If you love planes and are interested in the history of the RAAF – the RAAF Museum at Point Cook will not disappoint. So many restored aircraft to inspect and three times a week you can witness some of them take flight!
When: The Museum is open Tuesday – Friday10am -3pm, weekends and public holidays10am -5pm. Closed Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1pm join the Interactive Air Display out on the tarmac (weather dependant).
Where: RAAF Museum, RAAF Base Williams, Point Cook Road, Point Cook, Victoria. Click here for map.
Charlie (4) and I had a great time exploring the RAAF Museum – two hangers filled with beautifully restored and presented aircraft, from helicopters and fighter jets to missiles and early training planes… this is a little slice of history that is bound to resonate with most young boys. The Museum also includes some informative displays (we were quite taken by the very life-like wax mannequins in the display cabinets!) complete with interactive screens and video displays.
The highlight (especially given it was a sunny day) was watching the Interactive Flying Display. I learnt some new things… like RAAF Base Williams is heritage listed (along with icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge) and this is the oldest, still operating, Base in the world..
Given that you are visiting an actual operating RAAF Base you do need to show photo ID when arriving (children are not required to do this) to the security at the main gate, and you will be given an ID tag to wear whilst visiting.
Other than that you just turn up – no bookings required. Also there are some picnic tables and umbrellas provided – but other than a drinking fountain (inside the exhibition) there is absolutely no food or drink available on site. The gift shop has loads of model aeroplanes and those sew on (or maybe iron on) badges.. perfect for any budding RAAF pilot.