Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin

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Visit the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre to learn about Australia's colorful history in flight. See 19 aircraft on display, including a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Mirage and Sabre jet fighters, and an Australian Navy Wessex helicopter that helped clean up Darwin after Cyclone Tracy hit on Christmas in 1974. The 38 displays include videos of the bombing of Darwin in World War II and a depiction of pioneers Ross and Keith Smith in flight in 1919. Bring drinking water with you if the weather's warm because it can become quite hot inside the hangar. Plan your visit to Australian Aviation Heritage Centre and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Darwin vacation builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Absolutely in awe of seeing the massive B52 bomber squeezed into this large Hanger housing at least another 18 aircraft dwarfed in comparison. A great history lesson.Worth the trip.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The highlight of this great attraction is the B52 bomber on display. It is the main feature of the exhibition along with all the other real aircraft that was used during the second world war. There ar...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I am certainly not someone who is into aviation, but I enjoyed walking around looking at the planes on display. Some of the displays feel quite outdated (the descriptions typed on a typewriter) but in...  more »
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  • Just teaming with amazing aviation lore and relics. Fascinating displays that are well kept. Place is a bit dated but hey so is the content! Highly recommend seeing this priceless collection of Australian Aviation history.
  • We spent there about 2 hours. Interesting place. Many pictures made and videos.
  • Fantastic, have been to Williamtown and Point Cook Aviation Heritage Centres the Darwin one is great, big B52 show stopper
  • Impressive . Would have been nice to be able to enter a plane but we're only able to view the outside
  • Filled with beautiful aircraft and the massive B-52 bomber. Overall the aircraft are kept in fairly good condition considering that this is in Darwin, enduring the hot and humid conditions. Despite this weather, the only airconditioned area is the the lobby which contains small collectables, old magazines and souvenirs. Though this makes sense as airconditioning an entire hangers is far too expensive to maintain for such a museum.

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