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Mallacoota - WWII Operations Bunker Museum



Visit a restored RAAF Advanced Operations Base - part of a chain of high security wartime defence bases located around the Australian coastline. The building was once used to house the Operations Building of the forward advance base for the RAAF during World War Two. It operated in conjunction with the radar station at Gabo Island.

The Bunker was the headquarters of RAAF coastal intelligence activity in the region, and provided the command post co-ordinating defence of shipping passing the south-east corner of the continent. Aerial surveillance was provided by Avro Ansons and by Beaufort aircraft from the adjacent airfield, while Sea Gull flying boats operated from Mallacoota Lake.

A radar installation and signal station on nearby Gabo Island provided surface surveillance and communications. This system provided defence against German surface raiders in early years of WWII and subsequently against attacks from Japanese submarines.

The museum has wartime items on display including a propeller from an Avro Anson. Exhibits include displays and artefacts from the WWII period and relics and records of Mallacoota's early pioneers, industries (wattle bark gathering, grazing, fishing) and shipwrecks.

The Bunker is located in a bushland setting at Airfield Road. From the roundabout at the town centre, follow Betka Road to the airport access road turn-off - on the right, about 4.5 km south-west of Mallacoota.

Opening Hours:


Open every Tuesday at 9.30am with last entry at 11.30am. Additional openings are held during school holidays and 'on request'.

Cost:


Admission is $2


Address | Contact


8 Betka Road,  Mallacoota 3892, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 5158 0725 / 0459 437 474
Map: X930 Ref: A4



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