Bombing of Darwin Day, A National Day of Observance Commemorative Service

Community Event

19 Feb 2019

The Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin is commemorated each year on 19 February at the Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade to pay tribute, honour and remember those who defend Darwin and the top end of Australia.

On 19 February 1942, World War II came to the shores of Australia when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin. On this day over 243 people, both armed forces personnel and civilians, lost their lives. 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.

The service begins at 9.30am with the sounding of the WWII air raid siren at 9.58am – the same time it sounded years ago as waves of Japanese bombers flew over the city.


Caters for limited mobility Disabled access available Family Friendly International Non Smoking Public Toilet Wheelchair access


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Event Times

19 Feb 2019

Annual Event


The Cenotaph Bi Centennial Park

The Esplanade, Darwin, 800

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