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Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour
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Darwin History and Wartime Experience Tour

By The Darwin History and Wartime Experience
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History buffs will gain much information from this military history tour of Darwin—from the seat of an 18-passenger World War II vehicle. Your driver-guide points out significant landmarks such as the Government House, with transport from the East Point precinct to Darwin Harbour. Choose from four departure times at booking.
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Ages 0-99, max of 18 per group
Duration: 1h 20m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • See Darwin aboard a WWII truck with commentary on military history
  • Pass by many of the city's most important historical sites
  • Guide recounts the wartime history of Darwin
  • Opt to visit the East Point Military Museum (own expense)

  • Local taxes
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Entrance fee to Military Museum: Children (5 - 15) $10; Adults $20; Seniors $15: Children<5 - free
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - The Darwin History and Wartime Experience


Start:
  • Top End Visitor Information Centre, 6 Bennett St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
    Corner Smith and Bennett streets outside the Visitor Information Centre (Tourist Information) I have a desk under a marquis on the lawn outside.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 48123P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise at time of booking if you intend to hop off at the museum so arrangements can be made to pick you up on the subsequent bus.
    • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer--clients must be able to manage a flight of 5 steps in order to be seated.
    • Tours Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • A seniors card or proof of age may be required in order to obtain the concessional ticket price.
    • A small amount of walking is involved. Those disembarking at the museum can wander around the shaded outdoor grounds of the "old" museum if desired.
    • Alcohol and cigarettes are prohibited on board the vehicle
    • Personal food and drinks are allowed on board
    • Child booster seats will fit in the vehicle, however, customers must provide their own booster seats.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Must be able to ascend and descend 5 steps
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 48123P1

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    • 6 Bennett St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
      Corner Smith and Bennett streets outside the Visitor Information Centre (Tourist Information) I have a desk under a marquis on the lawn outside.
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      Sit back enjoy, listen to, learn about and relive Darwin's History. With an emphasis on Darwin's WW2 history we also cover the early explorers and post war Darwin - such as Cyclone Tracy. Our tour is carried out in what we believe is the only WW2 vehicle operating commercially in Australia. Learn about and relive the history complete with music from the '40's, speeches from Prime Ministers and Presidents from the era. Do Darwin Differently!
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    • The Darwin History and Wartime Experience
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      Australia
      Joined in October 2014
    • 811gabym
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant! A must -do!
      This tour is a must-do if you enjoy history, and having a guide with a wealth of knowledge and passion. We enjoyed the vehicle, the music and the quirky anecdotes. Darwin is a beautiful city and it was interesting seeing the sites also. Highly recommended indeed. You seldom get to meet people with this level of passion and knowledge in what they do. Our bus didn’t arrive for our original trip, our tour company was awful - we couldn’t book anything as seemingly it was all booked up and were feeling pretty fed up. By 10 AM we saw this wonderful vehicle and made enquiries and after that our day got better and better. It really turned yesterday around and we even ended up having dinner at one of the places he pointed out - Pee Wees which was awesome. Thank you for making our first day in Darwin great !
      Written May 18, 2022
    • ilonabennett
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour of Darwin!
      Fantastic tour! We loved all the interesting facts and riding a round in the truck added an extra unique factor to the tour. It was quite hot but the openness of the truck meant we didn’t feel it so much. Affordable for a family and really a great way to start our time in Darwin!
      Written April 26, 2022
    • mugglemike
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Most informative Historical Tour of Darwin
      Dave provided excellent knowledge of the role of Darwin in WW11. He was utterly engaging and personable with the group. I learned more in this 90 minutes than in 4 previous visits to the city
      Written May 5, 2021
    • Fiona P
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative, different, fascinating
      Non-stop information throughout this 80 minute tour. Terrific guide. Travel in an original 1940s Studebaker military transport vehicle. Breezy and comfortable. Excellent sound quality so its easy to hear what the guide is saying. Lots to see around Darwin. The time flew by because it was so enjoyable. One of the best tourist activities in Darwin. Great value
      Written September 7, 2019
    • Dizzieliz
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting background to Darwin history
      We took the first tour of the day at 10am and it was really interesting particularly to those of us who aren’t Darwin born. I learned a lot about Darwin’s early history, WW2 bombings and the tour also covered post wartime with Cyclones and more recent news stories ie. the imprisonment and subsequent release of Lindy Chamberlain. The truck is pretty original ie. expect skinny, hard seats, open sides and the occasional, delicious odour of petrol fumes. It was a little hard to hear the commentary at times especially at the end of the tour when the song, Santa never made it to Darwin played right through the end of the tour....I would suggest turning it down or off so that those in the back can hear the round up by the driver. Also, if you have long legs, avoid the front left seats and those of us on the larger size could find it difficult to fit in the seats at all. On a beautiful, sunny winter day as we had, I can’t think of a better way to learn history it just needed a little tweaking for those of us a little hard of hearing!
