Step back in time at Rathmines Park

Date posted: 11 January 2018

The Rathmines Park isn’t just adored by locals, it is culturally significant on a national level due to its association with WWII and pivotal operational events such as the Coral Sea Battle.

Once the largest seaplane base in the Southern Hemisphere, the Flying Boat Base at Rathmines Park became operational in December 1939, when No. 9 Squadron came with their fleet of Seagull Flying boats.

After the RAAF retired its flying boats in 1952, the RAAF Base was used as a ground-training base for officers, physical training instructors, national service members and recruits until its closure in 1961.

Today visitors can step back in time, admiring the Catalina Memorial, which features a Catalina propeller high atop a monolith as well as stopping by the Rathmines Bowling Club to see the RAAF personnel Memorial Wall.

The park hosts many events too, including the popular Catalina Festival, a celebration held each year to commemorate the rich history of the WWII RAAF Base.

The park also offers ideal waterfront views and beautiful outlooks, plenty of great picnic and barbecue areas, play equipment and wide paths for walking and cycling.

Find out more about Lake Macquarie’s beautiful parks and playgrounds.

Article by Media centre

Page last updated: 11 January 2018