Kokoda Track The Kokoda Track is a 96-kilometre trek that crisscrosses the rugged Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. It was used as a mail route prior to WW2. The Australian army fought a series of ferocious battles along it to stop the Japanese from capturing Port Moresby and invading Australia, even though the latter seemed unlikely at the time. Hundreds of Australians were killed and wounded during the four-month struggle from July – November 1942, but Japanese casualties were even greater. You can trek with your family, tour battle sites, be challenged through precipitous slopes, scale razorback ridges. Stay in beautiful villages belonging to descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, native war carriers who helped with the Australian war effort in WW2. One of the families that took on the challenge was the Baker family from Australia Preparing and managing expectations We receive an online enquiry on 21st March 2015 from Robert Baker who is planning a trek for two families from Kokoda - Owers’ Corner. And we get another email from him on 16th of April informing us that only four people are doing the trek and the rest have dropped out (it’s not unusual considering Kokoda isn’t for the faint-hearted). But it's encouraging news knowing they're all from Robert’s family – Robert himself, wife Kristy, and twin children Olivia and Harry – a real courageous bunch. Olivia and Harry are only 10, and the youngest to be doing Kokoda with us (and still hold the record to this day). Kokoda is remote and isolated so it's very important to be self-sufficient. We get to work immediately after getting confirmation from Robert. We make sure trek permits are paid for, flights are booked, vehicles are arranged, accommodation is sorted, porters are organised, and there are enough food
Kokoda Track The Kokoda Track is a 96-kilometre trek that crisscrosses the rugged Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. It was used as a mail route prior to WW2.
The flight into Tufi We've come off our Kokoda trek in the last 24-hours and are continuing on to Tufi for some diving and relaxation. Our trekkers are over the moon because it's their first time to be visiting one of Papua New Guinea’s scuba diving and fishing gems. It’s 22nd July 2015 and the flight from Popondetta’s Girua Airport is just minutes from touch down. They are wiggling in their seats just to catch a better glimpse of the breathtaking aerial views. And they can't wait for their first dive of the turquoise waters and coral reefs below. The PNG pilots show extreme discipline and focus, the touch down on the local strip is as smooth as silk. After disembarking, we are met by an employee from the boutique Tufi Resort who shows us to our accommodation which will be our home away from home. After checking-in and welcome drinks, we head straight for the resort balcony to catch a glimpse of the majestic Tufi fjords. Tufi basin is the only place in PNG with fjord lands which are huge networks of narrow inlets carved by what scientists believe to have been retreating glaciers from the world’s Last Ice Age. The touristy hub It’s obvious with the influx of tourists streaming in and out of the area that Tufi has come of age. Tufi in earlier years hasn’t experienced anything of this magnitude. Business is booming in Tufi due to tourism. The former commercial fishing hub back in the 80’s has been transformed into a sought-after destination for tourists from around the globe - mainly Australia, the Americas, Europe and Asia - wanting a piece of Tufi's scuba diving, fishing, snorkelling and cultural experience. Small and medium enterprises are ripping the rewards from the local tourism trade. Its airstrip is
The flight into Tufi We’ve come off our Kokoda trek in the last 24-hours and are continuing on to Tufi for some diving and relaxation. Our trekkers are over the
Buna, Sanananda and Gona We commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign in 2017. While we value its significance, there was very little focus on the battles of Buna, Sanananda and Gona. Many Allied soldiers fought there in a bloodbath against stubborn Japanese defenders from November 1942 - January 1943, and Australia casualties totalled over 3000 troops at the end of all the fighting. Visiting the beachheads You may plan to visit Buna, Sanananda and Gona one day to see where the battles were fought or to trace the path of a loved one. And we'll get you to see all three locations unless you have a reason to tour one area. You'll get to the beachheads in a 4WD or by banana boat from Gona or Oro Bay. We cannot access all the villages by vehicle because the roads have deteriorated over the years and are almost impassable. Some sections are waterlogged and churned into a morass that can go up to waist height from constant use by vehicles. When you get there, you'll be accommodated in a beautiful village guesthouse. First Japanese landings The Japanese first landed at Gona on 21st July 1942. Terrified locals witnessed the arrival of great transports escorted by warships. Thousands of troops disembarked with their equipment and began advancing inland. Three Anglican Church missionaries at Gona namely Reverend James Benson, nurse May Hayman and teacher Mavis Parkinson fled to safety. They met up with soldiers of the Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB) and a downed American pilot but the group was later captured and killed by the invaders. The Reverend was said to have been found alive three years later. He kept a secret diary which tells of their ordeal at the hands of the Japanese. After Gona is the village of Sanananda.
Buna, Sanananda and Gona We commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign in 2017. While we value its significance, there was very little focus on the battles of Buna,