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traveller In the land of volcanoes

OUR country

View from the lookout ... Rabaul, Simpson Harbour and Mount Tavurvur (the low mountain at rear).

reddened teeth from chewing betel nut. There are easier caves to visit than those around Matana’s house. On the road between Rabaul and Kokopo, one of the most accessible is a large tunnel that was used to hide Japanese barges. POWs had to haul them from the water at the end of each day, along 200 metres of railway track. Some of the rusting barges are still there.

The most famous of the caves is the command post of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. He had been instrumental in the attack on Pearl Harbour and then plotted to defeat the Americans and Australians from his subterranean headquarters. Visitors today can see Yamamoto’s maps, defence plans and coordinates drawn on the bunker walls. Yamamoto may have spent his last

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night in the bunker before embarking on an ill-fated inspection tour of the South Pacific. His plane took off from Rabaul on April 18, 1943, and was shot down over Bougainville. Across from the bunker is the New Guinea Club, built in the early 1900s. It’s home to the Rabaul Historical Society, and has fascinating displays that cover colonialism, war and volcanoes.

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...