinyah Station, a pastoral lease in Australia – refer Koolpinyah, Northern Territory

Koolpinyah threadtail, a species of Australian damselfly

Lists of military installations

This list of military installations consists of a collection of military related lists worldwide:

List of Australian military bases

List of Royal Australian Air Force installations

List of Royal Australian Navy bases

List of Brazilian military bases

List of Bulgarian military bases

List of Canadian Forces Bases

List of Chinese Air Force Bases

List of Danish Military Installations

List of Greek military bases

List of Honduran military bases

List of Indian Air Force bases

List of Irish military installations

List of Israel Defense Forces bases

List of Mexican military bases

List of New Zealand military bases

List of Russian military bases abroad

List of bases of the South African Air Force

List of South African military bases

List of Soviet Air Force bases

List of Sri Lankan air force bases

List of US-Bulgarian military bases

RAAF Base Amberley

RAAF Base Amberley (ICAO: YAMB) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military airbase located 8 km (5.0 mi) southwest of Ipswich, Queensland in Australia and 50 km (31 mi) southwest of Brisbane. It is currently home to No. 1 Squadron and No. 6 Squadron (operating the F/A-18F Super Hornet), No. 33 Squadron (taking delivery of the Airbus KC-30A) and No. 36 Squadron (operating the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III jet transport). Amberley is also home to Army units making up the 9th Force Support Battalion (9 FSB). Located on 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres), RAAF Amberley is the largest operational base in the RAAF, employing over 5,000 uniformed and civilian personnel. There are a variety of other formations on the base such as training colleges and maintenance areas. Amberley's largest squadron in terms of personnel is No. 382 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron RAAF (ECSS) providing both garrison and deployed combat support. Amberley was one of only two airfields in Australia (the other being Darwin International Airport) that were listed as a Transoceanic Abort (TOA) landing site for the Space Shuttle. Amberley is currently undergoing a A$64 million dollar re-development program. The RAAF has plans to have Amberley operating as its "superbase" with flights of F/A-18F Super Hornets, F-35 Lightning II, KC-30A, C-17 Globemaster. No. 35 Squadron (Operating C-27J Spartan) is planned to move to the base from RAAF Base Richmond after it is fully equipped with the C-27J.

RAAF Base Curtin

RAAF Base Curtin, also sometimes RAAF Curtin (IATA: DCN, ICAO: YCIN) is a joint use Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base and civil airport located 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi) southeast of the town of Derby on the north coast of Western Australia in Australia. As it is one of the RAAF's three 'bare bases', no RAAF units are permanently based at Curtin and it is maintained by a small caretaker staff during peacetime.

The base is named in honour of former Prime Minister John Curtin.

RAAF Base Darwin

RAAF Base Darwin (IATA: DRW, ICAO: YPDN) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base located in the city of Darwin, in the Northern Territory, Australia. The base shares its runway with Darwin International Airport, for civil aviation purposes. The heritage-listed RAAF Base Darwin is a forward operating base with year-round activity with approximately 400 personnel.

RAAF Base East Sale

RAAF Base East Sale (ICAO: YMES) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base and training school, located in Sale, Victoria, Australia. The base is one of the main training establishments of the RAAF, including where Australian Air Force Cadets have their annual General Service Training. It is home to The Roulettes aerobatic team. It is also now the home of the RAAF's Officers' Training School (OTS) following its relocation from Point Cook Base. East Sale was upgraded to house the new OTS, which had its first intake of students in January 2008. The base houses approximately 700 air force personnel.

RAAF Base Glenbrook

RAAF Base Glenbrook (ICAO: YGNB) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base located in Glenbrook, in the Lower Blue Mountains, approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia.

The base serves as home to Headquarters Air Command of the RAAF. There is no airfield although it has a heliport, or helicopter landing site (HLS), with most administrative services located on the nearby RAAF Base Richmond. Parts of the 28-hectare (69-acre) site are heritage-listed and comprise the Officers' Mess, once the former site of the Lapstone Hotel.In 2009 the Minister for Defence, John Faulkner, announced that the base would be closed by 2015, and its command operations transfer to RAAF Base Amberley.

RAAF Base Learmonth

RAAF Base Learmonth, also known as Learmonth Airport (IATA: LEA, ICAO: YPLM), is a joint use Royal Australian Air Force base and civil airport. It is located near the town of Exmouth on the north-west coast of Western Australia. RAAF Base Learmonth is one of the RAAF's three "bare bases". No RAAF units are currently based at Learmonth and it is maintained by a small caretaker staff during peacetime.

