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Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility: Two Iconic Territory Stories

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    Visit: RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, 45 Stokes Hill Road Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800 Australia

    See, experience & learn through the wonder of technology as this facility brings history to life.
    Royal Flying Doctor Service
    Enjoy the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the RFDS. Learn about the history and the activities of the RFDS’s pilots, engineers, doctors and nurses, and the experiences of the patients that are carried and cared for each day.
    -Life size hologram of John Flynn the Founder of the Flying Doctor Service tells his story of the birth and growth of the RFDS.
    -Two Interactive story telling mini ghosts. Meet Alf Traeger and Nurse Kathy who answer selected questions from a touch panel.
    -Touchscreen Portals allow the visitor to learn about the history and the activities of the RFDS pilots, engineers, doctors and nurses.
    -A decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC 12 aircraft that allows visitors inside the aircraft and experience a fully aero medically equipped fitout.
    -Pedal Radio invented by Alf Traeger and used by people of the Outback.
    -Story Boards that provide very informative reading of the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
     Bombing of Darwin Harbour
    Relive the drama of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour that rocked Australia in 1942. The bombing of the harbour brought destruction to the city of Darwin, and many of the experiences and stories of what happened that day are learnt through the most modern and exciting technology. 
    -Life size hologram of Rear Admiral Etheridge Grant was the Commanding Officer of the USS William B Preston narrates his own version of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour.
    -Interactive story telling mini ghosts. Meet Prime Minister John Curtin and Japanese Pilot Hajime Toyoshima who answer selected questions from a touch panel.
    -Virtual Reality of the bombing of Darwin Harbour. This production is the pinnacle of a movie production for VR. Never before seen production of this magnitude.
    -Full size replica Japanese Zero aircraft hangs from the ceiling.
    -Replica of Camilla the Flying Boat that escaped from Darwin Harbour and its story.
    -Window of 1942 and aerial view of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour that comes to life showing the bombing and aircraft fire of the first raid.
    -Story Boards that provide very informative reading and pictures of what took place on February 19th

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    We really enjoyed our visit here today There is a free shuttle from the waterfront precinct which runs from 11.30 - 2.30 pm We walked across and caught the shuttle back Loved the informative movies and the interactive bombing experience Made the whole bombing of...More

    Thank bucketlistgrandma
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Really interesting and interactive museum. Enjoyed the virtual reality experience also. Friendly helpful staff too

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank turtle1937
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Gone are the days when a visit to the museum involved a casual wander around dusty exhibits and absent-mindedly skimming over tiny eye-glazing print on helpfully detailed placards. RFDS instead is bristling with holograms, ‘sensurround’ displays and virtual reality (VR) headsets, all telling the stories...More

    Thank BonzoD
    sambennett2016, Manager at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Wow! What a wonderful review, our team is very happy to hear that you enjoyed the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the RFDS and relived the drama of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour, we agree that the interactive technology is designed to...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    The facility was easy to get to, good value and info on the RFDS and the WW2 bombings of Darwin were really informative. One & half to two hours and you're done! Highly recommend a visit.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Sara72T
    sambennett2016, Manager at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    The RFDS team is so pleased that you found your visit informative and thank you for visiting the RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility Kind Regards Sam

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    All of it was great, but all loved the virtual reality stories with the pilot and patient the most. Not easy to keep our kids entertained for 2+ hours!More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank tomdavidson99
    sambennett2016, Manager at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience! Our team is delighted to hear that you enjoyed the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the RFDS and relived the drama of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour, we agree that the interactive technology is designed to brings...More

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    • Duration: 2h
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