10 Days
Leisurely, Tough
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea


If Bert Beros did dedicate a poem to honor the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels during the Kokoda Campaign in WW2,

If Bert Beros did dedicate a poem to honor the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels during the Kokoda Campaign in WW2, then these special group of native war carriers certainly did so much for Australians to deserve his praise. Join this trek and pay your gratitude like Bert did. Hear about the Kokoda Campaign, and the services of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy who played a significant part in helping Australians fight the Japanese, by keeping the supply lines open and saving many lives. Spend the first day at Kokoda for the Fuzzy Wuzzy Day commemorations, before trekking from Kokoda in north to Owers’ Corner in the south. We’ll tell you more about their role in moving supplies, including the sick and wounded, usually in very woeful conditions. Tour battle sites from Kokoda to Imita Ridge and enjoy the challenge of walking one of the most rugged, picturesque, and breathtaking tropical terrains in the world. Finish off in Port Moresby with a combined dinner with your porters who continue to maintain the legacy of their forefathers by helping present day Australians like yourself along the Kokoda Track.

DESTINATION Kokoda – Owers’ Corner
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TOUR TYPE Remembrance
TOUR LEADER Papua New Guinean
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT Refer to Trip Essentials under Plan Your Trip

What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority
  • Bilingual PNG tour leader
  • Experienced PNG tour guide
  • Battle site and areas of military significance tours and commentaries
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Day commemorations at Kokoda.
  • Tribal welcome by descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
  • Safety and security plan
  • Daily safety and administrative briefs
  • Medevac plan
  • Kokoda trek fitness plan
  • Pre-tour health and medical check plan
  • Satellite, mobile and radio communications
  • First aid support (trained attendant and complete kit)
  • Staff Reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby
  • Transit hotel accommodation and breakfast in Port Moresby (Holiday Inn Express /Holiday Inn)
  • Charter /domestic flight pre-trek (Port Moresby – Kokoda / Port Moresby – Popondetta)
  • Road transport to drop-off and pickup points (Popondetta – Kokoda/Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby)
  • Buddy system for trek safety (porter per trekker)
  • River crossing and counter obstacle procedures
  • Survival and obstacle breaching equipment
  • Guesthouse and campsite landowner fees
  • Village guesthouse accommodation and campsites (tent carried by porter)
  • Food and equipment porters
  • Wage, flights, hotel accommodation, meals and transport for guide.
  • Trek rations and camping supplies
  • Cooking and meal preparation
  • Delicious and nutritious local and western-style meals
  • Water resupply plan and procedure
  • Daily situational trek updates
  • Free souvenir Kokoda t-shirt and cap

What’s Not Included

  • Dinner at hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Baggage cost
  • Spending money
  • Local museum fees

Travel Prerequisites

  • Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
  • Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary. If you’ve included flights with your booking, we’ll handle this for you.
  • Passport – have a valid passport; if not contact your local passport office for assistance.
  • Visa – PNG has visa on arrival for Australian tourists but you can apply here in Australian by lodging your application in person or by registered mail with the PNG consular offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.
  • Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C plan otherwise go with a travel insurer who can cover you on the Kokoda Track and in PNG.
  • Medical – see your GP or family doctor to be deemed medically fit to complete the Kokoda Track and be protected against Malaria and other tropical illnesses.
  • Fitness – you must be physically fit and in good health to do Kokoda. This doesn’t apply to non-trekking tours.
  • Diet – inform us if you have specific dietary requirements, for instance if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
  • Travel – email us copies of your travel documents i.e. passport (only front page that has your photo ID and pers details), completed medical form, travel insurance, and travel itinerary.

You can Contact Us if you need assistance.

