Up in the Air, Lake Mac’s New Festival

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Celebrate all things aerial at Up in the Air, Lake Mac’s new festival of soaring heights presented by Lake Macquarie City Council.

Bring the family to Rathmines Park on Sunday 23 May for a celebration up in the air featuring fly-overs from historic aircraft and exciting aerobatic displays! 

Tickets are just $8, with FREE entry for children 15 years and under. 

Watch as aircraft fly about 200m from the Rathmines shoreline, with some planes operating just metres above the lake’s surface. 

The four display pilots have all been top international aerobatic performers with 10 years’ experience.

Up in the Air Festival Grumman TBF Avenger
Grumman TBF Avenger

See Australia’s only Grumman TBF Avenger – the heaviest single-engine aircraft of the Second World War, famous for sinking the Japanese super-battleships Yamato and Musashi.

Watch as a Military T-28 Trojan skyrockets past, and be thrilled by electrifying aerobatic performances by a Rebel 300 and a Pitts Special Biplane.

Up in the Air Festival Lake Mac
Military T-28 Trojan

As well as activities up in the air, there’s plenty of fun on the ground. With its renowned history as a WWII RAAF base, Rathmines Park is a fitting location for all the action, which will also include classic car displays, live entertainment, brass band performances and vintage dance demonstrations and workshops. 

Up in the Air Festival Lake Mac

Kids will be entertained throughout the day, with ‘make and fly your own kite’ workshops, magic shows, interactive science shows, giant bubbles, hoola hooping, roving stilt-walkers and the dedicated art and craft Kids’ Zone. 

Local personality and NBN weatherman Gavin Morris, a veteran paraglider, will also make an appearance.


Aerial Displays

  • 10:15 am – Rebel 300
  • 11:00 am – Grumman TBF Avenger
  • 12:00 pm – Pitts Special
  • 12:30 pm – T-28 Trojan

All Day

  • Classic car display
  • Kids’ Zone arts and crafts
  • Kite Magic (kite-making workshops 10am-2pm, kite-flying demonstrations 2-4pm)
  • Live entertainment and brass bands – Jumpin’ Juke Box Duo, Kent Daniels, Toronto Brass Band, Waratah Brass Band and the Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band
  • Market stalls and food trucks

SMART Interactive Science Shows

  • 10.45am
  • 12pm

BubbleOlogy, Hoola Hooping and Stilt-Walking Roving Displays 

  • 12-5pm

Gavin Morris Talk

  • 1pm

All Shook Up Dance Studio Demonstrations and Workships – Jive and Rock’n’Roll

  • 2-2.45pm

JD’s World of Magic Shows

  • 3-5pm

Good to Know

Location: Rathmines Park, Rathmines

Event Details: Sunday, 23 May 2021 from 10am to 5pm.

Cost: Tickets are $8, with FREE entry for children 15 years and under.

Bookings required: Book via EventBrite

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