Plane Spotting in Western Australia

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Information about the following spots is available

  • Albany Airport (16 Feb 2001)
  • Regn
    337 Super Skymaster
    OS2U-3 Kingfisher
    28-5A Catalina
    ex Bu-08272 - composite
    V-72 Vengeance I
    V-72 Vengeance II

    Aircraft in the museum were reported to have been relocated during 2004 - some to Wangaratta.

  • Carnarvon (23 Feb 2001)
  • Coral Bay (24 Feb 2001)
  • Cue (2 March 2001)
  • Two strips and a windsock in a field between Meekatharra and Mount Magnet.  No aircraft seen.
  • Dongara (22 Feb 2001)
  • Between Gin Gin and Gerladton, to the north of Perth.  Airfield is near the coast - a strip, windsock and hangar.  Two light aircraft seen.
  • Esperance (15 Feb 2001)
  • On the south coast of the state, a day's drive from Perth.  Two runways, terminal and six hangars.  Home to Esperance Aero Club.  Two light aircraft seen.

  • Exmouth (30 Sept 2003)
  • A lovely spot on the coast about two days drive north of Perth.  Two hangars, four light aircraft and a Cessna Caravan on floats.  Joy flights over the Ningaloo reef.
  • Forrest (6 March 2001)
  • Two large, sealed runways and a hangar, somewhere in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain and visible from the Indian-Pacific rail line.  No aircraft seen.  ?? an emergency airfield.

    Info from Neil Sellar (10 July, 2004)
    About Forrest air field, it is the largest sealed airfield with lights outside any capital city in Australia.  It was a refueling stop for radial engined air liners before the jet age.  There is a twin mast non directional beacon for aircraft 2 klm south west of the airfield.   I also believe that there were military aircraft based there during the "world war 2" years.
  • Geraldton (22 Feb 2001)
  • Less than a day's drive north of Perth. Three runways, seven hangars (? two ex-RAAF) and a terminal building.  Over twenty aircraft seen, including a Mallard (VP-CLK) and a G164 crop-duster (VH-SZK).  Skywest Airlines have scheduled flights.  Home to Abrolhos Air and Shine Aviation Services.
  • Gin Gin, RAAF Base (22 Feb 2001)
  • North of Perth, about 10 clicks south of town.   Saw a Macchi and a PC-9 doing circuits.
  • Jandakot Airport (18 Feb 2001)
  • A very large airfield in a southern suburb of Perth.  Three runways and a multitude of hangars.  Almost 200 aircraft seen - see below for a breakdown of types:

    Aircraft I found interesting included:
    fuselage;  marked 4315575; green c/s
    1-131E Jungman
    North American
    P-51D-30NT Mustang
    marked 472505 - see Panama Jack's Website
    DHC-2 Beaver 1
    on floats
    Britten Norman
    BN-2A MkIII-1
    World Geoscience
    J/2 Special
    CT4-A Airtrainer
    marked A19-051
    SC-7 Skyvan 3 100
    North American
    AT-6G Texan
    marked 49-3203  - see Panama Jack's Website
    DH-82A Tiger Moth
    North American
    AT-6D Texan
    marked P-102

    Useful link:  The Jandakot Tower Home Page

  • Karratha Airport (27 Feb 2001)
  • Over 1,600 clicks north of Perth, the airport is located on the road between Karratha and Dampier.  Single sealed runway, terminal building and five hangars.  Home to Karratha Flying Service, with hangars for Jayrow, Bristow and Lloyd helicopters (servicing the oil/gas fields offshore).  Ansett and Airlink run scheduled flights.  Ten light aircraft, an Ansett BAe 146 (VH-JJS) and three large helicopters seen.

    Was there again in late Sept and early Oct, 2003.  Little seemed to have changed, except that Qantas was the only service provider, using B737s and BAe 146s.  The flight from Karratha to Perth on 4 Oct flew directly over RAAF Base Pearce.
  • Kojonup (16 Feb 2001)
  • Mid-way between Perth and Albany, a strip, hangar and windsock.  No aircraft seen.
  • Learmonth (30 Sept 2003)
  • A very large civil and military airfield on the coast about two days drive north of Perth.  Terminal building, lots of military hangars (in the distance) and a 3 km runway.  No aircraft seen.  No people seen.  Spooky!
  • Meekatharra (2 March 2001)
  • About two days north of Perth on the inland road.  Two runways, three hangars and a terminal building.  Home to RFDS and Murchison Patrol.  Two light aircraft seen.
  • Mount Magnet (2 March 2001)
  • South of Meeka on the road to Perth.  Also called the Bluey Osmond Airport.  Two runways.  A single light aircraft seen.
  • Murrayfield Aerodrome (21 Feb 2001)
  • About 70 km south of Perth, near Mandurah.  Five hangars.  Four light aircraft and a helicopter seen.  Used by the Royal Aero Club of WA.
  • Newman (21 Feb 2001)
  • Between Port Hedland and Meeka.  Single runway and a terminal building.  Serviced by Ansett - saw one of their BAe 146s (VH-JJP), plus a single light aircraft.
  • Nullarbor Hwy (15 Feb 2001)
  • Parts of this highway between Perth and Adelaide are marked as emergency runways.
  • Paraburdoo (24 Sept 2003)
  • In the Pilbara region, some hours east of Karratha servicing the mining industry.  A small terminal building and a runway about 2 km long.  Four light aircraft seen.
  • Paynes Find (15 Feb 2001)
  • An unsealed strip, beside the road from Mount Magnet to Perth.  No aircraft seen.
  • Pearce, RAAF Base (20 Feb 2001)
  • About 50 km north of Perth at Bullsbrook.  A reasonable view of the field is to the north of town from the highway.  Saw half a dozen PC-9s and two Skyhawks (?) - and what appeared to be a B747 mock-up in the distance.  Also noted a Vampire on a pylon in the grounds.
  • Perth International Airport (17 Feb 2001)
  • A very large airfield to the east of the city.  It has separate domestic and international terminals which are about 10 clicks apart by road.  The international terminal is relatively quiet and is serviced by Qantas, Singapore, Malaysian, Thai etc.  The domestic terminal services Qantas and Ansett - and related airlines.  There's hangars on both sides of the terminal - the ones on the east-side lead to the cargo area, and the west-side ones extend for some distance around the field.  About 80 aircraft noted during an afternoon visit.  The airport's website is at

    Was there again on 4 Oct, 2003.  Most of the hangars to the east of the domestic terminals have been demolished - possibly following the demise of Ansett.  VirginBlue and Skywest were using the old Ansett terminal.  Click HERE for a Flash-based report of aircraft seen.

  • Port Hedland (28 Feb 2001)
  • About three days drive north of Perth.  Located 13 km south of town - follow the sign-posts.  Two runways and four hangars.  Serviced by Ansett and Pearl Aviation.  Home to Polar Aviation and an RFDS base.  Four light aircraft seen.
  • RAAFA Museum (18 Feb 2001)
  • A superb museum in a southern suburb of Perth - close to Jandakot airport.  Over twenty aircraft on display - click here for a list.  Lots of other interesting aviation bits and pieces.  Only drawback is that it was difficult to get good photos of most aircraft, since they're packed so tightly into two hangars.
  • Roebourne (27 Feb 2001)
  • Just north of Karratha.  Two strips, hangar, three windsocks and an old terminal building.  No aircraft seen.
    Was there again on 29 Oct, 2003:  Little had changed.

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    Kieran Maher
    Last Updated: 5 Jan 2005