Australia Monument in Tarakan City, North Kalimantan Province
Tarakan City is part of North Kalimantan Province and becomes an interesting vacation spot for everyone regardless of the purpose of visit. According to the locals, visitors come for several things like nature, traditional foods, culture, and history. When it comes to history, tourists have many destinations including the one called Australia Monument. The location is in Kampung 1 Skip Village at Central Tarakan Sub-District. As the name suggests, the monument represents the role of the Australian Army in getting rid of Nippon from Tarakan Island. The purpose is to appreciate those who were killed during the war back then. The location is near to the regent’s office, so the accessibility is nice.
Once arriving at the location, tourists may see an old monument that resides near to local buildings. Even though it looks not maintained, the design is unique. That means it may become a worthy background for photography. Tourists can also read information regarding the monument from its carved words on it. As for the nuance, it feels comfy. The reason is the monument is located on an open field and far from the main road. No wonder, tourists may find several plants and a grassy landscape there.
Exploring Australia Monument
The first allure that tourists can enjoy when visiting Australia Monument is none other than the appearance. Even though it looks old and unmaintained, the monument suits as a background for photography. This explains why most tourists carry a camera or smartphone in order to collect some photos during the visit. The shape represents a regular monument, but it emits a slightly modern design. Some parts of it are covered by moss, though.
Photography is one thing. But tourists also come to Australia Monument for its history. They can get the information easily from either a local guide or villagers. It is said the monument has become a historical evidence of the WWII that happened in Tarakan City. The exact location is in the Kodim complex area, though. That means visitors need to get permission from the keeper if they want to get near the monument. Somehow, the keeper becomes a good informant to learn the history regarding the monument. According to him, the local government built it to appreciate the role of the Australia army during the expulsion of Nippon from Tarakan Island.
What is more? Aside from photography and learning history, tourists come to Australia Monument for relaxation. They take advantage of the nuance in order to enjoy sightseeing and exploration. Thanks to the clean and neat environment. People are likely to spend much time there. Even though carrying foods are allowed, everyone should take care of the trash later. Littering is definitely prohibited!
- Binalatung Beach
- Amal Mountain
How to Get There
The first thing to do is to get to Tanjung Harapan Airport at Tanjung Selor City. The flight takes about 1 day and 11 hours if tourists come from Jakarta City (Soekarno – Hatta International Airport), though. Next, they should head to Tengkayu Port at Tarakan Island by boat. This can be done from Kayan Port. From Tengkayu, tourists can simply take Gunung Amal Street and head to the monument right away. This trip takes around 34 minutes, as the distance is 17 km.
Where to Stay
- Lembasung Hotel