Milne Bay, Alotau
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Province||Milne Bay Province|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|• Main languages||Tawala, English, Suau, Tok Pisin|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|Location||365 km (227 mi) ESE of Port Moresby|
|Annual rainfall||3,108 mm (122.4 in)|
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 after it was shifted from Samarai.
There is a road from Ulumani to Alotau which passes the local Gurney Airport, named after squadron leader Charles Raymond Gurney of the RAAF, 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.
Alotau is also the annual forum for Australian and Papua New Guinean ministers
- "Alotau port" (PDF). PNG ports. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
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