Attractions

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…
Nature Reserve in Balek Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Management Area

This wildlife management area is 10km south of Madang. It’s featured in scenes from the 1996 film production of Robinson Crusoe with Pierce Brosnan. There’s a sulphur creek that flows from a huge limestone formation…
Zoo in Ohu

Ohu Butterfly Habitat

The Ohu Butterfly Habitat, 15km southwest of Madang, is a community conservation and research project where butterflies, including PNG’s famous birdwing varieties, feed on the nectar of the flowering aristolochia. T…
Museum in Madang

Madang Museum

In the same building as the Madang Visitors & Cultural Bureau, this small but fascinating museum is worth visiting. Learn about the 1660 eruption of Long Island. Look for the ceremonial headdress from Bosmum vil…
Wildlife Reserve in Madang

Flying Fox Roosts

You can’t miss Madang’s bats, they’re everywhere; wheeling overhead all day, constantly disturbed by the town noises below. Locals told us that these kwandi (spectacled flying foxes) moved into town in the mid-1970s…
Nature Reserve in Huon Gulf Coast

Kamiali Wildlife Management Area

This 69,000-hectare reserve comprises forests, mangroves, sandy beaches, coral reefs, waterfalls, rivers and lakes, and includes the steep David Suzuki Trail through some pristine forest. From November until March, …
Notable Building in Lae

Unitech

About 8km from the centre of town, Unitech has a number of notable buildings set in landscaped gardens, including Duncanson Hall with its 36 Sepik-style carved pillars, and Matheson Library, one of the largest libra…
Memorial in Madang

Coastwatchers’ Memorial Beacon

The 30m-high Coastwatchers Memorial Beacon, visible 25km out to sea, is a reminder of those who stayed behind enemy lines during WWII to report on Japanese troop and ship movements. It’s a rather ugly concrete memor…