- Discover the history of Darwin during war time on a WWII-themed tour
- See the ammunition shelters at Charles Darwin National Park
- Cruise Darwin Harbour and view Navy Base HMAS Coonawarra
- Explore East Point Military Precinct and visit the Military Museum
- See the watery grave of an American warship
Next, take a scenic drive to Stokes Hill Wharf where you'll step on board a harbor cruise to see the underwater resting place of an American warship. On board, you’ll learn how Darwin's harbor was targeted in the Japanese attacks, and see historic photos of Darwin and sonar images of the shipwreck. The cruise also takes you to the former Catalina Flying Boat Base and today’s HMAS Coonawarra navy base.
Leaving the boat at Cullen Bay, travel to East Point Military Precinct, the site of Australia’s only wartime battleground. Here, you’ll see where anti-aircraft guns were positioned, along with the storage bunkers and observation tower that survived the WWII bombing of Darwin. Tour the museum’s collection of wartime weapons and vehicles housed in one of the concrete bunkers, before returning to central Darwin and the end of the tour.
Reviewed by Christy R, February 2013
Definitely recommend this tour, the guides were knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.
Reviewed by inails, Australia, January 2013
The Darwin WWII Museum is definitely worth a visit and this tour provides a great overview of both the city and how Darwin fared during the war.
Note: there is considerable overlap between this tour and the Darwin City Tour, so be prepared to cover the same ground.