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The Visitor Centre.

Welcome to the world’s largest classroom, covering more than 1.3 million square kilometers (over half-a-million square miles). 

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.

What you’ll experience:

  • An insight into the school day of students who live in remote regions
  • Lean how outback families juggle the demands of remote life with their children’s education needs
  • Learn how changes in technology have changed the delivery of education in Outback Australia
  • Discover a day in the life of a School of the Air teacher
  • Learn how students are inspired to achieve their dreams and aspirations
  • Discover what happens when remote students come together to meet each other for the first time and how their teachers get to visit them on their remote properties
  • Teaching in action - observe a live lesson with students and teachers
  • Listen to a presentation from our local guide about the evolution of School of the Air and watch a fascinating short film detailing our history and technological advancements
  • Browse interactive displays and visit our store for unique and authentic souvenirs
  • Film can be played with subtitles, and information sheets are available in a multitude of different languages.

Live Lessons

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)!


What else is there to see and do?

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.

Opening hours and lesson times

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). 

Admission Fees

ADULTS
(17 year and above)

$12.00

CHILD
(5 - 16 years)

$9.00

FAMILIES
(2 adults and 2 children*)
 

$35.00

FAMILIES
(2 adults and 3 children*)

$38.00

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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