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World War II Oil Storage Tunnels

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The WWII Oil Storage Tunnels were built in secrecy after the Bombing of Darwin saw the above ground oil storage tanks destroyed. Come and learn about how the construction of these huge tunnels was riddled with constraints and budget blowouts. The...more
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Kitchener Drive | Darwin Waterfront, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
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All reviews self guided tour information boards kept secret above ground large fans worth a visit interesting piece of history original purpose small fee darwin history historical information interesting experience entry price per adult darwin waterfront great insight on display
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is exactly what it says it is, and there is perhaps not much more to add. With some history boards in the tunnel putting things into context. Nearby is the RFDS and 1942 Japanese Bombing Museum so a visit to the tunnels can be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank broadhurstannema
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your input. Yes it is a good day out to incorporate the Tunnels, Flying Doctors Tourist Facility and the Waterfront.

Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

This is one of those attractions where you can spend a lot of or a little time. It is a self guided tour that is really quite remarkable. There are about 10 tunnels in toyal but you only get to see 2. It was a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michael A
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hi Michael, Thank you for your review on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. The Tunnels are a great place to learn the history & bombing of Darwin. Most people spend at least 30 - 40 minutes, however if you are very interested in history you...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

These tunnels are unlike anything I’ve come across before. This may have something to do with the fact that they weren’t really fit for purpose and abandoned before being used so no one else copied the idea! The information boards inside the tunnels are well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anna D
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

HI Anna, Thank you for your recent review on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. The tunnels are a great place to visit & learn the history of Darwin and the WWII bombings. So many people do not realise the extent of the Japanese bombing. We...More

Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

It was an enlightening experience and it was great to read about the era of when these tunnels where operational. My only criticism is that they only except cash and was told the ATM is down the road if we had no cash ( which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank davidforrester47
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Thank you for your recent review on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels.A visit to the tunnels whilst in Darwin will provide the visitor with lots of history, the bombing of Darwin during WWII. Yes, payment is cash only and very reasonable at $8.50 per adult,...More

Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

This is a different experience. Low key operation. It is easy to miss this facility, so take you time in finding it. Basically you walk into the tunnels and read the information displays. There are giant fans in the tunnels but recommend that you go...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank becull
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hi & thanks for you recent review of the WWII Oil Storage tunnels, we are please you enjoyed your visit. The displays & story boards to give so much information on Darwin's history. The water on the ground is from a natural spring in the...More

Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

I only heard about this attraction through a friend. It’s almost camouflaged that you’d miss it if you blinked. It’s an interesting history of the oil supplies hidden during the Darwin bombings and still used till the mid 50’s. I would recommend seeing the oil...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Norman E
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hi Norman, Thank yo for your recent review on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels, the displays & story boards allow visitors to Darwin to learn about the history of Darwin and WWII.

Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

A very interesting self guided tour regarding some little known engineering from our guys. I really enjoyed myself, there was a substantial amount of reading so I would give yourself an hour if your really enthusiastic. Thank you Sue for all your valuable knowledge.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hi Ebony, Thank you for your recent review on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. Most people don't realise exactly what happened here in Darwin during WWII. Darwin was actually bombed more times than Pearl Harbour. Imagine being 1 of 400 civil construction workers digging the...More

Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Interesting but a lot of reading in the tunnels that I didn’t do. Would recommend though as it’s pretty incredible to see it all.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JessVZ
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hi & thanks for your reviews on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. We aim to provide as much information as possible through our story boards & displays. It is an excellent affordable experience when in Darwin.

Reviewed August 13, 2018

A walk along centennial park down to the commercial Harbor should include a visit to the Oil storage tunnels on the way. Situated close to most of the attractions in the Darwin CBD. An insight into the hidden work of a community at war. Information...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Hi Neil, Many thanks for your review on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels, They are an important piece of war history for visitors to Darwin.

Reviewed August 13, 2018

This is a self guided tour & provides interesting historical information on the building of the tunnels & the bombing of Darwin during World War 2. I recommend you take your time reading all the plaques & wear closed shoes as there is a small...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 388katharinew
Darwin_Tours, Front Office Manager at World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Hi and thank you for your recent review on the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. The history of digging the tunnels & WWII is very interesting. Can you imagine 400 men digging these by hand in the hot & humid conditions. The water flow is due...More

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Response from lyndoig | Reviewed this property |
The "tanks" were the whole complex. I didn't know there was a quiz, sorry, so don' t know where an answer should go.
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