Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is part of the touring division of McLachlan Travel Group, a family company that has been prominent in the Australian travel industry for more than 30 years. The McLachlan family first began organising holidays for Australian travellers in 1979. As part of McLachlan Travel Group, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours shares the core values that were established by Gil and Leonie when they opened their first travel agency all those years ago: to provide knowledge and value to Australian travellers, and the best holiday experience possible. We look forward to welcoming you to one of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours exciting itineraries soon.
Bombing of Darwin – 75th Anniversary
On 19 February 1942, World War 2 was brought to the shores of Australia when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin. More than 250 Japanese planes flew over and attacked Darwin making it their largest air attack since Pearl Harbour. The town was only lightly defended as the Japanese inflicted heavy losses upon the Allied forces at little cost to themselves. In two separate raids, eight ships were sunk and 11 damaged. A section of the wharf was destroyed, killing 22 waterside workers. Over the next 21 months, Darwin, Adelaide River, Katherine and Milingimbi in Arnhem Land were bombed 64 times.
In 2017 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and over 243 people, both armed forces personnel and civilians who lost their lives in this tragic air attack.
Over 5 nights our expert Historians will take you in and around the key sights of this catastrophic bombing including:
• Stokes Hill
• Fort Hill Wharf
• World War 2 oil storage tunnels
• WW2 airfields
• Snake Creek Explosives Storage Dump
• Adelaide River War Cemetery
• Darwin Military Museum
• & More!