Papua New Guinea
Lae & Morobe Province

Morobe Province is the gateway to the Highlands and the Islands in the Huon Gulf. A beautiful region, it contains century-old rainforests, pine trees, the remnants of WW2 artillery, volcanoes, fertile valleys and cattle farms. The Saruwaged Mountains, rising from the sea at the tip of the Huon Peninsula are blanketed by tangled and impenetrable rainforest.

The Hinterland and coast of Morobe Province offers spectacular sightseeing, a wonderland of flora and fauna and numerous walking tracks, particularly near the Wau and Bulolo areas. A network of roads connects the capital city of Lae with Madang to the north west, through the markham Valley to the Highlands in the west and south to the Highland areas around Wau and Bulolo.


Lae is the capital city of the province. It has an international airport, good harbour facilities and the longest road system in the country. As the second largest city in Papua New Guinea, it was a tiny mission station before the 1920's gold rush at Wau. It has now been transformed into a major port and industrial centre. It was the last place to farewell the famous pioneering American aviator Emelia Earhart, as she took off on one of the final legs of her round the world flight before disappearing without a trace.

Lae was a strategic base for the Japanese during World War II. The graves of thousands of allied soldiers killed in battle can be visited at the Lae War Cemetery, situated within the grounds of Lae's botanical gardens. 

A tour through the gardens provides the visitor with a glimpse of life in the rainforest. Huge trees smothered in vines and creepers are home to brightly coloured birds and lizards and a display of exotic orchids. More recently the Rainforest Habitat, occupying an area of over 3,000 square metres, has been purpose built to create a display of some 15,000 native and exotic plants, 21 species of birds including the magnificent Raggiana Bird of Paradise as well as crocodiles, lizards, butterflies, turtles, frogs and fish.

As a town from the goldrush era, Lae was the last stop for American aviator, Amelia Earhardt and there are relics preserved in many sites from the occupation of the Japanese during the second World War.