Central Australian Aviation Museum

Galleries, Museums and Collections

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 established by Visionary, EJ Connellan and his team of committed ‘troops’. Known as Townsite, it is close by where the first flight to the Alice Springs landed. The original Connellan Airways hangar is Heritage listed.

Get up close to iconic aircraft (some you can sit in), 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 diorama display near where, Heroes, Hitchcock and Anderson took off in the Kookaburra 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.

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

The Aviation precinct is volunteer run and open daily. Entry is by donation.


Family Friendly Gallery / Museum Games or recreation room Public Toilet Shop / Gift Shop

Internet Access

Free Wifi

Disabled Assistance

Caters for challenges with learning and communication Caters for limited mobility Wheelchair access


Australian Museums and Galleries Association Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation


Free Entry

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