The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
We are dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800's to the present day. Our collection includes armoured vehicles and artillery from both world wars with a particular focus on WWII.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Shoes8642
    Christchurch, New Zealand49 contributions
    Huge variety of tanks
    Largest display of tanks I have ever seen. Fantastic and education space for anyone with an interest in the world wars and military equipment in general. Huge display and well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Amanda B
    11 contributions
    Lots of tanks
    Great information for history buffs. Lots of Tanks to see. Very well displayed and clean spacious to walk around disabled friendly.toilets and gift shop .great value to preserve history .
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Matthew H
    1 contribution
    A Fantastic Collection and First Class Tour
    My wife and I visited the museum in late March 2023. Having been to plenty of museums around the world and with a particular interest in military history, I can say without doubt this is one of the best collections of its kind you will find. Absolutely full of interesting and, in some cases, unique vehicles and weapons, all displayed in a no nonsense way that allows you to walk around each exhibit and get up close should you wish. I would particularly applaud our volunteer guide, Paul, who spent close to two hours taking us through the museum. Erudite and expansive in his knowledge, he put the vehicles in their historical context and was a wealth of information on all things military. He is a real asset to the museum. All up we spent about 3.5 hours touring the place and intend to go back later in the year when, for one weekend, they fire up the vehicles that are still operative and run them around their property. We were told this is the fourth largest AFV collection in the world, and I can well believe it. I can't recommend this place highly enough for anyone with an interest in military history.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Jacqueline W
    Plimmerton, New Zealand3 contributions
    Wonderful Surprise
    Our 15 year old son spotted this museum when we had finished with the Gondola and announced we had to visit so we agreed and what a great surprise. Great range of personnel carriers, tanks, artillery we learnt so much and there is also an option to shoot in a rifle range with different rifles. Staff are excellent and give great tips on where to go next and where to get the best lip smacking ribs in Port Douglas (Smokey Pint). Worth a t visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2023
  • David M
    2 contributions
    AusArmour Museum in Cairns, NQ
    Terrific place to visit. I went twice during my two week stay in Cairns and that still wasn't enough. I did the tour with Military Historian Paul - almost two hours and we could have gone on for two more! Took my son and grandsons the second time and they enjoyed themselves as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Michelle
    Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    A surprisingly good place to visit!
    I got dragged along by my teenage son and thought I would be bored senseless. We had a look around at the tanks and I found the written information pretty interesting. Then we joined the free tour group with volunteer Paul and I was riveted. This guy should be on the payroll! He put the tanks into historical context with his passionate stories of war. He was an absolute wealth of knowledge and it was the best history lesson we ever had. I absolutely recommend a Saturday morning tour. It was very entertaining.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Chris R
    Upper Mt Gravatt, Australia72 contributions
    Quite the collection! Great value
    20 mins drive from the heart of cairns, easy to find and ample free parking. Wheelchair friendly, a comprehensive display of heavy large military machinery interesting for all ages. A great line up of artillery, smaller pieces of hardware and 150+ tanks of all shapes and sizes. Your ticket for the day gives you access for 3 days. Thoroughly recommend, especially if you have teenage boys! :)
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • David_C_C_1
    Melbourne, Australia119 contributions
    Can't wait to go back.
    For those interested in Armour & Artillery this is a fantastic collection with friendly staff and a wide variety of exhibits. The store attached to the museum is also very good and I could have spent quite a few dollars here if I had had the space in my luggage. A very large number of exhibits with a focus on Australian and WWII German vehicles primarily but enough other countries to keep it very interesting. Highly recommended. A ticket is also good for three days so plenty of time to go back if your itinerary allows.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • eazyMelbourne
    Box Hill, Australia54 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Vast collection of armoured vehicles which you can get up close to. The WW2 collection is particularly impressive - almost all of the important tanks from WW2 are here. There is a lot to see, give yourself plenty of time!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2023
  • paullong44
    Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
    Great tour by Paul and so lucky to have a private collection open for viewing.
    Great military museum with so many tanks!! Such a huge collection and all privately owned and 70% still in working order. Some beautiful restorations and some very original pieces. Kids loved it and even the short ride on the HumVee. Paul the military historian who gives a free guided tour on Saturday that we went knew a huge amount of history and knowledge on the tanks. All given in an easy to understand version for all to get a clear picture of what each of the tanks were used for. Highly recommend checking it out. Didn’t do the shooting as not interested but I’m sure that would be fun if you were interested in that sort of thing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
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Nathan O
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum has been on my bucket list since I first learned about it. Tickets were $30 per adult for a 3 day pass and you need the 3 days to view the collection.

