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Brilliant, last visit 35 years ago

Spent an amazing Sunday walking around a lot of familiar and a lot of new exhibits Being an ex... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Martin H
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Loch Sport, Australia
Well worth the ‘flying’ visit

Didn’t know what to expect when we arrived here but we left very impressed. The museum is extremely... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ezmaecruisin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent an amazing Sunday walking around a lot of familiar and a lot of new exhibits Being an ex Navy Fleet Air Arm sailor I had not been there for 35 years. The set up is amazing and provides for buses and people towing caravans plenty of parking. The entry is Disable friendly as is the hole museum. The museum covers everything from WW1 through WW2, Korea, Vietnam. Timor and the Gulf wars right up to present day and covering the disaster relief efforts too. If the Fleet Air Arm was there it was covered I can't recommend it higher than that but then I'm slightly predigest. cheers

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Didn’t know what to expect when we arrived here but we left very impressed. The museum is extremely informative and has a great array of planes and helicopters to see. There are also a few that you can climb into to really get the whole experience. I think kids would also have a great time looking around and there is a great little gift shop at the end of your tour. Well worth the visit!

Thank ezmaecruisin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I didn’t know much about Australia’s Naval aviation history so was really surprised by the enormous number of aircraft and rotary wing types on display. Really tidy little museum, with a ton of aircraft packed in. Informative and interesting videos too. Highly recommended!

Thank Y8901LEchrisn
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Very well persevered flying machines and artifacts. Not only give a great glimpse into the birds of times gone by but also into those who flew them.
Must go for people visiting Nowra, Huskisson & Batsmans bay

Thank Kshitiz81
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Great place to take kids. Highly impressed with the set up and up close to so many planes and helicopters.

Thank Nitzxoxo
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

If you take the time to look at all the displays, information and read the stories of the Men, Women, Ships and Aircraft both Fixed Wing & Rotary Wing. You may want to take a three or four hours. You may also want to take photos so you can look back in a few months time.

Thank Macca M
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

I didn't know what to expect from this museum and wondered whether there would be planes. Yes, there are indeed planes, in fact all of the planes connected to H.M.A.S. Albatross over the years. However, it did make me wonder why we no longer have a Fleet Air Arm as it seemed everyone connected with it seemed well trained and world class. I can remember seeing many of the aircraft in fly pasts but they are now a thing of the past. The museum is well worth a visit though.

Thank _paulajjac
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

Visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum with my partner last week. Was greatly looking forward to the visit, having served at HMAS Albatross many years ago – as a Naval Airman Meteorological Observer/Navigator’s Yeoman.
The museum is impressive, standing just outside the still-extant naval base. One of the massive screws from the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney stands in the forecourt of the museum, overlooked by a naval shield seemingly granted to the museum itself.
You enter via a shop area: entry is $10.00 with no concessions. I found that odd, as a TPI & Vietnam veteran it hardly seemed welcoming.
The museum however is impressive – both in terms of the displayed aircraft & equipment, and likewise with the excellent, audio-visual displays giving first hand accounts from previously serving members.
The exhibits are logically set out on a sort of circular track, beginning with a WWI Sopwith Pup and ending with the A4 Skyhawk, the last fixed wing aircraft before the RAN moved to helicopters only. The displayed aircraft & helicopters were also supported with some magnificent ship models: the one of the light cruiser HMAS Sydney was a standout for me, but so too those of the two Majestic class carriers Sydney & Melbourne (on which I served).
I cannot comment on the café: it was not open on our visit. Indeed if I had an overall complaint, it would have to be the lack of any human element to the museum – there are no staff in the museum proper, the only people we saw on our visit were the two bored-looking staff in the shop.
Would also have to say that the shop itself was a disappointment. There was a good range of clothing available – obviously though, aimed at serving personnel rather than ex-RAN or the general public. There was also a very limited range of giftware available: whisky decanters, key rings, lapel badges etc. Other than that there were some militarily-themed fluffy toys and a large array of non-generic models/toys of the sort to be found in the $2.00 Shop – disappointingly, nothing of any direct RAN significance, such as models or posters. Similarly, the books on offer were extremely limited and seemed almost chosen at random.
There is a small art gallery attached to the shop, with an interesting collection of paintings (again, no posters of any of these are available).
Overall, I enjoyed my visit, as did my partner. A great deal of thought has obviously gone into the setting up of the displayed aircraft, & the supporting displays are well designed & give excellent supporting information. Shop was a great disappointment – it would have been nice to have brought away some souvenir of the visit, but never mind. Would definitely recommend a visit to anyone interested in the Navy, or in aviation generally – would make a nice outing on a rainy day, especially if the café happened to be open.

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Reviewed 29 July 2018

Well worth the price of entry and the trip to Nowra. Lots of old planes and military kit, plenty of information available from the staff and a valuable insight into the history of the Naval Air Arm.

Thank Mark_R_B_123
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Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

What an excellent attraction. Especially if you are into flight.
Bargain entry @ $10 per adult and kids under 16 free. How good is that.
My young grandkids loved the place ( grandpa loved it too). Well laid out, extremely clean and well presented information cards.
The helicopters were my favourite but the kids loved the "funny looking old fashioned planes".
Only suggestion is to maybe consider a discount for seniors.
Don't miss this when in the area.

Thank David W
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