Sea Darwin recommends the following local Darwin WWll attractions and services to compliment your Bombing of Darwin Tour:
Walk Darwin: Darwin Heritage Walk
Aviation and Heritage Museum: The main exhibit is a massive B-52 bomber (one of only two on display outside the U.S.) along with other military aircraft, engines and the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter shot down in the 1942 air raids on Darwin. An impressive presentation of Aviation videos of the B-52, and the bombing of Darwin are continuously displayed. You can see some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and also original footage from Japanese archives. There are 19 aircraft on display, as well as 38 major displays, relics of crashed aircraft, and 21 engines. The exhibitions are being continually updated by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers of the Aviation Heritage Society of the Northern Territory, a non-profit association. Aircraft include a B-25 Mitchell Bomber – one of the few surviving in the world with a proven track record. There are Mirage andSabre jet fighters, and a Royal Australian Navy Wessex helicopter that assisted in the clean-up of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy struck on Christmas Day 1974. The latest acquisition is an F-111C which arrived by road from Amberley on 16 June 2013.
Parliament House: The Northern Territory’s Parliament House opened in 1994 and is a magnificent example of tropical architecture. During the construction and fit-out of the Parliament House, the Speaker, Members and Clerks of the Legislative Assembly, were conscious of the responsibility to appropriately commemorate those who were killed and to maintain this significant historic site which was originally the Darwin Post Office, where 10 people were killed during the Bombing of Darwin raids on 19 February 1942. A remnant of an original porcellanite wall of the Post Office was relocated to the historic lobby, the entry to the Northern Territory Library, together with a piece of shrapnel that was recovered from the ruins. A commemorative plaque was laid in the Main Hall which is purported to be the exact location of where the bomb fell. On 18 February 2000, the eve of the annual commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin, Mr Speaker McCarthy hosted a reception to unveil commemorative panels in the Main Hall. The panels comprise of photographs and biographical information of the ten people who were killed in the first raid and photographs and information relating to the former Darwin Post Office. Free Parliament House Information Booklets are available in the foyer of Parliament House. The booklet allows visitors to explore the public areas of the building at their leisure