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A day of military in
Darwin City Approx. 9am to 4pm itinerary

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.

Have lunch at the Darwin Waterfront

Whether you're looking for a hearty meal or a quick bite to eat, Lime Cafe at the Darwin Waterfront has something on the menu to suit. All meals are cooked in-house with fresh ingredients, and you can enjoy your lunch with a view of the Darwin Waterfront.

Experience the RFDS facility on the historic Stokes Hill Wharf

At the Darwin Waterfront, Stokes Hill Wharf has a history of its own. Rebuilt after it was partially destroyed in the Japanese bombing raid on 19 February 1942, it was used in the movie "Australia" in 2008. The Wharf remains a working wharf today for smaller vessels.

At the start of the wharf is the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility. This incredible facility uses technology to enable visitors to relive the drama of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. With life size holograms, interactive story-telling ghosts, virtual reality production and full size replicas, you will be in awe of this facility and what you can learn.

Explore the WWII Oil Tunnels

Buried beneath the cliffs of Darwin City lies the WWII Oil Tunnels, opened to the public for exploration and to literally bury yourself in history. Wander through the tunnels as you view the interpretation boards for a self-guided experience, and view the various artifacts and items on display.

Get around easily

If you’re looking to get around a little differently to see all the military history in Darwin, consider jumping on the hop on-hop off Darwin Bus Tour. Or, if you would like a more personal tour tailored specifically to military history, enlist the help of a tour guide by booking the original Bombing of Darwin tour.

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