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Open Cockpit Weekend

Open Cockpit Weekend

Whilst visiting the Sunshine Coast, take a tour to the famous Queensland Air Museum to see its unique collection.

If you visit during July, then make sure to come to the Open Cockpit weekend where you can sit inside many of the historic planes within the museum.

Open Cockpit Weekend 2017 – Prices, QAM Caloundra, Qld

With many interactive displays, exhibits and aircraft machinery, this amazing museum has a large range of aircraft memorabilia from the 20th century and beyond. Come for a tour of the museum where you will be treated to a large number of historic aircraft, helicopters, gliders, machinery, artefacts, photographs and books.

The museum’s aircraft collection is made up of a large variety of aircraft types that represent many aspects of aviation including: military aircraft from the RAAF, RAN, Australian Army and RAF, passenger aircraft from Ansett Airlines, Queensland Airlines and Airlines of Tasmania. There are also a range of agricultural aircraft, training aircraft and helicopters. During the Open Cockpit Weekend, visitors can sit inside an iconic F-111 and a 1937 vintage Douglas DC-3.

The museum collection also has many displays which delve into the rich aviation history of Australia. There are a number of exhibits on display including: Charles Kingsford Smith, Women in Aviation, Pathfinder Force, Korean War, Vietnam War, British Pacific Commonwealth Airlines, Ansett Airlines, Qantas Airways, Calair, The Flight Data Recorder and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

This event is also great for the kids as there is a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and fairy floss available.

So come and check out the Queensland Air Museum on your next trip to the Sunshine Coast.


01 July 2017 to 02 July 2017

Event Times

9am - 4pm
Engine runs at 11am & 1pm


Queensland Air Museum


7 Pathfinder Drive
Caloundra West, QLD

Contact Details

(07) 5492 5930


Adult: $16
Concession: $12
Child: $9
Family: $36


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    • Hi Lorna,

      I am unable to say how many cockpits will be open exactly, but the organisers have stated that you can sit in: F-111, Wessex, DC3, Starship, Fokker F27 Friendship and heaps of other aircraft. This is a family event, so children are welcome to check out the cockpits as well.

      Enjoy your day at the Open Cockpit Weekend!

  • Hi, is there any difference in day 1 and day 2? If so what please. Also what is the benefit (if any) of booking before the day. Finally roughly how many people turn up at 11 am?

    • Hi John,

      There is no difference between the days. The benefit of booking online in advance is avoiding a long ticket queue if there are lots of people attending. I cannot possibly predict how many people will arrive at 11am, previous years have been busy so I would advise getting in early.

      Best regards,

  • Does anyone know if there is another open cockpit weekend to be held in the near future? I really wanted to take my young fella there but was unable due to work commitments. And info is appreciated thanks.

    • Hi Jason,

      Unfortunately, the Open Cockpit Weekend only runs once a year.

      However the Queensland Air Museum is open daily from 10am – 4pm (Except Christmas Day), so you are able to visit at other times during the year if you wish to view the planes.


  • My dad is 88 and can only walk 20 paces at a time before his leg muscles seize up. He is great at riding a mobility scooter. Is there any way he could get around the exhibits at the QAM in Caloundra?

    • Hi Lindy,

      Many of the exhibits for the Open Cockpit Weekend are located outdoors, therefore a mobility scooter that can handle grass would be fine for that part.

      The rest of the museum is located all on one level with flat concrete flooring through most of the exhibits. There is ample space to navigate through most parts of the museum with a mobility scooter.

      If you need further info, you can contact the QAM directly on (07) 5492 5930.

      Have a great time at the Open Cockpit Weekend!

      Kind regards,