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Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour

Highlights
  • Experience a unique tour in a period vehicle
  • Learn about Darwin’s history on this informative, fully narrated tour
  • Tour Darwin with ease, and see many important sites in a short time
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Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour
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Overview
Enjoy a history tour from a unique angle: the seat of a World War II truck. The vehicle sets the scene for many of the places you’ll drive past and the stories your guide will tell you. See important wartime sites and get the chance to visit a military museum (extra cost). An ideal tour for history buffs and travelers curious to learn more about Darwin.
What to Expect
Begin your experience from the Darwin Visitor (Tourist) Information Center at your selected time. Expert commentary and 1940s-area music will accompany your tour. You'll commence your tour with a short trip around the Darwin city center where you'll learn about the buildings, statues and points of interest associated with Darwin's establishment and early development. Pass government and parliament houses, then follow the esplanade alongside Darwin's beautiful harbor where the narrative turns to Darwin's involvement in WW2. You'll pass sites associated with anti-aircraft batteries, Catalina flying boats, army and navy barracks, and the sombre sites of loss of many Australian and American servicemen and civilians. 
From there, your first stop will be at a house where bullet holes of an attacking Japanese zero fighter are still in evidence. Then head north out of the city and be treated to stunning views of Mindil beach, Fannie Bay, and the harbor entrance before stopping at the 1934 QANTAS hangar.  Learn about Darwin's involvement in the early air races and the devastation wrought by Japanese air forces over Darwin during the war.
Then travel to East Point military precinct. As you pass through the tropical monsoon rain forest in the area, you might spot some of the abundant wildlife: wallabies, eagles, kites, snakes, magpie geese, and dingoes. At East Point you have the opportunity to disembark at the Military Museum/Defense of Darwin Experience (entry fee own expense). If you choose to stop here, you can be picked up by the next tour an hour and a half later. Find numerous interactive displays at the museum and experience what it was like to be in Darwin during the first bombing raid!
Next, head back along the north east portion of the city while listening to speeches from prime ministers and presidents. Pass by oil storage tanks and tunnels, machine gun strafing marks, Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharves, and Darwin Harbor. Stop to learn about the devastation of shipping during the first Japanese raid.
As you are brought back to the Tourist Information Center, learn about post-war Darwin, the subsequent devastation by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, and Darwin in the modern era.
Tours conclude approximately 80 - 90 minutes after departure, if museum stop is not made. If you choose to stop at the museum, tour will last approximately 3 hours. Please advise at time of booking if you intend to hop off at the museum so arrangements can be made to pick you up on the subsequent bus.
Reviews (38)
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Reviewed 20 September 2018
Excellent!

We booked this tour for our first morning after arrival. Not only was it a brilliant history lesson but it was also a great tour of the city. Certainly worthwhile to stop at the War museum and learn even more about the history of Darwin....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TwoGoodFriends
Reviewed 13 September 2018
Amazing way to see Darwin

This was a fascinating tour, Dave (I think was his name) is a fountain of knowledge and it was so interesting to learn about pre and post war Darwin. You get a great tour of the city and have the option to be dropped off...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Eleanor_Matt
Reviewed 4 September 2018
Excellent

Very knowledgeable tour guide. While driving through Darwin he explains the war, explains the city and the history. He makes it come alive. Not only for people interested in WWII

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Henning E
david l, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hi Henning E glad to hear you enjoyed the tour. Spread the word! ...and I agree its not only for WW2 buffs - we also talk about the early explorers, cyclone Tracy and Lindy Chamberlain

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Excellent Intro to Darwin WW2 History

The guide knows lots about the past-Darwin. As a fan of military history, I feel like joining a history class after the trip!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JulianneS163
david l, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hi Julianne S, time to study up! I recommend some books by Tom Lewis and Norm Cramp - both local historians.Look them up - they have both written a number of very readable books. cheers David

Reviewed 21 August 2018
Interesting

This was a journey in its self, the only complaint I would have is that the fumes from the motor came into the back and was very disturbing. The guide was fantastic, very knowleageable and we had a great time.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Maree D
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