5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Darwin, Australia
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
See how the Second World War was experienced in Australia on a WWII historical tour of Darwin. This poignant tour highlights the memorials and sites of the war, explains the bombing of Darwin, and visits Darwin’s historic bases, museums and military precincts. You’ll also cruise the harbor to see the site of a wartime shipwreck and the modern-day navy base.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

WWII Historical Tour of Darwin Including Harbor Cruise

WWII Gun turret, Darwin

Meet your guide in central Darwin, and start you tour with a guided drive by air-conditioned coach along the Esplanade past Darwin’s war memorial and anti-aircraft gun sites. Then drive to Charles Darwin National Park to see the ammunition storage shelters built here in 1944, and take a walk to the lookout platform for views of Darwin’s harbor and city skyline.

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.

Customer Reviews

Kenneth H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was a choppy day so we couldn't make it all the way to the memorial, well we could have but the guides said we'd all be soaking wet; so a vote went against it. What can I say the tour guides were fantastic, locals certainly can make the trip most informative and also by adding amusing anecdotes they make the whole trip feel like a friends get together. By the end of it all passengers were interacting with each other a truly good experience. My only regret is not having the time to go on the "Fish and Chip" special sunset tour but the next day speaking with those that did they stated it was enjoyable and not at all formal again more like a friends get together. Maybe next time :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Excellent tour

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