ANMEF, AE-1 & Rabaul Tour

Join this 6 day (5 night), fully guided tour of the Rabaul battlefields as both the events of the First and Second World War are brought to life. You will participate in significant commemorations attending a special commemorative service at the Bita Paka War Cemetery. This tour visits important Australian military sites which include both the Lark Force & AN&MEF battlefields of the First & Second World Wars.

Attend the Dawn Service on the anniversary of the battle of Bita Paka (11 September) followed by a Gunfire Breakfast. Experience the beauty of Rabaul and rediscover this almost forgotten yet important part of Australian history.

You will also visit important Second World War sites including the Montevideo Maru Memorial, Japanese submarine pens, landing barge caves, the New Guinea Club, Bita Paka Cemetery and safely experience looking at an active volcano.

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the dates are: 9 - 15 Sept 2018.

Kokoda Historical would like to acknowledge our past AN&MEF participant Mr John Reeves for the use of his wonderful images.


NOTE: Tour includes return international flight from Cairns direct to Rabaul

Dates: 9-15 September 2018

Day 1: September 9: Group meet in Cairns-afternoon tour of the Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

Day 2: September 10: Depart Cairns for Kokopo, visit Rabaul War Museum, evening presentation and meal at hotel.

Day 3: September 11: ANMEF anniversary, landing site, service at Bita Paka War Cemetery & visit the site of the German wireless station.

Day 4: September 12: Visit Yamamoto’s Bunker, Rabaul Tunnels & Montevideo Maru Memorial

Day 5: 13 September: Visit WWII Japanese Submarine Base, Vunakanau wartime airstrip, Mt Toma lookout.

Day 6: 14 September: AE1 Harbour Cruise, lunch on board, visit Bee Hives & Volcano

Day 7: 15 September: Return to Cairns and onward connecting domestic flights 



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  • Experienced Australian Historian
  • Local Guides and Support Staff
  • Airport transfers to and from hotel both in Cairns & Rabaul
  • One night's accommodation in Cairns
  • Five night’s twin-share hotel accommodation at the Gazelle International Hotel (single supplement available).
  • All daily tour costs.
  • Communications equipment including Satellite phone & radio
  • Pre-trip advice
  • Kokoda Historical T-shirt
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Entry Visa to Papua New Guinea on arrival
  • International phone calls 
  • Extra purchased of drinks

Optional extras
  • Single room supplement $660
  • Lark Force trek to Tol Plantation 12 - 21 Sept  2016

Contact David on 0405 007 700 for more information or email


Price: $3,695 ex Rabaul for 7 day (6 night) tour.

This is an all-inclusive package of international airfare, transport, meals & accommodation. Discounts are available to previous clients.

*Transfers from other locations are available on request

Single rooms are available on request and incur an additional $660 single supplement fee (subject to availability)

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