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Independent State of Papua New Guinea East and Southeast Asia Port Moresby 6,552,730 inhabitants 462,840 sq km 14.16 inhabitants/sq km kina (PGK) population evolution

Top tourist attractions in Papua New Guinea

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Mount Wilhelm

Mountain

Mount Wilhelm is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 4,509 metres. It is part of the Bismarck Range and the peak is the point where three provinces intersect, Simbu, Western Highlands and Madang. The peak is also known as Enduwa Kombuglu in the local Kuman language, a Papuan language. The mountain is on the island of New Guinea, which incorporates Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian province of Papua. It is surpassed by Puncak Jaya, 4,884 m, and several other peaks in Indonesian Papua. Some sources claim Mount Wilhelm, 4,509 m, as the highest mountain in Oceania, on account of Indonesia being part of Asia. A Seven Summits list sometimes includes Mount Wilhelm.

Owen Stanley Range

Mountain range

Owen Stanley Range is the south-eastern part of the central mountain-chain in Papua New Guinea. It was seen in 1849 by Captain Owen Stanley while surveying the south coast of Papua and named after him. Strictly, the eastern extremity of the range is Mount Victoria 4,038 metres, which was climbed by Sir William Macgregor in 1888, and it extends as far west as Mount Thynne and Lilley. But the name is generally used to denote the whole of the chain of the Papuan Peninsula, from Mount Chapman 3,376 metres to the south-eastern end of the island, and to include Mount Albert Edward 3,990 m which is really separated from it by the Wharton Chain. The range is flanked by broken and difficult country, particularly on the south-western side. There are few practicable passes, the easiest being the famous Kokoda Track which crosses the range between Port Moresby and Buna and was in use for more than 50 years as a regular overland mail-route. Another route used by the 900 men of the 2nd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division, was the Kapa Kapa Trail, parallel to but 30 miles to the southeast of the Kokoda Track. They took nearly five weeks to cover the 130 miles track over extraordinarily difficult jungle terrain, from 14 October to 20 November 1942.

Mount Giluwe

Volcano

Mount Giluwe is the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 4,367 metres. It is located in the Southern Highlands province and is an old shield volcano with vast alpine grasslands. Ancient volcanic plugs form its two summits, with the central peak the highest and an east peak about 2 kilometres away at 4,300 m. Giluwe has the distinction of being the highest volcano on the Australian continent, and is thus one of the Volcanic Seven Summits.

Bismarck Range

Mountain range

The Bismarck Range is a mountain range in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea. The range is named after the German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. From the 1880s to 1914 this part of the island was a German colony. The highest point is Mount Wilhelm at 4,509 m. At over 3,400 metres, the landscape is alpine with tundra, in spite of the tropical climate. The Ramu River has its source in the range.

Purari River

River

The Purari is a river in that originates in the south central highlands of Papua New Guinea, flowing 470 kilometres though the Gulf Province to the Gulf of Papua. The Purari has a 33,670 km² drainage basin and is the third largest river in Papua New Guinea. It is fed mainly by the Kaugel, Erave, Tua and Pio rivers, starting just south of Mount Karimui at the junction of the Tua and Pio rivers, where it flows through a quite spectacular gorge before flowing out into the lowlands and delta country closer to the coast. Along the river in various places there are small human populations, mostly subsistence villages. Dugout canoes are seen along the river from Wabo downstream, however population is sparse until you get closer to the coast where there are a few more villages. The general area is heavy tropical jungle with high rainfall and abundant birdlife. The Purari is a heavy muddy brown from silts washed down from the mountains, and rises and falls constantly depending on local rainfall. It is also tidal a substantial distance from the coast. The headwaters of the river were charted in 1930 by Michael Leahy and Michael Dwyer. The governments of Papua New Guinea and Government of Queensland have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with PNG Energy Developments Ltd and Origin Energy to support the potential development of a renewable hydro electricity project based on the Purari.

Black Cat Track

Tourist attraction

The Black Cat Track or Trail is a rough overland track in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. It runs from the village of Salamaua on the coast of the Huon Gulf, south into the mountains to the township of Wau.