This was the sole trip to Papua New Guinea and the fourth visit to Australia. Papua New Guinea is located in the South Pacific off the northeast coast of Australia.  The trip involved a direct flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Australia and then on to Port Moresby the gateway to Papua New Guinea.  A boat cruise of the Trobriand Islands was followed by a short stay in Madang on the mainland and day tour to Mount Hagen for the annual Highland Festival.  The trip ended in Australia with short stay in Toowoomba and the Gold Coast in Queensland, followed by short stay in Cairns with tour of Cape Tribulation in the northeast of Queensland.

 

Papua New Guinea

The D'Entrecasteaux and Trobriand Islands are located east of the main island.  Unlike other parts of the country that are melansian there is some polynesian culture in the Trobriand Islands.  They are somewhat isolated where the boat tours visit every two weeks or so carrying cargo supplies with them for the villagers.   The boat tour was on a small 24-passenger vessel visiting several of the islands.

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The main part of the country is the eastern half of the main island.  The western half of the island is Indonesian.  Port Moresby is the capital and largest city located on the south coast.  Madang is on the northeast coast while Mount Hagen is in the interior highland.  The trip started with a couple of days in Port Moresby.  The boat cruise of the Trobriand islands ended in Madang where stayed a couple of days and made a day flight tour to the Mount Hagen Festival in the highlands.  This is an annual event that is a colorful competiition between tribal villages.   Did not stay for the judging at the end however.  Apparently things can sometimes get out of hand and so the advice was to skip it.

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Australia

After a short stay in Toowoomba and the Gold Coast in the southern part of Queensland state, the end of the trip was a few days in Cairns on this second visit to city that is located on the northeast coast and is one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef.  On this visit a land tour was made to the scenic area of Cape Tribulation located north of Cairns.

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