Wwii Oil Storage TunnelsCurrently Closed
- Address: Kitchener Drive, Darwin Wharf Precinct, Darwin NT 0800, Australia
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +61-889856333
- Ticket Price: 6 AUD
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, War Memorial, Military Area , Tunnel
Wwii Oil Storage Tunnels - Review
During the Second World War, Darwin bore the brunt of all of Japan’s wrath and has undergone severe destruction during these years. After one such bombing by the Japanese wherein the Allied Forces’ energy supply was annihilated by the opposing force, it was decided that underground tunnels are in order. The WWII Oil Storage Tunnels are nothing but that-long unwinding passages where fuel and oil necessary for battle were stored, away from the reach of the Japanese bombs. Although the idea was fool-proof, the construction wasn’t. In 1945, a few tunnels had a leak as a result of which water started pouring into the tunnels. Since they were coated with steel, corrosion set in and soon the tunnels had to be rendered defunct. Today, only a few tunnels are open to public!
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73% of people who visit Darwin include Wwii Oil Storage Tunnels in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
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People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Wwii Oil Storage Tunnels
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Wwii Oil Storage Tunnels, Darwin Reviews
The WW II Oil Storage Tunnels are quite interesting. Not having heard of them before I was curious and went to take a look. They are well signed and easy to find. Entrance at the time of writing was $8 (heads-up - cash only). The old fellow taking your money is friendly enough and will talk and answer any questions you may have. It's a self-guided tour, but with plenty of signage to tell the history of it all. I was just taken by the amount of work involved to build what are virtually underground oil storage tanks that have been dug into bedrock - by hand (pick and shovel!) - then concreted and fabricated inside these man-made tunnels. Amazingly, by the time they were ready for use, the war had ended. They had a little private use for some time, but a partial collapse of one of the tunnels saw an end to that. Then they were kept secret until 1992 when they were opened for public inspection. Quite a different attraction. Recommended! 👍🏼
Interesting place to visit to understand about the history of Darwin in the war. Here you get to visit the tunnels built to store petrol for the warplanes and ships to prevent the Japanese air raids. The tunnels are made from metal wall reinforcements. The visit takes about 1 hour and is a good place to escape the mid day heat.
OK. worth half an hour of your time. Not massively expensive but you're not there long. If you like here then there's some bunkers at Charles Darwin National park which are free to look around and interesting.
It’s just a short tunnel and I probably spent 30 mins here. It’s hot and humid inside with a couple of benches to rest if you’re tired. There are some signboards explaining the history and influences but I personally find them hard to understand. Entrance fee is $6.50 and they close at 1pm in the wet season.
Very historic site right underneath Darwin, near the wharf. Good displays about WW2. Just be aware disabled access is very limited and it is noisy and hot.