Northern Territory
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Darwin: Bombing of Darwin WW2 Tour with Harbor Cruise

1. Darwin: Bombing of Darwin WW2 Tour with Harbor Cruise

Travel back in time to 19 February 1942 and uncover the Bombing of Darwin on this half-day tour. Learn about how 2 Japanese air attacks on this forgotten military base killed 243 people and destroyed the city. Now a modern and vibrant city, Darwin still bares the scars of its history, which you will discover on this tour. The tour begins with an introduction into the Bombing of Darwin, as you listen to stories and information provided by local historians. Later, explore the sites that were hit by the Japanese air raids and remember those who lost their lives. Next, head to the Charles Darwin National Park to see bunkers and other WW2 relics before visiting the acclaimed Defense of Darwin museum as well as the East Point Military precinct and the Myilly Point Heritage precinct. The tour is concluded with a 1-hour cruise through Darwin Harbor which passes the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas. You’ll also sail by the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, and finally to Cullen Bay where you can see the gun emplacements from the water.

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Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

2. Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

This one-hour Bombing of Darwin cruise departs Stokes Hill Wharf at 11:00 AM. After leaving the wharf, you will uncover the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas, the Pearling Luggers, wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, and HMAS Coonawarra, before eventually arriving at Cullen Bay. With real-time commentary from local guides, this cruise takes in Darwin Harbour’s World War II history. For an immersive experience select to try the Darwin Bombing virtual reality experience. You will later be free to disembark at Cullen Bay to join the hop-on hop-off bus, or stay aboard and return to Stokes Hill Wharf at 12:15 PM.

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Darwin: Crocosaurus Cove and RFDS Entry

3. Darwin: Crocosaurus Cove and RFDS Entry

Make the most of your time in Darwin and see two of the city’s best attractions with just one pass. Enjoy full-day entry to Crocosaurus Cove, which showcases the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, including the iconic saltwater crocodile. Watch one or more of the Crocosaurus Cove's nine daily shows and learn about the Northern Territory’s wildlife through fascinating encounters with the reptiles. Later, discover the heroic tales of the Royal Flying Doctors Service and learn about the history and work of the service’s pilots, engineers, doctors, and nurses, as well as the experiences of the patients. You'll also relive the drama of the 1942 Bombing of Darwin Harbor, and experience the event through the wonder of modern technology.

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Darwin: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

4. Darwin: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility provides an insight into the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. This exciting development at Stokes Hill Wharf brings to life 2 quintessential Australian stories. The 1st story is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, affectionately known throughout Australia as the RFDS. Founded by the Reverend John Flynn, it began its aeromedical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The 2nd story featured is the Bombing of Darwin Harbour on 19th February 1942. The bombing of the harbor brought destruction to the city of Darwin. Many of the experiences and stories of what happened that day are told through state of the art technology. Take a self-guided tour of the exhibition, knowing that the staff members are always available to assist as required. When you arrive, a staff member will provide an outline of the facility, explain the timings for the holographic cinema sessions and the Window of the 1942 bombing platform. Enjoy a range of interactive and VR experiences that bring history to life. Learn about the heroes and survivors who experienced the raids. Admire a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC-12 that allows visitors to experience a fully equipped aeromedical plane.

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Darwin: Small Group 2-Hour Heritage Walk

5. Darwin: Small Group 2-Hour Heritage Walk

Departing from the meeting point in Raintree Park, begin the 2-hour guided tour as you walk the paths of pioneers. Your guide will cheerfully share their passion for the town they call home as they share its history including World War II bombings, Cyclone Tracy, and toady's multicultural atmosphere.  Discover many of the remaining buildings such as the old courthouse and police station, Brown's Mart theater, and the Palmerston Town Hall ruins, all of which have been painstakingly reconstructed. View Government House, Parliament House, and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory on a journey through the streets of this modern tropical city.  There are many hidden treasures to see on foot and plenty of opportunities to capture photographs of the public artworks, architecture, historic buildings, tropical plants, and wildlife.

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Darwin: WWII Reflections

6. Darwin: WWII Reflections

The day is Thursday the 19th of February, 1942. World War II has reached mainland Australia, and as a result, the Northern City of Darwin is bombed.  Move forward to present day Darwin, where you can embark on a tour that will allow you to relive that fateful and mournful day. Your friendly and informative guide will take you back to that WWII era on a 2-hour walk through the historic quarter of the city. Listen as your guide shares stories of that fateful day whilst you meander past the historic buildings of the time which have been re-built to provide lasting memories of life in the North during the War. This tour departs on a Thursday only, in memory of that fateful day in 1942.

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What people are saying about Northern Territory

We gad an enthusiastic and well informed tour guide on both the bus and boat sections. A very detailed presentation was given at each stop that was most enjoyable - and a trip around Darwin that helped us get our bearings!

Great walk, interesting and informative history and a good guide. Enjoyed it very much. Well worth doing this walk to familiarise yourself with Darwin if your first visit. Thank you

Extensive trip around the WWII sites with our knowledgeable guide Rob. Informative cruise around harbour sights.

Very well presented. I felt the plane, pilot and patient experience was well done

Well worth doing, so much interesting information.