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‘Outback Experience’ open

Saturday, 11th July, 2020

The Broken Hill RFDS hangar. The Broken Hill RFDS hangar.

Almost ten weeks after closing its doors to the public due to COVID-19, the Royal Flying Doctor Outback Experience in Broken Hill has reopened.

Due to lockdown laws to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the facility was forced to close, but with the easing of restrictions, locals and visitors were welcomed back this week.

“We’d love to get the locals coming out and supporting us. We want to welcome everyone back and assure them we are following specific protocols to keep our visitors and all our staff safe,” Head of Tourism John Larkin said.

The Outback Experience is an interactive museum that celebrates the history of the Flying Doctor and now showcases an extended tour. 

“Visitors can explore the actual RFDS hangar and a decommissioned B200 RFDS plane and will get a really good insight into the working conditions of our pilots, doctors and flight nurses.”

The museum is located within a working RFDS base and airport, and visitors can also tour the base, view the aircraft in the hangar, and explore the Mantle of Safety Museum. 

“The service uses some of the best aeromedical technology in the world, but the museum shows we came from humble beginnings,” Mr Larkin said. 

“People don’t realise just how broad the service is and how many remote communities we serve. This museum will give them a sense of just how isolated some of these communities are and the challenges some of these people face when living in the outback.”

All proceeds from admissions and merchandise sales at the Outback Experience go towards the purchase of new aircraft and vital medical equipment. 

“It really opens your eyes to what the service has done and what it continues to do today,” said Mr Larkin.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a charitable organisation. We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life-saving work.

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