A freelance writer who lives at beautiful Lake Macquarie - owned by two adorable, very cheeky, spoooilt Labradors.
A festival 'to remember'
'These Flying boats (the Catalina Flying boats) and their crews stationed at Rathmines were involved in events that ended the threat of invasion to Australia...'as stated on the rathmines-catalina.com/in-brief website.
How many people knew this, or the importance of this? I didn't, or maybe I did and unfortunately, ignorantly forgot. And I've been familiar with the Rathmines area for quite some time — well, since returning from Malaysia, where I was born, and where my Dad was stationed as an Instrument Fitter in the RAAF, ironically enough.
Most people don't even know where Rathmines is let alone know/remember this impressively consequential, historical fact. Hopefully that's where the Rathmines Catalina Festival will continue to intercept and help make people aware of, and allow people to pay tribute to, this exceptional, sadly sacrificial, historical achievement.
The festival is based at the stunningly gentle lakeside Rathmines Park and former RAAF base, which 'was once the largest RAAF Flying Boat Base in the Southern Hemisphere' as stated on the rathmines-catalina.com/in-brief website. It is now a heritage-listed haven for people learning how to either drive or ride their bike, due to its vast open flat cement space. The festival is a 'plain and simple' fun, feel-good and informative day out for the whole family.
In particular, previously, my niece and nephew both revelled in the jumping castle, the giant slide, the pony rides, and being a bit spoilt with treats from the market stalls.
One of the main attractions of the day for many, however, would have to be the aerobatics and the afternoon fly-over. This is a strident, siren-sounding, shrilling, thrilling theatrical, which is sure to hoist both your heart and your excitement levels (possibly up as high as those enjoying one of the helicopter or seaplane joy flights, which are also on offer on the day).