WWII Underground Tunnels – Darwin


The public can visit the tunnels as a tourism destination. In addition, the tunnels may be toured by those interested in learning more about their history and contribution during World War Two. The tunnels offer a singular perspective on the Allied soldiers' difficulties in the Pacific theatre, as well as the creativity and inventiveness needed to overcome them.
Due to its closeness to Southeast Asia and its natural port, Darwin, a city in northern Australia, it was served as an important strategic site for the Allies during World War II. As a result, an underground tunnel system was built to store gasoline and weapons to aid the war effort.

The Australian Army constructed these tunnels to store fuel and oil for the Royal Australian Air Force. Subsequently, ammo and other supplies were also kept in the tunnels. The tunnels were built to shield the supplies from enemy bombing and were cut into the sandstone cliffs around the harbour.
The tunnels have a capacity of about 100,000 barrels of oil and are roughly 200 metres long and 7 metres broad. They are bomb-proof because they are lined with steel plates and constructed of reinforced concrete. Moreover, they include ventilation to stop the development of hazardous gases. The tunnels were in operation throughout the war, significantly aiding the Allied forces in the Pacific area. In addition, they served as storage for the Australian Army after the war until the 1980s.


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