Situated in the picturesque Brisbane Valley

Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is located in South East Queensland, Australia approximately 5nm from the small country township of Toogoolawah, an easy 1 to 1½ hours drive from the state's capital city Brisbane. To the south of the airfield is the particularly scenic Brisbane Valley area featuring open rolling pastures and cleared farming country bordering the Wivenhoe Dam. To the north and west is the Great Dividing Range - gateway to the Darling Downs and beyond. A short flight to the east passes the grand Glass House Mountains en route to the most picturesque bay and beach scenery imaginable.

The Watts Bridge area makes for extremely safe recreational flying with many open paddocks surrounding the airfield. Weather conditions are generally most amenable with a prevailing wind from the South East - usually at less than 15 knots. In summer expect a cooling North Easterly sea breeze in the afternoon.

Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield features three well formed grass runways suitable for almost all types of recreational aircraft. Watts has been used by aircraft such as the Trojan T28, Antonov, Lancair, Pitts Special plus a variety of vintage, warbird, ultralight, glider and general aviation aircraft. (See below for Runway Details)

Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is OCTA being situated on the boundary between Brisbane International Airport's CLASS C  Lower Limit of 7,500' and the CLass E Lower Limit at 8,500' making for recreational and glider friendly operations. CTAF Procedures (3 NM Radius - Surface to 3000 Ft AMSL) apply for all operations at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield.

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.

Download the Fly Neighbourly Chart.



S27º 05.9'    E152º27.6'

  • Class C  -  LL 7,500'
  • Class E  -  LL 8,500'
  • Danger Area D651 (SFC to 3,000FT)
  • CTAF 3NM Radius   Surface-3000FT AMSL
  • Refer ERSA for additional information
  • Watts Bridge is OCTA 0 - 7,500FT)


12R - 30L    900 metres
12L - 30R    820 metres
 03  -  21     815 metres

  • Left hand circuits Runway 12L and 30L
  • Right hand circuits Runway 12R and 30R
  • Contra Circuits in operation on Runways 12/30
  • Join circuit on downwind, base or final
  • Silverleaves Road (Final approach to Runway 12) is fenced
  • The undershoot area of Runway 12 is unserviceable
  • Runway 21 has a displaced threshold
  • Drainage ditches flank each Taxiway


127.3 MHz    CTAF
129.0 MHz    AREA
127.9 MHz    Ground for GoE 2017

The above information is supplied for general reference only and is NOT to be used for operational purposes.
Consult ERSA, current VTC's and/or contact the Airfield Management for current airfield details prior to conducting operations at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield.

Changed Circuit Procedures from 17th August 2017

The parallel runways (12L/30R and 12R/30L) are now fully useable. With the publication of the August ERSA update, effective the 17th August 2017, contra circuit procedures will be in operation at Watts Bridge.

Pilots are strongly encouraged to download the Contra Circuits Procedures Information Sheet and the YWSG ERSA extract (shown above) to be ready to safely join circuit on the 17th August.

NOTE: The Contra Circuit Procedures will be in operation prior to the Gathering of Eagles, so if you are planning on joining the fly-in, have a read and be prepared!!

Many many thanks to Gary Clark - creator of The Swamp for the special cartoons illustrating the changes in circuit procedures and possible outcomes of everyone not being fully prepared.

Please support Gary by visiting The Swamp Website at


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Take the Esk - Somerset Dam Road.

Turn into Mt Beppo Road towards Toogoolawah and travel approximately 6Km's.

Take a right turn into Silverleaves Road and travel approximately 3Km's to the intersection of Silverleaves Road and Cressbrook-Caboonbah Road.

Take a right turn into Cressbrook - Caboonbah Road.

The entrance to Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is approximately 100 metres on your left.

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 maximises 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.

Download the Drive Neighbourly Information Sheet.