RAAF Base Townsville

The Royal Australian Air Force’s RAAF Base Townsville is an important forward operating base located north-west of Townsville. It is home to:

  • No 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing
  • No 323 Combat Support Squadron
  • No 44 Wing Detachment Townsville – air traffic control
  • No 27 (City of Townsville) Squadron – Air Force Reserve
  • No 38 Squadron Detachment B – Caribou light transport aircraft
  • No 1 Airfield Operations Support Squadron – airfield engineering
  • Combat Survival Training School – evasion and escape training
  • Army’s No 5 Aviation Regiment – Black Hawk and Tiger helicopters.

Lavarack Barracks

This is the second largest base in Australia, behind Darwin. Just had a major works program worth $500m approved.

Lavarack Barracks is a major Australian Army base located in Townsville, Queensland. Lavarack Barracks is currently home to the Australian 3rd Brigade. Elements of the 3rd Brigade based at the Barracks include the Combat Signals Regiment, 3rd Combat Services Support Battalion and the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment.