Serving with quiet distinction
Come aboard a real-life submarine and venture into the secret world of submarine warfare.
Venture into the secret world of submarine warfare on HMAS Onslow. Our submarine was decommissioned in 1999, just weeks before coming to the museum. It's still close to operational condition. So, if you go onboard, listen out for the diving alarm!
Onslow was commissioned during the Cold War, a tense time that called for a submarine to watch, listen and collect information without detection. It's most secretive work was tracking Soviet submarines moving into the Arabian Gulf from Vladivostok via the Coral Sea and the Great Australian Bight.
With 5 other Oberons, Onslow gave the Royal Australian Navy a formidable submarine force. The motto of the navy's submarine arm is "Strength, silence, surprise". This explains many of Onslow's characteristics, including:
Onslow has travelled the equivalent of more than 16 times around the world, serving Australia with quiet distinction for 30 years.
Explore the danger and drama of life on board Onslow in Action Stations, our immersive experience.
Open daily from 9:30am with last boarding at 4:10pm
Buy a Big Ticket when you arrive (see our Admissions page for prices and to book your tickets) which includes entry to all visitor spaces as well as tours (both guided and self-guided) of Submarine HMAS Onslow and Destroyer HMAS Vampire (when open).
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What is hot bunking? Ask our volunteers on board this unique vessel to find out! View the cramped conditions (including a tiny galley capable of serving four meals a day for 64 men) and visit the control room with its two periscopes, the 'eyes' of the vessel. A tour of both HMAS Onslow and the Destroyer HMAS Vampire, when open, is included when you buy a Big Ticket. Ask at the desk about times when you arrive.
See photos of Onslow on the way to Garden Island.
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Patrol Boat: HMAS Advance
Destroyer: HMAS Vampire
Tall Ship: James Craig 1874
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
+61 2 9298 3777
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777