Saturday, April 9, 2016

Australian Armour & Artillery Museum



Two days ago I was privileged to have been able to visit (if only for 30min....my seven year old daughter came along) the Australian Armour & Artillery Museum in Cairns, Far North Queensland.
The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum opened to the public on Saturday the 6th September 2014 and is privately owned and is the largest museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere. They are dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800’s to the present day. The collection includes armoured vehicles and artillery from both world wars with a particular focus on WWII. Currently our collection consists of 108 armoured vehicles and artillery pieces, many of which will not be found anywhere else in Australia. I am not much of a tank or artillery man but was very impressed with the collection, which is well worth the visit if you so happen to venture up that way.







We got a little carried away




















































15 comments:

Jason said...

That's a really impressive collection of armour there, Vinnie. And they seem to have caught and stuffed Rommel too! :-D
Best wishes,
Jason

Juan MancheƱo said...

Wonderful collection of vehicles and guns!

Ray Rousell said...

Some great looking vehicles!

Vinnie said...

Ha yes indeed poor Rommel

David Cooke said...

That's amazing! Theres vehicles there that I wouldn't have thought existed in Australia out side of Airfix kits!

Rodger said...

Incredible collection! Must plan a trip to Oz soon.

Evan Hughes said...

I had no idea that there was such a place in Australia, let alone in the tropics! Incredible collection, but that Hetzer is a fave!

Carlo said...

Brilliant photographs Nathan and like the others I had no new idea that Cairns housed such a wonderful collection. Mate the young lady has grown hasn't she? When is she starting to wargame mate? BTW did you catch up with Gerry at Castaway whilst in sunny Cairns?

Vinnie said...

Thanks Carlo, Ella is growing very fast...must be the good food at our house. I caught up with Gerry that night for a game, which is my next post. We had a quick little game of The Sword & The Flame.

the one said...

The Canberra War Memorial is my favorite place to go for military history in Australia, but this tank museum looks great too! What's the damage to enter?

You also mentioned that it has the biggest collection of tanks/artillery in the southern hemisphere. Does that take into account Puckapunyal too? It's been a few years since I've been there so it's collection may have diminished somewhat? But they had a mighty collection once. If the museum in Cairns is the biggest now it must be huge! That's a big arse shed by the way!

Thanks for sharing your photography with us :)

Vinnie said...

The museum will cost you $25.00 per adult and $15.00 per child, however they let my daughter in for free. The collection is at least three times larger then Puckapunyal.

Regards

Nathan

Michael Awdry said...

My word that is an amazing collection.

Barks said...

What a collection! I had no idea this existed.

The Kiwi said...

WOW! One more reason to go back to Cairns apart from snorkelling on the Reef! How very awesome! That's one massive shed!
Cheers

chris said...

Must visit this one day, thats a lot of good photos in 30mins
well done sir