Lae is the capital city of the Morobe Province which is the gateway to the Highlands and islands in the Heon Gulf. The beautiful region contains century old rainforests, pine trees, the remnants of WW2 artillery, volcanoes as well as fertile valleys and cattle farms.
Lae boasts an international airport, good harbour facilities and the longest road system in the country.
The Morobe Province offers spectacular sightseeing, a wonderland of flora and fauna and numerous walking tracks. It is the second largest city in Papua New Guinea, despite being a tiny mission station prior to the 1920's golf rush at Wau, it has been transformed into a major port and industrial centre.
Lae was a strategic base for the Japanese during World War II.
Lae Port plays an essential role in the social and economic development of Papua New Guinea.
It handles more than 60% of the total international and coastal trades registered in the 16 major ports operated by PNG Port Corp Ltd. It generates 50% of PPCL’s total revenue and serves as the gateway linking the world market through the city of Lae.
The main Lae wharf is one of the biggest and busiest apart from Port Moresby and with easy access to the international shipping lines, combined with the good all weather road network, Lae is the gateway to the most densely populated Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea. The Sepik provinces including Madang and the islands Provinces of New Britain and New Ireland including Manus and Bougainville are efficiently serviced out of Lae.