Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility: Two Iconic Territory Stories

Darwin, Australia

From USD 19.90

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) provides primary and emergency medical services by plane to Australia’s most remote outback areas. On this tour, visit the RFDS tourist facility in Darwin to learn more about the work of the RFDS team, hear heroic rescue stories, and enjoy interactive exhibits including a Virtual Reality (VR) presentation and the chance to explore inside an RFDS aircraft.
  • Fascinating interactive exhibitions including VR and touchscreens
  • Explore on-board a decommissioned RFDS aircraft
  • Choice of entrance times throughout the day
  • Self-guided tour lets you explore at your own pace

What's Included

  • The facility experiences are self-guided, we do host the first part of the visit and tailor to our demographic
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenirs

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

09:00 am

What To Expect

RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • The facility is indoors and air-conditioned. There is audio translation for the hologram cinema sessions in Japanese, German, French and Simplified Chinese.
  • There is complete disability access and a number of seating options throughout the facility for all guests
  • The facility has a gift shop in the center of the facility and are co-branded RFDS with RM Williams in a great clothing and belt range. We also offer a wide selection of RFDS and Bombing of Darwin branded products ranging from T-shirts, hats, books and other great collectibles.
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Covid Safety Plan
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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202 reviews
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Very cool
SAMUEL_W, May 2023
The museum is a simple but very well done set up honoring both the RFDS & the attacks on Darwin in the 1940s. The VR portions are nicely done and quite informative. The walk through medical aircraft is quite nice. I would definitely recommend visiting this in addition to the other Defence of Darwin Museums & such throughout the area.
Territory Stories Come Alive
Michele_N, Mar 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the RFDS tourist facility. The films and virtual reality experiences gave us a first hand look at how both the RFDS operates and the tragic impacts of the Bombing of Darwin in 1942.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thanks Michelle, for taking the time to leave a great review! We are glad you enjoyed visiting our facility and learning about our 2 iconic stories. Kind Regards, The RFDS Tourist Facility Team
Well worth the visit
Robert_A, Mar 2023
Learned about the incredible story of the RFDS. Exhibits were great. Loved the VR. Movies of WWII bombing and history of RFDS were well done.
Life or Death
Kerry_D, Aug 2022
The virtual RFDS and Darwin bombing experiences were uplifting and a reminder of what may have been if it had not been for our brave forefathers
Debra_P, June 2022
The films and interactive displays. The VCR headsets for the reanactment of the bottom were so cool! The grandkids would have loved them and also they could have actually get into the cockpit of the RFDS plane!!
Worthwhile tour
jossreinshagen, Apr 2022
Really enjoyed the reality experience of the harbour bombings. Interesting learning about the amazing job the Royal Flying Doctor Service does in the outback of Australia
Beverley_E, Oct 2021
The RFDS pilot story and the bombing experience. The plane was interesting how so much can fit into a plane. My son broke his leg in Esperance in 2007 and was airlifted to Kalgoorlie very friendly, professional and worthy organisation. Extremely grateful for the service given . 😀👍
Very Good 👏🌟
Karen_C, Aug 2021
Very well organised & definitely worth seeing & experience. Loved the combination of Darwin’s war history and RFDS & virtual reality was fab.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thankyou Karen for your great review! Kind Regards, Sam
Very enjoyable experience
Ignaz_S, May 2021
Watching the 3D bombing of Darwin Harbour, virtual flight experience on the flying doctor flight. Learned all about the vital services provided by the flying doctors.
Eye Opener!!!
Wendy T, Jan 2020
Well thought out, excellent presentations, friendly knowlegeable staff. East to get to location. Very good gift shop.
Very Interesting
Mary v, May 2019
Really enjoyed the virtual reality vision of bombing of Darwin. The 2 presentations in the theatre were interesting along with the various displays and RFDS plane. Easy to spend 1.5 hours here.