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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

Spend a couple of hours here you won't be disappointed. The short film is great plus all the static displays make for an informative few hours.

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent 2 hours here today. Museum so well laid out with so much information- living in Sydney where we heard about midget sub attacks - I never quite realised how significant Darwin's bombing experience was. Behind the museum is the most amazing collection of vehicles...More

Thank belgaicas
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have to admit that this activity was more than I had anticipated. I was expecting a moderate level of info and displays but was blown away with the amount of things that were on show. This really gives you an in depth look into...More

Thank Regan B
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum has an incredible amount of military hardware left over from WW2, its well laid out over the gardens and buildings with lots of information. There is a short film about the bombing of Darwin and a computer generated desk screen of one of...More

Thank JackoMiddlesbrough
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I'm not typically someone who enjoys history however I was so impressed by this museum. The amount of information and artefacts presented was just incredible and all displays were authentic. A very informative and interesting experience!

Thank Steph M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not easily accessible unless you have a car but well worth a visit. There are actually two museums and we should have allowed more than three hours as it was insufficient.It gave a really good account of the bombing of Darwin.

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 5 days ago

From the well maintained military vehicles and artillery to the very interactive experience of the Darwin Bombing during WW2 this is a must for history buffs and a good half day trip for everyone else.

Thank JohnRoseJnr
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The stories and artifacts in this museum are simply amazing and it is clear that a lot of research and effort was put into the creation of this centre. We needed a few hours to get through everything but you could easily spend longer. I...More

Thank Louise P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Allow plenty of time for this attraction. You could spend hours there reading about the history of the defence forces and all about Darwin's bombing's.

Thank gazzabuc
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great attraction really enjoyed learning the history and doing the virtual reality tour. Made us realise just how much our armed forces went through and what race people they were.

Thank Christine B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How far is this from the port where our ship will be docking
February 18, 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?
January 20, 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?
July 30, 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.