Welcome to Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is without doubt the premier recreational airfield in South East Queensland, located 5nm from the small country township of Toogoolawah, an easy 1-hour drive from the state’s capital Brisbane. The airfield features three well-formed grass runways which are suited to virtually all types of aircraft used for sport and recreational flying. The local area makes for extremely safe operations with large open paddocks surrounding the airfield. Weather conditions permit year-round flying with a prevailing wind from the S.E., usually at less than 15 knots. The airfield is located outside Brisbane and Amberley controlled airspace, with a lower limit of 7,500′, eminently suited to aerobatic and glider operations.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield’s runways, taxiways and drainage systems were originally built during World War II as part of the nation’s defence program. In the early 1980’s a small dedicated group “re-discovered” Watts Bridge and set about reclaiming the airfield, envisioning an airpark style development providing a wide range of general facilities, services and amenities. The airfield now encourages appropriate private and commercial investment, always in keeping with the concept of an open and affordable recreational aviation centre.
The airfield is the home base for several active aviation clubs, including the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Aerobatic Club, the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club and the Queensland Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft Association. The combined membership of these clubs covers the entire aviation spectrum including recreational, aerobatic and commercial pilots, flight instructors, aircraft maintenance personnel, amateur and experimental aircraft builders and a wide range of general aviation enthusiasts.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is wholly owned, operated and maintained by our members, all of whom are absolutely passionate about aeroplanes and flying. We actively encourage anyone with an abiding interest in aviation to come visit the airfield to experience first-hand what we all enjoy so much. Membership is open to everyone and who knows?? After sampling first-hand what we have to offer, you too may decide to become a member, build a hangar or even join a homebase group.
Welcome to Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield:
An airpark dedicated to all sport and recreational aviation!!
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is strongly committed to a "Fly Neighbourly" policy ensuring good working relationships with other land owners in the district.
Pilots are requested to download the Fly Neighbourly Chart to be aware of and avoid where operationally possible, noise and over-fly sensitive locations adjacent to the airfield.
Recent News Articles
The Activities menu provides easy access to many more Stories and News Articles as well as the Airfield’s Events Calendar.
The QFES held their annual training weekend at Watts Bridge July 17th-18th in challenging weather conditions.
The Australian Aerobatic Club – Queensland Chapter held their annual State Championships April 30th – May 2nd . Photo gallery and story here.
Red Thunder TFC turns it on at the 2021 Planes, Trains and Automobile Event – Ipswich.
Website Archive 2003-2019
The previous Watts Bridge Website represents a rich historical snapshot of the more interesting day to day activities, fly-ins, events and major airshows which have occurred at the airfield. So as not to lose this valuable historical record, the old website has been preserved as an archive, presenting the articles as they originally appeared.
The archived material includes:
• 200+ News Articles and Stories,
• 270+ Homebase Group Newsletters,
• 25+ Fly-In and Major Event Summaries.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield requests that all members and visitors using the airfield's internal roads adhere to the signposted maximum Speed Limit of 20kph.
The Speed Limit maximizes safety for all motorists and pedestrians, significantly reduces damage to the airfield's roadways and minimises the generation of dust which has an adverse affect on aircraft, buildings and human health.