Balanced between the Australian and Indonesian borders, Papua New Guinea is a South Pacific island nation of beaches, coral reefs, volcanoes, rainforests and remote tribal villages. Best of all, only around 200,000 visitors swing by a year, so you often get the landscapes all to yourself.
Many of its must-sees are tied up in this dramatic landscape. Over on the mainland, Sepik River snakes through dense rainforest, while clusters of mountains offer challenging hiking territory.
Or there’s always New Britain, a scythe-shaped island with a serving of smoking volcanos.
Flights start at 4 hours direct from Sydney.
Direct flights to the capital city, Port Moresby, are 4 hours long. Flights with stopovers start at 6 hours.
Air Niugini runs direct flights to Port Moresby. Alternatively, book an indirect flight with Virgin Australia or Qantas Airways.
If you’re heading elsewhere, you can book an internal flight with PNG Air.
Direct Sydney to Papua New Guinea flights usually run 3 times a week.
Want more choice? Consider booking an indirect flight. You can often choose from up to 40 routes a day – although many include a long stopover.
All flights leave from Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.
Direct routes head to Jackson International Airport, AKA Port Moresby Airport. You could also fly to other places such as Rabaul Airport (AKA Tokua Airport) on New Britain Island, Mount Hagen Airport or Lae Nadzab Airport – the flight will just include a stopover.
There’s only one direct flight from Sydney to Papua New Guinea – it’s run by Niugini and lands in Port Moresby.
Most people booking a flight from Sydney to Papua New Guinea kick-start their trip in the capital city, Port Moresby. The National Museum offers a peek into the country’s cultural heritage, while Port Moresby National Park is home to the otherworldly birds of paradise.
Beyond the city, it’s easy to slide right off the grid. Activities are based on nature and culture –both of which Papua New Guinea has in droves.
You could sign up to a specialist bird-watching tour – luxury rainforest lodge and charter flight included – or stay in a remote village where locals still live and die by thousand-year-old traditions.
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