Built in 1967 and used from 1968, the vessel was used to patrol the northern waters in Australia.
HMAS Advance Coastal Attack-Class Patrol Boat, Maritime Museum
While the vessel was replaced in 1980, it was still used as a training ship before it was decommissioned in 1988. The advance was used for many key operations; including surveillance of the coastal region, customs and immigration enforcement, as well as training and rescue.
Since it was donated to the museum, it has continued to attract history buffs and maritime enthusiasts who visit to marvel at its grand structure. Since the vessel is on permanent exhibition, it is open to the public.
Explore the HMAS Advance by taking on the adventure in the Action Stations. This exhilarating experience is an unforgettable way to immerse yourself into one of the most iconic attractions at the museum. This adventure allows visitors to experience the drama of Navy Life aboard the warship.
The immersive cinema gives visitors a chance to experience firsthand the thrill that it is to be aboard Advance during simulated operations. This is accompanied by the soundtrack on the big screen for an experience that puts you in the centre of the action.
After your viewing, head out to the discovery and exploration space also located at the museum. Here, maritime science and history combine to bring you a fun and educational experience. Visitors also have the opportunity to walk on board the HMAS Advance and other ex-Navy vessels on location.
The museum is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm, with the last boarding at 4:10pm, with tickets available online and onsite. Visitors are informed that kids must be accompanied by adults and it is essential to be prepared physically, as part of the onboard experience involves climbing and crouching and therefore may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.