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Milne Bay, Alotau
Milne Bay, Alotau
Alotau is located in Papua New Guinea
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 10°19′S 150°26′E / 10.317°S 150.433°E / -10.317; 150.433
Country Papua New Guinea
Province Milne Bay Province
District Alotau District
LLG Alotau Urban
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 15,939
 • Rank 15th
 • Main languages Tawala, English, Suau, Tok Pisin
Time zone UTC+10 (AEST)
Postcode 211
Location 365 km (227 mi) ESE of Port Moresby
Annual rainfall 3,108 mm (122.4 in)
Climate Af

Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province, in the south-east of Papua New Guinea. It is located on the northern shore of Milne Bay.

Alotau is also the annual forum for Australian and Papua New Guinean ministers.

Its Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alotau–Sideia.

The town is located within the area in which the invading Japanese army suffered their first land defeat in the Pacific War in 1942, before the Kokoda Track battle. A memorial park at the old battle site commemorates the event. Alotau became the provincial capital in 1969, when it was shifted from Samarai.[1]


There is a road from Ulumani to Alotau which passes the local Gurney Airport, named after squadron leader Charles Raymond Gurney of the Royal Australian Air Force, who was killed in the area in 1942. The airport is located 12 km from the town.

Alotau is the gateway to the Milne Bay Province, which contains some of the most remote island communities in the world. Milne Bay is noted for its coral reef and scuba diving experiences.


  1. ^ "Alotau port" (PDF). PNG ports. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 

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