"Goroka - in the Eastern Highlands" Goroka by Bwana_Brown

Goroka Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 8 photos

Goroka is the capital and administrative center of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. Growing from a small station situated in this remote area in 1950, the population of this busy commercial center has now reached about 25,000 people. It is the first and largest of the cities you will encounter when travelling from the coast into this mountainous area of PNG. Located at an elevation of 1600-m (5200-ft), the climate of Goroka is quite pleasantly cool and not as humid as in the coastal regions of the country. Please see my 'General Tips' for a map showing the location of Goroka.

Surrounded by cultivated lands in the meadows and mountain slopes, agriculture plays a big part in the local economy, especially growing coffee. There are numerous tribes located in and around the city, and their presence has enabled Goroka to develop as a tourist magnet. Tens of thousands of warriors dressed in their finest put on quite a display at the annual Goroka Show.

Business drew me here a few times during my 3-years in PNG, sometimes by road from Lae and sometimes directly by air from Port Moresby. It was always something to do with keeping the lights on, so there was not much time for 'tourist' activities!

Here, outside the Bird of Paradise Hotel, one of the locals is posing with his regalia. It includes a cuscus fur band on his head, kina seashell and bone in his nose, beads and a folded piece of fabric known as a 'lap-lap' down his front, held in place by a bamboo belt tied around his waist (and, out of sight, usually long sheafs of grass also tucked into the belt to cover his a**).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice Weather & Lots of Attractions
  • Cons:Remote and Expensive
  • In a nutshell:Quite an Experience!
  • Last visit to Goroka: Jan 1981
  • Intro Updated Aug 27, 2005
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    wow man. you have really been off the beaten track there.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    Another interesting PNG page, Glenn. You must have many good memories of this part of the world. Love the intro picture.

  • shelnlin's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    This is great information, looking forward to heading there at some stage this year. Thank you for sharing your pages with me! I enjoyed it alot :-D

  • shoma's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    even now in nepal, india and sri lanka very colourful clothes are worn all the time. we have such wonderful varieties of cotton and even the designs are so cool for hot tropical weather like ours, tight security at airports notwithstanding !!!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Very interesting page on Goroka. It probably hasn't changed much in 20 yrs.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2006 at 4:40 AM

    Another interesting page Glenn. Great pics of native folks.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2006 at 2:43 AM

    What an exotic place! Hope you had a chance to visit the locals too.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2006 at 5:46 PM

    Another interesting page - guess the whole of PNG almost qualifies as "off the beaten path"!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2005 at 6:52 PM

    Hi Glenn - i don't think a "Bilum Bag" will be my jacket in Turkey (haha) - great pictures you have here ! - greets

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2005 at 4:13 AM

    You provide the light, they provide the room. Sounds like a cosy arrangement since they threw in the cool mountain air as well. Another great blast from your colorful past, Glenn.

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