Australian Defence Force training

Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and personnel will conduct increased flying activities in Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach between 23 July and 31 July 2023.

The training will include Australian and American helicopters flying by day and night at low altitudes in urban areas.

This is a routine activity and the community should not be alarmed if they see or hear military aircraft and military personnel carrying weapons. No ammunition will be used during the training. The public may witness the release of flares from aircraft operating over water.

This essential training is vital to maintain Australia’s world-class military capability. All aircraft activities are conducted within strict safety and operational guidelines.

The flying activity schedule is subject to change, including short notice cancellation, due to variables such as air traffic control, weather and other aviation considerations.

Safety, noise management and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of Defence flying activities.

Noise disturbances will be minimised where possible and the ADF thanks the community for their patience and cooperation.

Members of the public can access further information regarding aircraft noise at, or by calling 1800 033 200.

For enquiries related to Exercise Talisman Sabre between 22 May - 6 August 2023, a free call number is also available for the community to leave messages for Defence - 1800 233 393.

Further information:

Defence Media

02 6127 1999



23 July 2023 – 31 July 2023


Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach