Key Facts & FAQs

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.
PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority: www.immigration.gov.pg/
PNG Tourism Promotion Authority: www.papuanewguinea.travel/australia

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 473.189sq.km, 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.

Suggested Itineraries

For clients who believe they’ve seen and done it all, Papua New Guinea should be next on their list. One of the most un-touched destinations left in the world, this is a country for the intrepid traveller with a love of different cultures and incredible natural beauty.

THE ISLAND HOPPER

Papua New Guinea is home to some of the most remote and beautifully untouched islands on earth. Come and explore all the coastal activities that we have to offer.

Day One
Arrive in Port Moresby
Port Moresby is our capital and a bustling metropolis. Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby Nature Park and visit our waterfront area for dinner.

Day Two
Depart Port Moresby for Kokopo, the new capital of East New Britain that was moved from Rabaul in 1994 after the Tavurvur and Vulcan Volcanoes erupted. Rabaul/Kokopo share a very interesting past with a fascinating World War II history and multiple volcanic eruptions.

Day Three
Continue to explores Rabaul/Kokopo’s historical sites and make sure you stop by the Kokopo markets to check out the beautiful locally grown food.

Day Four
Spend the day on a snorkelling or dive tour. The warm, crystal clear waters are waiting for you and pods of dolphins are never far away.

Day Five
Depart Kokopo for Kavieng and then transfer by boat to Lissenung Island Resort. Lissenung is a beautiful island retreat famous for its diving, snorkelling and also its turtle conservation program.

Day Six
Spend the day relaxing at Lissenung Island Resort

Day Seven
Depart Lissenung Island Resort and travel back to Port Moresby to head home

THE HIGHLANDS

With its fertile valleys and rugged mountains, the Highlands Region is home to some of Papua New Guinea’s most remote villages and some spectacular scenery.

Day One
Arrive in Port Moresby
Port Moresby is our capital and a bustling metropolis. Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby Nature Park and visit our waterfront area for dinner.

Day Two
Travel from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen, the capital of the Western Highlands Province. Mount Hagen is Papua New Guinea’s third largest city. Spend the afternoon exploring the Hagen market, one of the busiest in the country.

Day Three
Head out to Goroka to visit a local tribe and experience a show by the Asaro Mud Men

Day Four
Travel to Mount Wilhelm base to experience the highest peak in Oceania. For the more adventurous add on a few days and climb the peak.

Day five
Depart Mount Hagen for Port Moresby to return home

CULTURE AND THE SEA

Day One
Arrive in Port Moresby
Port Moresby is our capital and a bustling metropolis. Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby Nature Park and visit our waterfront area for dinner.

Day Two
Depart Port Moresby for Tufi. Tufi Resort is a hidden oasis, nestled atop a breath-taking fjord, with 180 degree panoramic views of the sea, fjords and mountains. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool

Day Three
Experience Tufi’s award winning dive and snorkelling sites. Tufi offers both wreck and reef dive sites which are both home to a huge amount of marine life.

Day Four
Spend the morning travelling to one of Tufi’s gorgeous waterfront villages where you will be treated like a local and experience the day-to-day village life. Spend the evening in a guest house with the villagers.

Day Five
Spend the morning hiking to remote waterfalls and take in the serenity. Travel back to Tufi in the afternoon.

Day Six
Depart Tufi and travel back to Port Moresby to return home.

Why PNG?

For clients who believe they’ve seen and done it all, Papua New Guinea should be next on their list. One of the most un-touched destinations left in the world, this is a country for the intrepid traveller with a love of different cultures and incredible natural beauty.

HAVE THE ULTIMATE COASTAL ADVENTURE

1. HAVE THE ULTIMATE COASTAL ADVENTURE

PNG has stunning coastal areas to enjoy a relaxing beach side holiday where your clients can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, surfing and diving while also having a truly unique cultural experience

DISCOVER PNG’S AMAZING CULTURE

2. DISCOVER PNG’S AMAZING CULTURE

With plenty of colourful tribes to meet, PNG offers an incredible cultural experience – visit the Mt Hagen festival or Mask Festival and join in a ‘sing sing’ with the locals.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO TREK

3. CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO TREK

Home to the famous Kokoda Track, Australians often see this trek as a rite of passage to discover the stories of their World War II ancestors. Beyond Kokoda, PNG offers other challenging trails for travellers keen to try something different.

CRUISE TO REMOTE AREAS

4. CRUISE TO REMOTE AREAS

While expedition cruising has been popular in PNG for years, allowing tourists to discover PNG’s remote areas and fascinating culture, recently the introduction of larger cruise-ships is opening up the country’s island regions to a wider audience.

SURF UNCROWDED BREAKS

5. SURF UNCROWDED BREAKS

To ensure the sustainable development of surf tourism in PNG there is a management plan in place allowing only a maximum of 20 surfers in the water at any one time so surfers are guaranteed uncrowded waves.

SPOT THE BIRD OF PARADISE

6. SPOT THE BIRD OF PARADISE

With more than 600 different species of birds including 38 species of the 43 Birds of Paradise, PNG is a must-do for the fanatic bird watcher. Both on the mainland as well as on the PNG islands species can be found unique to that particular area.

CATCH A BLACK BASS

7. CATCH A BLACK BASS

Fish in pristine waters and try to catch the famous Black Bass and Barramundi found in just about any of PNG’s coastal areas. The beautiful scenery and the perfect fishing spots make PNG one of world’s best fishing destinations.

KAYAK BETWEEN REMOTE EXOTIC ISLANDS

8. KAYAK BETWEEN REMOTE EXOTIC ISLANDS

There’s plenty of options for all experience levels; paddle from New Ireland along a chain of remote exotic islands, to New Hanover. Visit the people living on these islands, people who have rarely seen outsiders and just live from the sea. Kayaking in PNG offers outstanding cultural experiences including village stays.

EXPLORE UNDERWATER

9. EXPLORE UNDERWATER

Diving in PNG offers 50 to 150 feet visibility to explore untouched coral reefs and outstanding marine life including reef sharks, pelagic fish, hammerheads, barracuda, manta rays as well as WWII wrecks (tanks, downed US bombers and Japanese Zeros) all in 28 degree waters.