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Visit the World’s Largest Classroom

The Alice Springs School of the Air is an integral part of children’s lives in the Australian outback. At the School’s Visitor Centre - one of the town’s premier tourist attractions - you will connect with these children, hear their stories of life on the land, and share in their journeys, dreams, and achievements.


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The Australian outback is some of the most unforgiving country in the world.  Prior to the 1950s, children in these remote areas were both socially isolated and poorly educated.  Books were few and far between, and parents worried daily about their kids falling behind.

But then, on the radio, scratchy at first – and only three lessons a week - came the School of the Air:

For hundreds of children in the Australian outback, the Alice Springs School of the Air is now their lifeline to education.  We now broadcast many lessons each day to a classroom that extends over 1.3 million square kilometers (502,000 square miles).  Visit us to share in the lives of outback kids and their families on cattle stations, Aboriginal communities, in national parks, mining camps or roadhouses in some of the most remote areas on the planet.  They may not catch a bus or ride or walk to school, but they will do anything to attend their remote classroom, even if it means squeezing in a cattle muster or water bore run with mum and dad first!

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Experience a live classroom in action

These days, our lessons are online and students can interact with their teachers in a way that was never dreamed of back in the 1950s.  Join us on a tour of School of the Air and you may experience a live classroom take place in front of you! We guarantee you’ll smile as our students engage with their teacher and each other. Pre-recorded lessons are always available to watch. 

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Learn about the dreams, achievements and lifestyles of our students

The School of the Air aims to inspire students to recognise and realise their potential. And boy do they have this in spades! During your visit to the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, our local guides will share countless stories from our students and their teachers.

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Photo Gallery

The albums in this gallery are full of vibrant photos providing an insight into the Alice Springs School of the Air past and present.

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Facilitating daily contact between students, home tutors and teachers,
the school has always strived to find new and better ways of enriching the education of
Australia’s most remote children.

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