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Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility
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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.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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392 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
“Interesting tourist attraction”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

We had to do this on our visit to Alice because my wife has a professional interest but even so, I found it quite interesting.

It really is just for tourists. There is a film to watch, a small museum and a bigger shop, selling all kinds of RFD branded nick nacks. If you are expecting a tour of the hangers, forget it.

The cafe is very good and serves a great coffee and a slice of cake.

There is not much else to do in Alice so you might as well go, at least it gets you out of the searing heat.

Visited December 2013
Thank Mark&Nic
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“very interesting”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a do-not-miss if you are in the area. Take a tour from the ATT Kings for 1/2 day which includes this and the school of the air, telegraph historical site, anzac hill and reptile center. The attractions are not that large but fit together as a good package.

Visited October 2013
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Alice Springs, Australia
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Too Expensive”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

The first part of the "tour" is very interesting you get to see a live satellite update of the aircraft showing planes on the ground and in the air, then you are sent into a new theatre to watch a film that shows the great work the RFDS do, although it's a bit of a money grab and tugs on your heart strings. A very informative talk is given at the end with time for questions, all good so far, but then you are shown straight into the gift shop where the European style products have nothing to do with this Aussie icon. They are also very expensive! On then into the very small museum that has nothing much but a few medical chests and radios, nothing on the pioneering people who were involved in this great service. Oh and after you pay the $12 entry fee you are then asked to pay another $2 to have a look through the replica airplane. The lady serving at the sales counter was not friendly at all. I think the RFDS organisation is great, but this facility is too flash and money hungry.

Visited December 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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139 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Only a tourist facility”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

I was a bit dissappointed that one cannot take a tour through / have a look at their real work environment such as the communication centre.

Visited November 2013
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Houston, Texas
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187 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Most informative”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

The RFDS is part of Australian history. Even as a child in Britain I heard of it. This was a very informative exhibition detailing the important work that the service provides and has provided for many years.

Visited October 2013
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