Goroka

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Goroka
Goroka from Mount Sitani (Mt. Kiss)
Goroka from Mount Sitani (Mt. Kiss)
Goroka is located in Papua New Guinea
Goroka
Goroka
Location within Papua New Guinea
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
CountryPapua New Guinea
ProvinceEastern Highlands
DistrictGoroka District
LLGGoroka Urban LLG
Elevation
1,546 m (5,072 ft)
Population
 • Total19,523
 • Rank7th
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
Postcode
441
Location423 km (263 mi) from Port Moresby
ClimateAm/Cfb

Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a town of approximately 19,000 people (2000), 1,600 meters (5,200 feet) above sea level. It has an airport (in the centre of town) and is on the "Highlands Highway", about 285 km from Lae in Morobe province and 90 km 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".

It is the home of several national institutions: CRMF Christian Radio Missionary 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.

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).

Events[edit]

In May, Goroka hosts the PNG Coffee Festival.

The Goroka Show event takes place annually around the time of the country's Independence Day (September 16). It continues for two or three days. The Goroka Show is the oldest show in Papua New Guinea, over 50 years of "keeping the spirit alive".

Climate[edit]

Goroka has a relatively cool tropical monsoon climate (Am), that borders on subtropical highland (Cfb), due to altitude with heavy rainfall most of the year and low rainfall from June to September.

Climate data for Goroka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 25.5
(77.9)
25.5
(77.9)
25.1
(77.2)
25.2
(77.4)
25.3
(77.5)
24.4
(75.9)
24.0
(75.2)
24.5
(76.1)
24.9
(76.8)
25.3
(77.5)
25.9
(78.6)
25.4
(77.7)
25.1
(77.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 19.9
(67.8)
20.1
(68.2)
19.8
(67.6)
19.8
(67.6)
19.7
(67.5)
18.8
(65.8)
18.6
(65.5)
18.9
(66.0)
19.1
(66.4)
19.4
(66.9)
19.7
(67.5)
19.8
(67.6)
19.5
(67.0)
Average low °C (°F) 14.4
(57.9)
14.7
(58.5)
14.6
(58.3)
14.4
(57.9)
14.2
(57.6)
13.3
(55.9)
13.2
(55.8)
13.3
(55.9)
13.4
(56.1)
13.5
(56.3)
13.5
(56.3)
14.3
(57.7)
13.9
(57.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 229
(9.0)
249
(9.8)
232
(9.1)
181
(7.1)
117
(4.6)
62
(2.4)
55
(2.2)
65
(2.6)
99
(3.9)
159
(6.3)
163
(6.4)
229
(9.0)
1,840
(72.4)
Source: [1]

Notable people[edit]

Goroka is the birthplace of ex-Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings

Goroka market

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