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Huon Gulf

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Huon Gulf is in Papua New Guinea.


Salamaua in Morobe Province


  • Bulolo — a pre-war goldrush town. You can still pan for gold. Eight river dredges used for prospecting were abandoned and can still be seen. Now a major forestry center.
  • Finschhafen — located 50 miles east of Lae on the Huon Peninsula. Formerly part of German New Guinea it was largely abandoned because of Malaria but was taken over by the Japanese in 1942 and subsequently recaptured by Australians in 1943. A small port with limited economic activity.
  • Lae — Papua New Guinea's second city and main economic hub. Beginning of the Highlands Highway.
  • Wau — another goldrush town that was site of important WW2 battle in 1943. Home of the Wau Ecology Institute and beginning of the Black Cat Trail to Salamaua.

Other destinations

  • Salamaua. — coastal area south of Lae that has been popular with expats since before WW2. Beautiful spot just waiting for someone to build a hotel.


Huon Gulf is the area on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea occupied by Morobe Province, which has a population of close to 600,000. The province, which is drained by the Markham River, has 171 languages. Tok Pisin (pidgin) is the lingua franca. It gets much of its income from the importance of Lae as a port that exports produce from the Highlands, but the Markham Valley in the province is also an important agricultural area. Oil exploration and mining are growing in importance and there is a timber industry in the Bulolo area.

Huon Gulf offers spectacular scenery, accessible diving spots, and a range of climates from sub-alpine and alpine to tropical. The Province's jungles and forests offer over one thousand species of birds and mammals, including the Raggiana Bird of Paradise, the Cassowary, a flightless emu-like bird, and the tree-kangaroo. Over 15,000 species of plant have been identified and there may be many more.


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  • Air Niugini has several daily flights to Lae from the capital Port Moresby, as well as flights from several other centers in PNG. [1]
  • Airlines PNG has flights from Port Moresby, Mt. Hagen and Goroka to Lae and three-weekly flights from Port Moresby to Bulolo.[2]

Lae can be reached from the PNG Highlands by the Highlands Highway. There are no coastal roads but Lae can be reached from Madang by taking the Ramu Highway that follows the Ramu River and connects with the Highlands Highway to follow the Markham River down to Lae.

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