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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

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Address: 80 Head Street, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
Phone Number: 08 8951 6834
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Four-wheeling
Description: History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of...
History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of the Air was established, it has been at the forefront of developing techniques that continually enhance learning experiences of students living in remote areas of Central Australia.Immerse yourself in history, learn about outback lifestyle, discover world-class innovations and be inspired by what has been and continues to be a uniquely Australian method of education – achieved in “The World’s Largest Classroom”.
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

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A must-see at Alice Springs: School of the Air

As a teacher-librarian, I found this visit to be memorable. Very impressive to learn about the 1million km2 reach of The World's Biggest Classroom, and for me, also moving to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Port Alfred, South Africa
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Port Alfred, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

As a teacher-librarian, I found this visit to be memorable. Very impressive to learn about the 1million km2 reach of The World's Biggest Classroom, and for me, also moving to see the achievements and commitment of those involved in this education service over the past 63 years.

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a must for all to see if there is one thing you want to do in Alice springs it must be this ,you can sit in on lessons and listen and see the students from over 2-3 thousand klm's away ,words cant do this place justice and you can like us sponsor a book for $10-20 please visit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We were sat down and given an interesting talk to explain how the service works for the children in remote areas, followed by two videos showing a class in progress. It would be even better if we had arrived when we could watch it live. A valuable service.

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Aberdeenshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Great place to visit. Very professional, interesting and informative audiovisual presentation - chance to enter mock-up Air ambulance, museum and gift shop. Nice to learn about this tremendous essential and unique service for the people of the remote Australian outback

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It was very interesting and informative ,I had no idea how it was possible to reach so many children

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

This was a highlight of my time in Alice Springs. All proceeds from the tour go to funding the school, so anyone whinIng about the price is a drongo! A true gem in the crown of social democracy--enabling life outside of major centres. The tour guides were excellent and very knowledgeable.

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Sydney
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

If the entrance fee wasn't going to a good cause we'd have felt completely ripped off by this visit. There isn't a great deal wot see, a few videos and some samples of old radio equipment. Staff were pleasant but disorganised and couldn't answer many questions. All-in-all very disappointing.

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bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Excellent presentation on the way the school of the air works. Education in schools is something that in the UK take for granted, so it was humbling to see this innovative method in action.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Being a retired teacher, this tour was fascinating to me. We started off in the museum where you can follow the school's history and then watched a video showing how the school works. We were only able to catch the end of a lesson, but they showed us a video of a full lesson. Through the internet, the students are... More 

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Winnipeg, MB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Wow, what an incredible school system the Aussies have in the Red Centre. We really enjoyed the presentation from the lovely staff. They were very passionate and the information was well presented.

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