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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 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and his mate, both Vietnam Veterans, were most interested in this museum. As none of us had known much about the bombing on Darwin, we were keen to hear just what had happened. Rushed to the theaterette when the air raid siren sounded....More

Thank carolyn r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was amazing, Jammed pack with a lot of history like taking a step back in time, was an absolute joy going there if near by you'd be a dill not to go 👌🏻

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a pretty pricey fee, you walk round a well put together but dis-jointed exhibits. The hologram/video/story is good and when it is done you can walk around lots of military metal. It's alright

Thank bagpackingbrit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for families to visit. Very few people know about the Defence of Darwin. They have an incredible collection of artillery pieces, vehicles, uniforms, models and paintings. Also interactive experiences. It is also set in a beautiful, part of Darwin. You...More

Thank Marina d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is awesome....Its great to wander through the gardens looking at all the exhibitions..We really enjoyed it..learnt alot

Thank JoanneDC1965
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in the bombing of Darwin and nearby places, you will love this attraction. Be prepared to spend a lot of time looking at the exhibitions which is reading, interactive displays and the outdoor displays. The 13 minute video re-enactment was great,...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a few hours here one lazy afternoon on a lay-day from hectic (but great) tours. Very informative (I had no idea of the number nor intensity of WWII Jap bomber raids not only of Darwin but the wider Top End. Combining this self drive...More

Thank 011Red
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely stepping back in time to see adventures in and around Darwin. John Bender loved all to see of army and surrounding building n forts. Cannons guns etc

Thank Leonie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting exhibitions with amazing artefacts and real life stories. Well laid out and easy for all ages in terms of getting around

Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lots of interactive, powerful experiences. to stroll around the ground and see such a collection of vehicles, and interact with it all. Lest we Forget.

Thank Marie M
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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.