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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Historic aviation event for Newcastle

The sky will be the limit for families and aviation enthusiasts this Saturday as Newcastle welcomes the largest single day aviation event in the region’s history.

City of Newcastle Council together with the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) will host the Newcastle Williamtown Air Show 2023 this Saturday 18 November, with a RAAF aircraft flying display at 10am to 12.30pm and again at 1.30pm to 4pm.

With free viewing areas at Nobbys Beach, Foreshore Park and Stockton, up to 100,000 people are expected to enjoy the thrilling aerial displays and flypasts.

Formation and aerial displays will feature historical aircraft like the Harvard, Winjeel, Spitfire, Mustang and Canberra in addition to flypasts from F/A-18F, EF/A-18G Super Hornet and the Growler.

Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said the free community event would offer something for both aviation enthusiasts and families looking for a fun weekend out.

“Newcastle’s spectacular coastline will be on display this Saturday for spectators to catch all the action over Newcastle Harbour, Nobbys Beach, Foreshore Park and Stockton,” Cr Nelmes said.

“City of Newcastle is proud to deliver this one-off event alongside the Royal Australian Air Force and is a testament to Newcastle’s growth as a world-class events and cultural city and indicative of a thriving local economy.

“We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors to both air displays on Saturday 18 November and showcasing the diversity of what our city has to offer including its rich heritage, natural scenery and vibrant cultural scene.”

Transport for NSW will be running extra rail, light rail, bus and ferry services in addition to operating a Park and Ride facility from McDonald Jones Stadium. Parking is also available at Stockton, located within an easy walk to prime vantage points.

Designated parking for Mobility Pass holders is available on Wharf Road (between Argyle Street and Watt Street). A Mobility Pass must be displayed to get through the road closure at Argyle Street.

We recommend you plan your journey ahead by using www.transportnsw.info and www.newcastletransport.info. Information on road closures is available at www.livetraffic.com

“We encourage spectators to leave the car at home where possible and utilise public transport options to ease traffic congestion around the city with almost one hundred thousand spectators expected to attend,” Cr Nelmes added.

“City of Newcastle would like to acknowledge Transport for NSW, NSW Police and NSW Government for their support in delivering this incredible event for the community.”

A limited number of tickets are still available at Fort Scratchley’s premium viewing area, providing access to the only licenced viewing site for both air shows. Earp Distilling Co. will be serving up a variety of premium food and beverage options available for purchase. Gates open at 9am and tickets are restricted to patrons 18+.

For more information about the Newcastle Williamtown Air Show 2023, 18 to 19 November 2023, visit www.visitnewcastle.com.au/air-show-2023.

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