All eyes will gaze to the sky when the 12th Catalina Festival soars over Rathmines on Sunday 19th May 2019.
The popular annual event attracts thousands of flying boat enthusiasts and families who come together to celebrate the Catalina and the rich history of the Rathmines WWII RAAF Base which by 1941, was the largest RAAF flying boat facility. The Rathmines WWII RAAF Base was home to more than 3,000 personnel during WWII, and we remember that 332 Airmen from the base lost their lives in flying boat operations during the war.
Set on the western shore of Lake Macquarie at Rathmines Park the festival is one of largest in Lake Macquarie. With entertainment for the whole family, crowds are invited to enjoy live music, a classic car show and shine, market stalls, kids' activities and much, much more in a commemorative nod to Rathmines' unique history.
The highlight of the festival is the spectacular air show featuring a formation aerobatic display that will have visitors in awe. Prepare to see breathtaking stunts and flying manoeuvres.
Visitors can even take to the sky themselves with a seaplane joy flight to see a bird’s eye view of stunning Lake Macquarie.
Back on the ground, there will be a seaplane and community service vehicle display, military vehicle displays plus an historical exhibition curated by the Rathmines Catalina Memorial park Association.
An array of food stalls will be available for a casual bite to eat or visitors can head over to the Rathmines Bowling Club for something a little more substantial.
Entry: $10 per person or $25 per family (unaccompanied minors $5)
Limited free parking is available on Stilling Street and Dorrington Road.
Rathmines Catalina Festival is a proud initiative of Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of the history of Rathmines RAAF Base and Catalina aircraft. All profits from the festival will be used to build a hangar and museum that will house a restored Catalina and serve as a community centre, recognising the rich military history of Rathmines Park.
The Rathmines Catalina Festival will be held on Sunday 19th May 2019 at Rathmines Park, Stilling Street, Rathmines.
The next Festival will be held on 30 May 2021.