Welcome to Salamaua

Follow the steep trail to four Japanese gun emplacements and what remains of the original town cemetery in the peninsula’s hills. The trail begins in the northwest corner of the school oval. Near the start of the path is the now-blocked entrance to a Japanese tunnel.

If you want a full day’s walk, Mt Tambu has spectacular views and a huge battlefield where the Australians met the Japanese as they advanced towards Wau. You should have no trouble finding a local guide to show you around.

Salamaua bay has a scattering of reefs and coral formations, although you will need to bring your snorkelling equipment to appreciate them.

Most days there are boats from Lae to Salamaua (K20-30, one hour) and the Black Cat Trail ends (or starts) at Salamaua.

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