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Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 18 Museums in Alice Springs
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Owner description: Winner of the 2012 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Award for Best New Tourism Development. Since 1928 the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has provided 24-hour emergency medical services to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia. Today, the RFDS provides the finest care to more than 275,000 Australians each year – that’s one person every two minutes. Visit the original Alice Springs working base operating since 1939 to learn more about this unique service. The theatre allows the visitor to watch in comfort the life size hologram of John Flynn telling the story of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a truly amazing experience! The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a non profit organization, with 100% of all profits made from tours, purchases in the cafe and from our online store going straight to the replenishment of medical equipment.
Bridlington, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Flying DR.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Good informative film, interesting memorabilia and part of an original plane in which my partner was thrilled to sit!

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Worth a visit if you have the time.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Small and not very interactive, but lots to see and do. We didn't have much time to look round unfortuanately, allow 2 hours. Parking is suffient as the museum is not that busy.

Visited January 2013
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Keswick, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Very interesting and well presented.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Enjoyed their presentation and displays. Very informative and helpful in understanding life in the outback. Glad we visited.

Visited February 2013
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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“interesting, but slightly commercial”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

The flying doctor story is interesting, and the video worth seeing. However, like others I felt this tourist facility was essentially a commercial enterprise. It's easy to forget that this does not rely on charity to exist, but runs through a combination of government funding as well as charging for the service (which is usually paid through the patient's insurance company). I assume, therefore, that it is geared to be a profitable enterprise, rather as private health companies are (I could be wrong, of course, and it's run on a not-for-profit basis, but I am sure that it gears its charges for services to cover costs and not rely on donations by the public).

Having said that, it is interesting to learn the history and see the video, but once is enough

Visited February 2013
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Nottingham
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“Royal Flying Doctor”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

This was a typical tourist place well run by volunteers. The film shown is more for raising money rather than giving a great deal of information about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor service. Lots of expensive gifts for sale. One really interesting feature of the centre was the map showing all of the active doctors at any one time.

Visited October 2012
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