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Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. A country of immense cultural and biological diversity, it’s known for its beaches and coral reefs. Inland are active volcanoes, granite Mt. Wilhelm, dense rainforest and hiking routes like the Kokoda Trail. There are also traditional tribal villages, many with their own languages.
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Kokoda Track, Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby Nature Park, Kitava Island, Mount Wilhelm, National Parliament House, Sepik River, Adventure Park PNG, Kokopo War Museum, Mount Hagen Cultural Show
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Kavieng is the capital of the Papua New Guinean province of New Ireland and the largest town on the island of the same name. The town is located at Balgai Bay, on the northern tip of the island. As of 2009, it had a population of 17,248.
Kokopo is the capital of East New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The capital was moved from Rabaul in 1994 when the volcanoes Tavurvur and Vulcan erupted.
Lae is the capital of Morobe Province and is the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea. It is located near the delta of the Markham River and at the start of the Highlands Highway, which is the main ..
Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a town of approximately 19,000 people, 1600m above sea level.
06. Mount Hagen
Mount Hagen is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea, with a population of 46,250. It is the capital of the Western Highlands Province and is located in the large fertile Wahgi Valley in central .
Madang is the capital of Madang Province and is a town with a population of 27,420 on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. It was first settled by the Germans in the 19th century. Madang is the home of Divine Word University.
Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province, in the south-east of Papua New Guinea. It is located on the northern shore of Milne Bay. Alotau is also the annual forum for Australian and Papua New Guinean ministers.
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The Torres Strait Islands are a group of at least 274 small islands which lie in Torres Strait, the waterway separating far northern continental Australia's Cape York Peninsula and the island of New Guinea.
Rabaul is a township in East New Britain province, on the island of New Britain, in the country of Papua New Guinea. New Britain is an island about 60 kilometres to the east of the island of New Guinea.
01. Port Moresby
Port Moresby is the sprawling capital of Papua New Guinea, a country north of Australia. The vast anthropological collection at the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery includes masks and carved wooden poles. Nearby, Parliament House is modeled on a traditional house of worship. Its entrance is dominated by a large, colorful mosaic featuring national motifs. There are views over Port Moresby Harbour from Paga Hill.
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While escaping the everyday routine to go on an extreme vacation, some risky places require a lot more preparation and forethought than others. Aside from the war-torn hotspots, here are a handful of dangerous places that you might dare to visit.
1. Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea
The Kokoda Track presents many challenges and dangers to the increasing number of adventurers that it accommodates, but by far the greatest danger is the perpetual infestation of malarial mosquitoes.
2. Death Road, Bolivia
Claiming around 250 lives per year, the aptly named Death Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. One wrong move, and you could end up plummeting down a 2,000-foot vertical drop. At its highest, the road reaches over 15,000 feet before descending to only 3,900 feet above sea level.
3. Chernobyl, Ukraine
The whole region, spanning some 1,000 square miles, was evacuated in 1986 due to the devastating explosion at the local nuclear power plant. However, the danger comes not so much from radiation any more, but the countless precariously abandoned buildings.
4. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher reach a maximum height of 700 feet, but with the huge vertical drops right into the sea and frequent high winds, you certainly won’t want to veer too close to the edge. Sadly the cliffs also have a reputation for attracting self-destructive and even suicidal behavior.
5. Acapulco, Mexico
The crime rate has become astronomical in recent years, running at nearly 30 times higher than the US average. The vast majority of the crime largely involves drug cartels and does not specifically target tourists. However, you best take heed before planning a trip to this pretty seaside town
6. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Named one of the world’s 20 best surfing towns by National Geographic in 2012, this unfortunate region also has highest number of shark attacks anywhere in the world. There have been 238 incidents on record, 12 in 2008 alone.
7. Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
This is a highly active volcanic region. It’s also extremely inhospitable, being one of the hottest spots on Earth. Unfortunately, the area is made even more uninviting due to border disputes with neighboring Eritrea.
8. Mount Everest, Nepal
Standing just over 29,000 feet above sea level at the summit, the air is so thin that oxygen tanks and breathing masks are essential. Over 250 people have died attempting to reach the summit. Many bodies still lie frozen in the snow. Some have earned nicknames and serve as trail markers along Everest’s routes.
9. Hua Shan, China
The walk consists of unstable wooden boards precariously clinging to the cliffs. With no guard rails and a largely unstable construction, many lives have been claimed by this walk, which features drops of up to 7,000 feet.
10. Mont Blanc, France
With a peak of over 16,000 feet, Mont Blanc in France is one of the most breathtaking yet dangerous hiking spots in Europe. There's a threat of high wind speeds and a constant risk of avalanches. The mountain has claimed dozens of lives in recent decades.
