Oro Province Overview… This area of Papua New Guinea is quite special. It enjoys an almost unique mixture of awe inspiring scenery, dramatic wartime history and strong village culture. Which, when combined, really makes you want to go deeper in to what the province has to offer.
Oro, or the Northern Province as it is often called, is located to the east of the Owen Stanley mountain range. The formidable barrier that separates the western and eastern parts of the island of New Guinea.
There are no roads over the Owen Stanley mountains. So the only options to get to the main locations of Popondetta, Wanigela and Tufi is over the mountains by air from Port Moresby – a pretty special journey!
Or the long way round by sea via Milne Bay.
Popondetta is the main town in Oro Province. But its sole attraction is the only main road in the whole province, which goes to Kokoda and then stops…
Many trekkers on the Kokoda Trail use Popondetta as their starting point for their trip because of that road.
Wanigela is a small coastal village that has a grass air-strip that dates back to WWII. Which was used as a forward supply base in the defeat of the Japanese forces at Buna.
Tufi on the other hand should be on the itinerary of anybody interested in Papua New Guinea. As it is a real gem of a place with incredible scenery, strong local culture and some excellent diving!
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