Visit the original Alice Springs working base (circa1939) to learn more about this unique service. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a non-profit organisation, with 100% of all profits made from tours, purchases in the café and from our online store going straight to the replenishment of aircraft and medical equipment. While supported by Governments, the RFDS relies on fundraising initiatives and donations from the community to purchase and medically equip its Pilatus PC-12 aircraft – at a cost of $6 million each.
So please remember, if you’re more than 90 minutes drive from most capital cities in Australia, you’re in Flying Doctor territory. And if you become sick or injured while travelling, we’ll be there for you.
By making a donation, you can keep the Flying Doctor flying. Thank You for your support.
'The investment by the Royal Flying Doctor Service by building this new facility will not only benefit Alice Springs, but the broader Northern Territory.
The interactive displays will, I am sure, be a great tourist attraction. I think you have achieved the "wow" factor for the facility.
The reverend John Flynn would be proud that the Royal Flying Doctor Service has become a highly respected and vital national community service.'
Sally Thomas AM
Administrator of the Northern Territory
'The RFDS Tourist facility is a world class experience that has captured the 'wow' factor.
The centrepiece of the facility is a full-size replica of an RFDS Aircraft that offers a first-hand look at the RFDS’ frontline services.
I highly recommend this experience to locals and visitors. You won’t be disappointed!'
Hon Matt Conlan, MLA
Minister for Tourism
'This is an amazing place to capture the history of one of Australia’s favourite things. Everyone knows and loves the RFDS and if there is one place in Australia that you can understand it better, then it is here. I think what you have done here is magnificent and I think it is one of the best expositions of a great piece of Australian history that I have ever seen, so you have got to come and visit this place.'
Managing Director, Tourism Australia
RFDS to ‘build’ on investment in Central Australia
Should the application be successful, the Tender process will be requested on a strictly "select", local Alice Springs builder-only basis to support both local Alice Springs business and the Central NT regional economy.
The proposed development will transform the RFDS' original staff housing precinct on Simpson Street from four townhouses to a modern, secure and energy-efficient complex of 11 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom units.
These high quality units – featuring security access, sealed driveways and private and communal recreational areas with arid region landscaping – will be used specifically for employee accommodation as part of the RFDS' recruitment and staff retention strategy.
The new facility is an investment in excess of $3 million and it includes a 70 seat theatre, interactive information portals, increased retail space and a full scale replica of the fuselage of our operational Pilatus PC 12 Aircraft. The facility was officially opened by the Northern Territory Administrator, Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM.