If you consider yourself a history buff or you’re interested in WWII history, the Bombing of Darwin WWII Heritage Tour is something you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Darwin. Like many countries throughout WWII, Australia was not left untouched. Darwin in particular suffered as a result of Japanese bombing. This part of Northern Australian was devastated and greatly threatened.
The Bombing of Darwin WWII Heritage Tour will take you back in time to witness for yourself the parts of Darwin that were affected during WWII. You’ll see the heritage listed sites as well as relics, original photographs and Japanese occupancy money. You’ll be shown around by a guide who knows all there is to know about this particular topic and period in time. Your guide will provide you with interesting commentary covering a number of intriguing facts and stories. You’ll discover the answer to big questions like:
- What actually happened in Darwin during WWII?
- Why did the Curtin Government manipulate the truth?
- Why did successive Governments continue to cover up the truth for decades?
The tour takes you to a number of sites including Stokes Hill Wharf, the Catalina Flying Boat Base, Anti-Aircraft Gun site, Zero Bullet Holes and the Submarine Boom Cable. You’ll also get to see the museum. Entry cost to the museum is included in the price of your tour.
Tours run for 3 and half hours from 9am til 12.30pm. They run only in Darwin’s dry season being from April to October. Tickets cost $85 for adults and $50 for children (between 5 and 15 years of age). Tickets must be booked in advance. You can book online with a credit card.
The tour will include:
- Transport. You’ll be driven around in comfortable air conditioned transport, so you needn’t worry about having to drive yourself in your Darwin Airport rental car. This will also give you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the sites of Darwin without having to concentrate on the road like you would if you were driving your Hertz hire car.
- Interesting and entertaining commentary from your very own, well-versed guide.
- Cold drinking water
- Entrance to the museum
Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along your camera. You might also want to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen.