Defence of Darwin Experience

​The Defence of Darwin Experience (DDE)
is a powerful, immersive, interactive experience, located at iconic 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

Monday–Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm
Closed 27 and 28 December 2021
+61 8 8981 9702

Closed 1 January, Good Friday,
and 25–26 December