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The RFDS has a number of tourist centres around the country where you can visit to learn more about the work of the Flying Doctor.

With the travel restrictions now easing, there are many places you can visit the RFDS around Australia! Stop into one of our many visitor centres to learn more about the diverse work of the RFDS. Our tourist centres provide a variety of interactive experiences where you can see what happens at a working RFDS base, learn about the rich history of the world's first aeromedical organisation and find out more about how the Flying Doctor supports over 1000 country Australians every day. 

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1. Sugar Bird Lady monument, Jandakot, WA

2. Jimmy Darcy Grave, Halls Creek

3. Darwin RFDS Tourist Facility, perched on Darwin’s beautiful waterfront, this award-winning Tourist Facility tells the story of the Flying Doctor. Immerse yourself in the John Flynn hologram presentation and virtual reality experience and complete your visit by taking part in the 1942 WWII Bombing of Darwin exhibit at the same venue.

4. Alice Springs RFDS Tourist Facility, housed in Alice’s original RFDS base, find out why the Flying Doctor remains so critical for those who choose to live and work in the bush. See and learn through the heroic tales of the service in Central Australia since 1939.

5. School of the Air, Alice Springs

6. John Flynn's Grave, Alice Springs, in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges outside of Alice Springs is Flynn’s final resting place. The grave features a plaque concisely expressing a lifetime’s achievements: “His vision encompassed the continent.”

7. John Flynn Place Museum, Cloncurry

8. Stockmans Hall of Fame, Longreach

9. Charleville RFDS Visitors Centre, learn about the history of the RFDS and see how far we have come. Located next to the operational Charleville base which commenced operations in 1943 and services approximately 622,000 square kilometres of southwest Queensland - an area almost the size of the United Kingdom.

10. Broken Hill Outback Heritage Experience, uniquely located within a real-life working Flying Doctor base you can view RFDS team members take aeromedical emergency calls or track our aircraft fleet in real-time. Gain behind-the-scenes insight into where the RFDS TV show was filmed.

11. Dubbo Visitor Experience, an interactive and immersive exploration of the world of the RFDS. Touch down into the world of heroic doctors, nurses, pilots, and outback communities.

12. National Museum of Australia, Canberra

13. John Flynn Memorial, Moliagul

The Australian Outback offers spectacular scenery and the chance for a great adventure. But it is important to be ready for the rigours of travelling in isolated areas. Unfortunately, up to a quarter of the emergency medical evacuations that the RFDS carries out each year are the result of city travellers who get into trouble on their outback adventure. Refer to our guide here on how to best prepare yourself when travelling to such remote areas and other general information. 

For during your trip

Click on the map below to find out more about visitors centres near you and discover how the Flying Doctor supports Australians in rural and remote Australia. By visiting one of our tourist facilities you are supporting the work of the RFDS.

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Broken Hill Outback Heritage Experience


Opening Hours:

Open 7 days, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday and public holidays 10am-4pm.

Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day,  Australia Day and ANZAC Day half day from 12pm-5pm/3pm.

Adults $12.50

Students aged 13 +: $10.00

Family: $32.00 (i.e. 2 Adults and 2 children under 12)

Child: $6.00 (i.e. aged 5-12)

Group Bookings of 10 or more $10.00 per person.

Address

RFDS, Bruce Langford Visitor Centre
Airport Road, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880.

Telephone

08 8080 3714

Email

tourbookings@rfdsse.org.au

Royal Flying Doctor Outback Heritage Experience, Broken Hill

We're excited to be back open on the 6th of July and are ready for your visit! 

Plan your adventure and visit the Broken Hill Outback Heritage Experience. Come and see our interactive museum that celebrates the history of the Flying Doctor, including its doctors, pilots and nurses. 

Uniquely located within a working RFDS base and airport, visitors can also tour the base, view the aircraft in the hangar, explore the Mantle of Safety Museum, and watch a film in 44 seat theatre.

Today, Flynn's dream is a vibrant reality. The Broken Hill Base is unique because it is one of the only working RFDS bases, located at an airport, open to the public daily. Visitors can tour the Base and explore the Mantle of Safety Museum which showcases over 80 years of remarkable outback history.

