RAAF Base Learmonth LEA

RAAF Base Learmonth LEA

RAAF Base Learmonth LEA

RAAF Base Learmonth can be found on the North West Cape peninsula in Western Australia, about 30 kilometres from Exmouth.

It is one of three Air Force aEURbare base' that can be used to perform exercises or other operational needs.

The base was established in 1950 to support land, air, and sea operations that were aimed at protecting Australia's northern approaches. The (then) Learmonth Airfield was also known as "Potshot" during World War II. It provided protection for the US Navy submarine base in Exmouth Gulf. It was also home to a number of Air Force radar stations that provided early warning of enemy movements.

The airfield was rebuilt by the No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron after World War II. It was completed in the early 1970s.

How to contact Airport Customer Service








Learmonth Aviation Refuelling Service


07:30 - 16:30
After hours by arrangement


+61 (0) 8 9949 1590
+61 (0) 417 955 167


Jet A-1 (tanker refueller)

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Airport phone contacts for help

For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

What airlines fly out of RAAF Base Learmonth LEA

Qantas Airways

Airport security check.

Learmonth Airport has security screening available for all persons and their luggage. The screening point usually opens about an hour before the departure of any aircraft. There are several steps you can take in order to make the screening process faster and more efficient.

Some items are not allowed onboard. These items must be turned in before you are allowed to pass through security. You will need to check with your airline in advance about what you can and cannot take on board. If permitted, leave it at home or put it in your checked baggage.

There are a variety of screening options for carry-on bags, including:

  • X-ray examination;
  • Explosive Trace Detection Equipment (ETD), is used for testing chemical residues.
  • Search by physical.

You should ensure that your mobile phone, keys, coins and other metallic decorative items are not placed in your checked baggage. For x-ray examination, you should take your laptop out of its box and place it in one the trays available at the screening point.

You can discuss your non-standard cameras and films with the security guards. If you have any medically-required syringes, please inform the security screening officer.

You may also be asked if you are willing to walk through a metal detector. You might be asked to take off your shoes, belt, or any other metal objects that might cause the alarm to sound.

If the metal detector alarm sounds you will be asked by the screening agent to remove any metallic objects and place them on the provided trays. The screening officer will ask for you to return to the metal detector.

If the metal detector rings again, you may be asked to do a frisk (pat-down) search. You can request that the screening be conducted in a private space. For these arrangements, please speak to the screening officers.

Screening staff should be informed if there are any medical conditions that could cause the metal detector alarm sound.

You will not be permitted to board your plane or pass through security screening if you refuse to be screen.

Airport Pet Policy

Please contact the relevant airline you are travelling with directly.

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