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Kokoda Trail Expeditions

Safe, Affordable & Eco-Friendly Kokoda Trail Treks in Papua New Guinea

There are few places on the planet as lush, beautiful and wild as the jungles of Papua New Guinea. The Kokoda Trail is a true trekking adventure that winds along vine-choked trails, past raging rivers and through rugged and isolated terrain in the footsteps of Australian military history. Join us on a 9 or 10 day trek with a small or a big group of fellow adventurers led by our expert local or Australian historian guides.

We offer a wide variety of treks and tours with options suitable for all ages, interest and activity levels ranging from tours of the beachheads of Buna, Sanananda and Gona to a complete 13 day trek and tour of the entire battle trail from Owers Corner to Kokoda...truly an epic adventure! Visit our Treks and Tours section for detailed descriptions and more information.

Kokoda Trail treks that honour the past while protecting the future

Kokoda Trail

The Kokoda Trail winds through the wild and untamed wilderness that a small group of young, inexperienced and ill-equipped Australian soldiers bravely and valiantly fought to defend against the advance of the Japanese Army during the Kokoda Campaign of World War II. Every Kokoda Trail trek that we lead is in honour of not only these brave soldiers but the local “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” whose support and knowledge was critical for victory. Our treks and tours directly benefit local communities and we operate under strict eco-sensitive trekking guidelines to maintain the environment of this amazing area for future generations. We’re proud partners of the The Kids Cancer Project, supporting kids with cancer, and source our local employees and fresh fruits and vegetables from villages along the trail route. Our expert guides have successfully led celebrities including Russell Crowe, Bridie Carter and Rowan Atkinson on military history treks and client safety is our number one priority. We have an extensive risk management program in place and are a fully insured tour operator registered in both Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Kokoda Trail is more than just a challenging trek through incredible wilderness; it’s literally a walk in history. Discover the incredible natural wilderness of Papua New Guinea and the fascinating history of the Kokoda Trail on a trek with Kokoda Trail Expeditions. Visit our Booking Page now for more information and special pricing on all treks and tours.

Not a Fan of Trekking? Well, There’s Much More to Our Tours than That!

If you are not too wild about the idea of trekking the Kokoda Trail, you can still join us on our tours of Papua New Guinea. Places like Buna, Gona, Sanananda, Rabaul, Tufi and Milne Bay are not just rich in history, but they also offer many other fun activities apart from trekking.

Rabaul                                                                                          

For history-lovers, Rabaul offers attractions including Bitapaka War Cemetery, Karavia Japanese barge tunnels, Montevideo Maru memorial, the volcanic calderas of Matupit and Vulcan, and 2/22nd Battalion memorials. The latter were built in the memory of an Australian Garrison Lark Force and its troops who were overwhelmed and captured in Rabaul by Japanese in WW2. A few of them escaped while others were massacred at Tol Plantation. Another large number of these POWs were drowned when the Montevideo Maru was sunk by US submarines. Today, Rabaul remembers these brave soldiers and preserves their history. Click here to book.

Tufi

If you aren’t interested in trekking or military history, our tours have quite a lot more to offer. Located on the north coast of Papua New Guinea, Tufi is an ideal destination for diving and fishing. Overlooking the Solomon Sea and exquisite tropical creeks and inlets, the area is a paradise for divers and fishermen alike.

For tourists, there's plenty to see and do in Tufi, including scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, traditional outrigger canoe safaris, bird-watching, fishing and village stays. Adding to its charm is its rich cultural heritage and historical background. Tufi is also home to World War II wrecks of PT boats, a Black Jack B17 and Pistoff B25 Mitchell bombers which are open for exploration for avid and experienced divers. Click here to book.

Milne Bay

Located towards the eastern end of Papua New Guinea is the maritime province of Milne Bay where a decisive WW2 battle took place around the same time the Kokoda campaign was underway. The area has a rich marine biodiversity as well as military and cultural history. It was in Milne Bay that Australian and Allied troops first defeated the invading Japanese on land. On visiting Milne Bay, you will learn about its role during the war and get the chance to take part in several other fun activities. You will visit villages and skull caves, and scuba dive and fish sunken barrier reefs stretching many nautical miles along its southern coast. Expect to see Spanish mackerel, yellow-fin tuna, giant trevally, wahoo and barracudas. Click here to book.

