Darwin is embedded deeply in Australia’s military history. The target of Japanese air raids in February 1942, Darwin had more bombs dropped on the city than Pearl Harbor. The Top End has been a huge base for Australian and American troops and still is to this day. There is much to learn and discover about military history in our city.
First stop - Darwin Military Museum
The Darwin Military Museum is located at the picturesque East Point, overlooking the Beagle Gulf. This heritage listed area also contains WWII fortifications, military vehicles and larger artillery pieces. Dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945, this museum focuses on Darwin’s role in World War II.
Discover the Defence of Darwin Experience
The Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitors with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the museum.
During your visit to the museum, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the drama of the Japanese bombing of Darwin as it unfolded in this interactive display. Hear from the men and women who survived, and watch the short film created with actual footage from the attack over 75 years ago.