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Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour

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    What to Expect
    Begin your experience from the Darwin Visitor (Tourist) Information Center at your selected time. Expert commentary and 1940s-area music will accompany your tour. You'll commence your tour with a short trip around the Darwin city center where you'll learn about the buildings, statues and points of interest associated with Darwin's establishment and early development. Pass government and parliament houses, then follow the esplanade alongside Darwin's beautiful harbor where the narrative turns to Darwin's involvement in WW2. You'll pass sites associated with anti-aircraft batteries, Catalina flying boats, army and navy barracks, and the sombre sites of loss of many Australian and American servicemen and civilians. 

    From there, your first stop will be at a house where bullet holes of an attacking Japanese zero fighter are still in evidence. Then head north out of the city and be treated to stunning views of Mindil beach, Fannie Bay, and the harbor entrance before stopping at the 1934 QANTAS hangar.  Learn about Darwin's involvement in the early air races and the devastation wrought by Japanese air forces over Darwin during the war.

    Then travel to East Point military precinct. As you pass through the tropical monsoon rain forest in the area, you might spot some of the abundant wildlife: wallabies, eagles, kites, snakes, magpie geese, and dingoes. At East Point you have the opportunity to disembark at the Military Museum/Defense of Darwin Experience (entry fee own expense). If you choose to stop here, you can be picked up by the next tour an hour and a half later. Find numerous interactive displays at the museum and experience what it was like to be in Darwin during the first bombing raid!

    Next, head back along the north east portion of the city while listening to speeches from prime ministers and presidents. Pass by oil storage tanks and tunnels, machine gun strafing marks, Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharves, and Darwin Harbor. Stop to learn about the devastation of shipping during the first Japanese raid.

    As you are brought back to the Tourist Information Center, learn about post-war Darwin, the subsequent devastation by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, and Darwin in the modern era.

    Tours conclude approximately 80 - 90 minutes after departure, if museum stop is not made. If you choose to stop at the museum, tour will last approximately 3 hours. Please advise at time of booking if you intend to hop off at the museum so arrangements can be made to pick you up on the subsequent bus.
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    Departure Point
    Outside the Darwin Visitor Information Center
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Cruise passengers can request drop off at the cruise port (terminal) Fort Hill Wharf.
    • Local taxes
    • Professional driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Entrance fee to East Point Military Museum (children 5 - 16: 8 AUD, adults over 16: 18 AUD, seniors $13 AUD children under 5: free)
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Please advise at time of booking if you intend to hop off at the museum so arrangements can be made to pick you up on the subsequent bus.
    • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer--clients must be able to manage a flight of 4 steps in order to be seated.
    • Tours Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • A seniors card or proof of age may be required in order to obtain the concessional ticket price.
    • A small amount of walking is involved. Those disembarking at the museum can wander around the shaded outdoor grounds of the "old" museum if desired.
    • Alcohol and cigarettes are prohibited on board the vehicle
    • Personal food and drinks are allowed on board
    • Child booster seats will fit in the vehicle, however, customers must provide their own booster seats.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    These guys seriously under promote themselves. A particularly informative tour. I also took the option to stop off at the military museum and be collected later.

    Thank 464glynisr
    DavidL15383, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hi 464glynisr good to hear you enjoyed the trip. Have a great stay in our little city

    Reviewed 7 September 2019

    Hubby and I timed it perfectly to join the 11.30am tour of the city sights in the back of the WW11 1941/42 Studebaker Army Truck. It was an interesting and fun way to see the sights and the Tour Guide was very knowledgeable, although it...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Reviewed 29 August 2019

    This is a great way to travel about to see some of Darwin's sites and hear about the history of the areas in and around the city. The tour guide shared interesting facts and stories about Darwin's wartime history as well as its more recent...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank SimKris
    DavidL15383, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2019

    Hi Simkris - glad you enjoyed the tour. Spread the word by all means! cheers

    Reviewed 26 August 2019 via mobile

    We went on the last trip for the day. There were four of us plus our driver. We started off going around the City and waving to people in cafes as we past. Our guide and driver was a very knowledgeable man, the information he...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank crossoffbucketlist
    DavidL15383, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2019

    Hi Crossoff - glad you enjoyed the tour - sounds like you were transported to another time and place! ... thats our aim. Have a great stay in Darwin.

    Reviewed 22 August 2019

    I’ve been on a few local Aussie tours but this one takes the cake. The WW2 US army truck ride was great. The seating was comfortable. The route was all encompassing and the onboard commentary was first class. What the tour director didn’t know wasn’t...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank David V
    DavidL15383, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2019

    Hi David thank you for a great review - glad you enjoyed it!

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    29 August 2019|
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    Response from Sue K | Reviewed this property |
    You would have plenty of time the tour was about 3 hours. You do get to see a good amount of the city then pleasant drive out to the museum which is very interesting
    5 February 2019|
    Response from spudnads | Reviewed this property |
    Pro ally, give the information centre in Darwin a ring, they take bookings. Marvellous experience one not to be missed.
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