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Defence of Darwin Experience

​The Defence of Darwin Experience (DDE)
is a powerful, immersive, interactive experience, located at the Darwin Military Museum at East Point, Darwin.  

Opened in 2012, as part of the 70th commemoration of the bombing of Darwin, the Defence of Darwin Experience has quickly grown to be one of the most powerful attractions in the Top End. It tells the story of an extraordinary, but little known chapter in Australian history, the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese on the 19 February 1942.

Learn about life in the Northern Territory during World War II, of the contribution made in northern Australia to the war effort, and experience first-hand accounts of the bombing; a traumatic event that changed Darwin forever. Record your family story or response to the exhibition using the StoryShare booth, a dedicated digital story-telling space.

​The Defence of Darwin Experience is operated by the Royal Australian Artillery Association on behalf of MAGNT.

Defence of Darwin Experience

5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive,
East Point, Darwin

Closed Sat 24 December 2022 to Mon 2 January 2023

Monday–Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm
+61 8 8981 9702
Closed Good Friday

Download the App

The Defence of Darwin Experience app is a self-guided tour of 16 World War II heritage sites scattered around the Top End of the Northern Territory. The sites range from Bathurst Island north of Darwin to the township of Adelaide River on the historic Stuart Highway.


This app will take you on an extended journey of discovery of the rich military heritage of the Top End and help bring it to life. It incorporates firsthand accounts, images and maps, to help users gain an appreciation of the role and importance of these historic wartime sites. Locations such as airfields, explosives stores, a field hospital, gun emplacements and an aircraft crash site are featured, as are two scenic walks along the Darwin Esplanade.

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