Defence of Darwin Experience Tours

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The Defence of Darwin Experience chronicles the Northern Territory’s role in World War II through a number of powerful exhibits that educate visitors on how the war deeply affected the region and its residents. This multimedia museum offers fascinating insight into the fateful events leading up to and on Feb. 19, 1942, when the Bombing of Darwin took place, killing over 250 people, sinking 10 ships, and kicking off a period of nearly two years of bombings in the Northern Territory. Guests can view historic equipment and artifacts from the war and listen to somber stories of locals’ whose lives were changed forever, as well as firsthand accounts of those who went off to war to avenge the lives that were lost.

Immersive exhibits include the Bombing of Darwin Gallery with its 3D helmets and sensory footage illustrating what it would have been like to witness the bombings, plus StoryShare, where locals record their own stories to be shared with museum visitors. Travelers can also record their responses to all they see and learn at the museum. As one of Darwin’s most significant historical sites, the attraction is often included in guided tours of the city.

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Admission to the Defence of Darwin Experience also includes admission to the Darwin Military Museum. No flash photography allowed.
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Address: 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Hours: 9:30am-5pm daily
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Admission: $18 for adults, $8 for children, or $40 for a family of four
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Explore Darwin City Sights

Go sightseeing in Darwin on a 5-hour morning tour that takes you to top sites including Parliament House, Palmerston Town, the Darwin Botanical Gardens and the vibrant waterfront. Learn about the Darwin’s World War II history at the Defence of Darwin Experience, with admission to this military heritage site included in your tour. Have time to explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and stop by the Fannie Bay Gaol and Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre among other sites on this comprehensive introduction to Darwin.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Darwin Military Museum: General Entry Ticket

History lovers will enjoy visiting the Darwin Military Museum. Learn about the history of Darwin through several audio-visual exhibits, where you’ll hear the experiences of Darwin’s residents who lived through wartime in Australia. You can also enjoy walking through the tropical gardens, where military machinery and vehicles is on display. This is an interesting activity for travelers who want to learn more about Australian history.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hrs
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Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Go sightseeing in Darwin with a hop-on hop-off pass that is valid for 24 or 48 hours. Cruise to top spots including Crocosaurus Cove, the waterfront precinct and Fort Hill Wharf. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top double-decker bus and informative onboard commentary. Simply hop on board to travel from sight to sight, and explore in depth on your own by hopping off at any of 10 convenient stops. It takes up to 90 minutes to complete the full loop around Darwin if you remain on the bus.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Darwin Shore Excursion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Swap your cruise ship for a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Darwin on this sightseeing shore excursion. Select a 24- or 48-hour pass and explore the city in the Top End at your own pace. Board the open-top double-decker bus from the cruise terminal at Fort Hill Wharf and disembark at any of the 11 stops around Darwin, or simply stay on the bus for a 60- or 90-minute narrated tour. Visit the Military Museum, Botanic Gardens, Doctors Gully, Crocosaurus Cove and more!
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Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour

Enjoy a history tour from a unique angle: the seat of a World War II truck. The vehicle sets the scene for many of the places you’ll drive past and the stories your guide will tell you. See important wartime sites and get the chance to visit a military museum (extra cost). An ideal tour for history buffs and travelers curious to learn more about Darwin.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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