Places in The Highlands
Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area
In the tri-border area, where the Eastern Highlands, Simbu and Gulf provincial borders meet, is the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area. This is one of the best places in PNG to experience the spectacular countryside, wildlife and village culture.
Goroka has grown from a small outpost in the mid-1950s to a major commercial centre, and is now the main town in the Eastern Highlands Province. Mountains encircle the town, which in turn almost encircle the airport. Leafy streets, a pleasant climate and all the essential services combine to make it one of PNG’s most attractive towns.
Despite its environs, Mt Hagen is not nearly as attractive as Goroka. It’s PNG’s third biggest city. ‘Hagen’, as it’s often called, was a patrol station before WWII, and has boomed in the last 40 years as Enga and the Southern Highlands have opened up. Now it’s an unruly city with major squatter settlements and many itinerant people.
Tips and articles
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