Fighter World

Fighter World, Williamtown: Hours, Address, Fighter World Reviews: 4.5/5

Fighter World
4.5
Speciality Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located just 20 mins drive north of Newcastle, adjacent to the entrance to RAAF Base Williamtown at Newcastle Airport, Fighter World is a totally ‘hands on’ experience. Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around and look into the cockpits of some of the Air Forces most iconic aircraft such as the first Vampire jet built in Australia and the mighty F-111C. Conveniently located adjacent to the main hangar, the Fighter Beans Cafe offers a range of snacks and light meals as well as cold beverages and steaming hot espresso coffee and of course free WiFi means you can stay abreast of what’s happening at home. Stay cosy inside or venture outdoors to enjoy the noise and action of an operational Air Force Base. The choice is yours. Make sure before you leave you visit the Fighter World Shop where you’ll find a wide range of books, souvenirs and models available. Fighter World is disable friendly and open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am to 4pm. Some COVID restrictions may apply.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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AustTrail
Sydney468 contributions
Returning after many years was still a very good experience. Things have not changed much here since the last visit but that's what makes it great. The children are able to experience the place differently as they look at the detail and history of the planes.
The cafe staff are very friendly and the facilities are clean and well maintained. It was good to be back!
Written 17 April 2022
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Hamish M
Gold Coast, Australia9 contributions
This was a great experience. The facility includes multiple hangers with aircraft, posters and documentaries. It also had a viewing deck with a great and uninterrupted view of the runway used by both commercial planes and Air Force planes. There is a small cafe and a gift shop.
Written 6 April 2022
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DeniseM
Sydney, Australia210 contributions
Feb. 2022
Thought hubby would enjoy this so suggested we visit and we both had a fantastic time. The whole exhibition is terrific with volunteers who I understand are mostly ex pilots extremely helpful with information and conversation, The highlight was a 15-20 minute exhibition by a fighter pilot which was absolutely thrilling and a wonderful experience.
Written 20 February 2022
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leanneandalex
San Remo, Australia34 contributions
Wonderful experience. We were privileged to witness an amazing display of their newest jet in acrobatics one couldn’t even imagine. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Then we toured the museum and had some wonderful conversations with one of the knowledgeable staff on hand. The displays are awesome and everyone was lovely. It’s a must do for any age.
Written 20 February 2022
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DadandCab
Coffs Harbour, Australia916 contributions
Feb. 2022
We’d attempted to come here about 3 months ago having seen all the advertising hoardings by the roadside. When we made the effort to come it was closed due to Covid.
Thankfully, this time it was open. The museum sits aside a working RAAF base and as luck would have it just as we arrived 5 F35s fighter planes did a low flyby of the airport. What a start.
There are some great exhibits, which for the most part focus on the history of the base and the squadrons that have been based there. Lots of static displays, a number of aircraft/replicas and an overload of information. Great way to spend an hour if you’re just browsing, or much longer if you’re really interested. Only disappointment is that a number of the ‘hands on’ displays that kids would love were off limits because of Covid restrictions.
Written 5 February 2022
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Gautam K
Toongabbie, Australia1 contribution
Great place to see planes take off and land. Happy and helpful staff in museum. You can see in cockpit of some of the planes on exhibit also.
Written 12 December 2021
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BonzoD
Newcastle, Australia178 contributions
A group of us descended on the Fighter World facility at Williamtown near Newcastle for what we thought was a quick look see.
Having gained entry after the usual COVID checks we were surprised and delighted to be greeted by Jack, one of the volunteer tour guides, who walked us around the exhibits explaining each and every aircraft, ordinance and aviation paraphernalia with intimate detail and obvious lived authority. Jack is a retired fighter pilot with the RAAF and worked as a fighter pilot trainer, so he really knows his stuff!
Over the 1.5hr tour Jack recounted his many experiences in the trade, some gained on the actual aircraft on display, and answered every question with great aplomb, all to the thrall of everyone present.
For the aviation aficionados we got up-and-personal with a General Dynamics F-111, a CAC Avon Sabre, a Mirage III, a Pilates PC-9 trainer, a couple of Supermarine Spitfire MkIXs, a meticulously faithful replica of a Sopwith Camel F1, and many more.
Afterwords we retired to the on-site cafe for a much deserved snack and listened to the deafening F-35 Joint Strike Fighters taking off on training runs behind us.
Highly recommended, even if you’re not an aspiring fighter pilot.
Written 11 November 2021
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DadandCab
Coffs Harbour, Australia916 contributions
Oct. 2021
On the road between Newcastle and Nelson Bay there’s a slew of signboards about Fighterworld. So, we took a drive out from Nelson Bay to look at the museum. Closed. Only the café was open as of 27th October 2021. We could still look at the outside exhibits which only teased at what we missed inside. Checked the website and sure enough there was a note on the homepage that the museum is closed until 1 Nov. Suppose the moral of the story is to ignore any roadside signage and look online before travelling.
Whilst we were outside, we did see one of the fighter jets taking off from at the airport however and that in itself made the trip worthwhile. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area for a proper visit.
Written 31 October 2021
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Petal
Canberra, Australia897 contributions
Even if you are not all that intriguing in planes stopping for a look at all the military aviation history is really worthwhile.

The aray of planes is fantastic from early days, and through the conflicts such as Korea, Vietnam and beyond with the F-111. The kids young or old (and dads) will love the chance to sit in the cockpit of a Mirage!

Fun for all the family!
Written 1 June 2021
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Jac
Newcastle, Australia62 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Family
Great morning spent . Awesome seeing the planes take off and landing . Very interesting planes . Awesome to see them up close
Great food at the cafe
Written 26 May 2021
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