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Papua New Guinea was a fairly popular tourist attraction for New Zealanders and Australians. It’s home to great scuba diving, surfing , volcanoes, botanical gardens, fishing, anything you could really hope for during a tropical vacation and this country attracts about 70,000 tourists each year. But it is it really that safe? Many countries have issued travel warnings for their citizens planning to go here due to it’s high level of violent crime. Lone foreign females are advised not to travel unescorted in Port Moresby, you can probably guess why. It is also not the most friendly toward the LGBT community and it’s a criminal offense. Approach with caution.
Despite being home to the 2016 Olympics, Brazil hasn’t really cleaned up it’s act and is still quite dangerous for tourists. The beautiful Copacabana beach, is a long stretch of white sand, exotic women and quite a bit a of sunshine. However, this is a common place for thieves to snatch cell phones and wallets that are unattended by tourists. Many people have also reportedly been robbed while in taxis or by people posing as police officers. If that doesn’t seem bad enough, there is also the zika virus floating around in Brazil’s major cities. The country is also in somewhat of an economical crisis and protests on the streets can result in violence. More than 15 cities in Brazil rank on the top 50 cities with over 100,000 of highest homicide rates
Many westerners want to experience a little wildness in Africa by going on safaris but it seems like not even South Africa is a safe place to visit. High murder and violent crime rates have given South Africa as a dangerous destination if you’re planning your next getaway. While some of the more upscale, expensive resorts may be less likely to experience crime, South Africa’s townships pose the most threat. If you venture off into Johannesburg, there’s a very good chance your rental will be getting carjacked. Aggressive drivers seem to have reckless road rage, which can escalate to violence. Cape Town South Africa is also ranked the 9th most dangerous city in the world with more than 100,000 people.
Also known as a hotspot for for spring break party goers, the US Department of state issued a travel warning for those thinking about going to Mexico. It’s just sombreros and cheap beer you’ll find here. “US citizens can be targeted commonly for violent crimes such as homicide, robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking by various organized criminal groups”. Cities along the border seem to be the most dangerous right now like Tijuana, and Ciudad Juarez. Resort areas by no means experience the same amount of criminal activities as the border cities. Many United States claim they have ran into extremely unhelpful police living there, you seem to be of no use if a crime was committed. A story on vice claims the entire situation is true and going to the police made things much worse after she was robbed by knife point. Acapulco also has the 4th highest homicide rate in the world with more than an average of 104.
Judging by photos, Venezuela might seem like a beautiful place to travel to. Plenty of beautiful beach, tropical rainforests and uhh one of the world's highest crime rates? Caracas, Venezula has the world’s highest homicide rate of cities over 100,000 people The department of State issued a warning against all travel to Venezuela, stating that violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital and throughout the country. Facing one of their biggest economical crises, not only is there civil unrest but the entire country is short on food, water, medicine, electricity and other basic needs. This has caused hotel prices to plummet to 3 dollars a night This shortage has led to violence and looting across the country. Venezuela has the 2nd highest homicide rate, partly due to drug trafficking and illegal armed groups. Some of these groups have been known to use hand grenades and assault rifles to rob banks. Not something you want to experience while on vacay.
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Papua New Guinea: Country Profile
Explore this remote part of the world with me as I go from Papua New Guinea's mountainous Highlands to the Karawari River and Sepik in the Lowlands. With few roads, we took a charter plane between locations on the most remote experience of my life!
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Papua New Guinea, officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia. Its capital, located along its southeastern coast, is Port Moresby. The western half of New Guinea forms the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.
Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. 848 languages are listed for the country, of which 12 have no known living speakers. Most of the population of over 7 million people live in customary communities, which are as diverse as the languages. It is also one of the most rural, as only 18 per cent of its people live in urban centres. The country is one of the world's least explored, culturally and geographically, and many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in the interior.
Strong growth in Papua New Guinea's mining and resource sector has led to the country's becoming the sixth fastest-growing economy in the world as of 2011. Many people in the country live in extreme poverty when measured in terms of money, with about one-third of the population living on less than US$1.25 per day.
At the local level, the majority of the population still live in strong customary societies and - while social life is overlaid with traditional religious cosmologies and modern practices, including conventional primary education - customary subsistence-based agriculture remains fundamental. These societies and clans are explicitly acknowledged within the nation's constitutional framework. The Papua New Guinea Constitution expresses the wish for traditional villages and communities to remain as viable units of Papua New Guinean society and for active steps to be taken in their continuing importance to local and national community life.
