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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 30 July 2016

This museum tells of the history of the bombing of Darwin during WW2. The short film you watch which is included in the reasonable entry fee ($48 for a family of 5) was brilliant and very well done. Plenty of stuff to see. The kids...More

Thank Robyn G
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Plenty of information to and numerous vehicles and guns. The big gun emplacement was especially good, Surprised to learn the number of bombing raids on Darwin.

Thank Suzanne818
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Well worth the visit. Especially if you want to understand the history of the WWII Darwin bombings. Really enjoyed it and have been a few times now.

Thank 175phild
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Much of Darwin's history is derived from its WW2 experience and this museum provides a very detailed presentation of that story.

Thank MatureTravellers2904
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is a must see in Darwin. Evocative on the Darwin history. Great exhibits and needs some good time to read everything to get the most out of it. I recommend two visits really!. One with kids - the other to absorb it all. Kids...More

1  Thank Peter M
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This is a great display with loads of information. I was fairly ashamed how little I knew about what took place in Darwin and how little is mentioned about this amazing part of Australia's war history outside the NT. Allow enough time to get all...More

1  Thank Judy M
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Wow. The Japanese bombing of Darwin was so incredibly well done. I learnt so much. Never realised to number of attacks on the top end. A Must see.

1  Thank IanR1954
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Inside display was very informative and outside an amazing collection of weaponry, vehicles and informative recounts of life during the war

1  Thank familyfromperth2016
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I spent hours at the Darwin Military Museum. It is well constructed and very interesting. There was so much that I didn't know. It was a little disconcerting to be outside viewing the huge guns facing the Arafura Sea when a large number of defence...More

Thank ScobQld
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Suggestions that this is simply a collection of rusty relics are very unfair. There are a couple of pieces that have been deliberately left to rust but the overall effect is compelling and most of the pieces are well maintained and well presented, with short...More

1  Thank FilBee
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How far is this from the port where our ship will be docking
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
What times is this attraction open at weekends?
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)
How would we get there from the cruise port?
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.