(PORT MORESBY – MILNE BAY)
Discover Milne Bay on this commemorative tour of the Battle of Milne Bay. We begin in Port Moresby with a Bomana War Cemetery visit where many of those who served at Milne Bay are buried. After Bomana, we continue to Owers’ Corner where we briefly learn about the battles of the Kokoda Campaign, before continuing on to other military dispositions around Port Moresby.
The next day, we fly to Alotau, capital of the Milne Bay Province, for the main part of our tour. The afternoon of our first day in Milne Bay is taken up with a presentation on the battle followed by welcome drinks. The next day begins in earnest with guided tours of battle sites from Ahioma to KB Mission which includes the John French VC and Alotau war memorials. The Battle of Milne Bay from August to September 1942 marked a turning point in the Pacific war for the Allies. Victory at Milne Bay and later on the Kokoda Track ended all Japanese hopes to take Port Moresby. After our time, we say our goodbyes and return to Port Moresby for the trip back home.
|DESTINATION||Port Moresby – Milne Bay|
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Port Moresby|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|EXPERT GUIDE||Papua New Guinean|
|TOUR DURATION||5 Days|
|TRAVEL DURATION||2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)|
|TOTAL TRIP DURATION||7 Days|
|WEAR||See Plan Your Trip|
- Knowledgeable Australian tour leader.
- Experienced PNG tour guide.
- Battle site and areas of military significance tours and commentaries.
- Battle of Milne Bay commemorations.
- Safety and security plan.
- Daily safety and administrative briefs.
- Medevac plan.
- Pre-tour health and medical check plan.
- Satellite, mobile and radio communications.
- First aid support (trained attendant and complete kit).
- Staff Reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby.
- Transit hotel accommodation and breakfast in Port Moresby and Alotau (Holiday Inn Express /Holiday Inn / Masuarina Lodge).
- Domestic flight pre and post-tour (Port Moresby – Alotau – Port Moresby).
- Road transport to drop-off and pickup points (Port Moresby – Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby and Gurney Airport – Alotau – Gurney Airport).
- Wage, flights, hotel accommodation, meals and transport for guide.
- Daily situational trek updates.
- Daily social media updates and images.
- Free souvenir Milne Bay t-shirt and cap.
What’s Not Included
- Dinner at hotel.
- Travel insurance.
- Visa and passport costs.
- Medical expenses.
- Baggage cost.
- Spending money.
- Local museum fees.
- Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
- Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary. If you’ve included flights with your booking, we’ll handle this for you.
- Passport – have a valid passport; if not contact your local passport office for assistance.
- Visa – PNG has visa on arrival for Australian tourists but you can apply here in Australian by lodging your application in person or by registered mail with the PNG consular offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.
- Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C plan otherwise go with a travel insurer who can cover you on the Kokoda Track and in PNG.
- Medical – see your GP or family doctor to be vaccinated against malaria and other tropical ailments.
- Travel – email us copies of your travel documents i.e. passport (only front page that has your photo ID and pers details), completed medical form, travel insurance, and travel itinerary.
- International flights – to and from Moresby ex Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
- Personal Porter – highly recommended for all Kokoda treks if you’re not super fit.
- Accommodation – supplement for an extra night at the hotel in Port Moresby pre-tour or post tour.
- Photos – capture your tour moments with photographs.
- Videos – capture your tour moments on a video.
- Photos & video – capture your tour moments with photos and a video.
Port Moresby - Bomana War Cemetery – Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby (approx. 8 hours)
Today, we begin our tour in Port Moresby. After breakfast, we travel by road to tour Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery in the Pacific. After Bomana, we continue to Owers’ Corner, the drop-off point of the Kokoda Trail. Enroute, we tour McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in World War II, where many soldiers set-off for battle for the first time over the Owen Stanley Range. Owers’ Corner is named after Captain Noel ‘Jerry’ Owers, a surveyor with the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, who was given the impossible task of surveying a road over the Owen Stanley’s. Australian engineers cut a road from McDonald’s Corner that continued past Owers’ Corner and zigzagged its way down to Goldie River before the impossibility of the task was realised and work stopped. After a tour of Owers’ Corner, we travel down to the Sogeri plateau and tour areas of military significance i.e. Base Depot Kokoda Track Monument, the New Guinea Force School of Signals at Iarowari High School, and 113th Australian Convalescent Depot at Sogeri National High School, before stopping at Sogeri Lodge for lunch. After lunch, we head back to Port Moresby then stop at Port Moresby Nature Park to visit PNG’s zoological and botanical gardens and for coffee before heading back to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 2: Port Moresby – Alotau (approx. 1 hour)
Today, we pack our bags and travel to the airport and catch our flight to Alotau. On arrival we are welcomed by a traditional dancing group before checking into Masuarina Lodge, which will be our home for the tour of Milne Bay. Milne Bay was chosen as a strategic location for an Allied airbase to protect the eastern seaward approaches and for air raids on Rabaul. The Battle of Milne Bay was the scene of bitter fighting in World War II in which the Australians suffered over 300 casualties. We spend the afternoon with a presentation of the Milne Bay to prepare for our tour before sitting and kicking back with a few coldies in view of the panoramic Milne Bay once the scene of a bitter battle in WW2.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 3: Alotau – Ahioma – Rabe – Goilanai – Giligili – KB Mission - Alotau (approx. 8 hours)
After breakfast, we travel to Alotau and begin our military history tour of Milne Bay. We head up to Red Hill from where we get a good glimpse of Milne Bay, before travelling to tour the Milne Bay War Memorial where we get an overview on the Battle of Milne Bay. After the memorial, our first stop is Ahioma, where we view the rusted remains of Japanese landing barges from the battle. After Ahioma, we head to Rabe, where we stop briefly for lunch in the village. After Rabe, our destination is Wahuhuba Bay, the site of more Japanese landings, then visit the John French VC Memorial at Goilanai, where we hear stories about the Victoria Cross recipient and other brave Australians, before travelling to Gilligili and KB Mission, to tour the sites of fierce encounters with the invading Japanese before winding up our tour at Turnbull War Memorial with its war relics, a befitting reminder of the ferocity and intensity. After Turnbull, we stop in town to grab anything we might need at the markets, supermarkets, and art and crafts shop before heading back to the resort in time for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 4: Visit Milne Bay skull caves and a Milne Bay village (All day)
Attend spending time around Alotau, we travel today to visit the Milne Bay skull caves o the outskirts of the township and a Milne Bay village to experience and see what living is like for the locals in their villages. We spend the whole day there and return back to Alotau.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Alotau – Port Moresby (approx. 1 hour)
Our tour of Milne Bay comes to an end today. We pack our bags and farewell Milne Bay goodbye then travel to Gurney Airport where we catch our flight back to Port Moresby. We are met on our arrival before taking a short walk with our luggage from the domestic terminal to the international terminal to catch our connecting international flight out of PNG.