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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89.33% of people who visit Darwin include Wwii Oil Storage Tunnels in their plan
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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! 👍🏼
Very interesting. An amazingly difficult project carried out under very challenging conditions and with very basic resources. I was very impressed.
A great insight into some history around the bombing of Darwin in World War 2 and how important it was to put the oil tanks underground during the war. The tunnels have only been available for inspection since the 1990’s. The visit is self-guided and you can spend as long as you want.
Great presentation of wartime history of building tunnels. A glimpse into 1940's life in Darwin.
Interesting quick trip through for some history, + a visit here gets you a discount to other Darwin attractions. Easy way to spend an hour or so