All proceeds from admissions and merchandise sales go towards the purchase of new aircraft and vital medical equipment. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a charitable organisation. We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life-saving work.

Visit the website: brokenhill.experience.flyingdoctor.org.au/

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Darwin Tourist Facility

Address

39 Stokes Hill Road
Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, NT 0800

Telephone

(08) 8983 5700

Email

rfdsdarwin@flyingdoctor.net

RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility brings together two iconic Australian stories: the history of the RFDS and the Bombing of Darwin in 1942. Visitors will be taken into another world with the latest virtual reality and holographic technology. Located at Darwin's historic Stokes Hill Wharf, the facility is operated by the RFDS in partnership with NT Tourism.

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Dubbo Visitor Experience

Take off with the Flying Doctor Visitor Experience

Address

21 Judy Jakins Drive,
Dubbo NSW 2830

Telephone

1800 VISITRFDS or 1800 847 487

Email

dubboenquiries@rfdsse.org.au

Dubbo Visitor Experience

The brand new Dubbo Visitor Experience is an interactive exploration of the world of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Touch down into the world of heroic doctors, nurses, pilots and outback communities. Live each moment as we deliver urgent medical care across a 7.69 million square km ‘waiting room’ - the Australian outback.

See through the eyes of unique outback characters and communities. Experience their stories and challenges across the vast Australian remote areas - as if you’re right there. Today, Flynn's dream is a vibrant reality and the Visitor Experience showcases over 80 years of remarkable outback history.

All proceeds from admissions and merchandise sales go towards the purchase of new aircraft and vital medical equipment. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a charitable organisation. We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life-saving work.

Visit the website: dubbo.experience.flyingdoctor.org.au

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Charleville RFDS Visitor Centre

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4.30

Saturday: 10am to 4.30pm

Sunday: 10am to 4.30pm

Address

John Flynn Way
Charleville QLD 4470.

Telephone

07 4654 1233

Fax

07 4654 1629

Email

rfds_cvl@rfdsqld.com.au

Our Charleville Visitor Centre is now open on weekends!

Come and learn about the work of the Flying Doctor at our Charleville Visitor Centre. 

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Jimmy Darcy Grave

Address

Old Halls Creek
Pioneer Cemetery. RFDS Memorial.

29th July 1917, the accident of stockman Jim Darcy causes a chain of events that eventually leads to the founding of the Flying Doctor Service in Australia. For more information on the founding of the RFDS, read more here.

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John Flynn Memorial

Address

Dunolly - Moliagul Road,
Moliagul, 3472

Email

info@monumentaustralia.org.au

The monument commemorates the Reverend John Flynn (1880-1951), founder of the Australian Inland Mission and the Flying Doctor Service. The monument is opposite where he was born. The monument was erected by local residents, the council of Bet Bet and the Australian Inland Mission. It consists of a 12-foot column of brick construction, a local stone wall and a propeller. The propeller was supplied by Australian National Airlines.

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John Flynn Place Museum

Address

King Street
Cloncurry, QLD

Email

johnflynnplace@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

In honour of the extraordinary efforts and achievements of Australia’s early pioneers, the Cloncurry John Flynn Place Museum pays tribute to Reverend John Flynn and his team for their dedication and success in overcoming isolation and bringing communication education, and health to remote Australia. The museum takes you on a journey following in Flynn’s footsteps from conception, birth; and legacy of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, born in Cloncurry, 1928 to improve the quality of life for rural Australians.


Flynn’s vision took him on a lifelong adventure connecting him with the likes of genius innovators like Alfred Traeger, the inventive genius who “gave voice to the outback” with his pedal radio’s, veteran pilots; hardened nurses and everyday heroes living in the harshest and remote conditions in the Country. The Museum commemorates the committed men and women who dedicated their lives to the dream.

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John Flynn's Grave

Address

Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs
Northern Territory 0870 Australia

Telephone

89 518 250

The John Flynn's Memorial Historical Reserve is the resting place for the ashes of the Reverend John Flynn, founder of the Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Inland Mission.

The grave is on a low hill at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges. The plaque expresses a lifetime achievement in just a few lines "His vision encompassed the continent". He established the Australian Inland Mission and founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He brought to lonely places a spiritual ministry and spread a mantle of safety over them by medicine and the radio.’

