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Defence of Darwin Experience

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Address: 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive | East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
Phone Number: 08 8981 9702
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The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on...

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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The bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in 1942 is a seminal historical event for the city, and visitors will bump into this story continuously. However, this experience will bring... read more

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Complete waste of time and money. The film showed nothing of interest. No facts or information about the bombing of darwin. Limited seats. Complete shambles and clearly made by an amateur. The yard was just full of junk. There was no information about what you were seeing. But what upset me the most was the lack of preservation. In the... More 

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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in 1942 is a seminal historical event for the city, and visitors will bump into this story continuously. However, this experience will bring a reality to the tale that mere telling will not do. Situated on Stokes Hill Wharf, which will take you to an area of Darwin that has lots of attractions,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great video. Lots of information about the Bombing and defence of Darwin. Visitors are able to access the large gun emplacement. Lots of military vehicles and equipment in the outside displays. Can get hot outside. Take water and a hat. The cafe is basic but the sandwiches were very fresh. Worth visiting if you are interested in history of WW... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a place I really wanted to visit, but I was really disappointed there was no public transport out to the Darwin Military Museum. We ended up catching the number 6 bus to Fannie Bay shops, then catching a cab the rest of the way (about $12 each way). Once we got there, it was great. The staff gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quite a reasonable entry fee I thought for the 2 hours we spent here. Well set out exhibits which gave a good insight into the WWII Darwin.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the inside exhibit about the bombing of Darwin. Thought the outside exhibits were looking a bit tired and needed updating. Overall an interesting visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This "Museum" was Ok--for me. Unfortunately the "video" of the bombing of Darwin was broken when we visited. The indoor displays was well presented as well as the several outdoor displays of war "machinery" and other things. It was just ok for me as I'm not into wars, history and defence force things. It will probably be much more of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Overpriced for what you get. Hot and dusty. Probably ok for those that experienced army life. Spent under an hour going around it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good insight into the bombing of Darwin. Cafe with light meals. Without a car it is challenging to get to East Point. We went by taxi. You can sit outside at tabes and chairs.

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Pakenham, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived at this attraction via the Hop on Hop off Bus and spent a couple of delightful hours viewing the many exhibitions which told of the bombing and defence of Darwin and the Top end. These exhibitions are well put together and maintained. One of highlights is the theatre experience which is well put together and tell a compelling... More 

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