Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Travel

The most common way to get to Goroka is via the capital Port Moresby by plane. Goroka is about an hour’s flight from the capital. Port Moresby can be reached from international locations such as Bali, Brisbane, Cairns, Hong Kong, Honiara, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Nadi, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
Most international participants will need to fly to either Sydney (or Brisbane), Australia or Bali, Indonesia before flying to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Initial research into flying to Papua New Guinea can be intimidating but we will help guide you through the most reasonably priced routes.
It is advisable to access information about flights to Port Moresby directly via the airlines’ websites.
www.airniugini.com.pg (both international and domestic)
www.virginaustralia.com (from Australia)
www.apng.com (domestic only)
Here we provide you with some examples for costs of travel. Please note that all prices below were researched on Feb 1, 2014 and could go up or down as the year progresses.
From Port Moresby to Goroka (domestic flight)
Air Niugini from Port Moresby to Goroka is the easiest to book online:
POM – GKA, Air Niugini, RT in July – USD 320
If you decide to fly through Australia 
Virgin has the cheapest flights to Port Moresby:
Sydney to POM, Virgin, RT in July – AUD 736
Brisbane to POM, Virgin, RT in July – AUD 565
If you decide to fly from Bali
Air Niguini has the only direct flight from Bali to Port Moresby which is currently only available on Mondays. It is cheaper than the flights from Australia to Port Moresby.
Bali to POM, Air Niugini, RT in July – USD 439
To get to Australia or Bali from different regions of the world, we would recommend using a website such as Expedia or your preferred favorite airline search site. Here are some examples.
Hyderabad, India to Bali, Malaysia Airlines, RT in July – USD 605
Istanbul to Bali, Qatar Airways, RT in July – USD 885
Los Angeles to Bali, China Airlines, RT in July – USD 1262
Berlin to Bali, Etihad Airways, RT in July – USD 1385
London to Bali, Qatar Airways, RT in July – USD 1595
Santiago to Sydney, LAN operated by Quantas (direct) – USD 1854
You might also find very reasonable prices to Australian and Asian destinations on regional discount airlines like Jetstar or Air Asia.

Transport in Goroka
For transport within Goroka, the University buses will offer transport for participants from hotels to campus and around town.
If there is interest from participants to undertake further travel before or after the conference, the organisers can assist with organising a pre and post-conference trips, such as a travel to the north coast of PNG (Madang) or further into the highlands to trek PNG’s highest mountain, Mt Wilhelm.
Accommodation
The township of Goroka has two four star international hotels, seven lodges and number of guest houses and student dormitories. Prices range from US35 – US170 per night. We will provide suitable recommendations for accommodation to conference participants.

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