Morobe Province

Morobe Province (MP) covers 33,525 square kilometers (the fifth largest by physical area in PNG) in the central east coast and the island of Siassi. Physical features include the Markham Valley and adjacent high ranges, many lakes, short rivers and swamps. Morobe province is the largest province in PNG by population (674,810 persons recorded in the 2011 National Census—9 percent of the National population). Over 100 languages are spoken. The provincial Constitution, adopted in 1977, provides for a Tutumang (House of Assembly) of 35 elected members and three members appointed by the national government. There are eight districts and the headquarters is at Lae, PNG’s second largest city. MP produces manufactured goods, coffee, copra, cocoa, cattle, poultry, chickens and fish. Gold and logs are exported.

There is evidence of human occupation 39,000 BP (the earliest recorded PNG date) on the Huon peninsula. The Germans colonized the area in 1884. The German Administrations did little in the region, but Lutheran missionaries were very active there from 1886 onward. Wau and Bulolo were major gold fields in the late 1920s and 1930s. Many lives were lost and much property damaged in heavy fighting during World War II.

Things to See

Gabensis Village & Lake Wanam: This beautiful scenic location is ideal for bush walking, picnics and canoeing.

Avadedu Burial Ledges & Avilu Limestone Caves: Skeletal remains can be found on the ledges, which is adjacent to an extensive system of limestone caves.

Aseki & Menyamya: Step back in time, to this remote rural area where many villagers still dress in traditional dress, the area is well known as the home of the ancient ritual of smoking bodies of the dead, the skeletal remains from this bygone traditional custom are available for viewing.

Kamiali Wildlife Management Area: Offers the avid birdwatcher or naturalist the opportunity to explore undeveloped natural rainforest areas as well as the many uninhabited nearby tropical islands.

Leatherback Turtlea: A number of villages along the Huon Coast provide venues for the viewing of the nesting of the leatherback turtles from November through to March and the hatching of the turtles from January to April.

Huon Peninsula: Offers much to visitors; the oldest archaeological site in the Pacific is located on the edge of an uplifted lagoon along the Sialum coastline at Bobongara. Stone axe heads found in this area indicate the area was occupied more than 40,000 years ago. The Huon Terraces is a ‘staircase’ of ancient coral reefs on the edge of the Vitias Straits and is a remarkable example of a marine uplifted terrace.

Village Guesthouses: To sample village life, consider spending some time in one of the many village guesthouses dotted throughout the province from the highland regions to the coastal tropical islands.

Fishing: The Huon Gulf and Tami island for Sport and Game fishing, fish the coastal rivers for the famous Papuan Black Bass.

Zumim Pottery: See age old pottery making at Zumim Village, an hour and a half drive along the Markham Valley.

Diving: Dive World War II wrecks at Salamaua and the magnificent coral reefs at Tami island.

Black Cat Trail: Trek in the footsteps of the World War II diggers on the Bulldog, Skin Diwai and Black Cat trails. Many other trails are accessible for the bush walker or trekker wishing to explore the diverse Morobean terrain.

FYI: PNG’s 4 Regions & 22 Provinces

Region Province Provincial
Highlands Eastern Highlands Province Goroka
Western Highlands Province Mt. Hagen
Southern Highlands Province Mendi
Hela Province Tari
Enga Province Wabag
Jiwaka Province Banz
Chimbu Province Kundiawa
Southern National Capital District Port Moresby
Central Province Port Moresby
Gulf Province Kerema
Western Province Daru
Oro (Northern) Province Popondetta
Milne Bay Province Alotau
Momase Morobe Province Lae
Madang Province Madang
East Sepik Province Wewak
Sandaun (West Sepik) Province Vanimo
New Guinea Islands Manus Province Lorengau
New Ireland Province Kavieng
East New Britain Province Kokopo
West New Britain Province Kimbe
Autonomous Region of Bougainville Buka

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