At the national level, after being ruled by three external powers since 1884, Papua New Guinea established its sovereignty in 1975 following 70 years of Australian administration. It became a separate Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations in its own right.
Agriculture was independently developed in the New Guinea highlands around 7000 BC, making it one of the few areas in the world where people independently domesticated plants. A major migration of Austronesian speaking peoples to coastal regions of New Guinea took place around 500 BC. This has been correlated with the introduction of pottery, pigs, and certain fishing techniques. More recently, in the 18th century, the sweet potato was brought to New Guinea, having been introduced to the Moluccas by Portuguese traders, who obtained it from South America. The far higher crop yields from sweet potato gardens radically transformed traditional agriculture; sweet potato largely supplanted the previous staple, taro, and gave rise to a significant increase in population in the highlands.
Although headhunting and cannibalism have been practically eradicated, in the past they were practised in many parts of the country as part of rituals related to warfare and taking in enemy spirits or powers. For example, in 1901, on Goaribari Island in the Gulf of Papua, a missionary, Harry Dauncey, found 10,000 skulls in the island's Long Houses. According to the writer Marianna Torgovnick, The most fully documented instances of cannibalism as a social institution come from New Guinea, where head-hunting and ritual cannibalism survived, in certain isolated areas, into the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, and still leave traces within certain social groups.
Little was known in Europe about the island until the 19th century, although Portuguese and Spanish explorers, such as Dom Jorge de Meneses and Yñigo Ortiz de Retez, had encountered it as early as the 16th century. Traders from Southeast Asia had visited New Guinea beginning 5,000 years ago to collect bird of paradise plumes. The country's dual name results from its complex administrative history before independence. The word papua is derived from an old local term of uncertain origin. New Guinea (Nueva Guinea) was the name coined by the Spanish explorer Yñigo Ortiz de Retez. In 1545 he noted the resemblance of the people to those he had earlier seen along the Guinea coast of Africa.
10 Best Places To Go Scuba Diving
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1. Punta Gorda, Costa Rica
2. Beqa Lagoon, Fiji
3. Papua New Guinea
4. Palau, Micronesia
5. Cayman Islands, British Overseas Territory
6. Ras Mohammed, The Red Sea, Egypt
7. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
8. Ambergris Caye, Belize
9. The Yongala, Australia
10. Cozumel, Mexico
Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a self contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) to breathe underwater.
Unlike other modes of diving, which rely either on breath-hold or on air pumped from the surface, scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, (usually compressed air), allowing them greater freedom of movement than with an air line or diver's umbilical and longer underwater endurance than breath-hold. Scuba equipment may be open circuit, in which exhaled gas is expelled to the surroundings, or a closed or semi-closed circuit rebreather, in which the breathing gas is scrubbed to remove carbon dioxide, and the oxygen used is replenished from a supply of feed gas before being re-breathed.
A scuba diver usually moves around underwater by using fins attached to the feet, but external propulsion can be provided by a diver propulsion vehicle, or a sled pulled from the surface.
The closed-circuit rebreathers were first developed for military use, due to their stealth advantages. The first commercially successful closed-circuit scuba was designed and built by English diving engineer, Henry Fleuss in 1878, while working for Siebe Gorman in London. His self contained breathing apparatus consisted of a rubber mask connected to a breathing bag, with (estimated) 50-60% O2 supplied from a copper tank and CO2 scrubbed by rope yarn soaked in a solution of caustic potash; the system giving a duration of about three hours.
Sir Robert Davis, head of Siebe Gorman, perfected the oxygen rebreather in 1910 with his invention of the Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus, the first practical rebreather to be made in quantity.
Rebreathers have been increasingly used by civilians for recreation, especially since the end of Cold War. This reduced the perceived risk of attack by Communist Bloc forces, including by their combat divers. After that, the world's armed forces had less reason to requisition civilian rebreather patents, and automatic and semi-automatic recreational diving rebreathers started to appear.
The first commercially successful scuba sets were the Aqualung twin hose open-circuit units developed by Emile Gagnan and Jacques-Yves Cousteau, in which compressed air carried in back mounted cylinders is inhaled through a demand regulator and then exhaled into the water adjacent to the tank.
The single hose two stage scuba regulators trace their origins to Australia, where Ted Eldred developed the first example of this type of regulator, known as Porpoise scuba gear. This was developed, because patents protected the Aqualung's twin hose design. The single hose regulator separates the cylinder from the demand valve, giving the diver air at the pressure at their mouth, not that at the top of the cylinder.
