Fodor's Expert Review Port Moresby Nature Park
At the north end of Waigani Drive, close to the University of PNG, this nature park was formerly—and in some literature, still is—known as the National Capital Botanical Gardens. PNG's only botanical and zoological gardens, it is dedicated to promoting and preserving the nation's unique flora and fauna, and after years of neglect, major upgrades are finally bringing the facilities into the 21st century. The park is home to native animals, including tree kangaroos, wallabies, cassowaries, hornbills, and parrots. The aviary, home to several species of birds of paradise, may be your only opportunity to see these magnificent creatures. The peaceful grounds offer welcome respite from the bustle of the city and are also where you will find the only remaining tract of rain forest in the region, accessible via a wooden boardwalk. There are thousands of tropical plant species here, including dozens of orchids found only in PNG.