Wau (Papua New Guinea)

Wau is a city in the Morobe province of Papua New Guinea.


Wau is at an altitude of around 1,100m. Together with nearby Bulolo, it was the site of a Gold Rush during the 1920s and 1930s. During WW2, the Battle of Wau, in January 1943, was where the Australian Army stopped an advance by the Japanese. While most of the gold has been extracted, industrial gold mining continues at two locations and locals continue to pan for gold.

Get in

Wau is connected by road to Papua New Guinea's second largest city, Lae.

There are three flights a week from the capital Port Moresby to neighbouring Bulolo on Airlines PNG.



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