      Written August 16, 2019
    • Barbara D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Afternoon.
      This tour was wonderfull,driver was very knowledgeable.Ended the tour at Darwinat Darwin Military Museum.
      Written August 6, 2019
    • GCN111
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fantastic experience of Darwin History
      Whilst sitting in the WW2 genuine army truck you learn about pre-war Darwin, the devastation of Cyclone Tracy and Darwin's historical sites. A visit to the Darwin Military Museum (drop off/pick up) is also a "must see" which is a great war history lesson and includes the wonderful Bombing of Darwin Experience which makes you feel like you were there in 1942.
      Written July 11, 2019
    • Tourist301350
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great intro to Darwin
      We were delighted with the tour and obliging guide. Great introduction to the city and its pre and post war history.
      Written July 3, 2019
    • Glenda L
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing tour
      This is one of the best tours in Darwin. So much knowledge of the history of Darwin . Gives you an insight of why Darwin was bombed and the morning of Feb 1942, and includes history of Cyclone Tracy. Great value for money. Totally recommend this tour , a must do!!
      Written May 30, 2019
    • NICK_SEMPS
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So Good
      We turned up and managed to get onto a tour immediately and were very happy we did. The truck is fantastic and the running commentary so interesting. You visit a fair amount of the city and get photo opportunities in many places. We did not have time for the museum up those getting back on the truck seemed to enjoy that very much. Highly recommend
      Written May 16, 2019
    • Muzz F
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An interesting & informative tour
      This was a really interesting tour. The truck was fabulous and the driver/tour guide really new his stuff and was a really interesting person to listen to. Would recommend it to everyone, even if history isn't your thing.
      Written August 25, 2018
    • NiftyMelbourne
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Most Impressed, An Excellent Intro to Darwin
      The bloke running this is someone I’d like to spend some time with. It seems he has got this 75yo truck running very well, and he has a wealth of knowledge about Darwin, not just the bombing. There is a non-stop commentary which sounds professionally recorded, but it’s done live as we found out due to a minor glitch. Dunno how he remembers it all! (and he is driving a heavy old 6wd truck and negotiating traffic while he does it). There is the option of including the wartime museum and I strongly recommend you do this. We had planned on taking the hop on hop off bus to get an orientation of Darwin, but found that to be unnecessary - and we got enough knowledge from our guide to be able to visit Burnett house and the Yacht Club separately, plus a couple of other places we will see when we have time. He runs a good little operation.
      Written August 22, 2018
    • Nikita B
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to see Darwin
      We had an amazing tour today. The tour guide was so knowledge and you could tell he loves what he does. Comfy ride, great scenery, what more could you want?? Would recommend
      Written August 12, 2018
    • Sara J
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sightseeing + war history
      Great tour. Its a lot of fun cruising around Darwin in and old army truck. This tour gives you a mix of Darwin sightseeing as well as a strong military and war history tour. I learnt a lot of interesting facts about Australias involvement in the war that i didn't know.
      Written August 9, 2018
    • Jessica Q
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Historical Tour
      I recently travelled on the 10am tour and really enjoyed the experience. Our guide David was really passionate and a great guide. The tour took us around various parts of Darwin, with ongoing commentary. A highly recommended experience in Darwin!
      Written August 9, 2018
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    SueandCranston
    Terara62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    Doing the tour in a 1942 restored Studebaker 18 seat vehicle was unique. Our tour guide/driver David was amazing with his commentary of historical events of Darwin.
    The highlight of the tour for us was the visit to the Darwin Military Museum, well presented with outstanding exhibits.
    This tour was well worth the cost, and well organised.
    Thanks David
    Written June 29, 2021
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    Thank you for your kind review - glad you enjoyed!
