Northern Territory GiovernmentDefence of Darwin Experience

Defence of Darwin Experience

The Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience.

It is the story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history.  Open on 18 February 2012, the $10 million Defence of Darwin Experience commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and provides an opportunity for visitors to understand the impact of the war on Darwin and its inhabitants, both civilian and military.

The Defence of Darwin Experience facility is an interactive exhibition space that includes the immersive Bombing of Darwin Gallery, iconic objects from that time, firsthand accounts and multimedia presentations. 

During World War II many civilians and service personnel fought, died, or were dispossessed. The Defence of Darwin Experience acknowledges the sacrifice of those who lost their lives, and the courage of all who served in the defence of the Northern Territory.

An exciting attraction at the Defence of Darwin Experience is StoryShare, a dedicated space which provides you, the visitor, with the opportunity to tell your stories in a digital format.  Once you have recorded your story it will ultimately be come a part of the Defence of Darwin Experience, available to other visitors through the StoryShare touchscreens.

When you step into the Bombing of Darwin Experience theatre you will be taken back to the events of 19 February 1942.  The theatre provides you with a real sense of the shock and horror experienced in Darwin that day through multi-sensory elements.

The Defence of Darwin is also a gateway to other placesof heritage significance around Darwin, including World War II military heritage sites. Visitors can download self-guided multimedia tours incorporating images and footage, to view and gain an appreciation of the role and importance of these sites.  Download your self-guided multimedia tour now.

Enjoy exploring Darwin's wartime heritage today and discover more about the Territory's involvement in World War II.

The Defence of Darwin Experience respectfully acknowledges the past and present Traditional Owners of this land upon which we gather, the country of the Larrakia people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are advised that the Defence of Darwin Experience includes images and names of deceased persons.


Admission to the Defence of Darwin Experience includes entrance to the Darwin Military Museum Precinct.  Admission fees apply.

MV Neptuna explodes, 19 February 1942
MV Neptuna explodes, 19 February 1942
Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

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Street Address:

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive
East Point, Darwin

Postal Address:

GPO Box 3220
Darwin NT 0801


Phone: +8 8981 9702