The Alice Springs School of the Air Experience is one of the most popular, unique and authentic attractions in Central Australia.
A trip to the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre will bring to life an integral and unique facet of children’s lives in the Australian outback. You will hear their stories of school from afar, life on the land, and share in their dreams, achievements, and journeys.
We’re located just 5 minutes drive (3.5 kilometers/ 2.2 miles) north of the Alice Springs CBD and a stone’s throw from the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.
Perhaps the most popular part of The Visitor Centre is the chance to observe a live school lesson take place before you, with a teacher based in Alice Springs, interacting via video conferencing with their students who are scattered across the outback regions of the Northern Territory and country Australia. If you miss a live lesson, you are most welcome to come back at no charge (just ask us for a receipt)!
Our multi-award winning interpretive centre takes you on a journey into the lives of Outback families as you discover how children living hundreds of kilometres from the nearest school receive an education. A local guide will welcome you upon arrival, introducing you to what there is to see and do at our Centre before beginning your tour.
There is a fascinating short film and guided presentation that reveals stories about our school and students, shares our distinctive history, Outback lifestyles and technological innovations.
We don’t have specific time slots for individuals and families, which means you never miss out on any part of the tour. You can take the time you want to browse our interpretive displays, enjoy student’s artwork, visit our store and chat with our staff.
We are open from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday. On weekends and public holidays, we are open from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. We recommend you allow 45 minutes to experience the Visitor Centre, which is enough time to observe a live or recorded lesson, listen to our guide’s presentation, watch the film, browse our displays and visit our store.
During normal school hours the opportunity exists to observe a live lesson. However if a live lesson isn’t in progress during your visit, there will be a recorded lesson broadcast for you to experience and you’re welcome to come back again to catch a live lesson (be sure to keep your receipt).