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Aero Medical DOVE aircraft used for medical flights & DC3 used for evacuations
Portraits of Hitchcock and Anderson behind remains of their plane in diorama
Try your hand on the Flight Simulator - volunteers are there to help.

Central Australian Aviation Museum

Visit Central Australia’s Aviation Museum precinct and meet some of the industry’s Heroes, Visionaries and Villains through the informative displays which celebrate the spirit, determination and courage of the people behind the stories.

The Aviation precinct is located on the original site of Alice Springs‘s first aerodrome, known as Townsite, established by visionary, EJ Connellan and his team of committed ‘troops’. The first flight into the Alice Springs landed nearby. The original Connellan Airways hangar is Heritage listed.

Get up close to iconic aircraft as well as the Silver Ghost Rolls Royce modified for clearing bush landing strips (yes…that’s correct), fly a simulator, try your hand at Morse Code and hear stories about ‘how it was’ from past pilots and crews.

View the evocative Kookaburra diorama display near where, Heroes, Hitchcock and Anderson took off in the Kookaburra plane to search for Smithy’s Southern Cross. Their forced landing in forbidding, remote country ended in disaster.

Meet a Villain who 50 years ago hijacked an ANSETT flight to Alice Springs – see how it played out.

We haven’t forgotten the kids. Teachers/parents can download class packages and/or activity sheets. Or ask for one at the counter.

Allow plenty of time as there’s lots to see.

The Aviation precinct is volunteer run and open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am to 3pm. Entry is by donation.

Opening times

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday:
  • Thursday:
  • Friday:
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday:

Entry cost

Free entry


  • Family Friendly
  • Gallery / Museum
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop / Gift Shop
  • Free Wifi


Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia) Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids) Caters for people who use a wheelchair.


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