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A Landsat montage of Olsobip township (centre) with the Hindemburg Wall (part of the Hindenburg Range) in the foreground
A Landsat montage of Olsobip township (centre) with the Hindemburg Wall (part of the Hindenburg Range) in the foreground
Olsobip is located in Papua New Guinea
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 5°23′S 141°30′E / 5.383°S 141.500°E / -5.383; 141.500
Country Papua New Guinea
Province Western Province
District North Fly
LLG Olsobip Rural
Population (2006 est)
 • Total 1,000
 • Main languages Tok Pisin, English
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Mean max temp 29 °C (84 °F)
Mean min temp 20 °C (68 °F)
Annual rainfall 10,000 mm (393.7 in)

Olsobip is a station town in the north of the Papua New Guinean Western province, located on the Upper Fly River.[1] It is the seat of the Olsobip Rural LLG. It has a rural airport (OLQ) but, set in a rich forest, it is inaccessible by road. As a result of its isolation, accurate census data is difficult to obtain from Olsobip.


Baptist missionaries were active in Olsobip, establishing the Olsobip Patrol Post.[2] The people of Olsobip belong to the Mountain-Ok culture area which is located in the Western range of Papua New Guinea.[3] This cultural group are noted for their crafts, particularly handdrums which they trade.[4]

Geography and climate[edit]

Olsobip is one of the northernmost stations in the province. It lies along the Upper Fly River in an isolated mountainous areas known as the Star Mountains.[5] Although no official scientific weather station has ever been established in the area it is known to be extremely wet and has been claimed to be one of the wettest places on earth with a rainfall in excess of 10m a year.[6] The villagers are known to have patches of land for growing vegetables.[5]


Olosbip is a highly inaccessible settlement. Although located along the Upper Fly River, it is not easily accessible by river and is not connected by road. The small airstrip, Olsobip Airport, was built in 1964/5 by local labourers.[4]


  1. ^ Mosquito systematics, Volumes 13-14. American Mosquito Control Association, North Carolina State University. Dept. of Entomology. 1981. p. 5. 
  2. ^ McNeill, John Robert (2001). Environmental history in the Pacific world. Volume 2 of The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500-1900. Ashgate. p. 296. ISBN 0-7546-0154-4. 
  3. ^ Journal of the Polynesian Society, Volume 84 (1975)
  4. ^ a b Schuurkamp, Gerrit J. T. (1995). The Min of the Papua New Guinea Star Mountains: a look at their traditional culture and heritage. p. 166. ISBN 9980-85-099-X. 
  5. ^ a b Papua New Guinea handbook, business and travel guide. Pacific Publications. 1985. ISBN 0-85807-058-8. 
  6. ^ McKinnon, Rowan, Carillet, Jean-Bernand, Starnes, Dean (2008). Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Lonely Planet. p. 204. ISBN 1-74104-580-0.