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Travel writer Ben Groundwater has listed eight amazing adventures from Australia you don’t have to travel far for. And out of the eight, three of those adventures are Papua New Guinea based.
And the three aren’t that surprising. These are: Diving in Milne Bay, Hiking the Kokoda and Watching the Baining Fire Dance.
The other five that make up the list are:
* Hiking up Mount Yasur in Vanuatu
* Cycling the Queen Charlotte track in New Zealand
* Hang out in the Solomon Islands
* Raft the Franklin River in Tasmania
* Dive the Yongala wreck in Queensland
Ben also rates each adventure with a 1 star to 5 star rating.
Even without the ratings, it’s pleasing to find not only one but three recommendations from Papua New Guinea.
Ben’s recommendation clearly reinforces Papua New Guinea’s offering in the tourism market which is more of an adventure based tourism destination than the holiday relaxing type holiday one would opt for in the likes of Fiji or Cook Islands.
On diving in Milne Bay, Ben writes “you can access some absolutely amazing and pretty much untouched dive sites”. The adventure rating given for this is “Three stars”.
Hiking the Kokoda gets an excellent rating with 5 stars. This is unsurprising because of Australia’s historical connections to PNG and as Ben says “it’s alnmost a rite of passage for Australians, to follow in the footsteps of our troops in World War II along this muddy, steep 96-kilometre track”.
Watching the Baining Fire Dancers is equal to Kokoda with a Five stars rating. Not many people outside of the country know much about the Bainings but their culture is as bizarre as their dancers. From the eyes of Ben, the Baining tribesmen are “clad in huge masks, performing a fire dancing ceremony, running out of the darkness to kick and dance in a huge bonfire”. “Amazing” he adds and if we could add something further to this, this is a “do not try it at home” experience.
Check out the original article here Eight amazing adventures from Australia you don’t have to travel far for http://www.traveller.com.au/8-hardcore-adventures-close-to-home-gqyuev#ixzz4IIBQnzGp