This state-of-the-art museum is a must-do attraction when you’re visiting Alice Springs. Located in the original Radio Station House, a Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum tour presents the exciting and detailed story of the RFDS both past and present and showcases its importance to the people of outback Australia. There’s some amazing tech on display here with a pioneering holographic show bringing founder Reverend John Flynn to life to talk about his vision and passion: the medical care of the remote people of the Inland. Virtual reality and interactive technology present stories from pilots and nurses, and allows you to experience a flight as a patient in a replica aircraft at 15,000 feet. This is a story of innovation, bravery, and determination, one not to be missed in Alice Springs.
The Alice Springs RFDS has played a vital role in the care of the isolated people of central Australia for over 70 years. Established in Alice Springs in 1939, today the service provides 24-hour care and covers a staggering 1.25 million square kilometres.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility opened in 1970 and today’s museum rivals any across the globe presenting the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the service, the history and activities of the pilots, engineers, doctors and nurses, and the experiences of the patients past and present.
As a not-for-profit organisation, all proceeds from tourist visits and souvenir purchases go directly to the replenishment of aircraft and medical equipment. So make sure you spend a little time in the gift shop where you’ll find an array of souvenirs as well as some co-branded RM Williams clothing. It’s a great way to not only remember your visit but to support this essential service.
All of our Fun Over Fifty tours that stay in Alice Springs include a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. You can join us on a fly-in/fly-out coach tour or perhaps whilst travelling aboard the iconic Ghan on an all-inclusive rail journey.
The RFDS Tourist Facility is a dedicated institution that preserves and showcases the history, achievements, and artefacts related to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) of Australia. It offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the organisation's pioneering work in providing healthcare services to remote areas using aviation technology.
The RFDS Tourist Facility is located in the heart of Alice Springs, in the original Radio Station House.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday with tours running every half hour. Allow a couple of hours to fully experience the collection, interactive displays, and replica aircraft.
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