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“Interesting but over priced”

World War II Oil Storage Tunnels
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The WWII Oil Storage Tunnels were built in secrecy after the Bombing of Darwin saw the above ground oil storage tanks destroyed. Come and learn about how the construction of these huge tunnels was riddled with constraints and budget blowouts. The tunnels were only made public at the 50th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin in 1992 and transformed into a museum attraction.
South Australia
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78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Interesting but over priced”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Not worth going out of you way for but if you are in the area it does give you an insight of the history and they are really quite amazing to see. The pictures inside do tell a story, they do need a bit of updating though as some are difficult to read. We did think after paying $6 for this basic attraction that you would be given the information brochure, but they wanted another $1 for it, they do give you a free postcard whoopee!

Visited May 2014
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Almost missed this attraction!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

The oil tunnels didn't show up on my radar when planning my day in Darwin. It would've been a shame had I missed it!

The tunnels are an interesting bit of history, so not to be missed by WWII buffs. It's right near the wharf precinct, and an elevator will take you up to city level just across the road.

I sadly couldn't make it to the Defense of Darwin museum, so feel slightly better about that fact because I was able to visit the oil tunnels. You probably won't spend a lot of time here, but it was a few bucks well spent to learn about history.

Visited May 2014
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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717 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“Who would have thought?”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Easy to miss as you drive past, but definitely worth the 30 - 45 minutes stop for an unexpected part of Darwin's war history. Price is $6. Fascinating insight into what Darwin experienced, there are many wartime photos on display boards along the tunnel. But we wanted more general information about the tunnels and this was lacking, that could be improved. Easiest (and in the shade) to park in the public car park at the waterfront and walk about 100m. Check the entry times - Oct to April is only open 0900 to 1300hrs, May to September is open 0900 to 1600hrs. Guide at the entry sells souvenirs.

Visited April 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not worth $6”
Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

We thought this attraction was free so we went and were disappointed that it cost $6 however we paid anyway and it was nothing special most of the tunnels were blocked off. It was a shame that the guy that took our money was rude too!

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York, United Kingdom
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1,540 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 882 helpful votes
“Priced fairly at $6”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

If you are a war buff you will probably get a lot out of this.

It was a semi-interesting trip down two tunnels and a storage tank. There are information boards and war era photographs but the guy at the entrance is the best source of information.

Its never going to be a highlight of anyone's visit to Darwin (well, except those history buffs) but its a worthwhile attraction/

Visited February 2014
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