November 16, 2021
Due to limited parking and an attempt to avoid delays, the organisers encourage you to come by train, however if you choose to drive, the Shellharbour Airport is located adjacent to the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail, just over an hours drive south of Sydney (approx. 100km), 20 minutes south of Wollongong and 45 minutes north of Nowra. If coming from the west, the airport is located at the end of the Illawarra Highway approximately 45 minutes east of Moss Vale.
There will be NO general admission parking available on site.
Visitors will need to park in the designated public P1 or P2 carparks, where a FREE shuttle bus service will be operating to and from the main entrance gate.
P1 car park will be located at Albion Oval on the corner of the Princes Highway and Tongarra Road with Access via Ash Avenue.
P2 car park will be located on the corner of Tongarra Road and Croome Road with access from Croome Road.
Both P1 and P2 car parks will be manned by NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers for the duration of the show to help ensure the safety of vehicles.
A parking fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged with all proceeds going to various local charities.
Directions to public carparks will be clearly signposted.
Traffic management will be in place however some delays may be unavoidable.
To avoid traffic delays why not consider arriving by train, Albion Park train station is situated opposite the main entrance gate, less than 100m from the airport. Sydney Trains will be providing additional services for the day.
There will be NO General Admission parking available at Shellharbour Airport during the Wings Over Illawarra airshow.
Due to the large numbers of visitors attending Wings Over Illawarra and the absence of large parking areas at the airport, visitors travelling by car will need to park in the designated park and ride location. Onsite parking is only available to buses, coaches, Gold Pass holders and accredited disabled permit holders ONLY.
Alternatively, for those wishing to avoid traffic hassles, we highly recommend parking at a train station on the South Coast Line and catching the train to the airshow. The Albion Park Station entrance is less than 100 metres from the airshow entry gate and Sydney Trains have added additional carriages for the duration of the event. Click here for further information on train travel to the airshow.
Information and Registration form for those planning on flying in to Wings Over Illawarra
We welcome those wishing to fly in to Wings Over Illawarra, and for 2021 have gained approval for under-wing camping in the large aircraft parking area in the paddock south west of the runway intersection. Direct access to this area is from the western end of RWY 08/26, where an access corridor to the aircraft parking and camping area will be clearly marked with orange cones.
With the postponement of the event to November and lifting of the air display TRA at 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday, the last light issues of previous years for pilots flying in should be well and truly taken care of.
In addition, we have been successful in gaining approval for under-wing camping, so pilots may now choose to camp overnight and depart the following morning prior to the TRA beginning at 10:30, or on Monday.
The aircraft parking area is located within the display box, and therefore will need to be vacated during the flying displays, however a shuttle bus will be provided to ferry pilots and their passengers between the event site and parking area/campground.
Camping & Fees
The under-wing camping area will include toilets, a shower block, an undercover area with tables and chairs and lighting. We have engaged the services of M2Kitchen to run a cash bar and a fully catered evening dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday by way of a buffet at a very reasonable cost. M2Kitchen will also be catering breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning by way of bacon and egg rolls etc.
There is a small fee of $20.00 per person per night for those camping to assist with the cost of infrastructure.
You will receive an email with a Promo Code to purchase discounted Aviation Industry Member tickets and Camping Passes once you have completed and submitted the fly-in aircraft registration form.
The camping area is ONLY available for those flying-in to Wings Over Illawarra as there is no road access to the campsite.
Plan to arrive between the hours of 08:00 and 10:00. YSHL will be closed from 10:30 for aircraft displays on Saturday & Sunday.
If planning to arrive Friday afternoon be aware that YSHL will be closed intermittently between 12:00 and 16:00 for display practice.
The parking area is located within the display box and MUST be vacated by all persons by 10:30 daily. There will be absolutely NO ACCESS to the aircraft parking area from 10:30 until completion of the air displays (approximately 16:00).
Those planning on flying in should be aware of the late finish of the airshow (approx 16:00) and a Temporary Restricted Area will be in force from 10:30 to 16:30 (this will be lifted as soon as the display concludes). Pilots may like to consider staying overnight and departing the following morning.
A shuttle bus will be operating to ferry pilots and passengers to the event area and return them to their aircraft at the conclusion of the air displays.
Airshow tickets can be purchased at the pilot entry gate, but we recommend pre-purchasing on-line prior to arrival.
Skydive Australia and Link Airways will be operating from the northern apron area (east of the fuel bowser) throughout the show and as such the apron will be closed to general traffic.
Please download the Detailed Pilot Information and Instructions by clicking the button below.
If you are planning on flying in to the event, please use the form below to pre-register in order to assist us in ensuring sufficient parking space is available.
Aircraft registration for those planning on flying in to Wings Over Illawarra 2021 will close at 1700hrs on Wednesday 24th November 2021.
Travelling to Wings Over Illawarra from Melbourne or Brisbane?
Wings Over Illawarra partner, Link Airways offer direct services from Essendon and Brisbane to Wollongong.
With weekly services 6 days from Essendon and 4 days from Brisbane, Link Airways offer an ideal way for our interstate visitors to fly direct to the Shellharbour Airport to attend the show.
Link Airways (formerly Fly Corporate), established in 1972 have over 46 years of aviation service are a proud provider of services to regional communities and Australian owned and operated.
Their fleet of 34 seat Saab 340B Plus aircraft are among the most advanced turboprop aircraft type in service today with comfortable seating, large, easy-to-access overhead bins, convenient on-board toilet and unrivalled service to ensure an exceptional in-flight passenger experience.
AVOID THE TRAFFIC, COME BY TRAIN.
Due to limited parking available and the close proximity of Albion Park train station, the organisers encourage you to come by train.
Albion Park train station is on the South Coast line and is situated on the Princes Highway opposite the airshow main entrance gate, less than 100m from the airport. Special arrangements for pedestrian movement to the event will be in place.
For information on additional trains and to plan your trip visit transportnsw.info.
You can use an Opal card or contactless payment card or device to pay for travel on public transport by tapping on and off the Opal reader. For more information on Opal cards and payment methods, including fares visit Opal at transportnsw.info. Opal cards are available at thousands of retailers including convenience stores and newsagents.
You can also consider driving to a nearby train station and hop on a train to continue your trip to Albion Park. Commuter car parking is available on the South Coast line at the following train stations:
- Fairy Meadow
- North Wollongong
- Oak Flats
- Shellharbour Junction
- Bomaderry (Nowra)