Optional extras

  • International flights – to and from Moresby ex Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
  • Personal Porter – highly recommended for all Kokoda treks if you’re not super fit
  • Accommodation – supplement for an extra night at the hotel in Port Moresby pre-tour or post tour
  • Photos – capture your tour moments with photographs
  • Videos – capture your tour moments on a video
  • Photos & videos – capture your tour moments with photos and a video

Day 1:Port Moresby - Kokoda (approx. 6 hours)


After a night at the hotel in Port Moresby, we travel to the airport and catch our flight to Popondetta. We are met by our vehicle on arrival and travel by road to Kokoda to attend the Fuzzy Wuzzy Day and begin our trek. The drive takes us past the battle sites, and now villages of Wairopi, which spans the famous Kumusi River, Gorari and Oivi. If we’re flying into Kokoda, its short walk from the airstrip to the infamous plateau. Kokoda is the site of the First Battle of Kokoda, and the Second Battle of Kokoda. Kokoda was strategically important for the Allies, because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. At Kokoda, we tour the battle site, memorials, and museum, before setting up camp with the help of our porters. We spend the day sightseeing around Kokoda, preparing for commemorative celebrations the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 2: Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Day at Kokoda (whole day)

Attend the Fuzzy Wuzzy Day at Kokoda

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3: Kokoda – Deniki (approx. 3.5 hours)

Today, we begin our trek at Kokoda and make the journey along the trail to our first campsite at Deniki, a battle site located on a blunt nosed spur with breathtaking views of Kokoda and the Yodda Valley. The trek takes us past the villages of Kovelo and Hoi. The Battle of Deniki was a relatively short battle following the battles of Kokoda before Australians withdrew to Isurava. We tour the battle site before setting up camp, enjoying scenic views from our campsite, relaxing, having dinner and resting for the night

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: Deniki – Con’s Rock (approx. 5 hours)

After breakfast, we set-off and trek to our second campsite at Con’s Rock. Our first stop is Isurava battlefield after trekking past postwar Isurava village. The Battle of Isurava was the site of the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. We take a guided tour of the famous battle site, visit the local museum, and take pictures of the famous granite pillars – etched with the words courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice – that serve as a memorial to the battles fallen. The battlefield is the site where Private Bruce Kingsbury of the 2/14 Battalion, AIF, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery, the first soldier to do so on Australian soil, and PNG was at the time. Private Kingsbury was later killed in action by an enemy sniper. After the tour, we continue to Con’s Rock where we setup camp for the night. Con’s Rock is a flat rock, used by Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous as an operating table to conduct an amputation on a digger. The rock is located near the memorial plaque of Lieutenant Harold “Butch” Bisset, who was seriously wounded during the Battle of Isurava, before dying in the hands of his brother Captain Stan Bisset. We tour the rock before settling in camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: Con’s Rock - Templeton's Crossing (approx. 8.5 hours)

Today, our destination is Templeton’s Crossing. After breakfast, we trek to Alola village with its breathtaking views of Eora Gorge. Alola village was the location of Maroubra Force headquarters during fighting at Isurava and Abuari, the Australian infantry unit that was responsible for fighting along the Kokoda Trail. Abuari is located on the ridgeline to the east on the opposite side of the Eora gorge. After Alola, we continue along the trail before taking a detour to tour a Japanese defensive position on Eora Ridge. The position was heavily defended by the Japanese during the Australian Fighting Withdrawal, and Battle of Eora Creek. The site is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has commanding views of Eora Creek on the southern side. From there, we continue where we stop for a tour on the Battle of Eora Creek. Eora Creek was the site of tragic and chaotic fighting during the Australian withdrawal early in the campaign as they fought to delay the advancing Japanese while moving along the trail with their wounded following the battles of Isurava and Abuari. After Eora, we trek to Templeton’s Crossing, the site of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance later in the campaign. We tour the battle site before having a bath in the icy-cold Eora Creek and camping. Templeton’s Crossing is named after Captain Sam Templeton, Officer Commanding of B Company of the 39th Battalion, AMF, a veteran of World War I, and fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Templeton's Crossing - Kagi (approx. 7 hours)

Today, we leave Templeton’s Crossing after breakfast and head to our next campsite at Kagi village. The trek takes us past Dump1, the second crossing of the Eora Creek, where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal. From the dump, we trek up precipitous muddy slopes to Kokoda Gap (also known as the “Gap) which rises above the blanket of clouds over the mountain ranges on a cloudy day, and Mt Bellamy, the highest point on the trail at 2190 m above sea level, before passing 1900 Campsite and Myola Track Junction. The section of the trail between the Gap and the junction is mossy and heavily wooded with giant trees and huge pandanus. It was along this section of the trail that the advancing Australians encountered their first resistance from the retreating Japanese later in the campaign. After the junction, we head down to Kagi Gap with panoramic views of Brigade Hill, Kagi, and Naduri villages, and on to Kagi. No fighting took place at Kagi because of the open terrain, but it was used a dropping zone for supplies, and was the site of the first air strike against the advancing Japanese. We enter the village to a rousing Fuzzy Wuzzy welcome from lovely locals with their war cries and charming village choir.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7: Kagi - Menari (approx. 7.5 hours)

