The Katherine Tindal Civilian Airport is located approximately 15 km south of town, along the Stuart Highway. The Katherine Town Council established a working agreement with the Tindal RAAF Base in the early 1990s for the joint usage of the airstrip and associated facilities.


Turning right off Tarakan Road onto Dawson Drive and following it to the end, the Civilian Terminal is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for the convenience of all industry users.

Tindal Aerodrome (YPTN) is a Security Controlled Airport. Security surveillance cameras operate throughout the civilian side of the Airport and an electronic security gate system is also in place to prevent unauthorised persons access airside. All users of the Katherine Tindal Civilian Airport must be current holders of a valid ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card).

As the KCA is not manned, each of the airside access gates have a phone number or intercom, which connects to RAAF Security and can be used to arrange remote operation of the gate. Presentation of a valid ASIC card is required and users must remain at the gate until it has completely closed.

Several companies utilise the Katherine Tindal Airport as a base for their operational services throughout the region. Private charters from Katherine may be arranged directly with the various companies.

Facilities & Equipment

Tindal runway and taxiways are controlled by the department of defence, air traffic services inquires should be directed to Phone: 08 8973 6888 or 0428 264 175. Air Traffic Control enquiries phone 08 8973 6705 or 0408 221 783.

Taxiway Echo is not available to aircraft above 25,000KG MTOW without a pavement concession from the Department of Defence. Civil apron is not available to aircraft above 25,000KG MTOW Code B aircraft without a pavement concession from Katherine Town Council (KTC). Prior approval from KTC required for parking of all ACFT ABV 5,700KG. The Domestic Terminal has limited ground handling services, please contact KTC for further information.

The phone activation of night lighting for the apron lighting is currently unavailable.

Conditions can vary at short notice. Pilots are reminded to check their NOTAMs and the current version of ERSA, which can be found by following the links on the following webpage here


Refuelling of aircraft is available by contacting Viva Energy Aviation on 0467 778 606 or by accessing the self-service AVGAS bowsers.

Information & Assistance

Relevant fees and charges associated with parking and the hiring of facility space at the Katherine Tindal Civilian Airport.

To view fees and charges click here

Aviation Industry personnel who require further information with regard to specific regulations or requirements for the Katherine Tindal Civilian Airport, may find additional assistance from the following sites:

General User Conditions

Katherine Civil Airport (KCA) is the civil section of the RAAF Base Tindal and is managed by the Katherine Town Council (KTC). KTC are responsible for all management issues at the KCA. KTC have developed General User Conditions to set out the operational rules that permit and guide use of the KCA. These General User Conditions may be amended from time to time. It is important for all users of the KCA to be up to date with the latest copy of the General User Conditions

General User Conditions


Katherine Town Council looks after the Katherine Airport. The emergency contact is Manager of Environmental and Municipal, Brett Kimpton 0448 821 745. The email is