The Royal Australian Air Force Museum is located at the RAAF Base Point Cook, located about 30 minutes west of Melbourne’s CBD. It’s the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), which was renamed the Royal Australian Air Force after World War I.
The Point Cook base was the RAAF’s only base from 1912 until 1925, when the Richmond and Laverton bases were built.
These days, the RAAF Museum is a tribute to the history of Australia’s Air Force. Visitors will get a solid history lesson all about Air Force training and advancements in military aircraft, as well as mission reports. Inside the museum, there’s an extensive collection of memorabilia to look at, including retired aircraft, and countless stories of Australia’s military aviation expeditions.
When visiting you might be treated to interactive flying displays where you can see aircraft in flight. These take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 1pm (weather permitting). Don’t forget to visit the RAAF Museum shop where you’ll find souvenirs, plaques and aircraft cloth patches.
Admission to the RAAF Museum is free, though donations are accepted. Visitors over the age of 16 need to bring photo identification to enter the base.