The Royal Flying Doctor Service is an invaluable organisation in Central Australia, saving lives of Australians in remote areas since 1928. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service Tourist Facility and take a look behind the scenes. Learn all about the history of the service and see how it all works.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility gives you the opportunity to gain some insight into the Royal Flying Doctor Service and its founder, Reverend John Flynn.
There’s plenty to see in the museum to keep your mind stimulated for hours. You can see for yourself what it’s like to be inside a Pilatus PC 12 Aircraft in the full-size replica, take a look at historic radios such as the Traegar Pedal radio and learn about communicating in the days before the telephone. There are displays with interactive information portals and displays filled with historical medical equipment. There’s also a 70 seat theatre where you can sit back and watch a short film on the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the amazing stories they have to tell.
Tours take place everyday running every half an hour between 9am and 4pm. Tours must be booked in advance.
Enjoy a bite to eat in the RFDS Cafe, which is located within one of Alice Springs’ finest heritage buildings. The cafe is home to an art gallery displaying the artworks of renowned Australian artists.
If you’re hoping to take home some souvenirs or books to keep learning about the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Doc Shop is something you won’t want to miss. The Doc Shop is filled with gifts, souvenirs, books, homewares, jewellery and fashion.
The Tourist Facility is open everyday, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. It opens at 9am and closes at 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and opens at 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. Tours take place everyday with the last one commencing at 4pm.
Getting to the tourist facility is easy in a hire car you can pick up from the Hertz Alice Springs Airport Car Hire Location. The drive won’t take you long at all and there is parking provided onsite so you can park your rental car without any hassle.