Defence Force helicopters to train over the Gold Coast

Gold Coasters are being told not to be alarmed if they see Australian Defence Force helicopters flying low over the city over the coming weeks.

The ADF has confirmed it will be conducting a number of training exercises across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich and Darling Downs but was unable to specify the exact days or time they would be happening.

Defence could only confirm they would be taking place in ‘August and early September’.


Helicopters will form a major part of the training, flying between Defence establishments and training areas during the day.

Locals are being warned it could lead to some ongoing noise.

“People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of actual threat,” Defence said in a statement.

“The public should not be alarmed if they see or hear military helicopters and military personnel carrying weapons. No ammunition will be used during the training.”

“This essential training is vital to maintain Australia’s world-class military capability. It is not a part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 response.”