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The Bombing of Darwin Double

  • Great for families: the cruise and the VR experience are suitable for children
  • Flexible: arrange your visit to the RFD Tourist Facility around your schedule
  • No long walk between sites: both attractions are on central Stokes Hill Wharf
The Bombing of Darwin Double
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The Bombing of Darwin Double
From US$39.59
In February 1942, the North Australian city of Darwin was bombed by Japanese forces. With this two-for-one deal, cruise around the Darwin waterfront on the Bombing of Darwin cruise, sailing by landmarks like the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peery; then visit the historic Royal Flying Doctor Tourist Facility and hear the local stories of those air raids. Don’t organize these two attractions separately; book in advance and confirm them for the same day.
What to Expect

From story telling to story living, this double combines Darwin’s only Bombing of Darwin cruise with a visit to Darwin’s premier virtual reality experience.  The Bombing of Darwin will come alive on this combined adventure. 

Your Bombing of Darwin cruise is a journey on the water that starts at Stokes Hill Wharf and takes in the historic wharf areas, the Pearling Luggers, the oil tanks, the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, HMAS Coonawarra and the Emery Point gun emplacement.

Your Bombing of Darwin virtual reality experience is located within the RFDS Tourist Facility, and is a state of the art presentation which includes life size holograms, interactive story telling mini ghosts, virtual reality of the bombing of Darwin Harbour, replicas of a Japanese Zero aircraft and Camilla the Flying Boat, and a window of 1942 and an aerial view of the bombing raids.

Your Bombing of Darwin Double is located on Stokes Hill Wharf.  You can choose to cruise first at 11am, returning back to Stokes Hill at 12.15 where you can enjoy lunch in the alfresco food halls and your leisurely experience in the RFDS Tourist Facility.  Alternatively visit The RFDS Tourist Facility any time from 0930 and whet your appetite for your journey on Darwin Harbour at 11am. 

For those travelling on the Big Bus, why not do the circle!  Hop off at Stop 10 Stokes Hill Wharf, enjoy the RFDS Tourist Facility and then your Harbour Cruise, and then hop back on to the Big Bus at Stop 4 Cullen Bay. 

Reviews (12)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Historical Interest

We really enjoyed the cruise. Our guide was friendly & informative & we got great insight into the bombing of Darwin. We were offered water & biscuits which was fine but would have preferred bottled water rather than the small paper cup. Overall a good...More

Thank 993maggiea
Reviewed 14 October 2018
More bombings that Pearl Harbour

How is it that Australians don't know the extent of the war coming to Australia!!! Months of bombings and great stories of Aust. and allied forces defending Darwin from constant bombings. A terrific range of story telling.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rohan S
Reviewed 3 October 2018
A Must Do

We spent most of the day in the RFDS & Bombing of Darwin exhibit on Stokes Wharf. We thoroughly enjoyed the interactive exhibits & couldn't believe how much we didn't know about Darwin & WW2. The Cruise around the harbour was excellent with great commentary...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Deedle59
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Amazing place to see

What a fantastic place too see what us in southern capitals didn’t comprehend what Darwin and it’s population went through.This is a must see attraction. There is so much information and personal stories. from survivors in letters and books.There is a virtuality setup where you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Judy W
Reviewed 24 August 2018
Amazingly real

didn't know what to expect. It was fantastic, capturing the bombing of Darwin. The 3D did have me a bit motion sick for a moment. from land to sea to the air. amazing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lynnyb44
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