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HMAS Vampire

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HMAS Vampire is the country’s largest museum vessel and the last of the big gun ships. The third of the Daring class destroyers built in the country, it was constructed at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard and completed in 1959 before being commissioned in the same year.

During the vessel’s career, the ship was regularly deployed to Southeast Asia for many operations.

HMAS Vampire Museum Entry Tickets, Address & Hours, Darling Harbour

In 1980, the ship was reclassified as a training ship. It remained in use until 1986, when it was taken to the Australian National Maritime Museum and preserved as part of the diverse collection.

While the HMAS Vampire is not in active service, it trains divers from the Royal Australian Navy in hull clearance. Every five years, the vessel is towed to HMAS Kuttabul, a prominent shore establishment that maintains and cleans the ship.

Some of the most incredible features of the Vampire included in its design are the six 4.5-inch guns (twin turrets) and the six 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns. Other features that have since been removed from the design include the anti-submarine mortar and the anti-ship torpedo launchers, all removed before reclassification.

Take a guided tour of this fascinating ship to imagine life onboard and view its critical workings. Visitors can also experience the Action Stations in ‘A’ Gun Bay and listen to the recordings of the former sailors at sea. Be prepared to get physical; this vessel involves climbing, crouching, and navigating in confined spaces, so it may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.

Whether you would love to find out more about this magnificent ship or want to re-imagine life aboard this unique vessel, HMAS Vampire will not disappoint. Make your way to the museum for a fun day outdoors!

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What are the HMAS Vampire opening hours?
9:30am - 5pm

Extended to 6pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships: 4:10pm
Closed Christmas Day

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What are the HMAS Vampire entry prices?
Big Ticket (Unlimited access to everything open at the museum on the day of your visit)
Adult: $32
Child (Under 4rs): Free
Child (4-15yrs): $20
Family (3Ad + 2Ch): $79
Concession: $20 (Australian full time student card, ISIC - International Student Card, Australian or New Zealand Senior, Australian Pensioner)
Members: Free

Group 20% discount on Big Ticket prices for groups of 10 or more

Permanent Galleries
Free

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