Pop quiz: which country is Australia's closest neighbour? It's beautiful, but it's not New Zealand.
Nothing quite beats being greeted like a rock star when you're hot, sweaty and covered in dirt while on PNG's main cycling route.
They might be difficult to get to, but if you want to try somewhere different, here are the places to go.
It's a celebration of costume, art, culture - and there's nowhere else like it in the world.
Active volcanoes and old battle sites are just for starters, writes Caroline Gladstone.
You meet nutters of all descriptions when you travel - they have an obsessive look about them.
Ben Groundwater savours another world just four hours or so from home.
It is Kokoda season - the key months when scores make the pilgrimage to PNG.