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Darwin's Historical Attractions

Aeroplanes and ammunition

You can explore Darwin's World War II history in sites scattered across and around the city. A good starting point is the Darwin Aviation Museum. You’ll find an original B-52 bomber (one of only two on display outside the United States) along with other military aircraft, engines and the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter shot down in the 1942 air raids. Visit ammunition bunkers that formed part of Australia's northern defence line in Charles Darwin National Park or see the remains of a rest camp for 100,000 military personnel in Berry Springs Nature Park, 47 kilometres (29 miles) south of Darwin.

Walk through historic bunkers and tunnels

At the Darwin Military Museum, close to the city centre, you can walk through the bunker where the Northern Territory's defence strategy was planned and see live footage of the bombing that brought World War II to Australia. Make your way through the oil storage tunnels that run under the city or see artillery observation posts in the Casuarina Coastal Reserve. The reserve is sacred for the local Larrakia people. Look out for Dariba Nunggalinya (Old Man Rock), visible at low tide from Dripstone Cliffs lookout.

Visit the Darwin Cenotaph at Bicentennial Park

Originally built in 1921 outside Government House, the Darwin Cenotaph was moved to Bicentennial Park in 1992. It commemorates the service men and women who lost their lives in all wars and is the focus for ANZAC Day memorial services on April 25 each year. The current location, overlooking Darwin Harbour, is particularly significant because it is the port where Australian soldiers departed during World War I, it overlooks where many died during the Japanese attack in 1942 and it is the site where the first shots were fired in defense of Australia on Australian soil during World War II.

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