Cairns is the sunny garden city where the Great Barrier Reef meets the Wet Tropics Rainforest, mountains and the gulf savannah not too far away. The city's water front boasts a world class marina and wharf used by visiting cruise liners, yachts and tour vessels. Cairns is situated in the Northern end of Tropical Queensland Australia. It's a modern city with a good location to explore some of Australia's vast array of flora and fauna. With a magnificent Casino, Cairns is alive with more activities than a visitor will ever have time for. The principal attraction is the over 60 national parks from the wet tropical rain forests and lush tablelands to the truly wild Cape York Peninsula and the Great Barrier Reef.
Port Moresby, capital city of Papua New Guinea, is located on Paga Point on the south coast of New Guinea island. It is the site of government offices, the territorial museum, an art gallery, the University of Papua New Guinea, and the Institute of National Affairs. Ela Beach, on the southern side of the point, offers excellent bathing, and the city also offers several sports facilities.
The Highlands Highway, which turns to gravel beyond Mt. Hagen, has been extended over a 9,000-ft/2,700-m mountain pass into the Tari Basin. The Tari, home of the Huli tribes (famous for their Wigmen), provides a glimpse of less-Westernized cultures than you might find in other parts of the Highlands. The well-appointed (and environmentally conscious) Ambua Lodge, which overlooks the basin from 7,000 ft/2,100 m, offers guided tours to the floor of the basin, including visits to the Huli clans. Huli men wear elaborate wigs made of human hair and paint their faces with colorful designs. Look for the deep trenches dug by clans to keep out their warlike neighbors. 350 mi/565 km northwest of Port Moresby.
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