Introducing Eastern Highlands Province
Undulating grass-covered hills and neat villages of low-walled round huts are the defining characteristics of the Eastern Highlands. Listen carefully for the secrets whispered by the tufts of grass fixed to the peaks of the roofs of these houses.
The most heavily populated of all the provinces, the region has had longer contact with the West than the other Highland provinces, and was the first to feel the impact of the missionaries, prospectors, mercenaries and misfits who have visited these parts.
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.
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.