Kiunga, Papua New Guinea

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Kiunga
Kiunga township from space
Kiunga township from space
Kiunga is located in Papua New Guinea
Kiunga
Kiunga
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 6°7′S 141°18′E / 6.117°S 141.300°E / -6.117; 141.300
Country Papua New Guinea
Province Western Province
District North Fly
LLG Kiunga Urban, Kiunga Rural
Elevation 33 m (108 ft)
Population (2000)
 • Total 8,265
 • Rank 18th
Languages
 • Main languages Tok Pisin, English
 • Traditional language Aekyom & Yongom
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Kiunga is a port town on the Fly River in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea,[1] just upstream from the D'Albertis Junction with the Ok Tedi River. It is the southernmost terminus of the Kiunga-Tabubil Highway. Local industry rests on a cornerstone of freight and haulage, particularly from the Ok Tedi Mine and provisioning for the much larger town of Tabubil. Rubber has been an emerging industry more recently, with a processing/manufacturing plant being built in town.

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Surrounding swamps and rainforest lowlands are of interest to birdwatchers, with a high chance of observing Crowned Pigeon, Yellow-eyed Starling, Large Fig-Parrot and Flame Bowerbird as well as a large variety of more common species.

Kiunga has reliable 24-hour power. Locals are friendly, and there is no significant crime. Dial-up net access is possible during business hours. Short term accommodation is available. Although Kiunga is accessible by road, this provides access only from Tabubil via the Kiunga-Tabubil Highway.

Regular flights to and from the capital, Port Moresby, by both Airlines PNG and Air Niugini.

Its local geology is clay on limestone.

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