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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 May 11, 2017

The set up of this Museum is worth a look. We here about the bumbling of Darwin but not to the extent of what happened and how many people were killed. It's $18.00 to get in or Senior is $13. There are many relics,movies of...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2017

From the time you walk in the door you are involved and the staff are there to welcome and guide you , willingly. The movie was excellent in its presentation and informative in its information. The platform viewing Darwin gave you the noise and sensTions...More

Thank Ken57M
Reviewed May 9, 2017

The only way to experience the 'Defence of Darwin' and a must see when visiting. An interactive and very visual understanding of what happened during the bombing of Darwin. Many exhibits, old relics, equipment, vehicles etc

Thank JazzyPerth
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

A great experience, well worth it. A beautiful outdoor setting. It's a real eye opener just how badly bombed our northwest was!!

Thank Jenny B
Reviewed May 7, 2017

This museum showed how much Darwin was involved during the WW2. It shows the history of the military and the civilians leading up and during the bombing of Darwin. The new area was very interesting using interactive screens to trace the history of Darwin. Outside...More

Thank Crawfoes
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Visited to see what Darwin had been through during the war and left understanding a lot more about what happened. The exhibits are both inside and out. Inside tells the story of different people during the raids in the own voice and visual displays show...More

Thank Ashley M
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

If you have any interest in what happened in Darwin in World War 2 I would highly recommend you visit this attraction.

Thank Steve H
Reviewed May 6, 2017

The Flying Doctor stuff is good, especially getting inside the plane and seeing the equipment. The virtual reality experience is amazing. Put the headset on and make sure you look up, down and behind you and when you've finished, watch other people do the same....More

Thank Willhamm
Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

Darwin people are very keen to show to the visitors what they have been through during the war. Exciting replica of the bombing and interesting artifacts.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed May 2, 2017

This is a great place to visit to get a feel for life during the war in Darwin, Very moving stories of heroics and also very sad. The all round experience is a must for families, we called the day before Anzac day making it...More

Thank Paul W
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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.