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Oil Tunnels
Oil Tunnels

Oil Tunnels

Purpose-built at great cost as an alternative to the aboveground oil storage facilities at Stokes Hill, the eight oil tunnels at Kitchener Drive were ultimately never used. In theory, the tunnels offered the ideal solution to the oil storage problems faced by Darwin; namely, that the aboveground tanks were far too susceptible to enemy bombing. Yet circumstances conspired to reveal their impracticality. Open to public viewing, Tunnel No. 5 looks much as it did in 1945.

Map Location

UBD Gregory's Street Directory - Darwin

Map 36, E13

Kitchener Drive, Darwin Waterfront

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A delegation inspecting tunnelling works at the site an oil storage tunnel being built on the Darwin foreshore in July 1944. Shows the horseshoe shaped profile within the interior of a concreted tunnel.
A delegation inspecting tunnelling works at the site an oil storage tunnel being built on the Darwin foreshore in July 1944. Shows the horseshoe shaped profile within the interior of a concreted tunnel.