We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Defence of Darwin Experience

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Explore Darwin City Sights
More Info
and up
Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
More Info
and up
Darwin Shore Excursion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
+61 8 8981 9702
Write a Review
Reviews (1,700)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

251 - 260 of 1,685 reviews

Reviewed 19 December 2016

What a great collection of defence memorabilia! Easily spend a few hours wandering around the facility- lots to do and se and read! A must visit!

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

The displays and information delivery is fabulous. The interactive displays are so modern for datwin

Thank kidfree4me
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

As a long time Territorian living interstate, I was really looking forward to seeing this important exhibit during a trip back to Darwin for work. Looked up the closing time, picked up the teenager to drag him along, and arrived, only to find a hand...More

Thank Andrew613
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This is fantastic. Start off inside and use the interactive display's for info. Watch the movies. You start to get a view of Darwin back in the 1940ts. There is a ton of items to see and read. Then head outside and go clock wise...More

Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed 11 December 2016

This is a "must see" experience when visiting Darwin. Located at East Point, the museum offers a comprehensive display and explanation of the attacks on Darwin by the Japanese during the later part of the 2nd World War. There are numerous exhibits, vehicles and other...More

Thank 1955Mick
Reviewed 7 December 2016

I’m seriously spending-averse (in other words I'm a tight-wad) whose idea of a good venue includes free admission or donation - plus I’ve seldom been whelmed by museums and similar. Nevertheless I have no regrets opening my wallet at this place. I thought it an...More

Thank blackeldo
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

This experience has recently been refurbished and a section on the Flying Doctors added with a real Pilates 12 aircraft on display inside. Wonderful 3D helmets showing the attack on Darwin on Feb 1941 and a number of other holographic displays. Great fun that will...More

Thank Champagneoclock
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Had a good morning out with our family and really enjoyed our visit. There was so much to look at! A little overpriced for our whole family to go though

Thank Sara M
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The story of the Japanese bombing of Darwin, which occurred just 10 weeks after Pearl Harbour and received twice the number of bombs, is worth visiting. Informative. Has a short film and tells the story of the defense of the north in WW2. This event...More

Thank FergusPS
Reviewed 22 November 2016

this place is displaying the history of when the war came to australia and is the type of history that should be taught in our schools is well set out and presented.

Thank K8709FKjohnw
Nearby Restaurants
Laneway Specialty Coffee
521 reviews
3.82 km away
Pee Wee's At The Point
1,122 reviews
.69 km away
Darwin Trailer Boat Club
399 reviews
2.83 km away
Waterfront Bistro
345 reviews
2.91 km away
Nearby Attractions
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
2,518 reviews
3.63 km away
Mindil Beach
2,935 reviews
4.28 km away
Mindil Beach Markets
566 reviews
4.36 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
18 February 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
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.