East Point Military Reserve
Location: Eight kilometres from Darwin CBD along East Point Road.
East Point Military Reserve was the main defence point in Darwin during WWII, as it was strategically placed to protect oil stores at Stokes Hill Wharf. Here you can experience the 9.2-inch gun emplacements, anti-submarine boom nets, ammunition magazines, lookout towers, communication rooms, searchlight emplacements and command posts that were a vital part of the war years in Darwin.
Darwin Military Museum and Defence of Darwin Experience
Location: 5435 East Point Road/Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point NT 0820 (within East Point Reserve).
The Darwin Military Museum and Defence of Darwin Experience is home to a unique display of WWII memorabilia and the stories of Darwin’s wartime past. With relics, photographs, instrument displays and restored guns, the Museum is a treasure trove of history. Not to be missed is the Defence of Darwin Experience, an immersive, interactive multimedia experience which shares the story of Darwin’s role during WWII.
Oil Storage Tunnels
Location: Kitchener Drive, Wharf Precinct, Darwin NT 0800.
These Oil Storage Tunnels were constructed in 1943 to protect Darwin’s oil supplies. Today you’ll find photographic displays from the time along with self-guided tours conducted daily.
USS Peary Memorial/USAAF Memorial
Location: Bicentennial Park, on The Esplanade overlooking Darwin Harbour.
The USS Peary and USAAF Memorial is dedicated to the officers and crew of the USS Peary, which was attacked and sunk during the first Japanese air raid on Darwin on 19 February 1942. The memorial has been formed from one of the guns salvaged from the vessel, acting as a reminder of the lives that were lost.
The Cenotaph/War Memorial
Location: Bicentennial Park, overlooking Darwin Harbour.
The Cenotaph is Darwin’s memorial to the members of the armed services, rescue services and civilian personnel who have lost their lives when serving their country in conflict. Each year on 19 February the National Day of Observance Commemorative Service is held at The Cenotaph to recognise the Bombing of Darwin.
Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility
Location: Stokes Hill Wharf.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility provides the opportunity to relive the drama of the Bombing of Darwin, through holograms, virtual reality and a projection window showing the attack on Darwin harbour.
Australian Aviation Heritage Museum
Location: 557 Stuart Highway.
The Australian Aviation Heritage Museum houses an impressive display of aircraft, along with graphic displays and information. From a Spitfire to the B-52 Bomber, the Museum is a great place to experience the aircraft of WWII.
Charles Darwin National Park
Location: Seven kilometres from Darwin along Tiger Brennan Drive.
The Charles Darwin National Park is part of the military sites located across Darwin and has been restored to include an interactive display detailing the role of Darwin during WWII.
Location: 45kms south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway.
The Strauss Airstrip was an important landing strip used by American, British and Australia pilots engaged in combat over Northern Australia. Today the Airstrip is marked with an information shelter and life-size cut-out plane images from the era.
Adelaide River War Cemetery
Location: North East banks of the Adelaide River, 120kms south of Darwin.
The only war cemetery situated in the Top End, Adelaide River is the final resting place for 434 servicemen and women, and 63 civilians, who lost their lives during Japanese air raids.