Experience a unique tour of CareFlight’s air bases and training facilities, meet our frontline crews and learn how we save lives around Australia every day.
To book a tour of a CareFlight Base for yourself or a community group, please complete and submit an online enquiry under ‘Book a base visit’ below. A member of our Community Engagement team will then get in touch to discuss the available tour dates.
In order to protect patients and frontline crews, all base tours are on hold until after current COVID-19 restrictions have eased. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Where are tours of CareFlight’s Bases available?
You can book tours of our bases in Darwin and Sydney:
Darwin – 12 Lancaster Rd (Darwin International Airport), Marrara, NT.
Sydney – on the grounds of Westmead Hospital, Redbank Road, Westmead, NSW
Private tours can be booked for groups of 20-50 people on weekdays and some weekends.
Public tour dates can be booked by smaller groups. Public tour and open day dates – to be confirmed until after current COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
All tours are free, but donations are welcome
Visits to our bases are approximately 90 minutes long. You will be shown through our air crew and engineering hangars, aeromedical education centres and more. Your CareFlight tour leader will also present a short, informative talk on CareFlight’s history and lifesaving mission.
CareFlight’s aviation and/or medical crew will be invited to talk to you about their work. Please note that CareFlight cannot guarantee the presence of the aircraft during a visit, as they may be called away on a critical mission or essential crew training.
The famous CareFlight bears and other CareFlight merchandise will be available for purchase to help keep our doctors flying and provide a great memento of your visit.
Please note – as you will be touring an operating aeromedical base, a range of special provisions do apply regarding safety, identification of all attendees and COVID-19 management. Please get in touch to learn more.
Our Darwin base
CareFlight’s hangar at Darwin airport is a working base, housing medi-jets, fixed wing aeroplanes and the CareFlight Rescue Helicopter. It is a 24-hour, 365 days per year operation.
Groups are welcome to arrange a visit during business hours to see the hangars and aircraft, and to learn about CareFlight’s lifesaving work.
The Top End Medical Retrieval Service is operated by CareFlight on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. Generous support from the local community and local business helps fund the Top End AW139 CareFlight Rescue Helicopter.
Location: 12 Lancaster Rd (Darwin International Airport), Marrara.
Our CareFlight Westmead base
The CareFlight Centre at our national headquarters in Westmead, Sydney, is a working aeromedical helicopter base and medical training facility.
Booked group tours
Monday-Friday – 10.30am – 7.30pm
Weekends – by special arrangement
General public tour dates and open days
Smaller groups (less than 20) and individuals can book into the following upcoming public base tour dates and open days:
On the grounds of Westmead Hospital, Redbank Road, Westmead, NSW
Morning tea, afternoon tea or supper can be arranged. Fees payable per person in advance.
The CareFlight base is operational from 8am to 6pm every day. If our helicopters should require major maintenance we may need to ask you to reschedule your visit. We will give you as much notice as possible.
Contact and bookings