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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

This was a very interactive exhibit giving real comprehensive details of the bombing of Darwin... Certainly answered a lot of question re the Japanese organization to attack Australia where when and how... You can pick an area to examine the bombs and where and how...More

Thank K C
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum itself is OK, but if you couple it with the Bombing of Darwin World War II Heritage Tour, it fills out additional details. The Museum admission was inluded in the WW2 tour price.

Thank Elliot S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived by the Red Bus hop on hop off service which drops you outside .There is a film show which gives you the background of the event .After this you can walk at leasure around the many wartime artifacts including a large gun implacement...More

Thank gasman111
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is the Australian curriculum on this critical time in Australia’s history. I had no idea the people of Darwin and the armed forces faced such hardship and prevailed with such spirit. This is an outstanding and moving experience, well done to everyone involved.

Thank John R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a lot of fascinating things that one can see here but most of all are the equipment that were used during the second world war, it is really wonderful to be able to take a peak into the past and see how those...More

Thank Michael Alain R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

$18pp (adult) Spent two hours here wandering through the exhibit. It was fantastic. Really interesting artifacts and ephemera and fully interactive displays. Outside had trucks, tanks, landing craft and other relics. Great for families and perfect to escape the heat. Open all year except for...More

Thank jessjeanette
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction has a brilliant collection of wartime artifacts and an excellent visual display of the bombing of Darwin. Something very little Australians from the south knew about at the time. The Hoho bus drops you right at the door and picks you up when...More

Thank lorlymc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fantastic display every one in aust should see this and learn so much well done everything is well presented and staff really helpful and know their subject so well and are very passionate about what they do

Thank brian c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like it but we went in November ...the start of the hottest season and it was HOT! There is a ton of old military equipment...jeeps, trucks, armory....... the inside experience is nice...gives you a good idea of what life was like...

Thank Radford S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two experience in one the defence of Darwin and Royal flying doctor services VR of the bombing of Dawin very good

Thank Robert S
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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
21 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.