WWII Historical Tour of Darwin Including Harbor Cruise

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  • Location: Darwin, Australia
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2230DDTW2
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.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Meet your guide in central Darwin, and start you tour with a guided drive by air-conditioned coach 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 drive 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. The cruise also takes you to the former Catalina Flying Boat Base and today’s HMAS Coonawarra navy base.

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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Darwin city hotels
Departure Time:
8am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 12pm

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WWII Historical Tour of Darwin Including Harbor Cruise

Darwin City

Inclusions:
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Local guide/driver
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fees
  • Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Itinerary:
Hotel Pickup List:
07.50 - Adina Waterfront
08.00 - Alatai Apartments
08.00 - Argus Apartments
08.00 - Banyan View Motel
07.50 - Barramundi Lodge
07.50 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
07.50 - Casa on Gregory
08.00 - City Garden Apartments
07.50 - Cullen Bay Apartments
08.00 - Darwin Central Hotel
08.00 - DoubleTree Hilton Esplanade Darwin
08.00 - Elkes Backpackers
08.00 - Frogs Hollow Backpackers
08.00 - Frontier Darwin
08.00 - H Hotel
08.00 - Hilton Darwin
08.00 - Mantra Pandanas
08.00 - Marrakai Apartments
08.00 - Mediterranean
08.00 - Novotel Atrium
08.00 - Palms City Resort
08.00 - Palms Motel
07.50 - Parap Village Apartments
07.50 - Paravista Motel
08.00 - Poinciana Inn
07.50 - Quest Parap
07.50 - SkyCity
07.50 - Steeles Bed & Breakfast
08.00 - Transit Centre
08.00 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
08:00 - Comfort Inn Vitina
07.50 - Vibe Waterfront
08.00 - YHA Globetrotters
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Mrs Joyce C S, August 2014

We enjoyed the whole day, from the bunker in the bush (and its informative display boards), to the cruise around the bay and out to the USS Peary with a great commentary and ANZAC bikkies (!), to the fantastic new MIlitary Museum at East Point. An American man on our tour remarked that it was the best war museum he has seen. The Bombing of Darwin sequence is unforgettable. Thank you so much.

Reviewed by: Alison E H, August 2014

We would highly recommend doing this half day tour for anyone interested in WW11 and Darwin's history . Rob was our bus tour guide he had a great sense of humour and was quite entertaining. He told us some very interesting facts and stories whilst we were driving around to see the historical sights and Wartime Museum. We transferred onto Jim's boat and as a tour guide he was very knowledgeable and proud of the history of Darwin and the stories were very informative and great to hear and see the sights from the water, Ross was also steering the boat and we had a few laughs at his expense ! All good fun, a great half day tour !

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Tour code: 2230DDTW2