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 Eastern Highlands,
Papua New Guinea
Location of Goroka in Papua New Guinea
Population: 25,000 (7th)
Postcode: 441
Elevation: 1,600 m (5,249 ft)
Coordinates: 6°05′S 145°23′E / 6.083°S 145.383°E / -6.083; 145.383Coordinates: 6°05′S 145°23′E / 6.083°S 145.383°E / -6.083; 145.383
Location: 423 km (263 mi) from Port Moresby
Satellite image of Goroka

Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. It is a town of approximately 25,000 people, 1600m above sea level. It has an airport (in the centre of town) and is on the "Highlands Highway", about 285km from Lae in Morobe province and 90km from the nearby town of Kainantu also in the Eastern Highlands. Other nearby towns include Kundiawa in Simbu Province and Mount Hagen in Western Highlands Province. It has a mild climate, known as a "perpetual Spring".

View of Goroka town centre

It is the home of several national institutions; CRMF Christian Radio Missionay Fellowship, the PNG Institute of Medical Research, the National Film Institute, the Melanesian Institute, the Raun Raun Theatre Company and the University of Goroka. Several NGOs also have presences there, including Oxfam and Save the Children. The town's single largest hotel is the Bird of Paradise, owned by the Coral Seas Hotels chain. Goroka is also the home of the Asaro Mudmen.

Coffee is a common cash crop in the area; smaller industries include trout farms, pigs, bee keeping and food gardens (broccoli, kau kau or sweet potato, carrots, ginger and peanuts are examples of produce that grow well here; nearby Bena Bena is known for its pineapples).

Goroka market


In May Goroka hosts the PNG Coffee Festival.

The renowned Goroka Show is held every year for three days on independence weekend (September 14th, 15th and 16th). The Goroka Show is the oldest show in Papua New Guinea, over 50 years of "keeping the spirit alive".

Goroka is the birthplace of Lara Giddings, Eleanor Rachel Penney and Stanley Gene

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