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Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc


Rathmines Park is the heritage-listed site of the RAAF Rathmines Flying Boat Base on Lake Macquarie from 1939 to 1961, commemorating the rich history of the place and the men and women who served there. The Catalina seaplanes played a significant role in defending Australia in World War II events, notably the battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.




The heritage site has illustrated signage at key points of interest. Pick up a map from the tourism centre at Belmont and explore the rich history of this unique site in its peaceful lakeside location. There is also a large scale map displayed at the corner of Rosemary Row and Stilling Street, near the village shops.

Don't miss the Catalina War Memorial (behind the bowling club), built in 1972 and dedicated to all the RAAF personnel who served on flying boats at Rathmines.

Picnic spots - Styles Point is a great place to enjoy a picnic, or at the recreation area on the foreshore at Stilling St, where there is a children's playground and also public toilets.

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2. GUIDED BUS TOURS for groups

Rathmines Catalina Association offers bus group tours of the base for 15-50 people.

~ Morning tea on arrival, in the former Officers' Mess (now the Bowling Club).

~ A talk about the history of the base during World War II and the men and women who served - illustrated with original photos.

~ A short walk to the nearby Catalina Memorial site, overlooking Catalina Bay.

~ Bus tour of the base with our knowledgeable guide on board.

~ Two course lunch. Refreshments are available from the bar.

~ A keepsake brochure detailing the base and its layout in 1944.

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The standard cost is $35 pp inclusive of morning tea, tour and lunch.

Special requirements can be facilitated - please contact us to discuss.

NOTE: Your group must arrange your bus transport.

For more details and bookings:

See our website: www.rathmines-catalina.com or call 0418 770 400

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Rathmines Catalina Association is a volunteer organisation committed to preserving and displaying the heritage and history of the former RAAF base and honouring the men and women who served there.

We are currently restoring an old Catalina seaplane for a static historical display on the site and we manage and care for the Memorial Wall near the old Officers' Mess (now the bowling club), where a special Anzac service is held each year.

We offer a warm welcome to new members and supporters.

Mobile: 0418 770 400

Map & Directions

90 Ridge Road, Kilaben Bay NSW 2283, Australia


Rathmines Park is a 10 minute drive South of Toronto NSW. Enter from Dorrington Road onto Stilling Street.