10 Days
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
February- November


Join this popular family Kokoda slow trek to bond and enjoy a challenge only a few fit families get to do.

This is a tour that’s worth the money because you’ll give your children experiences they’ll remember down the track. We always ensure we keep you safe and have taken families with kids as young as 10 with the help of our fit and friendly porters. Trek at the pace of the whole family, learn about the history of the track, enjoy and soak up breathtaking surroundings, and meet people along the way. Tour sites where ferocious battles were fought between Kokoda and Owers’ Corner, which claimed the lives of many Australians which we’ll tell you about. Visit defensive positions scattered along the track with weapon pits, trenches, munitions, and war relics, a befitting reminder of the ferociousness of the fighting between Australians and the Japanese in WW2. Camp in beautiful villages inhabited by lovely locals, many descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, native war carriers who are renowned for helping to evacuate sick and wounded Australian soldiers during the Kokoda Campaign. Experience the challenge of one of the toughest treks in the world through the rugged and pristine tropical jungles of PNG before finishing at Bomana War Cemetery where you get to pay your respects at the graves of many of those who served along the Kokoda Track.

DESTINATION Kokoda – Owers’ Corner
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TOUR TYPE Adventure
TOUR LEADER Australian
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 and experienced Australian tour leader
  • Knowledgeable PNG tour guide
  • Battle site and areas of military significance tours and commentaries
  • 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 post-trek (Port Moresby – Kokoda / Port Moresby – Popondetta)
  • Road transport (Popondetta – Kokoda and 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
  • Daily social media updates and images
  • 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
  • Backpack Hire – hire a backpack from us instead of bringing your own.
  • 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

Day 1: Kokoda – Hoi (2–3 hours)


This is the day we’ve all been waiting for. Today, we check out of our hotel at either the Holiday Inn Express or Holiday Inn and travel by bus to the Port Moresby airport domestic terminal where we board our flight to Popondetta. At Popondetta’s Girua Airport, we board our waiting vehicle for the adventurous trip by sealed and dirt road to Kokoda to begin our long-awaited trek with the whole family. Fierce fighting took place at Kokoda in the early stages of the campaign beginning in July 1942 between Australian and Japanese forces during which time commanders from both sides were killed, more notably Australian Lieutenant Colonel William Owen. After meeting our guide and porters, we trek to our first campsite at Hoi village.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 2: Hoi – Con’s Rock (5-6 hours)

Today’s trek will be challenging and a test of nerves as we take the continuous climb to our next campsite at Con’s Rock for the first time. We trek past Deniki which the Australians held briefly during the battles at Kokoda, Isurava village, and Isurava battlefield, before getting into our campsite. Isurava is where the retreating Australians took a defensive stand to prevent the advancing Japanese from penetrating the Owen Stanley Range towards Port Moresby. This is where military’s highest honour, the Victoria Cross was awarded to Private Bruce Kingsbury, for bravery and gallantry in battle. Con’s Rock is an outcrop of rocks where Australian medical orderly Constantine Vaviopulous treated Australian soldiers and is believed to have performed an amputation on one of the flat rocks.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3: Con’s Rock – Templeton’s Crossing (7-8 hours)

Today we set off after breakfast and head further up to our next campsite at Templeton’s Crossing which sits astride the raging Eora Creek. Don’t let the beauty of the place deceive you. Templeton’s Crossing and Eora Creek area was the scene of even more bitter fighting as the Australians withdrew rapidly along the trail after the battle of Isurava at the start of the campaign, and when the Japanese were being driven back to their beachhead fortresses of Buna and Gona on the northern coastline late in the campaign.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: Templeton’s Crossing – 1900 Campsite (4-5 hours)

Today is a short trek to 1900 campsite taking us passed the highest point on the trail, Mt Bellamy, 2190 metres above sea level. It’s one of the steepest climbs on the trek which takes us past Kokoda Gap where we take a breather and absorb the unbelievable views and thick cloud cover if on a wet day that you would only see when flying over the ranges. This section of trail is wet and soggy engulfed by towering pandanus and thick tropical rainforest trees. Once in camp and everyone’s gotten a rest, we take a short hike to explore Myola, a great expanse of flat dry lake bed high up in the mountains used by the Australians for aerial supply drops at the height of the campaign. This area claimed a lot of aircrafts including a light civilian plane, a US Army P-40 fighter plane, and a bomber which was only discovered in 1997 and bodies of its crew recovered and flown back to the USA. This tells us how harsh of the environment is, and the unpredictable weather conditions, making it very perilous for war fighters.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: 1900 Campsite – Kagi (3-4 hours)

