Papua New Guinea is home to a diverse population of over 7 million people who speak over 800 languages and dialects. Visitors can experience first-hand the centuries-old traditional arts and culture and witness our unique flora and fauna here in the capital city of Port Moresby.
- PORT MORESBY NATURE PARK
- ADVENTURE PARK
- NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
- NATIONAL PARLIAMENT HOUSE
- VARIRATA NATIONAL PARK
Port Moresby Nature Park (formally the National Capital Botanical Gardens) is PNG’s only combined botanical and zoological parks and gardens dedicated to the promotion of PNG’s flora and fauna.
The ground offer a lush change from the hustle and bustle of Port Moresby City and is home to the only tract of rainforest within the Capital City District and the only place in the world to showcase all three-species of cassowaries in a world-class boardwalk and display facility.
Thousands of tropical plant species including palms, gingers and heliconias and native timber tree species are found within the grounds which also include three main picnic areas available for hire. The Park is home to over 11,000 orchids, many of which are native to PNG.
Over 150 animals are on display including multiple species of tree kangaroos, cassowaries, birds of paradise, parrots, pigeons, reptiles, wallabies and more. The Nature Park is perfect for those that won’t get the opportunity to explore all of PNG’s vast regions.
Around Fourteen Mile, next door to the humdrum Adventure Park PNG (look out for the Ferris wheel) are the excellent National Orchid Gardens.
Apart from getting up close and personal with numerous flowering orchids, your entry price allows you to visit the adjoining aviary to see such feathered delights as cassowaries, cockatoos, splendid Victoria crown pigeons and brightly plumed birds of paradise.
Explore the depth and diversity of Papua New Guinea in the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby the National Capital District. The official languages are English, Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu.
The Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery is the “spiritual house” for the rich natural, cultural and contemporary heritage of this country.
The museum is owned by the people of Papua New Guinea and to date has well over 30,000 anthropological collections, more than 25,000 archaeological collections, more than 18,000 natural science collections, more than 20,000 war relics and more than 7000 contemporary art collections.
Built in the style of a Maprik Haus Tambaran (house of spirits), this impressive building was opened in 1984. The tile mural on the main facade displays the works of some of Papua New Guinea’s best known artists of the time. A visit to Parliament Haus, PNGs most impressive building, and the cultural displays at the National Museum are recommended – the mosaic facade of Parliament Haus will excite any photographer in the late afternoon. Open 9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm.
Varirata is 40 minutes drive from Port Moresby on Sogari Rd towards Owen Stanley Range. In total, it covers 1000 hectares of forest. From the look –out 800m above sea –level, you’ll see breathtaking views of Port Moresby and the Central Coast. Activities include bird-watching for kingfishers and Raggiana birds of Paradise as well as bushwalking along a variety of trails; some 45 minutes and other 3 hours long.