The Battle of Milne Bay Tour


It’s hard to imagine that this peaceful paradise was once a war zone. In June 1942, the Allied forces built a base at Milne Bay to hold back the encroaching Japanese naval forces. From August 25 to September 7, 1942 Milne Bay's dazzling coastline, the surrounding jungles and mountains were a battleground filled with Australian Army units and invading Japanese forces. This stirring two-hour guided tour offers an overview of significant historical sites. Drive by Memorial of Cpl John French, awarded the Victoria Cross Medal for his heroic efforts during the mop up exercise after the Japanese defeat. This was the site of the last head-on military engagement between the Allies and the retreating Japanese Imperial army. Pass the site of the first formal AIF military engagement in Robinson's Ambush Battle before heading to Hiwehiwe Lookout for a bird's eye view of the Battle route. At KB Mission, the Allied troops fought back against the Japanese. It was their first defeat on land and a turning point in WWII. Visit the Turnbull War Memorial site, the original No.3 airstrip during WWII and its memorial to Australia's Squadron Leader, Peter St George Turnbull, killed during the Battle of Milne Bay. Finally, visit the World War II monument that symbolizes the bravery of those who gave their lives during the Battle.
  • Location

    Alotau

  • Tour Code

    AT2010

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Price

    Adult from $99.99
    Children (12 & under) from $99.99


Photo opportunities abound

Refreshments

• Please wear comfortable flat-soled enclosed shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, bring a hat, towel, plenty of bio-degradable sunscreen and bottled water • Please note some sights are off track and a moderate level of fitness is recommended. Tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility • The local roads may be unsealed and bumpy and walking surfaces may be uneven with some steps • Tour order may vary
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