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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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Darwin City Tour 10amMost Popular
80 - 90 minute tour of Darwin highlighting Darwin's prewar, wartime, and post-war history. Tour is conducted in a WW II vintage army truck. Option to hop on and hop off at Defense of Darwin Experience
USD 33.26
Darwin City Tour 2:30pm
80 - 90 minute tour of Darwin highlighting Darwin's prewar, wartime, and post-war history. Tour is conducted in a WW II vintage army truck. Option to hop on and hop off at Defense of Darwin Experience
USD 33.26
Darwin City Tour 11:30am
80 - 90 minute tour of Darwin highlighting Darwin's prewar, wartime, and post-war history. Tour is conducted in a WW II vintage army truck. Option to hop on and hop off at Defense of Darwin Experience
USD 33.26
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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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Well worth the time and money

If you’re in Darwin this is one of the most important tours you should take. Absolutely brilliant, tour guide would be one of the best we have come across, his knowledge of the bombing of Darwin the history of the wartime and post wartime time...More

Thank spudnads
David L, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you Spudnads for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour! Have a great stay in Darwin

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful tour- stop into the museum

I really liked this tour. The length is just right (and so is the transportation!) and I highly recommend breaking it into two by stopping into the museum (there they have a cafe and bathrooms, so it's a nice pause). Good pacing and a diverse...More

Thank catatonia_10
David L, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and the museum Catatonia_10

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A little bit of history in a good old gal

This fun history tour is a great way to explore the downtown area and learn something at the same time. The driver/owner of this great old Studebaker upgraded her just enough to be safe and comfortable yet keeping her historic vintage charm. I suggest that...More

1  Thank Cindy M
David L, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour Cindy M. A detailed review of our tour. Thank you. Have a great stay in Darwin!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Darwin history

My husband and I did this tour on 24th July. It was great and the tour guide had a wealth of knowledge that kept us engaged. I learnt much more than I ever knew about the bombing if Darwin.in fact I feel date on was...More

Thank Dorothy T
David L, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Dorothy so glad you enjoyed our tour, Have a great stay in Darwin

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Fabulous Experience

This tour gives a great insight into the bombing of Darwin. It reveals the extent of the bombing and the destruction encountered during WWII on Darwin. The driver of the old Army vehicle is a great ambassador for the tour and the ride certainly gives...More

Thank Pacola1
David L, Owner at The Darwin History and Wartime Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Pacola1 for your review. I hope you have had a great time exploring our lovely city

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