Drive only 15 min away from Port Moresby to Taurama Barracks and walk to Sero Beach and Pyramid Point, and you will discover green rolling hills and spectacular views.
Bushwalking around Port Moresby
Today we are leaving from the Royal Papua Yacht Club to Taurama Army Barracks, located about 15 min drive away, for a walk to Sero Beach and Pyramid Point.
Starting from Taurama Barracks, the walking path is going all the way uphill. There is a limited shade but luckily it’s not very steep.
We are walking on beautiful green rolling hills, a typical scenery around Port Moresby. It’s hot as most of our walk is in full sun.
The ascent has all of us sweat and gasp for breath but the views are spectacular and we often stop to admire the scenery. Occasional little breeze blowing on top of the ridge provides a welcome respite from the heat.
Soon, we start going downhill from the top of the ridge to Sero Beach, a small beach famous among the kite surfers.
Pyramid Point is clearly visible from the beach, and the climb to its top starts from here, behind a small village with a few houses and sheds.
The ascent to Pyramid Point is hard. Not technically but because of the notorious Port Moresby heat. Some exhausted walkers, including myself, decide not to climb but rather stay on the beach and go for a swim while waiting for the others to come back from Pyramid Point.
How to organise the walk: Taurama Army Barracks, the start of the walk to Sero Beach and Pyramid Point, is located about 15 min drive from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Port Moresby Bushwalkers Group, run by volunteers, organises different walks around Port Moresby every second Sunday. The meeting is at 7.20am (sharp) at the Yacht Club visitors’ car park. There is no membership fee but the PGK20 fee per walk is required to cover the cost of security escort and compensation for landowners.
Timing: The walk is about 7km.
Difficulty: The walk is rated “medium” from Taurama Barracks to Sero Beach (walk is relatively easy but the sun makes it more difficult), and is rated “hard” if you climb to Pyramid Point (optional).
IMPORTANT: Even if you are an experienced hiker, given the scorching sun and extreme heat conditions in Port Moresby, some acclimatisation prior to undertaking the walk is definitely a good idea. Bring sunscreen, snacks and a minimum of 2-3L of water (heavy to carry but you will be glad you did).