WWII Historical Tour of Darwin Including Harbour Cruise
See how the Second World War was experienced in Australia on a WWII historical tour of Darwin. This poignant tour highlights the memorials and sites of the war, explains the bombing of Darwin, and visits Darwin’s historic bases, museums and military precincts. You’ll also cruise the harbor to see the site of a wartime shipwreck and the modern-day navy base.
Meet your guide in central Darwin, and start your tour with a guided drive by air-conditioned vehicle along the Esplanade past Darwin’s war memorial and anti-aircraft gun sites. Then drive to Charles Darwin National Park to see the ammunition storage shelters built here in 1944, and take a walk to the lookout platform for views of Darwin’s harbor and city skyline.
Next, take a scenic journey to Stokes Hill Wharf where you'll step on board a harbor cruise to see the underwater resting place of an American warship. On board, you’ll learn how Darwin's harbor was targeted in the Japanese attacks, and see historic photos of Darwin and sonar images of the shipwreck.
Leaving the boat at Cullen Bay, travel to East Point Military Precinct, the site of Australia’s only wartime battleground. Here, you’ll see where anti-aircraft guns were positioned, along with the storage bunkers and observation tower that survived the WWII bombing of Darwin. Tour the museum’s collection of wartime weapons and vehicles housed in one of the concrete bunkers, before returning to central Darwin and the end of the tour.