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Royal Australian Air Force Museum
In the early stages of World War II, when Japanese forces were systematically taking over the Pacific, Northern Queensland was more of a buffer—rather than a place to protect. After all, this rural outpost of reefs and rainforest was very thinly populated, and acted more as a massive shield for Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. The lone exception was dusty Townsville, where a Royal Australian Air Force base was constructed during the war. The base was primarily a launching pad for sorties throughout the Pacific, but gradually became the epicenter of forces protecting Queensland.

Today, the Royal Australian Air Force Museum is an ode to soldiers who served and fought from bases right here in Townsville. The museum is located right next door to Townsville’s commercial airport, where it’s still possible to hear air traffic control on crackly museum radios. Hear the tales of Australian pilots who were based right here in Townsville, and see the uniforms that the soldiers would carry heroically into battle. This is one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s oldest and most meaningful bases, and a great place to brush up on Australia’s military past.

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The Royal Australian Airport Museum is open 9am-Noon on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10am-4pm on weekends. Admission is free, and the museum is located 15 minutes west of Townsville’s downtown Strand.
Address: Ingham Road, Garbutt, Townsville, Queensland 4814, Australia
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Townsville and the Australian Army: Walking History Tour with Optional City Sightseeing

Uncover the secrets of Townsville's fascinating military history on this 4-hour walking tour led by a former Australian Army soldier. Visit key sites like Kissing Point Fort, Black Hawk Memorial and Lavarack Barracks, then explore the exhibitions at either the Royal Australian Air Force Museum or the Army Museum of North Queensland. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants to ensure a personalized experience and includes hotel pick-up and morning tea. Alternatively, upgrade to a full-day tour and add on a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Townsville with lunch.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
US$ 65.69
US$ 65.69
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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