• RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility - Stokes Hill Wharf
  • RFDS Decommissioned Pilatus PC 12 - PAPA
  • Virtual Reality of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour 1942

Royal Flying Doctor Service

The first iconic story is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, affectionately known throughout Australia as the RFDS. Founded by the Reverend John Flynn, it began its aero medical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939.

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Bombing of Darwin Harbour

The second iconic story featured is the Bombing of Darwin on 19th February 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 featured in this facility.

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Ticket Prices

(as of April 2023)
$30 per Adult
$17 per Child (6 to 14)
$75 Family (two adults, three children)
$24 per Senior / Concession
$23 per Student

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What's New!

The new RFDS Virtual Reality is awesome!!
Touch and Learn - The history of the RFDS Aircraft and the Women of the RFDS.
Enjoy the recently updated RFDS Hologram featuring the Rev John Flynn.

Two Iconic Territory Stories - One Iconic Location

One started Territory operations in 1939, the other, occurred in 1942 as an act of aggression unparalleled on Australian soil. Both forged the resolve and resilience of the people who live in Australia's Northern Territory.

See, experience and learn through the wonder of technology as this facility brings history to life.


  • My sincere congratulations to you and your team for a job exceptionally well done. The bombing of Darwin and history of the RFDS service experiences, are certainly a must see for anyone visiting Darwin. Your VR experience taking visitors back alongside MV Neptuna on the morning of the 19 February 1942 as she comes under attack, is truly exhilarating and at the same time very emotional.

    Kevin Sumption
    Director & CEO Australian National Maritime Museum
  • This facility here at Stokes Hill Wharf is world class in its knowledge in teaching people history and in the experience here.

    Anthony Albanese MP
    former Federal Shadow Minister for Tourism, now Prime Minister
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