ABOUT NOTE: DRONES PROHIBITED
All money raised through the Rathmines Catalina Festival goes to the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc., a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the following projects and goals:
• To educate and inform the public of the history and importance of the Catalina and Rathmines
• To restore our PBY Catalina aircraft, also called "Our Girl", purchased from Puerto Rico, San Juan as a static display
• To erect a suitable hangar for our PBY Catalina
• The development of an aviation/museum centre with the focus on Rathmines, the Catalina, Sunderland and other seaplanes. This will include an education area and screening room, as well as conference/function rooms for use by schools, public and other organisations.
• To maintain the Catalina Memorial and Memorial Walls.
• To honour our veterans.
To reach these goals the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. is working together with other organisations such as:
For more information about the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. please go to:
The Rathmines Catalina Festival is held each year to commemorate the rich history of the WWII RAAF Base. Catalina flying boats arrived at the Rathmines RAAF Base in 1941 and it became the largest RAAF flying boat base in the southern hemisphere with almost 3,000 personnel in 1944-45.
Now in its 11th year, the festival promotes the significance of the Base both locally and nationally and aims to educate the wider community about the Base and the significance it holds.
But the festival is not only about history and education, it's also about fun and excitement and a great day out for the Catalina enthusiast and also for the whole family. Come and enjoy the interesting past as well as exciting Aerobatics and many other displays and shows in one of the most beautiful settings around Lake Macquarie.