Fighter World
Fighter World
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located just 20 mins drive north of Newcastle, adjacent to the entrance to RAAF Base Williamtown at Newcastle Airport, Fighter World is a totally ‘hands on’ experience. Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around and look into the cockpits of some of the Air Forces most iconic aircraft such as the first jet aircraft built in Australia, the amazing F/A-18A Hornet and the mighty F-111C. Conveniently located adjacent to the main hangar, the Fighter Beans Cafe offers a range of snacks and light meals as well as cold beverages and steaming hot espresso coffee and of course there's free WiFi. Stay cosy inside or venture outdoors to enjoy the noise and action of an operational Air Force Base. The choice is yours. Make sure before you leave you visit the Fighter World Shop where you’ll find a wide range of books, souvenirs and models available. Fighter World is disable friendly and open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am to 4pm.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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DadandCab
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
On the road between Newcastle and Nelson Bay there’s a slew of signboards about Fighterworld. So, we took a drive out from Nelson Bay to look at the museum. Closed. Only the café was open as of 27th October 2021. We could still look at the outside exhibits which only teased at what we missed inside. Checked the website and sure enough there was a note on the homepage that the museum is closed until 1 Nov. Suppose the moral of the story is to ignore any roadside signage and look online before travelling.
Whilst we were outside, we did see one of the fighter jets taking off from at the airport however and that in itself made the trip worthwhile. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area for a proper visit.
Written October 31, 2021
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Sharon C
Sydney, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
A really interesting afternoon for everyone, not just for the aviation enthusiast. Extensive displays and helpful staff. The food and service at the cafe was fantastic. You can opt to watch the RAAf planes land and take off from the viewing platform, or sit outside. The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating with a complete view. Newcastle airport shares the runway with the RAAF so you can also see commercial aircraft too. The whole facility was also well organised and very Covid safe.
Written January 18, 2021
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Honestreviewer146
New South Wales, Australia399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Lots of jets for viewing and lots of informative information on display over two hangers. Viewing platform overlooking Newcastle airport. Small gift shop with reasonably priced souvenirs. Felt it was a bit expensive for the amount of time spent there but the boys enjoyed themselves.
Written July 11, 2020
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Petal
Brisbane, Australia937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Even if you are not all that intriguing in planes stopping for a look at all the military aviation history is really worthwhile.

The aray of planes is fantastic from early days, and through the conflicts such as Korea, Vietnam and beyond with the F-111. The kids young or old (and dads) will love the chance to sit in the cockpit of a Mirage!

Fun for all the family!
Written June 1, 2021
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Adam G
Muswellbrook, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
This had been on our "to do" list for quite a while and I have to say it exceeded all expectations. You don't have to be a fan of the military or aircraft in particular. The kids enjoyed sitting in a couple of the cockpits and to see the Mirages and an F-111 in the flesh was mind blowing. Plenty of aircraft to keep you amazed, not to mention the weaponry from the planes which was on display as well. At every stop there were stands with plenty of information and specs on each particular piece. Once you have finished the tour you have to go to the Café. Great food and coffee at a very reasonable price and I don't think I have come across any friendlier people running a café. Thumbs up all round.
Written January 17, 2015
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Pete
Tuggerah, Australia101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We've visited many times and sometimes just eat lunch at the cafe and watch the jets coming and going.
The museum is excellent and the staff very friendly. Certainly worth a visit if you're into Australian Air Force history.
Written November 25, 2014
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Moysey1969
Minchinbury, Australia121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Had driven past this museum a few times and always thought I really must visit one day. When I did it was me and my 9yo son who thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the many displays and aircraft, the highlight of which is the F-111C.

We were also lucky enough to be on the observation deck which looks over RAAF Williamtown/Newcastle airport and saw the latest F35 Lightning II Strike Fighters taking off for exercises, that experience alone was worth the price of admission.
Written May 17, 2019
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MeeksR
Sydney, Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
I can't seem to find Cafe Fighterworld in the restaurant section so I'll put it here until someone can direct my attention to the correct place.
I had heard many a good comment about the milkshakes here so I tried one and was not disappointed. This milkshake was on steroids for the price I paid. Great value! The food is no fuss, but tasty and again very good value.
The staff make this place and are very friendly and attentive.
Will definitely go back!
You don't need to go into FighterWorld to visit the cafe.
Thanks for a good experience.
Written May 6, 2017
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Thanks for taking the time to write a review and for your kind comments about our cafe. It has a great reputation for being good value and the milkshakes are to die for! I'll pass on your comments to our cafe staff who love to interact with our patrons. The cafe of course is adjacent to the main entrance so you can visit whenever you want and enjoy the warm welcome, great food and friendly atmosphere. Stay cosy inside or venture outdoors to enjoy all the noise and action of the RAAF Base. The choice is yours.
Written May 15, 2017
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Larissa O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I went to Fighter World on the weekend. We had a fantastic time. There's so much to see and do. So much history. We had lunch at the café which was very enjoyable. The food was lovely and the service was great. Everyone is really friendly and helpful!!!
Great day out for all ages. Highly recommend it :-)
Written April 13, 2015
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Hi Larissa, thanks for your kind comments and feedback. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit. Our staff are mainly volunteers who have a passion for history and take pride in the aircraft they help maintain. I'll pass on your compliments to those who are deserving of your recognition.
Written April 14, 2015
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David K
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
We loved the museum from the moment we arrived. The kids loved being able to sit in a couple of cockpits as well as stand at the fence so close to the runway. The coffee at the cafe was the best we had on our whole holiday!
Written January 6, 2015
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