DEPARTING SEPTEMBER 9, 2017.
ADELAIDE – BIRDSVILLE – NORMANTON – HORN ISLAND – DARU – FLY RIVER VILLAGE – PORT MORESBY – START OF THE KOKODA TRACK – MADANG – GOROKA – MOUNT HAGEN – WAPENAMANDA – WABAG – MOUNT HAGEN – HORN ISLAND – MOUNT ISA – BIRDSVILLE – ADELAIDE
One of the World’s Most Spectacular Adventure Flights.
PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO ALLOW FOR VISA REQUIREMENTS & CLEARANCES
YOUR PILOT AND GUIDE
Dick Lang has been flying in Papua New Guinea for thirty four years. He was introduced to the beauties and subtleties of this magnificent country by such legends as Bill Gammage, Chris Vass (ex Kiap), Bob Bates and Dik Knight. He is permitted by the PNG CASA to fly into remote airstrips – where few other Australian pilots are allowed on tour. His thirty four years of flying has given him a healthy respect for the great care and attention needed in this environment. On the ground he has a deep and sympathetic knowledge of the traditions and life-styles of the local tribal people. Please note that we give you a detailed itinerary, so that you can follow your flight. It is very important for you to understand that this could change at any time due to weather, bad roads, breakdown, etc. It is on this understanding that we outline a detailed itinerary.
ALL ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BECAUSE OF WEATHER OR OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS.
DAY 1 ADELAIDE – HORN ISLAND
Depart General Aviation Terminal, Adelaide Airport, at 8.00am, flying north over wheat, barley and canola paddocks, past beautiful Wilpena Pound and into Leigh Creek for fuel. Fly north along part of the Birdsville Track, over Coopers Creek to Birdsville for fuel. Past the tiny town of Bedourie, Boulia and the Channel Country to Mount Isa for fuel. Over the Gulf Country of the Cloncurry, Flinders and Norman Rivers into Normanton. Overnight in a comfortable tropical motel at Horn Island.
DAY 2 HORN ISLAND – DARU – PORT MORESBY
Clear Customs and Immigration. Note that you pay for your own personal Departure Tax from Australia. Across Torres Strait to PNG Customs at Daru. Leave these friendly, appreciative people, flying high over the Gulf of Papua, passing giant mountains in the distant cloud, to land at Pt Moresby.
An excellent tour around Port Moresby to view the original coastal village, the port, the business centre and the magnificent Parliament House. If conditions are right, and there is no rain, travel up to the start of the Kokoda Track. We also visit the beautifully maintained WWII Bomona War Cemetery, where thousands of young Australian men are interred.
DAY 3 PT MORESBY – MADANG
Fly high over the stunning Owen Stanley Ranges and if the cloud is clear, look down onto Kokoda. Around the very high Finisterre Ranges to land at Madang, called by many “the most beautiful harbour in the world”. A tour of this coastal town, visit the market, then lunch at a beautiful coastal resort. After lunch visit a Japanese WWII airstrip and view the wrecks of several long-ruined aircraft. Overnight resort with swaying palm trees and the Bismarck Sea crashing on the coral at your door.
Beautiful PNG scenery and highland views
DAY 4 RABAUL – NADZAB – BULOLO
Fly back across the Bismarck Sea to the mainland, landing at Nadzab. Transfer to 4WD vehicles, to cross the huge Markham River, through interesting villages and up through the magnificent Watut River valley scenery to Bulolo. Afternoon drive to see the historic, long-abandoned, huge gold dredges and alluvial goldfields. A visit to village families sluicing gold from this once-famous, roaring river. Overnight Pine Lodge. A really fascinating day.
DAY 5 BULOLO – MOUNTAIN DRIVE ALONG MENYAMYA ROAD – BULOLO
Please note that today’s drive is very much subject to heavy rains, landslides and deep, impassable mud on the road. However, just trying to get through reveals amazing primitive, untouched country. Through high, blue mountain ranges, unforgettable scenery towards the Menyamya area. It is one of the most spectacular drives in PNG. View remote villages on mountain ridges and beautiful remote people. This drive is not guaranteed to succeed, but if we do, it is an amazing bonus. This is the heart of PNG. Overnight Bulolo.
DAY 6 GOROKA
Fly up into Goroka, a beautiful township set high in the mountains with a lovely climate – at the head of the majestic Nambaiyufa Valley. Visit the small Jack McCarthy Museum, the vibrant extensive outdoor market and a very interesting visit to a local coffee factory. Overnight in this magnificent climate.
Incredible Tribal singing and dancing
DAY 7 GOROKA – MOUNT HAGEN
We need to wait at the airstrip at Goroka for the cloud to rise. Fly along the famous Wahgi Valley to Mt Hagen. Drive through this larger township and up into the mountains to our beautiful family-owned motel. This is built conventionally, but of traditional bush materials. Each room is self-contained. In the grounds there are a large number of spectacular Birds of Paradise. It is a highlight of our journey in PNG.
WW II Aircraft in Papua New Guineas Mt Hagen
DAY 8 WAPENAMANDA – WABAG
Through Wapenamanda into one of the most remote parts of PNG – the Enga Province. Here at their new Cultural Sing Sing there is a stunning show of hundreds of tribal men and women with their huge human hair wigs, painted faces and pounding drums. It is absolutely awe-inspiring. This show is so remote and so amazing that Dick Lang’s Bush Pilots are sponsors, to encourage the local culture and assist in its operation. After a return drive through majestic mountain passes, we overnight at our mountain lodge again.
DAY 9 BIRD OF PARADISE LODGE – TARI – WORLD-FAMOUS, HIGH MOUNTAIN RIDGE LODGE
Leave our mountain Bird Of Paradise Lodge, driving way back down into the huge Mt Hagen basin, through amazing bush gardens and tribal culture. Fly high past giant mountains to land in one of the more remote airstrips of PNG – Tari, the land of the Huli people. By small bus, climb high into the surrounding mountain ridges to our beautiful lodge at Ambua, one of the world’s notable wilderness Lodges. Weather permitting, a walk to a magnificent waterfall. Several different types of Birds of Paradise live and visit the grounds here. Look down on top of clouds as they fill the valleys below. It is a stunning and memorable last night in PNG.
DAY 10 MT HAGEN – HORN ISLAND – LONGREACH
Leave early, travelling down to Mt Hagen to clear Customs (Note: You pay for your own personal departure tax). Fly out of the ring of mountains around Mt Hagen, across Torres Strait to Horn Island. Clear Customs, flying down to Normanton to refuel and on to Longreach for overnight.
DAY 11 LONGREACH – LEIGH CREEK – ADELAIDE
A pleasant morning back in Australia, looking at the elements of the outback that make up the iconic Stockman’s Hall of Fame. This is capped off with a visit to the very interesting Qantas Museum, before a light lunch. Depart to Leigh Creek to refuel, back to Adelaide by 5pm.
$10,990 per person (two people travelling together and sharing accommodation)
$ 11,990 person travelling on own.
Your fully inclusive fare includes all meals, all accommodation and transport.
Does not include visa fees, departure taxes, or show entry.