WWII heritage site of national significance

Peaceful Rathmines Park was once home to the largest and longest-serving seaplane base in the Southern Hemisphere during WWII. 

The most intact example of an RAAF WWII seaplane base in Australia, Rathmines is culturally significant on a national level  through its association with notable WWII events including the Battle of the Coral Sea, and synonymous
with the Catalina, one of the most successful flying boats ever produced.

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, you can explore the area’s wartime history by visiting the Catalina Memorial and Catalina bowling club adjacent (housed in one of the base’s original buildings), which features a RAAF personnel Memorial Wall.
Or, simply enjoy a picnic or barbecue amongst the picturesque, tranquil surrounds. 


Learn more about the Rathmines RAAF base here.


1 Stilling Street, Rathmines

  • Pay your respects at the Catalina Memorial and Memorial Wall inside the Catalina Club. 

  • The Rathmines Catalina Festival celebrates the area’s rich war history, with air shows, seaplanes on display, live music, great food and much more! Catch the next festival in May 2019.  

  • The playground at Rathmines Park is inspired by the Catalina flying boat, and features colourful, plane-themed equipment. Bring the kids’ bikes and scooters too, they’ll love the wide, flat pathways.

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