Australian tour

Somme area

Australian divisions fought between 1916 and 1918 on the Western Front. You should plan at least eight hours to discover those close to the Somme river. Starting points are Amiens, Peronne or Albert. Do not miss the Sir John Monash Center. If you have a special interest in a batallion the itinerary changes and includes the main sites to see. Thanks to trench maps it is possible to give you the positions of the troops during the battles and to stop also on the small field tracks. Here are some general itineraries:

 

4 h: Villers-Bretonneux (Adelaïde cemetery, Victoria school, National Memorial, Sir John Monash Centre), Le Hamel (Memorial)

4 h: Peronne (Historial, Divisional Memorial), Pozières (3 sites)

or

4 h: Pozières (4 sites), trenches at Newfoundland Park

or

4 h: Pozières (1/2 sites), Bullecourt Memorial

 

If you add a cemetery, count at least 30 extra minutes plus time to get there.

Australian Remembrance Trail

The Australian Remembrance Trail covers the Western Front from Belgium down to Villers-Bretonneux. You might take a week and not see everything. A second day could add the battlefield at Fromelles and some of the sites around Ieper, before you finish the day at Menin Gate, with its ceremony for the missing every evening.

Fromelles, Hill 60, Polygon Wood, Ieper

8 h

 

This tour can only be booked in combination with the Somme day.

If you have two more hours in the Somme area, I highly recommend to visit the ounderground city in Naours. Toousands of soldiers visited these former hideouts and left behind their graffiti, often as their last sign of life. In 2020 a new museum permits a closer look onto the biogaphies of these men.

 

2 h

+12 €/p

C: Ronan Le Bideau - Somme tourisme
C: Ronan Le Bideau - Somme tourisme

With less than 15 pax we can also climb onto the Belfry of Amiens, the former prison, discover the "Australian Cell" and have a wonderful view onto the Western facade of the world's biggest gothiv cathedral.

 

+75€/per group, via the tourist office Amiens Metropole

We can include museums in:

Bullecourt

Fromelles

Péronne

Villers-Bretonneux

 

entrance fees 2020

are added

If you are looking for an Hotel in Amiens:

 

Le Marotte

3, rue Marotte

80000 AMIENS