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)
4 h: Pozières (4 sites), trenches at Newfoundland Park
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
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. Thousands of soldiers visited these former hideouts and
left behind their graffiti, often as their last sign of life. Since 2020 a new museum permits a closer look onto the biogaphies of these men.
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 gothic cathedral.
+75€/per group, via the tourist office Amiens Metropole
We can include museums in:
+ entrance fees
As the Australians liberated Peronne in 1918, the Historial of the Great War dedicates a complete exhibition room to the Australian presence in the Somme area.
If you are looking for an Hotel in Amiens:
3, rue Marotte