Royal Flying Doctor Service

Royal Flying Doctor ServiceThe Flying Doctor Service, then known as the Aerial Medical Service, under the control of the Australian Inland Mission, became operational on May 15, 1928. The first flying doctor of the service was Dr K St Vincent Welch and the first flying doctor pilot, Arthur Affleck of Qantas. Qantas, today a major international airline, was in those days still a small bush airline, known as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Q.A.N.T.A.S).

Learn the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Rev John Flynn its founder.

On entering the building, visitors walk between two aircraft wheels which support the overhanging roof and into the foyer to be met at a sweeping desk located under a red, RFDS aircraft wing suspended from the ceiling. Today’s visitors have the opportunity to see exactly what it is like to be inside a full-size replica of a modern PC 12, a part of the exciting new collection. Other highlights include touch screen portals that provide insight into the lives of RFDS personnel, a 70-seat theatre, a café, conference and function facilities.  The ‘Doc Shop’ retail store within the Tourist Facility has also been expanded and now sells a wide range of souvenirs, books, clothing, jewelry, gifts and DVDs. An innovative line is a selection of co-branded RFDS and R.M. Williams clothing that has the Bush Outfitter’s famous Longhorn logo displayed beside the RFDS’ insignia.

The Café serves a range of sumptuous foods and fabulous coffee. In fact, the coffee served in the Café is especially blended for the RFDS by a local coffee roaster in Alice Springs who has the reputation for the best coffee in town!.

Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 1pm – 5pm

Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility and WEAR YOUR SUPPORT to help keep the Flying Doctor flying.

Click here to make a donation to the RFDS.

Royal Flying Doctor Service
8-10 Stuart Tce, Alice Springs NT
Phone: (08) 8958 8412
Fax: (08) 8958 8490
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