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Record crowd predicted for Newcastle Williamtown Air Show


Organisers are predicting the RAAF Newcastle Williamtown Air Show 2023 will etch itself in the local record books this weekend.

With an expectant crowd of between 80,000 and 100,000 people, it’s set to become the largest single day event in the region’s history.

City of Newcastle (CN), together with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), is hosting the extravaganza on Saturday 18 November, with a RAAF aircraft flying display from 10am to 12.30pm and again from 1.30pm to 4pm.

The formation and aerial exhibitions will feature the Harvard, Winjeel, Spitfire, Mustang and Canberra, to name a handful, in addition to flypasts from F/A-18F, EF/A-18G Super Hornet and the Growler.

Adding to the atmosphere are family-friendly activities such as rides, face painting, food trucks, static RAAF displays and roving entertainment, with free viewing areas at Nobbys Beach, Foreshore Park and Stockton.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the community event would offer something for everyone.

“Newcastle’s spectacular coastline will be on display this Saturday for spectators to catch all the action over Newcastle Harbour, Nobbys Beach, Foreshore Park and Stockton,” she explained.

“Council’s proud to deliver this one-off show alongside the Royal Australian Air Force.

“It’s testament to Newcastle’s growth as a world-class events and cultural city and indicative of a thriving local economy.

“We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors to both air displays on Saturday.

“It’ll certainly showcase the diversity of what our city has to offer including its rich heritage, natural scenery and vibrant cultural scene.”

Transport for NSW will conduct extra rail, light rail, bus and ferry services in addition to operating a Park and Ride facility from McDonald Jones Stadium.

Parking is also available at Stockton, located within an easy walk to prime vantage points.

Designated parking for Mobility Pass holders is available on Wharf Road (between Argyle Street and Watt Street), however it must be displayed to get through the road closure at Argyle Street.

“We encourage spectators to leave the car at home where possible and utilise public transport options to ease traffic congestion around the city with almost 100,000 people expected to attend,” Cr Nelmes added.

“City of Newcastle would like to acknowledge Transport for NSW, NSW Police and NSW Government for their support in delivering this incredible event.”

A limited number of tickets are still available at Fort Scratchley’s premium viewing area, providing access to the only licenced viewing site for both air shows.

Earp Distilling Co will serve up a variety of premium food and beverage options available for purchase.

Gates open at 9am and tickets are restricted to patrons 18+. So, plan your journey ahead by using www.transportnsw.info and www.newcastletransport.info.

Information on road closures is available at www.livetraffic.com

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