School of the Air
Alice Springs School of the Air has been bridging education gaps caused by remote locations and providing schooling to children at cattle stations, roadhouses, Aboriginal communities and national parks with daily lessons via satellite broadband to children aged 4 to 13 years since 1951. The school broadcast area covers 1.3 million square kilometres. Gain an insight into remote education through the Visitor Centre. Set up as an initiative of the School Council, funds raised from admissions assist with student enrichment programs such as interstate excursions, in-town activities and provide funds for the purchase of expensive equipment.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Since 1928 the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has provided 24-hour emergency medical services to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia. 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 relying on fundraising initiatives and community donations to purchase and medically equip its Pilatus PC-12 aircraft – at a cost of $6 million each.
Aboriginal Culture Centre
For 40,000 years the red centre of Australia has been a traditional meeting place for the trading of Aboriginal artifacts, knowledge, art and culture. Now you can learn to play a didgeridoo, throw a spear or boomerang, and learn about Aboriginal culture and listen to dreamtime stories.