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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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tourism Top End, 6 Bennett St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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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    This was a journey in its self, the only complaint I would have is that the fumes from the motor came into the back and was very disturbing. The guide was fantastic, very knowleageable and we had a great time.
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    If you’re in Darwin this is one of the most important tours you should take. Absolutely brilliant, tour guide would be one of the best we have come across, his knowledge of the bombing of Darwin the history of the wartime and post wartime time Darwin was impeccable, his
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    Response from David L, Owner at Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour
    Responded 14 Aug 2018
    Thank you Spudnads for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour! Have a great stay in Darwin
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    I really liked this tour. The length is just right (and so is the transportation!) and I highly recommend breaking it into two by stopping into the museum (there they have a cafe and bathrooms, so it's a nice pause). Good pacing and a diverse amount of info on Darwin (but not
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    Response from David L, Owner at Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour
    Responded 10 Aug 2018
    Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and the museum Catatonia_10
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    This fun history tour is a great way to explore the downtown area and learn something at the same time. The driver/owner of this great old Studebaker upgraded her just enough to be safe and comfortable yet keeping her historic vintage charm. I suggest that you take one of the
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    Response from David L, Owner at Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour
    Responded 10 Aug 2018
    Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour Cindy M. A detailed review of our tour. Thank you. Have a great stay in Darwin!
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    My husband and I did this tour on 24th July. It was great and the tour guide had a wealth of knowledge that kept us engaged. I learnt much more than I ever knew about the bombing if Darwin.in fact I feel date on was poorly served in the headlines or history lessons .we had much
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    Response from David L, Owner at Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour
    Responded 27 Jul 2018
    Hi Dorothy so glad you enjoyed our tour, Have a great stay in Darwin
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