Today is another short but rather fantastic trek to Kagi village. We head up to the Myola trek junction then head right down along the wartime track to Kagi, instead of the eco trek turning left to Naduri. You’ll know why this section of the trail is great when you suddenly emerge from the jungle. You’ll be met by incredible and panoramic views of the great expanse of rolling blue mountains to the south – it’s so breathtaking you’ll be blown away. After taking in the views, we continue the trek down to Kagi village where we receive a hero’s Fuzzy Wuzzy welcome from lovely locals, many descendants of the legendary war carriers who captured the admiration of Aussie diggers so get your cameras, presents and tips ready.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Kagi – Menari (6 – 7 hours)

After spending the night at Kagi and being showered with flower leis and gifts, we head to Efogi 2 where the memorial of “The Bone Man of Kokoda” Private Nishimura is located. Nishimura made a promise to his comrades and returned after the war to retrieve their remains. From Efogi 2 we head over to Efogi 1 next to an airstrip then pass Mission Ridge and on to Brigade Hill. Also known as Butchers Hill, the area was where the Australians made another major stand against the Japanese. We inspect the battle site where the besieged Australians fought desperately to hold the advancing Japanese as far north of Port Moresby as possible. Many lives were lost here, and those who made it out were forced to spend many days in the bush with the wounded before joining units in the rear. From Brigade Hill, we continue the trek to picturesque Menari where we get a nice cold wash in the beautiful mountain streams before resting our tired bodies.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Today we leave Menari which has seen its share of the campaign but more commonly as the site where the famous photograph by Damien Parer was taken of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner, DSO, MC, addressing his wounded and ragged bloody heroes of the 39th Battalion after bitter fighting at Isurava and along the trail. From here we scale “The Wall” which has great views of the mountain ranges to the south including the highest mountain Mt Victoria, and head down to the flats of Nauro and up to our campsite at Nauro village, after passing through Augulogo campsite, crossing Brown River and trekking through swampland. The flat was used briefly by the Australians for supply drops.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 8: Nauro – Ofi Creek (5-6 hours)

From Nauro, we head on to Maguli Range whose peaks have some of the most breathtaking views of the Owen Stanley Range, whether it’s on a clear sunny day or misty rainy day, you’ll be blown away. After taking some rest, we meander our way up, down and along its ridgelines, slopes and valleys before getting into camp at Ofi Creek. During the walk, we trek past an engineer’s camp, a Japanese camp, also known as Japanese ladder which had had ladders carved into the ground, and a Japanese artillery position which covered Japanese attacks against Australians positions on Ioribaiwa located just further south.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Ofi Creek – Goodwater (6-7 hours)

Today we begin our trek to Ioribaiwa ridge, learn about the battles from our guide then continue on down to Ioribaiwa village, along Ua-Ule Creek, then up to Imita Ridge before heading down to our campsite at Goodwater. Ioribaiwa is the site of yet another major battle during the Kokoda Campaign. Ioribaiwa is where the Japanese stopped in their advance after running thin and low on food and supplies. Despite seeing the lights of Port Moresby and being jubilant to be closer to their objective, the Japanese were ordered by their HQ in Tokyo to retreat back to the northern beachheads. Imita Ridge is where the Australians made a do-or-die stand to counter the Japanese advance after receiving more reinforcements and support only to learn of their retreat so immediately going on the advance to push them back.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Goodwater – Owers’ Corner (2-3 hours)

Today’s our last day on the trek. We leave Goodwater after breakfast and trek to the finish at Owers’ Corner. We go past Dump 66, an Australian supply dump, the abandoned Uberi village and Goldie River. From Goldie, it’s one last big climb to the finish after 10 days and nine nights trekking the Kokoda Track. From here, we board our vehicle t for the road trip back to our hotel in Port Moresby via McDonald’s Corner and Bomana War Cemetery, the resting place of over 2000 servicemen mainly those killed in the Kokoda and Papuan campaigns. Back at the hotel we relax, get on the internet and take the optional tour of Port Moresby Nature with the help of our tour leader.  This is our last night in PNG as we’re leaving the country the next day.

Meals: Breakfast

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