Welcome to Balibó


The Australian flag the journalists painted for protection is still visible (just) on Balibó Flag House, which now houses a memorial, cafe and community facilities. Here, you can watch Greg Shackleton's final, chilling broadcast. The Australian film Balibo (2009) was based on these tragic, and still unresolved, murders.

A restored 18th-century Portuguese fort stands on the hill opposite, housing a small gallery and the excellent Balibó Fort Hotel, which opened in 2015.


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$411.44 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Roads from Massacres to Miracles Balibo Loop

The island of Timor has a long, proud turbulent history and a rich culture built over many thousands of years. It has been referred to by some as the “cultural funnel of the East”, for the many different ethnic influences, which have contributed to the island’s development and past destruction.  One this tour your will have the opportunity to visit some of the major Historical sites such as Balibo where the 5 international journalists were murdered in 1975 by Indonesian forces,  Liquica Church site -Massacre 1999. Whilst enjoying Timor’s spectacular country side featuring waterfalls, hot springs, mountains laden with tree’s and rugged coastline. We set out to Asabe high up in the foothills of Mount Ramelau visiting Tasi Tolu (3 coloured lakes) and the site of the 2002 declaration of Independence of this new nation. Climbing up into the heart of the coffee country visiting a working coffee factory (Seasonal), and exploring the village of Atsabe where we will spend the night in a small guest house. Starting the morning off with a with a Timorese breakfast featuring our famous organic Timor Coffee we enjoy a 2km hike to Mota Bandara Waterfall where we can take a refreshing dip in the shallows, then making our way south along a road that winds into mountains along a windswept ridge, where on a clear day you can see the South Coast in one direction and Ramelau in the other, coming to thestone ruins of a Portuguese resort where we take a short walk to the Marobo hot springs where the local children will be happy to slather you with sulfuric mud for that infamous fee of $1 We spend the night in Timor Leste’s third-largest city of Maliana which has the air of a dusty wild west town, surrounded by interesting landscapes in our hotel set in the rice paddies. Travelling today about 1 hour to the town of Balibo situated approximately 10 kilometres from the Indonesion border, approximately 70% of the town was destroyed during the militia violence that preceded the vote on East Timorese independence in 1999.  Balibo achieved notoriety as the site of the killing of five Australian-based journilists  now known as the Balibo Five, by Indonesian forces on October 16, 1975 during an incursion by Indonesia into what was then Portugese Timor. The town is home to a 400-year-old fort, which was the scene of several battles during the Indonesion occupation. Traveling east back towards Dili we visit the towns of Maubara & Liquisa exploring the Portuguese architecture in the area on a walking tour of the town centre and a trip to the Maubara Fort where the women are famous for weaving the palm leaf into vibrant baskets. This tour is inclusive of twin share concept accommodation, meals, 4x4 transport with professional driver, english speaking guide, entry fee's for all attractions and hotel pickup and drop off.

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