I am a military vehicle restorer myself so I’ve seen tanks & artillery before but this place is next level you walk into the museum and are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer number of vehicles on display it’s difficult to know where to start!

Having kept up to date with the museums YouTube channels & Facebook page I’ve watched as many of the vehicles in the museum have been returned from a pile of scrap metal & parts to the immense weapons of war they once were so being able to see the restored vehicles in person view and touch them was an excellent experience.

Being able to get so close to the vehicles and really get a good look at them was a unique experience that allows you to appreciate the hard work that has gone into bringing them back & keeping them running as well as ponder the experiences the men who crewed them must have endured.

The staff were very friendly & knowledgeable we attended a chat about the Sabre CVRT & swapped family warries. I was able to purchase a section of Panzer 1 track for my own collection & left with my mind blown.

If you’re in Cairns I cannot recommend the Museum enough.
Written 23 February 2024
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PAW25
Perth, Australia22 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Our visit was amazing and brought to life by our volunteer guide, Paul. Highly recommended for local and visitors to Cairns.
Written 22 February 2024
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Vincent L
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Blown away , just an unbelievable collection.
I went with my son and had an amazing , fun experience.
The boys Archie and I’m so sorry mate I forgot your name lol were both amazing. I never leave reviews but both went above and beyond and made our experience just that much more enjoyable.
Thank you guys , highlight of our trip!
Highly recommend 10/10
Nathan and Enzo
Written 12 February 2024
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Gus F
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
Huge museum with a large variety of facinating exhibits. I loved it & it was even enjoyed by my wife.
A volunteer guide made the visit even better.
Written 3 February 2024
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Mel F
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were fortunate to be at the museum when Paul their Military Historian was conducting a free tour…so many interesting tales really brought the museum to life…such a huge and impressive collection.
Written 2 February 2024
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James G
Atherton, Australia17 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Absolutely fantastic historical museum. Just incredible how many Tanks, APCs, trailer mounted guns etc. that are on display and have been restored incredibly well. Make sure make time for the Humvee ride and have a go in the indoor shooting range. The instructor Archie was both excellent re safety and what to do but also super friendly and funny.
Written 11 January 2024
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1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
Amazing collection of vehicles and artillery. Everything has had plenty of care and work put into them. The shooting gallery with Archie was awesome, very knowledgeable on the firearms and happy to answer any questions. Excellent for first timers and would recommend to any enthusiast.
Written 11 January 2024
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Maps44005229501
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Solo
Had an absolutely fantastic time at the museum. They have an extensive collection of vehicles and the staff were very friendly. I highly recommend going on a Saturday for Paul's tour. This was a great way to learn about some of the hidden gems in the museum. I did the Humvee ride while there and it was a lot of fun and well worth the price. Overall this was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to go back.
Written 8 January 2024
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40charlottev
Edlesborough, UK55 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Staff were so welcoming and helpful.Archie was very knowledgable and encouraging in the shooting range. We have never seen so many tanks and military pieces, our minds were blown! The ride in the ACT was super too. Thanks to all the staff we highly recommend a visit.
Written 5 January 2024
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Lisa P
Wollongong, Australia15 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
If you are into Military vehicles and history, this is the place for you. An amazing collection of vehicles and artefacts on display. We enjoyed our visit here.
Written 18 November 2023
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