By the early twentieth century, two basic templates for scuba, (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus), had emerged; open-circuit scuba where the diver's exhaust is vented directly into the water, and closed-circuit scuba where the diver's unused oxygen is filtered from the carbon dioxide and recirculated.
12 Things You'll Want To Experience | Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
I arrived in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in November 2016 for a one-year stint. I have just extended to stay another 6-months. These are just a few of the things that have made me want to stay for every extra day that I can...
12 THINGS YOU'LL WANT TO EXPERIENCE | BOUGAINVILLE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
1) Long weekend on Pokpok Island near Arawa. Book by emailing them directly: email@example.com
2) Getting to mingle with locals. Always a pleasure no matter where in the world you are.
3) Trekking and exploring around Sisivi with Rotokas Ecotourism. Organised directly with Rotokas Ecotourism.
4) Day trips island hopping in a banana boat. This can arranged through locals, Bougainville Experience Tours or direct with banana boat drivers in some cases.
5) Experiencing a traditional sing sing. Talk with locals, volunteers and expats, regularly check online including Facebook groups and keep your eyes peeled for posters around Buka, Arawa or Buin for any advertisements about sing sing festivals. They are often not well promoted.
6) Hiking to the volcanic crater Lake Eruovi / Billy Mitchell near Wakanui. Organised directly with Rotokas Ecotourism.
7) Playing games on the beach. The pikininis love to play football, rugby and volleyball, as do I, so everyone is happy!
8) Swimming and snorkeling at Loloho Beach near Arawa. Luckily there was already a relationship established with the chief, which I happily continued, which allowed me to use the beach. I suggest talking to locals and who'll no doubt meet someone who knows someone with access to a beach.
9) Dancing to a bamboo band. I could watch these play for hours and have done so! Again, keep your eyes to the ground for potential performances and also be ready for those fantastic spontaneous ones too!
10) Exploring beyond Buka Town to see the many sides of Buka Island. I have chatted with people who've explored the island by bicycle, however I had the opportunity to do so by 4x4 in exchange for taking some photographs. A private hire or local with a vehicle is also a good bet.
11) Local friends offering to show you around their villages. I always jump at the opportunity and find it fascinating to see the off the beaten track villages, which you'd never see otherwise. If someone offers, say yes!
12) Watching the sunrise from Premier Hill overlooking Kieta near Arawa. It really is the perfect spot to start the day and easily accessible by bicycle from Arawa or vehicle.
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Cool Lodges of Papua New Guinea
The lodges in PNG are more than just hotels--they are your basis for experiencing the country and interacting with the locals. Sustainable and true to their environments, each one that I stayed on my experience with Swain Destinations had a unique personality and shaped my journey.
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua, on the southeastern coast of the Papuan Peninsula of the island of New Guinea. The city emerged as a trade centre in second half of the 19th century. During World War II it was a prime objective for conquest by the Imperial Japanese forces during 1942–43 as a staging point and air base to cut off Australia from Southeast Asia and the Americas.
According to a survey of world cities by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist, Port Moresby is one of the world's least livable cities (ranked 139 of 140 cities rated).
Although Port Moresby is surrounded by Central Province, of which it is also the capital, it is not part of that province, but forms the National Capital District.
See in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly The National Botanical Gardens) A must for the visitor. Located next to University of Papua New Guinea, it has some amazing examples of PNG wildlife such as birds of paradise, cassowaries, tree kangaroos, multiple wallaby species, and many other native bird species. Lush, tropical and well kept gardens. A great break from the dry, dusty surrounds and bustle of the capital city. If you are lucky you might catch a wedding while you are there as some locals like to conduct the ceremony in the gardens.
Port Moresby Golf Club A nice golf course located right across from the government buildings. The prices are quite acceptable for visitors. Be careful, crocodiles inhabit the water holes of the golf course. The main building has a nice restaurant where one can have lunch and have a few SP beers (South Pacific beers) after a round of golf.
The Ela Beach Craft Market Run by the Ela Murray International School and held on the last Saturday of each month, this market brings together local artifacts from all over Papua New Guinea. An easy way to get some beautiful carvings, handwoven baskets, or any of a number of other things to bring home as souvenirs.
Touaguba Hill Perhaps not so much to see, but this is where the ambassadorial residences are located and is also where many of the well-to-do expats and locals live. There is a nice view from the top of the hill overlooking the centre of the city and the ocean.
Moitaka Wildlife Sanctuary, Sir Hubert Murray Highway. The Moitaka Wildlife Sanctuary is now closed for re-development.
