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Darwin City & War Defence Journey

from$165.00

Be left speechless as we take you back in time to relive Darwin's fight for survival during WWII

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Overview

Join Grand Touring on a War Discovery experience as we visit several fascinating locations across the city. We will explore the history of Darwin and the role that it and it’s community played throughout the war.

Throughout WWII, Darwin became the first mainland site in Australia to come under attack when 64 Japanese air raids devastated the area in 1942. The Top End played a key strategic role in the defence of Northern Australia and much of it’s unique military heritage is well preserved.

On this tour, we will explore the history of Darwin and the role that it and it’s people played throughout the war. After the hotel pick up’s, we will have the opportunity to see a variety of key locations in the Top End’s capital city including the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service Facility on Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin Military Museum as well as the Darwin Aviation Museum.

Itinerary

After your hotel pick up, we will visit a variety of key locations in the Top End’s capital city including the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service Facility on Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin Military Museum as well as the Darwin Aviation Museum.

Royal Flying Doctor Service

Our first discovery will be the Royal Flying Doctors Service where we will learn about Rev John Flynn and his dedication to saving those in need located in remote communities.

Relive the drama of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour that rocked Australia in 1942. The bombing of the harbour brought destruction to the city of Darwin, and many of the experiences and stories of what happened that day are learnt through the most modern and exciting technology. Sit back and take in the history of Darwin with the virtual reality headsets, putting you on the wharf during the bombing of 1942. (Entry fee included)

Lyons Cottage

We depart Stokes Hill Wharf for a tour via the Esplanade, stopping for a photo at Lyon’s Cottage, the only remaining example of colonial bungalow style architecture in Darwin. We follow this with an enjoyable picturesque view overlooking the Timor Sea enroute to Fanny Bay.

East Point & Darwin Military Museum

Visit Darwin’s oldest Military History Museum and be captivated by the audio-visual journey that is the Defence of Darwin Experience. Hear first-hand accounts of men and women who survived the horror of that morning of 19th February 1942.

The Darwin Military Museum (DMM) was founded in the mid 1960s by Lieutenant Colonel Jack Haydon and members of the Northern Territory branch of the Royal Australian Artillery Association. Since then, several notable local collectors and members contributed greatly to the museum’s exhibits including the newest The Defence of Darwin Experience. The Defence of Darwin Exhibit tells the story of an extraordinary, but little known chapter in Australian history – the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in 1942. Explore the grounds and visit an incredible collection of artillery pieces, vehicles, uniforms, models and paintings. (Entry fee included)

Darwin Aviation Museum

We finish our day with a visit to the Darwin Aviation Museum. The Darwin Aviation Museum is home to 19 civil and military aircrafts for visitors to see and explore as well as aircraft wrecks, engines, exhibits and short documentaries. Learn about the bombing of Darwin, Australia’s aviation history as well as seeing the legendary B52 – Darwin’s Pride and the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Inclusions

Itinerary:

  • Stokes Hill Wharf
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service (Entry fee included)
  • Lyon’s Cottage
  • East Point
  • Darwin Military Museum (Entry fee included)
  • Darwin Aviation Museum (Entry fee included)

What to bring:

  • Hat & Sunscreen, drink bottle, comfortable shoes & a camera!

Inclusions:

  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Experiences driver-guide
  • Water
  • Entry to RFDS, Darwin Military Museum & Darwin Aviation Museum

*Pickup from locations throughout Darwin, including all major hotels in Darwin CBD and Mitchell Street. Any locations out of CBD please contact us prior to ensure pickup availability. Departs 9:30am daily Mon—Sat

 

BOOKING CONDITIONS: Prices and Itineraries are effective from 01 Oct 2019 to 30 Sep 2020. Child prices apply to all guests 14 years or younger. Cancellation fees of 100% will apply if tour is cancelled within 24 hours of departure. No penalties will apply if cancelled 25 hours or greater prior to departure.

 

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