So, even if you don’t feel like trekking the beautiful Kokoda Trail, you can still become a part of our tours and have the time of your life in beautiful Papua New Guinea. To book a tour visit our Booking Page
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  1. Take away the hassle of having to pay for your own flights to do Kokoda or visit PNG. We have treks and tours departing from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Let us do all your bookings while you prepare adequately for the adventure of a lifetime. There is still the option of paying for your own flights into PNG if you want to go down that path, however, it makes it much easier for you if we take care of your flights. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 043 848 3789 or 043 704 3255.
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  2. We will be getting more t-shirts soon but in impressive colours for our staff and trekkers doing Kokoda and visiting PNG. The colours are gorgeous and will make you look fantastic and stand out from the rest. We are all excited and can't wait to have them delivered.
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  3. We are pleased to announce the inclusion of return flights for our Kokoda treks and PNG tours departing from Melbourne like we have done for Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney. Our trekkers will now have flights paid for to and from Melbourne so they won't have to worry about arranging their own flights. This is part of our efforts to better our services and allow clients more flexibility to concentrate on preparing for their trek and tour. These treks haven't been included online so clients will have to call, email us for quotes and book offline and pay through internet banking, direct deposit or cheque.
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  4. Our Kokoda treks and PNG  tours that you can book:
    1. 9 Days Kokoda Military History & Eco-Tourism Trek;
    2. 9 Days ANZAC Day Trek
    3. 10 days Kokoda Military History & Eco-Tourism Trek;
    4. 10 Days ANZAC Day Trek;
    5. 10 Days Fuzzy Wuzzy Day Trek;
    6. 13 Days Kokoda Battle Trek & Beachheads Tour;
    7. 6 Days Milne Bay Tour;
    8. 6 Days Tufi Tour;
    9. 6 Days Rabaul Tour;
    10. 6 Days Kokoda, Buna, Gona and Sanananda Tour;
    11. 6 Days ANZAC Day Tour;
    12. 6 Days Fuzzy Wuzzy Day tour; & 
    13. 3 Days Fuzzy Wuzzy Day Tour.

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  5. Adding to our Kokoda Trail treks are our new range of Papua New Guinea tours. These tours are in some of the safest and exotic destinations in PNG namely Milne Bay, Tufi and Rabaul including Kokoda, Buna, Gona and Sanananda. Scuba dive beautiful fjords, coral reefs and World War Two wrecks in Tufi or learn about the Battle of Milne Bay, visit skull caves and fish a network of sunken barriers reefs along the southern coast of the province or visit Rabaul and see remnants of the Japanse occupation of Rabaul and memorials of Australian unit 'Lark Force' who were massacred by the invaders. If not trekking, take a tour of Kokoda, Buna, Gona and Sanananda and visit these battlefields by road and boat.

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  6. 'Trek 4 a Cure' is a charity partnership between Kokoda Trail Expeditiions and The Kids Cancer Project (TKCP) to support childhood cancer research and treatment here in Australia. Three children die every week from cancer and Kokoda Trail Expeditions aims to work with TKCP to lower this frightening statistic. If you want to make your Kokoda trek more meaningful, join a 'Trek 4 a Cure' and help find a cure for childhood cancer and 10% of the land cost will go towards supporting this worthy cause.
    Trek 4 a Cure dates are Sunday 26 January - Monday 03 February 2014 (Australia Day long weekend); Monday 09 June - Tuesday 17 June 2014 (Queens Birthday long weekend); and Tuesday 11 November - Wednesday 19 November 2014 (Remembrance Day long weekend). Extra person and childrens discount (14-18 years) are available.
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  7. We take your safety and security very seriously when you trek and tour with us. We do risk assessments for our treks and tours and advise you of any safety and security concerns. We implement control measures to mitigate any current and impending risks and incorporate that into a safety and security plan which is disseminated for the knowledge of everyone on your trek or tour. We are probably one of the few companies that adhere strictly to itineraries to ensure everyone is together and safe when in PNG. We advise our clients to leave a copy of their itinerary and our contact details with their families, friends and loved ones here in Australia and always get travel insurance so we can all be kept informed and get help easily in the event of an incident. 
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  8. Tufi is one of our common PNG Tours and packages have all inclusions plus domestic airfares (Port Moresby-Tufi return), accommodation and meals at Tufi Resort, village stay,tour transfers, guided tours and outer reef snorkelling or diving plus more. To see itineraries for Tufi tours click here: 6 Days Tufi Tours If you have specific things you'd like to do, contact us and we'll customise a tour for you or your group
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  9. Descison was passed in the Kokoda Tack Authority's Trekking Operators Forum in March 2014 for Saturday's to be a rest day for all trekkers on the Kokoda Track. This is to honour Sabbath Day for all the Seventh Day Adventists; the local landowners and villagers living along the track and we will be including this on all our Kokoda itineraries. This is also a great time to get some rest and spend time with the locals.
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  10. We are getting plenty of enquiries from people about the difference between PNG led and Australian led treks and thought we should put it out there for everyone to know what these treks entail. PNG led treks are led by local PNG guides, and likewise, Australian led treks by Australian guides. Both treks have assistant guides and porters who carry your food, supplies and equipment except for personal porters which is an additional cost. A PNG trek is relatively cheaper, led by experienced local guides from the village of Kagi along the trail, guides have fantastic local knowledge of the place and the war and treks take any number of people from individuals up compared to an Australian trek where the minimum is four. Comparably, PNG guides do not have the same degree of historical information and commemorative services that Australian Guides possess, however, PNG guides are impressive, caring, helpful and relatively knowledgable.
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  11. The South Australian war hero that time forgot - Flying Officer Edward Mobsby honoured 72 years after his death in PNG - read his moving story 

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Multiple itinerary, trek and tour options to match your fitness and interest levels
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Radios, Emergency Satellite Communications & Emergency Evacuation Plans for All treks & tours

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Quality Australian Rations and Hotel Meals & water purification

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Guided Tour of Bomana War Cemetery included in all Treks

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