The RAAF also operates the Learmonth Air Weapons Range which covers about 18,954 ha (46,840 acres) and is located 30 km (19 mi) south-west of the airbase.

RAAF Base Scherger

RAAF Base Scherger (IATA: YBSG) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base located approximately 26 km (16 mi) east of Weipa on the western side of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. One of three 'bare bases' completing a chain of bases across Australia’s 'top end', the base is occupied by a caretaker staff and can be activated at relatively short notice. The base was constructed by troops drawn mainly from the 17th Construction Squadron, in what is believed to have been the biggest project undertaken by the Royal Australian Engineers at the time.

Opened on 5 August 1998 by the Prime Minister, John Howard, the base was named in honour of Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Scherger who was the Australian Chief of the Air Staff (now known as Chief of Air Force) from March 1957 to May 1961 and the equivalent of what is now Chief of the Defence Force from 1961 to 1966.

RAAF Base Tindal

RAAF Base Tindal (IATA: KTR, ICAO: YPTN) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base and civil aviation airfield located 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) east southeast of the town of Katherine, Northern Territory in Australia. The base is currently home to No. 75 Squadron and a number of non-flying units, and also hosts the Katherine Tindal Civilian Airport. First constructed in 1942, it was refurbished in the late 1960s as a "bare base" capable of being utilised when required. It was opened as a permanently manned RAAF base in 1989.

RAAF Base Williamtown

RAAF Base Williamtown (IATA: NTL, ICAO: YWLM) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base located 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) north of the coastal city of Newcastle (27 km (17 mi) by road) in the local government area of Port Stephens, in New South Wales, Australia. The base serves as the headquarters to both the Air Combat Group and the Surveillance and Response Group of the RAAF. The military base shares its runway facilities with Newcastle Airport. The nearest towns are Raymond Terrace, located 8 km (5 mi) west of the base and Medowie, 6.8 km (4.2 mi), north of the base, which is home to many of the base's staff.

A number of the buildings and other facilities on the base are listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List.

RAAF Base Woomera

RAAF Base Woomera (WMA), was proclaimed by Chief of Air Force Directive in January 2015. RAAF Base Woomera and the RAAF Woomera Test Range (WTR) are the two formations which make up the 'Woomera Range Complex' (WRC). RAAF Base Woomera consists of two sectors, 'Base Sector North' which is a restricted access area and includes Camp Rapier. the entrance to the Woomera Test Range and the RAAF Woomera Airfield (IATA: UMR, ICAO: YPWR). 'Base Sector South' is accessible by the public and essentially encompasses that part of RAAF Base Woomera long referred to as the Woomera Village. Woomera Village is often quoted as a 'remote town'. It not a 'town', but rather an 'open base' of the RAAF. The 'village' has previously always functioned as an Australian Government/Defence Force garrison facility until it was fully incorporated into RAAF Base Woomera in 2015.

RAAF Gingin

RAAF Gingin (ICAO: YGIG), sometimes also RAAF Base Gingin or RAAF Base Gin Gin, is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) small military airfield located at Gingin, in Western Australia.

Constructed during the 1960s, the airfield is set on 700 hectares (1,700 acres); predominantly used for pilot training and various other uses that include the bulk storage and distribution of fuel, with both above-ground and underground storage tanks. The airfield is located 55 kilometres (34 mi) north from Perth and 34 km (21 mi) north by road from RAAF Base Pearce, which also administers the site. There are no RAAF personnel based at Gingin.

In 2016 it was reported that the Australian Government had approved funding for the upgrade of the air traffic control tower at RAAF Gingin.The airfield is used by the Pearce Aero Club, which keeps some aircraft there.The airfield has previously been identified as the site for a second airport for Perth.

RAAF Williams

RAAF Williams (ICAO: YMPC) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base set across two locations, at Point Cook and Laverton, located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-west of the Melbourne central business district in Victoria, Australia. Both establishments previously existed as separate RAAF Bases (RAAF Base Point Cook and RAAF Base Laverton) until 1989 when they were amalgamated to form RAAF Williams. The name was chosen in honour of Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams, the 'father' of the RAAF.RAAF Williams, Point Cook is the birthplace of the Royal Australia Air Force and is the oldest continually operating military airfield in the world. Since 1994 RAAF Williams (Point Cook) has been the home of RMIT Flight Training.


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