After a night with the locals at Kagi, we set off destined for Menari village. The trek takes us past Kagi airstrip and down the precipitous slopes where hordes of Japanese with lanterns were seen by the Australians defending Mission Ridge further south. This was the famous Japanese Lantern Parade. We cross Efogi River and trek past Efogi 1 and 2 villages, before climbing past Mission Ridge to Brigade Hill. The Battle of Brigade Hill was an unmitigated catastrophe and worst disaster faced by the Australians in the entire Kokoda Campaign. Despite courageous efforts to delay the advancing Japanese, it was a battle that resulted in defeat. The Australians were forced to withdraw further along the trail. We tour of the battle site then continue to Menari where some of the Australians retreated before immediately vacating the village for Nauro. Many troops passed through Menari like “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, AMF, caught on camera by cinematographer Damien Parer, being commended by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner, on parade in the village after weeks of fighting at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava, and Eora Creek.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 8: Menari - Nauro (approx. 5 hours)

After breakfast, we leave Menari and trek to Nauro village. The trek takes us past the steep slopes of “The Wall”, before heading past Augulogo village. After Augulogo, we trek along the bank of Nauro River before crossing the river with the help of our porters. After crossing, we continue along the only swampy flats located along the Kokoda Trail before reaching our campsite. Wartime Nauro village was located in the vicinity of the river before it was relocated due to dampness and mosquitoes. Withdrawing Australian composite units, formed due to their reduced numbers from heavy fighting along the trail, continued the climb up the range from Nauro, found a defensive position, and camped before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese. Nauro village is located on a spur with its prominent red clayey soil with a splendid vista of the Owen Stanley’s.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 9: Nauro - Ioribaiwa (approx. 5.5 hours)

After breakfast, we leave Nauro and continue the trek to Ioribaiwa. A quick survey of the perimeter at rest stops will reveal Australian weapon pits from fighting along the range. The trek past Japanese Camp, Japanese Ladder, cut by Japanese troops into the clayey soil, and Station 88, a probable site of a wartime carrier camp set in a clear and noticeably large kunai grassy patch used sometimes as a helicopter-landing pad. Another half hour takes us into Ofi Creek. Many sites were chosen by the Australians as suitable ambush positions and Ofi Creek was one of them. From Ofi, we head up to Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance, which brought them within sight of their objective, Port Port Moresby. It is the location of wartime Ioribaiwa village, and the site of the Battle of Ioribaiwa, a final defensive battle fought by the Australians during the campaign. We tour the battle site then trek to our campsite at Ioribaiwa village.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 10: Ioribaiwa – Owers’ Corner (approx. 8 hours)

Today is our last day on the trail. We leave Ioribaiwa and trek to the finish at Owers’ Corner. From the village, we head down steep slopes to Ua-Ule Creek, which we cross back and forth around a dozen times. We continue past Ua-Ule, the site of Dump 44 supply dump which was relocated to Dump 66 near Goodwater campsite after the Japanese occupation of Ioribaiwa, and trek up to Imita Ridge. At the top of the ridge, we tour the site which the Australians defended after withdrawing along the trail, before going on the advance against the Japanese who stopped on the opposite ridge at Ioribaiwa. After Imita, we trek down the famous Golden Stairs built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of the ridge easier, to Goodwater where the poem “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” by Sapper Bert Beros was said to have been written. We hear the poem at the location before trekking past Dump 66, the abandoned Uberi village, and Goldie River. We cross Goldie River with the help of our porters before making the last and final climb to the finish at Owers’ Corner. At the finish, we are ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters before travelling by road back to Port Moresby. Enroute, we tour Mcdonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in World War II, and Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery in the Pacific. Tonight is our last night in PNG before leaving the next day.

Meals: Breakfast

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