Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra

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See a huge collection of historical aircraft, engines, equipment, photographs, and books at Queensland Air Museum, a nonprofit aviation museum located at Caloundra Airport. With a mission to collect and preserve Queensland’s rich aviation heritage, the museum’s impressive collection is made up of a large variety of military, passenger, agricultural, training, and naval aircraft. Displayed on stands beside the aircraft, you can also see numerous piston, turbojet, and turboprop engines. Several permanent exhibits highlight important themes in the aviation history of Australia, with special emphasis on women in aviation, the development of Qantas Airways, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The museum also hosts numerous special events and temporary displays, so be sure to check in advance for any specific topics of particular interest to you. For Queensland Air Museum and beyond, use our Caloundra trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Caloundra vacation.
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  • Even for someone not so interested in aeroplanes this museum blew me away Amazing exhibits Would love to be there on an open cockpit day Displays of all kinds of planes Young kids would love this as w...  more »
  • Can’t say I know much about planes, but went there with my husband and 2 kids (age 8 & 12) and saw some excellent aircraft from fighters like the F-111 to choppers like the Huey, learned a lot from th...  more »
  • Do yourself a favour and take time to check out this great museum. It has an impressive range of planes, helicopters and memorabilia. Well worth the visit thanks to the dedicated members.  more »
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  • Now I'm not a fly-boy, but apparently I spent 3 hours here (according to the wife :o/ ). This place is a tribute to the hard working volunteers that oversee the operation presentation of this treasure trove of local avionic history. The depth of knowledge and enthusiasm of the volunteer staff is impressive and noteworthy. Our boys loved the cut-away turbine engines, and being able to go into the aircraft. The dioramas were studied in great detail by our youngest. We do have one regret. We missed the open cockpit day by a month. Next visit to Australia, we'll see if we can time it better! So many aircraft in such a small space. If you have the least bit of a mechanical, historical or aviation interest this is a must see place.
  • Enjoyed a good and very interesting day here. The older planes that have been restored and on show are a credit to the many folks who have spent time on these planes. Enjoyed seeing the rare starship and the f111
  • The Caloundra Air Museum claims to be the largest private aircraft museum in Australia...not sure about this but it is an amazing collection supported by nearly 100 volunteers. These dedicated men and women all have incredible knowledge of both military and civilian aircraft history. The newly acquired F-111 now fills almost half the entrance hangar. The larger hangar next door is chocka-block with a DC-3, RAAF Sabre, Canberra bomber, Huey, Vampire, Meteor, Winjeel, Ventura etc etc. Outside are many more aircraft including an almost restored Caribou and Neptune. Its extensive library contains bookshelves of books, documents, flight manuals enough to satisfy the most ardent aeronautical researcher. Well done you men and thanks for preserving and restoring so much of our history.
  • Saw some planes we used to know.Ex RAAF family.Very nostalgic.Great education for kids.Will be back.
  • Went with a group of guys. Was great to see the history of flight. Including the Great F1-11.

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