I’ve been enjoying the Sunday bush walks organised by the fortnightly Port Moresby bush walking club so I thought I’d give a quick plug for a blog created by a former member – Steve Bennett – that includes photos and descriptions of his many walks. If you’ve been on some of the bush walks, or a thinking about joining, I think you’ll enjoy Steve’s blog. I did.
While I’m at it, how about a general plug for my current home town? Admittedly Port Moresby isn’t the easiest place to live but it does have a number of attractions. In the town itself these include …
- Parliament House (Independence Dr)
- the National Museum and Art Gallery (Independence Dr, next door to Parliament House)
- the National Botanic Gardens (cnr of Waigani Dr and Goro-Kaeaga Dr – entrance on the latter road)
- several private art and craft shops and galleries (eg, PNG Arts on the Poreporena Fwy)
And if you have a car, there are also numerous options for day trips/weekenders to:
- Loloata resort (Magi Highway, approx. 30 mins drive from POM)
- March Girls resort (Magi Highway, Gaire Beach, past Loloata, approx. 1 hours drive from POM)
- Bomana war cemetary (Sir Hubert Murray Highway, approx. 30 mins drive from POM)
- Bluff Inn (at 16 mile on Sogeri Road, approx. 45 mins drive from POM)
- Varirata National Park (Sogeri Road, shortly before reaching the small town of Sogeri and the turn-off to Owers’ Corner – the start/finish of the Kokoda Track, approx. 1-1.5 hours drive from POM)
- Crystal Rapids (picnic spot) and Sirinumu Dam (not far from Varirata)
For ex-pats or tourists who are weighing up whether to visit or live here, I hope this will help convince you that Moresby does have its attractions, even if life here isn’t quite like it might be back home.