Constructed in the 18th century by the Portuguese, the historic Balibo Fort later became the site where five Australian journalists filmed the Indonesian navy pre-invasion in 1975.
The renovation of the Fort was supported by the Balibo House Trust and endorsed by the Timor-Leste government. Local materials and skills have been specified wherever possible with stonework and timber cladding used to deliver local identifiable features to the building whilst maintaining distinctive separation from the Portuguese heritage elements.
Renovation works started in September 2013; they involved the conversion of the existing dilapidated Fort House into a hotel and local museum as well as the training of local people to staff the hotel. The Balibo Fort Hotel was open on 19th March 2015 inaugurated by Xanana Gusmao, Minister of Planning and Development, Timor-Leste and the Australian Ambassador to Timor Leste.
Make the most of your time in Balibo:
The western region of Timor-Leste boasts a number of important sites that guests can combine with their time at the Balibo Fort Hotel, including:
Visitors to Balibo will enjoy the scenic three-hour costal drive from Dili:
For the truly adventurous, experience the stunning in-land drive back to Dili.
Weekday rates from $85 USD Twin Share
Weekend rates from $95 USD Twin Share
Extra roll-out bed $25 USD
Baby cot $15 USD
All rates include breakfast.