Newcastle - NSW 2281

Rathmines is a town located in New South Wales, Australia, with the postcode 2283. It is situated on the shores of Lake Macquarie, approximately 22 kilometers southwest of the city of Newcastle. Rathmines is historically significant as it was the site of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Rathmines seaplane base. The base was established in 1939 during World War II and played a vital role in the defense of Australia and the Pacific region. It served as a base for Catalina flying boats and supported maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions. After the war, Rathmines continued to be an important base for the RAAF until it was decommissioned in 1961.

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Is Rathmines NSW a good suburb?

Today, Rathmines is a peaceful lakeside community with a mix of residential areas and recreational facilities. The town offers beautiful waterfront views, parks, and picnic spots along the lake. It has a strong community spirit and is known for its historical significance and connection to the RAAF. The Rathmines Catalina Festival, held annually, celebrates the town’s aviation heritage and attracts visitors from near and far. It features aircraft displays, market stalls, entertainment, and activities for all ages.

Schools near Rathmines

Rathmines has school within its boundaries. Rathmines Public School is a Coeducation primary school, serving years K-6.

Rathmines Properties For Rent

We have a number of properties available for rent in the Rathmines area or surrounding suburbs. 

FAQs About Living in Rathmines NSW

Rathmines is located within the local government area (LGA) of the City of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia.

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