Mount Austen


The clearing at the summit of Mt Austen (410m) offers a marvellous view northeas over Henderson. Americans in WWII dubbed this spot Grassy Knoll. There’s a plaque that explains the strategic importance of the hilltop during WWII.

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1. Solomon Peace Memorial Park


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2. Mataniko Falls


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3. Betikama SDA Mission

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4. Tenaru Waterfalls

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5. US War Memorial

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6. Holy Cross Catholic Cathedral

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7. Central Market

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8. Bloody Ridge

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