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The tunnels were secret until 1992
The once-hidden entrance to the tunnels
Newly upgraded signage and info boards

WWII Oil Storage Tunnels Tour

The World War II Oil Storage Tunnels were built during the Second World War by the Civil Construction Corps.

This unique tourist attraction, located in the Darwin Waterfront Precinct on Kitchener Drive, remained secret to the public until they were opened as a tourist attraction in 1992 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

This unique historical attraction has recently upgraded it's interpretation boards to allow for an easy, self guided experience. Come and see the Digger Man - fully constructed from WWII items and artefacts.

Be part of the 80th anniversary and 30 years of business by visiting the tunnels in 2021-22. We will celebrating this mile stone with the promotion "See The Light" at the end of the WW2 tunnels. Commemorative coins, sash bags, stubby coolers and more memorabilia will be on sale will be on sale to celebrate this 80th year since WW2.

Opening hours:

October - May: 9am - 1pm

June - September: 9am - 4pm

Closed December 1 - 26 and New Years Day.

Private and school groups welcome. Guided podcasts available


  • Free Wifi


  • COVID Clean Practicing Business
  • COVID Safe
  • National Trust

WW2 Tunnels Darwin

Take a walk under Darwin City imagine the sweat and toil that was to be a massive WW2 undertaking.

Built by Hammer and Tap due to the fragile earth, plagued constantly by water problems, wet season heat and humidity these tunnels represent the pure determination and hard graft the men of the Civil Construction Core. From the first bombing on the 19 February 1942 the Civil Construction Corps took upon themselves to store oil away from the Invading Japanese Forces.

Celebrate the 80th anniversary and 30 years business in 2022.This attraction opened for the 50th anniversary in 1992 show casing the Bombing of Darwin this is a must see . Join us with a tour and some great WW2 memorabilia.


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