There are absolutely no facilities – but how many people can say they’ve slept on an airfield?
It is suitable for big rigs and pets, camp in dry weather only – and enjoy the views!
This little strip of history was the Territory’s largest aircraft service and repair base during World War II.
It is hard to imagine that in late 1943, during its peak of operations, it was the base for 6,000 service personnel. Back then, staff could attend the open-air picture theatre (which seated 2000), or relax at the boxing ring, four tennis courts, football and cricket fields. There was an officers’ and a sergeants’ mess and the Airmen’s Recreation Hall.
This landmark is named after Flying Officer Peter Gorrie, who was shot down in a Hudson bomber over Sulawesi, January 1942.
Turn off Hwy 66 km south of Mataranka or 10 km north of Larrimah onto a signposted track. Follow 1 km, turn right at the Y intersection and immediately right again (you’ll see a hubcap on a tree), follow to the runway.
GPS at entrance: 15 29 25 S 133 11 41 E