Click here to know more about John Reverend Flynn. 

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National Museum of Australia

Daily 9 am–5 pm, closed Christmas Day
Museum Shop 9 am–5 pm
Museum Cafe 9 am– 4 pm, weekdays9am–4.30 pm, weekends

Address

Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula, Canberra

Telephone

1800 026 132

A historic 1960s medical chest and an innovative early pedal generator and radio transceiver used on remote outback homesteads, feature in a new exhibit at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) in Canberra, celebrating the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) 90th year.

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RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility

Address

8-10 Stuart Terrace
Alice Springs, NT 0870

Telephone

08 8958 8411

Fax

08 8958 8490

Email

reservations@flyingdoctor.net

RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility

The RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility is a leading tourist attraction in Central Australia. Set in the original 1939 heritage building which housed the first RFDS Alice Springs Base radio operator, it features a life-size hologram of RFDS founder Reverend John Flynn who takes visitors through the history of the Flying Doctor from 1928 until the present. It also has a café and DocShop.

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School of the Air

OPENING HOURS

01 February - 28 February 2022Monday to Friday: 12pm - 3pmClosed on weekends and public holidays

01 March - 31 March 2022Monday to Friday: 10am - 3pmClosed on weekends and public holidays

01 April 2022 until further noticeMonday to Friday: 9am - 3pmSaturdays: 1.30pm - 4.30pmSundays: 11.30am - 4.30pmPublic Holidays: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

*Closed Good Friday

Note: We are currently closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Please check our website and social media pages for opening hour updates.

Address

80 Head Street, Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 1220, Alice Springs NT 0871

Telephone

+61 8 8951 6834

Email

visitorcentre@assoa.nt.edu.au

The Alice Springs School of the Air Experience is one of the most popular, unique and authentic attractions in Central Australia.

A trip to the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre will bring to life an integral and unique facet of the children’s lives in the Australian Outback. You will hear their stories of school from afar, life on the land, and share in their dreams, achievements, and journeys along with the major role played by the RFDS. 

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Stockman's Hall of Fame

Opening hours

The Stockman's Hall of Fame is open from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. during the tourist season.

Address

137 B and C Eagle Street
Longreach QLD 4730

Telephone

07 4652 5800

Fax

07 4652 5899

Email

rfds_lng@rfdsqld.com.au

When entering the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame visitors will be greeted with an original RFDS aircraft, a Queen Air built in 1977 now meticulously restored and suspended in the atrium of the Hall.
Gallery 4 at the Hall of Fame is devoted to the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service with displays of radio and medical equipment from across the years. It also shows how the Flying Doctor works in the 21st century.

A highlight of the visitor centre is the full-size cutaway representation of a Beechcraft King Air B200, with the medical equipment that makes it a flying intensive care unit. You can even take a selfie in the pilot's seat. The display includes a number of interactive and audio visual features as well as sections on the Flying Doctor's medical, aviation and communication history. RFDS souvenirs can be purchased in the gift shop.

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Sugar Bird Lady monument

Address

Wessex Road, Jandakot Airport,
Jandakot, 6164

Email

info@monumentaustralia.org.au

The monument which is a representation of her Mooney aircraft commemorates pilot and nurse Robin Miller Dicks who was known as "The Sugar Bird Lady."

Robin Miller (1940 - 1975), known as "The Sugarbird Lady", was an Australian aviatrix and nurse. The name "The Sugarbird Lady" was given to her by outback Aboriginal children during her work combatting polio. She died of cancer at the age of 35. In 1973 she married Harold Dicks, the director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and became Robin Miller Dicks. After her death, Dicks set up an AUD$50,000 memorial foundation to help nurses get flying licences.  Robin Miller Dicks was the daughter of writer and historian Dame Mary Durack and pioneer aviator Horrie Miller OBE.

Got a long drive ahead of you? Make sure you download the Flying Doctor Podcast to keep you company. In this podcast, we talk to real patients and their families about mateship, life in the bush, and the role that the Royal Flying Doctor Service plays in servicing rural communities.