Hiri Moale Festival. This takes place on the weekend of PNG's Independence Day in mid-September. The centrepiece is a race of up to 100 traditional Lakatoi canoes, recalling the sea voyages undertaken by the Motuan people from the Port Moresby area who exchanged sago and clay pots with the people of neighbouring Gulf Province. The departure of the canoes from Port Moresby's Ela Beach is really spectacular. The Festival is the city's main cultural show with traditional performances, as well as the canoes.
Do in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Scuba Diving A number of reefs and wrecks are within close proximity to Port Moresby and diving can be arranged through day vessels or on nearby Loloata Island (which has its own dive shop). There are a variety of sites and depths for all experience levels.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOURISM - A million different journeys
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One of the countries directly adjacent to Indonesia besides Malaysia and East Timor. This beautiful country turned out to have a lot of natural beauty charm that is second to none. Only about 18% percent of the people who decide to stay in the city and follow the government of the country. The rest, they prefer to undergo custom rules. Therefore, many tourists are attracted to the culture of Papua New Guinea.
Many beautiful and exotic places with beautiful scenery here, even almost everything is still natural and not much visited by tourists. Some of the places that this tourist destination is Vanimo Beach is located in northern Papua New Guinea. This beautiful beach itself becomes a favorite tourist destination for surfers because it has a very large and beautiful waves.
Papua New Guinea also has an exotic mountainous region with rare scenery. Why is it rare? Because not all tourists can see the activity of the volcano when removing liquid larvae flowing from the peak. The active volcano that often heard its roar was called Mount Mother. Until now, the number of tourists who visit Papua New Guinea never miss the beauty of Mount Mother.
For those who like traveling nature and love the challenge will surely believe if Papua New Guinea is safe to travel. In case you want to travel to Papua New Guinea, it is better to visit places that are still inhabited by natives such as Oro Fjord, Rondon Ridge, Sepik River and Vamino beach. Although there are many tourists who are there, guaranteed its beauty is still awake until today.
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Papua New Guinea Travel Video - Travelling in PNG can be challenging. With almost no Travelism infrastructure and limited information available in books and on websites, it can feel like youre stepping into the great unknown. But this is exactly why travellers find this country so compelling. Nothing is contrived for Travelists and every experience is authentic - even the main island of Bougainville is a largely DIY travel experience. The striking natural beauty and myriad complex cultures offer some riveting and truly life-affirming experiences. The island of New Guinea, of which Papua New Guinea is the eastern part, is only one-ninth as big as Australia, yet it has just as many mammal species, and more kinds of birds and frogs. PNG is Australias biological mirror-world. Both places share a common history going back tens of millions of years, but Australia is flat and has dried out, while PNG is wet and has become mountainous. As a result, Australian kangaroos bound across the plains, while in PNG they climb in the rainforest canopy.
For a glimpse into PNGs fascinating tribal cultures, the Highlands is where you should head (the town of Tari is a good place to see traditional Huli wigmen), while the Central, Oro Milne Bay Provinces are home to gorgeous reefs and historic wartime sites - including the countrys foremost attraction, the Kokoda Track. Also part of these eastern provinces, and about as far off the beaten track as you can get, the DEntrecasteaux Islands are like the land that time forgot, mountainous, jungly and totally undeveloped. The gritty capital Port Moresby, on the other hand, is big and sprawling and even a bit intimidating until you get under its skin and see past the bad press.
PNG is one of earths megadiverse regions, and it owes much of its diversity to its topography. The mountainous terrain has spawned diversity in two ways: isolated mountain ranges are often home to unique fauna and flora found nowhere else, while within any one mountain range you will find different species as you go higher. In the lowlands are jungles whose trees are not that different from those of Southeast Asia. Yet the animals are often startlingly different -- cassowaries instead of tapirs, and marsupial cuscus instead of monkeys.
The greatest diversity of animal life occurs at around 1500m above sea level. The ancestors of many of the marsupials found in these forests were derived from Australia some five million years ago. As Australia dried out they vanished from that continent, but they continued to thrive and evolve in New Guinea, producing a highly distinctive fauna. Birds of paradise and bowerbirds also abound there, and the forest has many trees typical of the forests of ancient Gondwana. As you go higher the forests get mossier and the air colder. By the time you have reached 3000m above sea level the forests are stunted and wreathed in epiphytes. Its a formation known as elfin woodland, and in it one finds many bright honeyeaters, native rodents and some unique relics of prehistory, such as the giant long-beaked echidna. Above the elfin woodland the trees drop out, and a wonderland of alpine grassland and herbfield dominates, where wallabies and tiny birds, like the alpine robin, can often be seen. It is a place where snow can fall and where early morning ice coats the puddles.
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