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“A real eye-opener!”

Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour
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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.
Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A real eye-opener!”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

I hadn't heard about this service at all, so I was quite pleased and surprised to learn about its history. The tour includes a short movie (~10 minutes) and the facility lot of pictures and equipment used by the service it's 70+ years of existence. This and the reptile centre across the street make for a pleasant 90 minute to two hour visit to learn more about the outback.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Jay J
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Well Worthwhile”
Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Only ever seeing the service and the people behind it on Television to have the opportunity to visit the Royal Flying Doctor service tourist facility is an awesome experience and a must do when in Alice Springs.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank John M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Unique chance to see how it all started”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

There was a short talk at the beginning about the present day range and activity of th Flying Doctor, followed by a film which went into more detail. Then we could walk round the Centre where we could see miniatures of the planes they used and the number/variety of passengers they could carry. Medical kits were on display and an entry in a log describing how they diagnosed the emergency. We could see an almost life size interior of one of the planes which was smaller than we expected inside. Good cafe attached to it, which you can access without going through the Tourist Facility.

Visited July 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Iconic Oz Organisation”
Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

the visit here certainly was very educational. such a great organisation that helps so many of our rural & regional friends.

Thank SweetEating
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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

RFDS is an Australian icon and so I was keen to visit, whilst I was in Alice. I enjoyed learning about their service and history and think anyone who likes learning, would get something out of this.

Visited August 2013
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