Papua New Guinea is a country of true adventure and natural beauty where visitors enjoy experiences found no other place on earth. Located only three hours from Brisbane, Papua New Guinea is made up more than 600 islands, four regions with 20 provinces and over 800 indigenous languages. The country’s rich culture, unique species of flora and fauna, stunning vistas and friendly people, all contribute to making PNG the destination with a million different journeys.
How do I get to PNG?
As Australia’s closest neighbour (1 hour, 10 minutes from Cairns, 3 hours from Brisbane and 4 hours from Sydney) Papua New Guinea is so close and yet feels a world away. Jacksons International Airport is located only 8km from the heart of Port Moresby and boasts world class airport facilities, including duty free and coffee shops plus additional retailers such as the major telecommunications and banking services, thanks to an AUD $48 million dollar upgrade taking place across 2014-15. Air NiuginiQantas and Virgin Australia offer regular direct services from Australia to Jacksons Airport.

  • Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea’s national airline, operates daily services between Port Moresby and Brisbane or Cairns. Air Niugini also flies from Sydney three times a week and from Townsville twice a week.
  • In a codeshare agreement with Air Niugini, Qantas also flies daily from Australia to Port Moresby departing Brisbane and Cairns, and twice a week from Sydney.
  • Virgin Australia operates daily flights from Sunday to Friday between Brisbane and Port Moresby.
How do I get around PNG?

Papua New Guinea does not have a road network which connects the major destinations across the country. Fortunately, Jacksons Airport also serves as the central hub for Domestic air services across PNG.

Air Niugini and Airlines PNG offer hundreds of domestic flights per week with regular services to destinations including: Alotau, Kokopo (Rabaul), Kavieng, Mt Hagen, Lae, Hoskins (Kimbe), Madang, Wewak, Goroka, Vanimo, Lorengau, Tufi and Popondetta (Kokoda).

There are also hundreds of direct flights per week between the major destinations above.

Find out more about the routes and schedules which Air Niugini operate by hovering over the “Flight Info” tab on the Air Niugini homepage.

Find out more about the routes and schedules which Airlines PNG operate by visiting the Schedule and Map page on the Airlines PNG website.

What language is spoken in PNG?
There are more than 800 distinct languages. Melanesian Pidgin and Hiri Motu are the two most widely used, but English is the official language in education, businesses and government circles.
What is the climate like?
Papua New Guinea’s coastal regions experience a tropical climate year-round. Temperatures on the coast vary between 24- 30 degrees Celsius. In the Highlands, the temperature can be 15 degrees Celsius during the day and become quite chilly in the evenings. Dry season is May to November.
Do I need a visa?

Free Tourist visas for Australian & NZ citizens are available on arrival in Papua New Guinea.  Business/Media visas are to be applied for prior to entering Papau New Guinea and will need to be lodged at a consulate.

All passports must have a minimum of 6 months validity from date of travel to PNG.
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When is the best time to travel?

PNG is a year round destination and it will depend what activities you want to do on your trip that will determine the best time of year to go.
If you want to trek – trekking season is from April to November. This is the dry season and provides the best conditions for trekking.
Diving can take place all year round however optimum time is mid April to mid June and mid September to mid December.
For birding, visit in the dry season from June to October and surfing is best in the wet season November to April.

What is the currency of PNG?
The unit of currency is the ‘kina’ which is divided into 100 ‘toea’.
What should I wear in Papua New Guinea?
Dress is usually quite informal in PNG and lightweight clothing is suitable in coastal areas but a jumper will be needed in the cooler Highlands areas. Visitors are asked to dress modestly and in many areas light, long sleeved clothes as added protection from mosquitoes is recommended.
Will my electrical items work in PNG?
Australian style plugs are used in PNG at a level of 240 volts AC 50Hzs. 110 volt outlets are available for shavers and hair dryers. If you’re coming from Australia you won’t require a converter.
Describe PNG’s geographic landscape

Papua New Guinea lies entirely within the tropics, just south of the Equator and 160km to the north of Australia. With a total land mass of about, the country encompasses the eastern part of New Guinea Island – the second largest island in the world, plus some 600 other islands, atolls and coral reefs.

A central core of mountains, the Owen Stanley Range, runs east to west rising steeply from the coastal plains. From its highest peaks, 4,500 metre high Mt Wilhelm and from downs of other peaks, great rivers like the Sepik and Fly River begin their journey to the sea. Below the mountain chain, fertile coastal plains, flooded delta regions and mangrove swamps exist alongside broad sandy beaches, colourful sheltered bays and dense rainforest. Papua New Guinea’s capital is Port Moresby.

Will I have access to internet when in PNG?

While there is internet around PNG, in some of the more remote areas of the country internet can be a bit unreliable. Wi-fi is generally only available in the lobby of a hotel for a small fee.

Mobile networks like PNG’s ‘Digicel’ now offer data roaming packages, however this can be expensive for heavy users and will require a PNG SIM card. Check if your mobile phone is locked to your network before departure.