Peter started 'Springs Military History' in 2014, which offers family military research and personalised battlefield tour itineraries. His knowledge of military history and his many years of research make him the ideal person to lead the 2020 Military History Battlefield tour.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1: Sunday 29 May 2022 Darwin
Tour members will travel to Darwin this morning. Darwin is Australia’s only tropical capital city and is the largest city in the Northern Territory. The coach will be ready for departure from the airport at 1.30pm. This afternoon we enjoy an orientation tour of Darwin, we will see the Chinese Temple, the lush Botanic Gardens and the impressive Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. You will have a chance to wander the museum viewing the art of Aboriginal communities. This evening we enjoy an included welcome dinner.
DAY 2: Monday 30 May 2022 Darwin
This museum tells the story the bombing of Darwin and the Northern Territory during World War II through interactive displays depicting the raid and out-side, many military vehicles and a gun emplacement.” To “This museum tells the story the bombing of Darwin and the Northern Territory during World War II through interactive displays depicting the raid. Outside we will see many military vehicles and a gun emplacement.
DAY 3: Tuesday 31 May 2022 Kakadu
This morning we depart Darwin and cross the Marrakai Plains to Kakadu National Park, one of Australia’s most impressive environmental wonderlands. It encompasses a variety of superb landscapes, swarms with wildlife, and has some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art. Tonight we enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 4: Wednesday 1 June 2022 Kakadu
Today we travel to Nourlangie Rock to view Aboriginal art followed by a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into the cultural and historical significance of the park for its traditional owners. We will then enjoy a guided cruise on Kakadu’s Yellow Water billabong giving us a unique opportunity to experience this diverse and sublimely beautiful area and its associated wildlife. Tonight we enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 5: Thursday 2 June 2022 Katherine
Depart Kakadu and travel to Katherine. Stop in the small township of Pine Creek, for lunch & refreshments. On arrival in Katherine enjoy a panoramic coach tour. Katherine is a bustling town that sits on the banks of the Katherine River, the first permanent watercourse north of Alice Springs. We will then enjoy a guided cruise along part of the spectacular Katherine Gorge. The Gorge is located in Nitmiluk National Park and is one of the most spectacular sights in Australia’s outback, winding 12km with walls more than 70m high. The 13 wonderful gorges of Nitmiluk National Park began 23 million years ago, with torrents of water pouring along tiny cracks in the earth.
DAY 6: Friday 3 June 2022 Katherine, Daly Waters,
Larrimah & Mataranka
Having seen some of the natural beauty of the Top End we now resume visiting the sites and relics of the Second World War along the Stuart Highway. The Stuart Highway itself is a direct result of the need to build up resources in the Territory at the start of the Second War World. The original North South Road was little more than a track to service the overland telegraph line. Upgrading the road commenced in the late 1930’s and the road was rebuilt in 1942-43, sealed and christened the Stuart Highway. We’ll head south to Daly Waters. The Daley Waters Aerodrome, used by civilian aircraft before the war became an important staging site for planes between Alice and Darwin. During the war it was used by both the R.A.A.F and the U.S Air Force for both fighters and bombers. Larrimah, from 1940 was the junction of the Railway line from Darwin and the North South Road. It’s here that we can see the remains of the railway siding and other infrastructure in the area. We’ll then visit the old Gorrie Airfield which was the largest aircraft servicing base in the Territory. Construction started in November 1942 and by the peak of operations in 1943 housed 6000 service personnel. Mataranka, known for its famous thermal springs was the site of over one hundred military units during the Second World War. We will have time to take a dip in the springs, see the town and visit the war memorial in the local park.
DAY 7: Saturday 4 June 2022 Adelaide River & Darwin
Today we will leave Katherine and head north to Darwin. Many of our stops today will be the road side airstrips built along the Stuart Hwy. These airfields were intended to disperse the RAAF away from Darwin in the case of a Japanese attack. One of the first built and the first one we will visit is MacDonald Airfield just out-side Pine Creek, then further north we will see Fenton Airfield. Fenton was mainly used by B-17’s and B-24’s of the US Army Airforce Force. Near by is the site of the US 86 Station Hospital built to provide medical aid to the units based at Fenton. Adelaide River, our next stop, became an important strategic centre during the war. A site of major important here is the Adelaide River War Cemetery. It is the resting place of over 400 service personnel and 60 civilians. Batchelor Airfield, the first landing site in Australia of General MacArthur after his flight from the Philippines and the Strauss Airfield round out the airfields we’ll see today. We’ll check into our accommodation for our last night in the Territory.
DAY 8: Sunday 5 June 2022 Cairns
Today we board our flight to Cairns. After checking in to our accommodation there will be a free afternoon to relax and enjoy all that Cairns has to offer.
DAY 9: Monday 6 June 2022 Cairns
Today we’ll visit The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. This privately owned collection houses over 190 armoured vehicles and artillery from all over the world with a particular focus on the Second World War. Some of the tanks in the collection are a German Panzer III, Panzer IV’s, a Panther, Stug IV, a Japanese Type 95, plus Shermans, Churchill tanks and a whole array of artillery and assorted armoured vehicles. In the afternoon we will visit Trinity Beach. Situated just outside of Cairns this was the site of many amphibious assault rehearsals for the 2nd A.I.F as part of their training and preparation before going into battle on the landing beaches to the north of Australia.
DAY 10: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Atherton Tablelands
Today is the start of 2 days exploring the Atherton Tablelands. In December 1942 the Atherton Tablelands was chosen as the place for Army to build a jungle training base and to establish a large hospital complex base to treat troops returning from the front. The area of Rocky Creek was selected for this purpose, having 60,000 troops go through both the 2/2nd and 2/6th Australian General Hospitals. Many campsites sprung up to accommodate over units from the 6th, 7th and 9th Divisions who were brought back up to strength, trained and acclimatised to the tropics for jungle fighting and sent off to the Pacific war. We will visit many of these sites across the tablelands. We’ll also see the airbase at Mareeba which was built by the Americans in 1942/43. It was used to launch bombing raids against New Guinea. As opposed to the cemeteries of Australia’s war dead in far off places like Gallipoli and France, visiting the Atherton War Cemetery will be a poignant reminder of the cost that was paid in the service of our country, albeit while still in Australia.
DAY 11: Wednesday 8 June 2022 Atherton Tablelands
Today will be a continuation of our tour across the tablelands. Here we will see a site not related to the Second World War but a far more modern conflict. At Yangaburra, on the shores of Lake Tinaroo stands the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour. The avenue of trees follows the path of Commando Ben Chuck’s Gun Carriage and as so represents the ‘final journey home’ of the Fallen. With it’s beautifully designed landscape the entire area has been created as a living memorial dedicated to the memory of all who served in Afghanistan. In the afternoon we will head off the tablelands and move onto Townsville.
DAY 12: Thursday 9 June 2022 Townsville
Today we will have a local guide join our tour to take us through all of Townsville’s military heritage. This will be a full day tour of the many sites representing Townville’s role in Australia’s military history. During the Second World War Townsville became a massive base and staging post for troops and aircraft heading in and out of Australia. This tour will cover the city’s military heritage from the Boer War through to more recent conflicts, such as Afghanistan. Highlights include visiting the Army Museum of North Queensland, the Lavarack Barracks, the Black Hawk Disaster memorial and also a walk through of the botanical rain forest gardens.
DAY 13: Friday 10 June 2022 Fly Home
Today the tour concludes as we all make our way home.
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