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Darwin City: Guided Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

1. Darwin City: Guided Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

Take fun and adventure to the next level with our custom built V8 Airboat on this 1-hour adrenaline fulled experience. Your journey begins at Dock 1, leaving Stokes Hill Wharf to cruise across Darwin Harbour enjoying the city’s pristine coastline. After some supercharged spins and a cruise along the mangroves you’ll head up towards Blessers Creek. Enjoy the local birdlife and keep an eye out in the waters below for sharks, crocs, dolphins and even stingrays as the V8 engine powers you across the mud for some sideway slides and 360º whirls. There is so much to see in Darwin Harbour from WW2 shipwrecks to crocodile traps and more. Our knowledgeable guides love sharing some of the rich history and spin a good ol’ Territory yarn. This tour is the perfect blend of adventure, nature and history and has something for all ages.

Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

2. Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

Join a city sights tour for the perfect introduction to Darwin, with expert commentary by a local guide. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and will speak about Darwin’s rich history and culture throughout. Darwin Aviation Museum: This is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force. You can view some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and original footage from Japanese archives. There are 19 aircraft on display, from Mirage and Sabre jet fighters to a Royal Australian Wessex helicopter. Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs. You’ll get to see the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork in Australia as well as an eclectic range of visiting exhibitions. Darwin Botanic Gardens: find out how these gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War II. Because the site extends inland from the sea to a plateau, it provides a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds. Not only will you have the chance to see some unique and exotic plants but even some local wildlife!

Darwin: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

3. Darwin: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

Get entry tickets to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility in Darwin to gain an insight into the history of the Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin Harbor. Take a self-guided tour of the exhibition, knowing that the staff members are always available to assist as required. Witness 2 quintessential Australian stories brought to life at Stokes Hill Wharf. The 1st is about the Royal Flying Doctor Service or RFDS which began its aeromedical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The 2nd is about the Bombing of Darwin Harbour in 1942, told through state-of-the-art technology. Upon arrival at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility, meet a staff member to get an outline of the facility along with timings for the holographic cinema sessions and the Window of the 1942 bombing platform. Enjoy a range of interactive and VR experiences that bring history to life. Learn about the heroes and survivors who experienced the raids. Admire a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC-12 to experience a fully-equipped aeromedical plane.

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4.6 / 5

based on 196 reviews

The tour included not only the history of the RFDS, but also the bombing of Darwin in 1942. Hologram presentations and virtual reality experiences really brought the exhibitions to life and complemented the static displays. It was fun to actually sit in a plane formerly used by the RFDS and listen to recordings of real-life conversations between medical and flight staff as a patient was transported to hospital. I enjoyed my visit very much and thought it was great value for money.

Very interesting display with interactive sections. Helps to understand some of what happened in that part of our country during the war, that had been kept under wraps until more recent times.

It’s way amazing to hear what really happened in Darwin with the booming it was a eye opening

Very well presented. I felt the plane, pilot and patient experience was well done

Very informative amazing to see what is like on a flight on a RFDS plane