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Bombing of Darwin World War II Tour with Harbour Cruise

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Darwin, Australia

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


Explore the World War II sites of Darwin on this city sightseeing and cruise tour. Visit the Darwin war memorial and East Point Military Precinct, and explore Darwin Military Museum to chart the city’s wartime experience. Midway through, enjoy a small-boat cruise around Darwin Harbour, passing the modern naval base and the remnants and wreck sites of Japan’s devastating February 1942 air raids. Hotel pickup, entrance fees, and live onboard commentary included.
  • Half-day World War II historical city and cruise tour in Darwin
  • Visit the War Memorial and see the ammunition storage tanks at Charles Darwin National Park
  • Tour the East Point Military Precinct, Australia’s only wartime battleground
  • View the weapons and vehicles at the Darwin Military Museum
  • Small-boat cruise to see the bomb and wreck sites of Japan’s 1942 raids
  • Learn about Darwin’s wartime role and experience
  • Live bus and boat commentary, plus entrance fees and hotel pickup included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide/driver
Live onboard commentary
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact us if you require pick up from a CBD location not listed above.
Pick up time for CBD hotels is between 0745 and 0800. Please be ready in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to tour start time of 0800.


  • Darwin Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure Time

8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sea Darwin

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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40 Reviews
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Great experience
, Apr 2021
Great value. Tour guide has excellent knowledge of the local area today and historically. Cruise also offered the extra viewpoint & understanding of the bombings. The museum is outstanding however could easily spent 3+ hours looking and reading. After checking in, watching the intro movie there was only 10 mins to see the entire museum before we had to leave for the boat. It would have been great to issue to the group a ‘re-entry’ ticket to visit the museum again in the next 48 hours to get the full value of the museum
Enlightening tour of WW2
, Mar 2021
Harbour trip and military museum in particular were very enlightening. Tour operators were very knowledgeable and interesting.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hi Robyn, Thankyou for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed the tour.
Rewarding tour
, Mar 2020
We did this tour on Wed 11 March. I had a particular interest because my father was with an army transport unit driving a truck between the airport and Darwin Wharf when the bombing began. Betty was a brilliant guide around the key sites and assisted me at the military museum to archive my father's story by video. The boat guide Rob was also brilliant. His navy background helped and his inclusion of a bit of 1940s music was great. All pick ups and drop offs excellent.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Helen, thanks for taking the time to post a review, and how fantastic that you were able to locate your father's story at the military museum. I will pass your compliments onto both Betty and Rob, we are blessed to have them as part of our crew.
Great History
, Feb 2020
Very informative trip - our guide Betty was great. Tour felt a little rushed though, would have loved longer at the War Museum, we only had just over 30 minutes which wasn’t long enough. Great history.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks Jack for your feedback and your compliments about Betty, which we will pass on. Your absolutely right that there is so much to see at the Military Museum. Our half day tour schedules 45 minutes there, with a day pass out provided for those who wish to return in the afternoon. With so much war history in Darwin we are challenged with making the most of the 4.5 hours that we have with our guests. We're pleased that you enjoyed the history.
, Dec 2019
It was an outstanding tour. Very impressed with John’s knowledge and attitude. Appreciate people making it happen. Thanks.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Cheers Jamie, I'm glad you enjoyed your tour with John. We agreed he has impressive knowledge and a wonderful attitude.
Very good historic tour
, Aug 2019
First a mini bus tour - good aircon - of Darwin, saw places no ordinary tourist would see, including all the bombing spots, the few places that survive today and the spot KEITH and Ross Smith touched down after their epic flight from UK. Also points of interest from cyclone Tracey. Then a tour and short film of the bombing at the Military Museum before a harbour tour pointing out damage and wrecks from the bombing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Grantley, Thanks for your kind review, and yes, the aircon is good and so important in the little bus!
bombing of darwin
, Jul 2019
great tour. Very informative overview of a little known history of Australia. Excellent tour guide, a very good service
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Cheers Safari8, thanks for taking the time to post a review. We will pass your compliments on to our guide.
Very informative
Shylea U
, Jun 2019
Great to see various sites in Darwin and hear about the past that many Australians know little about.
Fabulous experience!
, Mar 2019
Learnt so much, our tour guide was so so knowledgeable... had a great time ! Couldn’t recommend highly enough
Excellent trip....interesting and...
david a
, Aug 2017
Excellent trip....interesting and informative narration by the driver/guide and a comprehensive look at lots of the sights and sites related to the WW2 bombing of Darwin by the Japanese. Harbour Cruise was great....perfect weather and great information on the ships etc that were sunk on that tragic first attack. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Would recommend strongly for anyone looking to learn a little more about our wartime history.

Product code: 20168P2

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