On the 19th February 1942, Australia suffered its first and largest attack by a foreign nation when 242 Japanese planes attacked Darwin’s airfields, ships and harbour to stop the Allies using them to attack Java and Timor.
Critically, the attacks destroyed fuel stores. Therefore, in 1943 – prompted by a British solution – the Civil Construction Corps built a series of underground oil storage tunnels below the cliffs of Darwin City.
After years of neglect, they were reopened in 1992 on the 50th anniversary of the bombing and the tunnels – at least most of them – are open to the public.
The self-guided tours take you on a journey through the story of Darwin during World War II including a fascinating photographic exhibition depicting life in the city during the war and captivating images of the brave men and women who fought to defend Australia.
Located at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct on the lower level of Kitchener Drive, walk past Survivors Lookout and you’ll find the entrance to Tunnels 5 and 6 for an insight into Australia’s wartime history.
Editorial from Historvius