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Learn more about our incredible Royal Flying Doctor Service down at the Wharf!

By Korgan Hucent

The Royal Flying Doctor Service, known as the RDFS to us Aussies, began its aero medical operations in 1939. Founded by Reverend John Flynn, operations started in our beloved Northern Territory and today this vital organisation is well-respected throughout Australia.

Here in Darwin, we have the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility down at Stokes Hill Wharf, where we can go along and experience two of the most iconic RDFS events through very impressive technology.

One of the most iconic stories from the RDFS was during the time of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour, when our beautiful town was destroyed by the Japanese in March 1942. Learn all about what happened from a life size hologram of Rear Admiral Etheridge Grant, and experience the event with a virtual reality of the bombings!

It’s a fun learning experience for both adults and kids! I’m sure the kids will love the two interactive story telling mini ghosts – Alf Traeger and Nurse Kathy.  Don’t worry – these guys aren’t at all scary, and know how to really engage their audiences! It’s an exciting way to learn the history of the RFDS and to get a feel of what activities the pilots, engineers, doctors and nurses get up to on a daily basis.

The tourist centre is open daily from 9.30am to 6pm, except on Public Holidays when it is open 1pm – 6pm – just in case you’re thinking of a visit this coming Easter weekend. Tickets are $26 per adult, $14 per child, and they have special rates for families, students and seniors too.

Head over to to book tour tickets or make a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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