Wirraway at Thornton was inspired by aviation and its significance to the lower Hunter region. Named in honour of the CAC Wirraway aircraft, Wirraway represents independence, freedom and honours the contribution of aviation throughout history.

The Wirraway plane saw active service during the Second World War, with the No. 4 Operational Training Unit formed with Wirraways at the nearby RAAF Base Williamtown in 1942. Now, more than 70 years later, Wirraway remembers the past and secures the future, with many Defence members to one day call Wirraway home.

The name remembers a time when aviation was exciting and adventurous — the same sentiments and emotions will be shared by inspired families, embarking on their own adventures as they move to Wirraway.