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Bombing of Darwin WWII cruise & tour options

Tour and cruises operate seasonally, check dates and availability via online booking. Departure is from Dock 2, Stokes Hill Wharf.

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Bombing of Darwin Cruise

Adult $45 / Concession $40

11:00 am (approx 75 mins)

April to September – Daily except Mondays and Thursdays

October to March – Wednesdays and Saturdays

Darwin's only Bombing of Darwin cruise takes you on a journey back in time. Lead by local guides with real-time commentary, the cruise visits the iconic locations that were centre stage during the attack on Darwin Harbour and its surrounds.
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Bombing of Darwin Double

Adult $65 / Concession $55

11:00 am (approx 3 hours)

April to September – Daily except Mondays

November to March – Wednesdays and Saturdays

Darwin’s definitive Bombing of Darwin experience. 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 truly comes alive on this combined adventure!
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Australia’s Frontline: WWII Half Day Tour by Land & Sea

Adult $129 / Concession $119

8:00 am (approx 4.5 hours)

April to September – Daily except Mondays and Thursdays

October to March – Wednesdays and Saturdays

This complete package is a half day experience that takes in significant war history sites, including both land-based sights around Darwin city, and sea sites on Darwin Harbour. Using local amateur historians as your guides and real-time commentary, you will hear the stories of the Darwin’s frontline activity, starting with WWII history and the Bombing of Darwin and tracing developments up to the modern day.
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Bombing of Darwin WWII cruise & tour FAQs

General Questions

Where does the Bombing of Darwin Cruise go?

The Sea Darwin Bombing of Darwin Cruise will visit relevant WWII sites on the Harbour, including the Pearling Luggers, Stokes Hill Wharf, MV Neptuna and Air Raid Interpretation, War time Communications, Monument of USS Peary, Wreck of USS Peary, Doctors Gully Flying Boat base, HMAS Coonawarra, Cliff Top Gun Emplacements and Cullen Bay.

How accurate is the commentary?

Both facets of this tour use local guides who have a passion for history and a yearning to know as much as they can about Darwin’s imperative role in WWII. The commentary is in real time and also includes narrative about current events in Darwin. Our guides love to answer questions. If they don’t know the answer, they will find out!

What type of boat will I be on?

The Bombing of Darwin Cruise is conducted on one of two Sea Darwin vessels. It might be the 20-seater MV Snubfin or the 32-seater MV Flatback. Both of these vessels are fast, open boats with canopies. For wet season tours the boats have the capacity for clear screen to drop to protect from the weather.

How many people do you take?

The Bombing of Darwin Cruise, Bombing of Darwin Double or WWII Half Day Tour can be tailored to any group size, from 2 to 60. We have a range of vessels and vehicles available. Generally you will be in groups of up to either 6, 13 or 22.

Does Sea Darwin do private tours?

Yes, we can organise a private tour for you! For all private tours we will tailor the itinerary to suit. We can cater even if it is only one person or to a group of up to 60! We also pride ourselves on making history interesting for school groups. Please call 1300 065 022 or contact us for a quote or to discuss a private tour.

WWII Half Day Tour Questions

What is included in the fare?

The fare for the WWII Half Day Tour includes the following:

  • CBD pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance to the Defence of Darwin Experience Military Museum
  • Bottled water
  • The one hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Real-time commentary by local guides
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin National Park and the East Point Military Precinct
  • Guided drive around significant WWII sites in Darwin City
  • Insect repellent, should it be needed at the National Park

Where will you pick up from?

The WWII Half Day Tour includes Darwin CBD pick-up and drop-offs. The CBD includes the Darwin City area as far out as Stuart Park and the Mindil Beach Casino. Please contact Sea Darwin on 1300 065 022 if you are located just outside these boundaries, as pick up outside the CBD will depend on numbers on the day. The central pick up location for those travelling into the city is outside the Tourism Top End Centre (Tourist Information Centre) at Bennett Park, which is on the corner of Bennett and Smith Streets.
The pick-up and drop-off is an inclusion only for the WWII Half Day Tour. For those doing the Bombing of Darwin Cruise at 11am, the departure point is Dock 2 at Stokes Hill Wharf.

What time do Darwin CBD pick-ups commence?

Generally, pick-up time will be between 7.45am and 8.00am on the morning of your WWII Half Day Tour.

What vehicle will I be travelling in for my pick up?

The vehicle used for the WWII Half Day Tour depends on numbers on the day. You might be travelling in a 6-seater VW Transporter (Wolfie) or a 13-seater Iveca (Ivy) or a 22-seater coaster bus. Sea Darwin can also tailor this tour for larger groups, in which case larger buses would be used.

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Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism
2015 Bronze Australian Tourism Awards – Ecotourism
2015 Brolga – Winner Ecotourism

Tours and more information

  1300 065 022
  info@seadarwin.com

Departure location

  Dock 2
Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin