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Defence of Darwin Experience

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history. The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'. The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe. The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more. The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory. The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII. Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities.
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5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
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Reviewed yesterday

Located at the old East Point Defence Museum this has been revamped for the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. Very interactive and great for older children

Thank Roy O
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Inside is a very detailed audio/visual presentation of the WWII events in Darwin, including a dramatic film. Outside there are many war relics and informative displays. Our kids are both under 4, and it was a bit too much for them, but would be good...More

Thank bekandryan
Reviewed 3 days ago

This experience should not be missed on your visit to Darwin. The exhibition is well presented and the audio-visual presentation is excellent. The adjoining military museum also has a good collection.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Defence of Darwin/ Military Museum at East Point is an unsung hero of NT tourism. Entry is not expensive, and the museum itself looks quite unassuming, but wait until you get inside. General museum buffs will appreciate it, military history buffs will explode with...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Interesting display and quite informative. The display inside about the Bombing of Darwin is well done. The highlight for me however was the Vietnam and Norforce displays with some very interesting artefacts.

Thank gazzak2014
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, for young & old alike. Lots to read about & learn. Good exhibits & well presented

Thank samrox5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you dedicate enough time and try to space it out a little from all the other War attractions so you don't overload. The inside area has some fascinating first hand stories you can listen to, and I found this the most interesting part...More

Thank jessiebee1987
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is an amazing hologram of the bombing of Darwin- only 8 minutes long but WOW- do yourself a favour and go. Great videos and memorabilia of the Royal Flying Doctors too. Definitely put it on your list. Price was $26 per person and the...More

Thank Riv23
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see exhibition for those with an interest in Australia's WW2 history, and is a sobering reminder of just how close our country came to being invaded in those dark days when the war was on our doorstep. The various displays here...More

Thank kjbailey2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got a valuable insight as to how resilient our troops were I am guessing but I would be with many others in thinking the bombing of Darwin occurred only on a small number of occasions, not what actually happened and was so far spread west...More

Thank Tomllach
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18 February 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
The Museum is approx. 15 kilometres from the wharf and as such too far to walk. Means of transport to the Museum are taxi or tour bus as there is no public transport to East Point
Barb E
20 January 2017|
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Response from Norman C | Property representative |
Hi The Museum is open from 10am to 3:30pm 7 days per week during the 'wet season' (now until 30th March)
30 July 2016|
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Response from JvR-MvR | Reviewed this property |
You could take the hop-on, hop-off bus which goes right past the waterfront. You could also contact the museum. See details on their website: defenceofdarwin.nt.gov.au Hope this helps.