    Written July 1, 2021
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    Mandybb21
    Australian Capital Territory, Australia61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic experience provided by our tour guide David. His in depth knowledge is outstanding. Not only did David provide us with in depth knowledge of Darwin’s wartime history but also gave us a lot of general information about Darwin. To top it off, being driven around in the Studebaker truck was in itself an awesome experience. The wartime museum is a must see for any visitor to Darwin. I’d recommend this tour to all.
    Written July 10, 2022
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    Tasman1
    Sydney, Australia21 contributions
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    Sep 2022 • Couples
    This was such a novel way to experience Darwin and learn about its wartime history. The open truck allowed the breeze to flow through on a very hot and humid day. Dave, the driver and guide, was so knowledgeable and easy to listen to. We chose the option that allowed us to be dropped off at the Military Museum for a good hour and then rejoin the truck for the rest of the Darwin tour. Would highly recommend.
    Written September 25, 2022
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    Irene L
    Carterton, New Zealand9 contributions
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    Sep 2022 • Couples
    The driver didn't introduce himself. He was so very rude to us barking orders at my husband to open door, retract steps and move an E scooter that was in the way, while he sat in the truck cab. Made a big deal 3 times in a row that the scooter was now partially blocking a bullet hole in the fence....we were most uncomfortable. Later in the trip when I said how rude he had been, he replied I wasn't rude..I was abrupt!!. Felt very unwelcome. Would instead recommend hop on hop off bus and pop into war museum along the way. Saves money and much more pleasant. Big thumbs down to the driver
    Written September 15, 2022
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    Sorry guys - big thumbs down to you as well. You got on the wrong vehicle - another company - despite being redirected by both ourselves and the other company, which meant we waited past our departure time by a significant period, our staff made a big effort to contact the driver of the bus you were on - that you hadnt paid for and werent supposed or entitled to to be on and that wasnt going to the military museum ( that you wanted to go to) in order to try and sort things out, you were then picked up at a "non pick up point", further putting the vehicle behind schedule and putting other passengers both onboard and at the museum behind schedule - without any apologies or consideration for others, on top of that you placed a scooter directly in front of the object we were trying to describe when you got onboard - all in all a very poor showing by yourselves
    Written September 16, 2022
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    Andrew B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    Really enjoyed this tour with David, highly recommended, we learnt a lot. The only downside delivery was a little too fast for some of the people on our tour to keep up. We did find the war history of darwin was getting a bit repetative towards the end of our trip, but this tour was great.
    Written July 23, 2022
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    Trish2650
    Wagga Wagga, Australia168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the information we were given was interesting and covered a lot. The truck is great to look at but just beware it is a little fumey and a little noisy but that’s to be expected with such an old beauty. We both really enjoyed hearing about Darwin’s war experiences and so much more. I’d love to sit and listed to the guide over dinner!
    Written July 15, 2023
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    Hi Trish glad you enjoyed "Old Betty" The idea is to keep the vehicle as much as possible as it was when it was built over 80 years ago - so you get the real feel of what the diggers of yesteryear went through glad you enjoyed
    Written July 16, 2023
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    Scenic05786696923
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    The driver, truck owner had an amazingly fluent interesting commentary, very well informed with general and lesser known facts. It was varied occasionally with historic voice recordings. Very well worth while
    Written September 3, 2023
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    Glad to hear you enjoyed spread the word Thank you
    Written June 13, 2024
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    justinemagee
    Wollongong, Australia22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2022
    This trip was incredibly informative and Dave was amazing sharing his knowledge about all war facts. The museum was well worth the stop. It was fantastic venturing around in the open vehicle, and the additional sound of jets flying past in "Pitch Black" exercises that were being conducted at the time. The four of us loved it.
    Written September 7, 2022
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    Mikayla C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Couples
    I recommend this tour to anyone! The authentic genuine World War 2 truck adds to the wealth of knowledge and information shared throughout the tour. The timing of information perfectly coincides with places that are passed, at a pace that is easy to follow and take in all of the knowledge. The guide was approachable, and knowledgable and shared his enthusiasm of the history of Darwin! 10/10
    Written May 22, 2024
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    Thank you for such a nice review have a great stay in our little city cheers
    Written June 13, 2024
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    Anwen A
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    May 2024 • Family
    Thank you for a wonderful tour. Our guide had a wealth of knowledge and the tour was conducted at a leisurely pace. Coupled with 2 hours at the Darwin Military Museum made for an amazing experience. A must do for everyone visiting Darwin.
    Written June 10, 2024
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    Thank you so much for you kind review cheers David
    Written June 13, 2024
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