Due to its strategic location in the Pacific, Darwin was an important Allied base during World War II and the site of the worst foreign attack in Australian history. The thematic tour begins with hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach and a drive along the esplanade for a view of the city’s war memorial and several anti-aircraft gun turrets built during the war. Stop at Charles Darwin National Park for a glimpse of wartime ammunition storage shelters, as well as panoramic views of the harbor and skyline from a lookout platform.
At Stokes Hill Wharf, exchange the coach for a boat and embark on a historic harbor cruise. As you sail, learn about the 1942 surprise bombing of Darwin Harbour by Japanese forces and compare historic photos from the time of the battle to today’s modern harbor. Glide over the site of an American warship sunk in the attack, and see sonar images of the shipwreck.
Continue on to East Point military precinct, a historic base and site of many wartime relics. See storage bunkers and an observation tower that survived the bombing, and visit the on-site museum to browse a collection of WWII-era weapons and military vehicles, as well as informative displays about the war’s impact on residents.
Your 4-hour tour through Darwin’s military history concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.