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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 1 week ago

It's right on the watefront, so unmissable! The virtual reality experience is quite impressive. They have a real flying doctors plane as well in the museum. And a holographic story. Enough reasons to visit!!!

Thank Lavi1205
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our quick visit to this museum. The film of the Darwin bombing is very well done and exhibits interesting

Thank TeePodd
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised by the extent of the bombing experienced by Darwin and the North of Australia during WW2. Yes I knew Darwin had been bombed but didn't know the details. This exhibition highlighted the extent of that with lots of exhibits including the light...More

Thank sirwayne2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating collection of leftover vehicles, tanks, communications gear and war paraphernalia . The huge interactive display is engrossing.

Thank Tony D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The work and detail and all the exhibits and Fantastic parking good, this place will bring you back to reality of what our heroes did for us

Thank Fitzpatrick D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gives visitors an experience of what it was like when Darwin was bombed. We stopped here as part of the Big Bus Tours.

Thank Olga G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here about 90 mins using the service of the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. This place has only been open for 12 months. Experience sitting in the cockpit of the Flying Doctor Service Plane, a tight squeeze, watch the 2 'hologram ' movies and do put...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very informative experience - really enlightening particularly about the raids on Darwin. I thought this would be a quick in and out however we stayed for well over two hours.

Thank FJSmith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have a theatre - you take a seat when you here the sirens go off and a touching, moving and eye opening clip rolls of the day Darwin was bombed by the Japanese. The experience was sad yet incredible on how the museum could...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is well worth doing this museum as few of us know any where near enough about the Japanese invasion and bombing of Darwin. I was surprised at the number of bombings that occurred and the damage to life and property. Knowing how many ships...More

Thank Susan T
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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.