Top things to do

Zoo in Lae

Rainforest Habitat

Most people come to see a microcosm of PNG’s marvellous flora and fauna, including birds of paradise, cassowaries and tree kangaroos; although the real star is ‘Agro’, the huge and largely inactive saltwater crocodi…
Gardens in Lae

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens offer a pleasant stroll through a patch of rainforest and grassland in the centre of Lae. Butterflies flutter and reptiles scuttle as you amble beneath the huge, vine-cloaked trees hosting floc…
Memorial in Lae

Lae War Cemetery

The Lae War Cemetery, just south of the Botanical Gardens, is meticulously maintained by the Australian government. There are 2808 graves here, 2363 of which are Australian, the rest being Indian, New Zealand or Bri…
Cultural in Lae

Morobe Show

The Morobe Show has become arguably the best-organised cultural show in PNG. It’s usually on the full-moon weekend in late October (check the website for exact dates). Held at the Lae Showgrounds, Saturday is devote…
Bar in Lae

Aero Bar

A quiet bar overlooking the foyer of the hotel and kitted out with WWII photography and aviation memorabilia. Collared shirts are mandatory. Downstairs the casual Sportsman Bar (open 09:00 till late) has a large-scr…
Live Music in Lae

Aviat Club

Serves the cheapest beer and reasonable Chinese; it's a very local scene with snooker tables, pokies and a band most Wednesdays. The main bar is members-only but the nightclub is not and considerably rougher.
International in Lae

Lae Yacht Club

The airy, informal ‘Yachty’ is in a prime position on the harbour and is good for both drinking and eating. Its Tuesday- and Friday-night barbecues are good value. The clientele is largely (but not solely) drawn fro…
Club in Lae

Planet Rock

A big nightclub opposite the old airfield where the music is deafening and security both inside and out is necessarily tight. There's no extra charge for fighting.
Chinese in Lae

Bunga Raya Restaurant

One of the most popular restaurants in Lae, the Bunga Raya draws a faithful crowd who come for the large selection of Chinese and Malay stir-fried classics. The lunchtime specials are particularly good value (K22) a…
Fast Food in Lae

Stargate Food Bar

One of the more popular kai bars (cheap takeaway food bar) around town with a few tables and chairs. A greasy plate of kaukau (sweet potato), aibika (greens) creamed with coconut and chicken comes heaped with a lot …