Papuan Peninsula

Coordinates: 8°50′S 147°30′E / 8.833°S 147.500°E / -8.833; 147.500

Papuan Peninsula
Bird's Tail Peninsula
Country Papua New Guinea
Provinces Milne Bay Province, Oro Province, Central Province,
National Capital District;
parts of Morobe Province and Gulf Province,
Cities Port Moresby, Popondetta, Alotau
Highest point Mount Victoria
 - location Owen Stanley Range
 - elevation 4,038 m (13,248 ft)

The Papuan Peninsula, also known as the Bird's Tail Peninsula (see Bird's Head Peninsula),[1] is a large peninsula in Papua New Guinea, southeast of the city of Lae, that makes up the southeastern portion of the island of New Guinea. The peninsula is the easternmost extent of the New Guinea Highlands and consists largely of the Owen Stanley Range, with peaks such as Mount Victoria (4,038 m) and Mount Suckling (3,676 m). On the south coast is Port Moresby, the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea.


  1. Palmer, Bill (2017-12-04). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. p. 4. ISBN 9783110295252.
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