Lae, Papua New Guinea
Lae is the capital city of Morobe province and the second largest city in Papua New Guinea. It is a major port and industrial centre and the gateway to the Highlands and the Islands in the Huon Gulf. It was also a strategic base for the Japanese during World War II, and is also known as the final stop for American aviator, Amelia Earhart before she disappeared.
In Lae's botanical gardens you will find brightly coloured birds, crocodiles, butterflies, turtles, fish and lizards and a display of exotic plants. Here also, is the Lae war cemetery. The Rainforest Habitat located next to the University of Technology is also worth a visit. It is 3000sq m of rainforest under a canopy, with a lake, raised walkways, semi-tame birds and beautiful flowers.
Things to See and Do
* Lae Botanical gardens
* Rainforest Habitat
* War cemetery
* Melanesian Arts Centre
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin
Population – 120,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 675
Port Location – The port of Lae is located on the city outskirts, approximately 2 km’s from the town centre.
Transport Links – Lae can be accessed by air from Port Moresby, Madang and Rabaul.