Locations


The Air Force operates from air bases across Australia. During exercises and in response to international events, we also use the aviation facilities of partner governments and strategic allies.

Broad-based capability

The locations of Air Force air bases provide broad coverage of Australia whilst satisfying specific strategic needs. Some are home to Air Force squadrons of fighter, surveillance and transport aircraft plus air traffic control, while others fulfil intelligence-gathering, specialist training and administrative functions. There are also 'bare bases' that are designed to support operational and exercise deployments as required.


Air Force Bases

Australian Capital Territory

Russell Offices

Russel, ACT 2600

The administrative headquarters of the Australian Defence Force and home of Air Force Headquarters.


Defence Establishment Fairbairn

Fairbairn, ACT 2609

Located at Canberra Airport, home to Air Force VIP transport operations.

New South Wales

RAAF Base Williamtown

Williamtown, NSW 2314

The Air Force's main fighter pilot training base and home to numerous squadrons of training, surveillance and fighter aircraft.


RAAF Base Richmond

Richmond, NSW 2753

Home to various intelligence and communication units, as well as our C-130J Hercules medium transport aircraft.


RAAF Base Glenbrook

Glenbrook, NSW 2773

Home to the headquarters of Air Command, providing an HQ function for major Air Force units and personnel.


RAAF Base Wagga

Wagga Wagga, NSW 2651

A major centre for technical and non-technical initial employment training and postgraduate training.


Defence Establishment Orchard Hills

Orchard Hills, NSW 2748

DEOH provides storage, maintenance and disposal of explosive ordnance along with ordnance training to meet Service capabilities.

Northern Territory

RAAF Base Darwin

Darwin, NT 0820

A major centre for technical and non-technical initial employment training and postgraduate training.


RAAF Base Tindal

Tindal, NT 0853

One of Australia's most important defence installations and home to F/A-18 Hornets.

South Australia

RAAF Base Edinburgh

Edinburgh, SA 5111

Home to the AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft that conduct surveillance operations throughout Australian airspace.


RAAF Base Woomera

Woomera, SA 5720

The role of RAAF Base Woomera is to provide direct operational support to the activities conducted at the Woomera Range Complex.

Victoria

RAAF Base East Sale

East Sale, VIC 3852

Home to several specialist training schools as well as the Roulettes aerobatic display team.


RAAF Williams

Laverton and Point Cook, VIC 3027

Includes Point Cook, the birthplace of the Air Force, and home to the Air Force Museum and Air Force Band.

Western Australia

RAAF Base Pearce

Bullbrook, WA 6084

A key pilot training base and home to PC-9/A trainer aircraft and Hawk 127 fighter trainer aircraft


RAAF Curtin

Willare, WA 6728

Developed to secure the northern approaches to Australia by providing support for maritime, air and land operations. There are also 'bare bases' that are designed to support operational and exercise deployments as required.


RAAF Learmonth

Learmonth, WA 6707

There are also 'bare bases' that are designed to support operational and exercise deployments as required.

Queensland

RAAF Base Townsville

Garbut, QLD 4814

Home to various squadrons and schools involved in areas such as contingency response, expeditionary health, security and combat survival.


RAAF Base Amberley

Amberley, QLD 4306

The Air Force's largest base, employing over 5,000 people working in training, contingency response, healthcare, communications and other areas.


RAAF Scherger

Mission River, QLD 4874

One of a series of strategic outposts, designed to be moved in to at short notice in the event of defence requirements or for exercises. There are also 'bare bases' that are designed to support operational and exercise deployments as required.