10 Days
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
April – May


Attend the emotional and solemn ANZAC Day dawn service at Bomana War Cemetery

at the start before undertaking the 96 km pilgrimage trek from Owers’ Corner in the south to Kokoda. Learn about the events of the battles at your convenience as you make your way along the rugged native thoroughfare in the footsteps of Australian military during the Kokoda Campaign. Be led by our Australian tour leader, formerly of the Australian Regular Army who’ll put the whole campaign into perspective for you, and what it means to be walking it in honour of those soldiers who fought and pay the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Hear about its military history and individual stories of courage, endurance, and mateship, and sacrifice. Tour the battle sites of Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa, Maguli Range, Brigade Hill, Myola 1 and 2, Templeton’s Crossing, Eora Creek, Abuari, Isurava, Deniki, and Kokoda, still covered with weapon pits, trenches, ordnance, and war relics, still bearing the scars of the bitter fighting between the Australians and Japanese in WW2. Spend time with lovely locals who welcome you through their villages, and who continue to maintain the mateship forged between Australians and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, native war carriers and stretcher bearers who helped with the evacuation of sick and wounded diggers during the six-month struggle in the mountains of the Owen Stanley’s. Stay in campsites surrounded by thick jungle and gigantic mountains while you enjoy and commemorate ANZAC Day in a more realistic sense by visiting WW2 battles sites and memorials in remembrance of all those who died fighting for their country.

DESTINATION Owers’ Corner – Kokoda
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TOUR TYPE Pilgramage
TOUR LEADER Australian
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)

What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority
  • Bilingual and experienced Australian tour leader
  • Experienced PNG tour guide
  • Post trek ANZAC Day dawn service at Bomana War Cemetery
  • 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 in Port Moresby (Holiday Inn Express /Holiday Inn)
  • Transit hotel buffet dinner and breakfast
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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.

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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

Day 1: Owers’ Corner – Goodwater (2-3 hours)


Today is ANZAC Day so we leave our hotel very early for the trip by bus to Bomana War Cemetery for the dawn service. After the solemn service and a tour of the cemetery, we travel by road along the Sir Hubert Murray Highway to Owers’ Corner to begin our trek. Enroute, we stop for a tour McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in World War II. Today will a short trek to Goodwater campsite to get us to acclimatise and get our body accustomed to the physical demands of the trek before continuing in earnest the next day. From Owers’ Corner, we trek down the section of the trail cut into the steep slopes by Australian engineers and used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. We cross the usually notorious Goldie River at the foot of the first descent before trekking past the abandoned Uberi village, the site of a field dressing station, and Dump 66, a supply dump established after Dump 44 near Ua-Ule was vacated following the Japanese occupation of Ioribawa. We arrive at Goodwater campsite in plenty of time to re-adjust our equipment and prepare ourselves for another 9 more days of a hard slog along the Kokoda Trail. We finish the day off with a nice dinner before getting some rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 2: Goodwater – Ofi Creek (4 -5.5 hours)

Today our destination is Ofi Creek. After spending our first night at Goodwater, we trek up the famous Golden Stairs, built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of Imita Ridge easier. 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 precipitous slopes to Ua-Ule Creek, the site of Dump 44 which was abandoned and moved to Dump 66, which we cross back and forth around a dozen times before another challenging climb to Ioribaiwa village. We stop briefly for a rest at the village with its panoramic views of Imita Ridge and surrounding mountains, before continuing to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance which brought them within sight of their objective, Port Moresby. The ridge 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. After a guided tour, we trek past fighting pits to our campsite at Ofi Creek, in time for a nice cool bath in the creek, a good meal, and some rest after the hard slog. Many places along the trail offered ideal sites for ambushes for the Australians and Ofi Creek was one of them.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3: Ofi Creek - Nauro (5-5.5 hours)

After breakfast, we leave Ofi Creek and head up to Maguli Range, destined for our campsite at Nauro village. The trek takes us past Station 88, a probable site of a wartime carrier camp set in a clear and prominent large kunai grassy patch used sometimes as a helicopter-landing pad, Japanese Ladder, steps dug by Japanese soldiers into the clayey soil, and Japanese Camp. We continue the trek to the peak of Maguli Range and Nauro lookout, where we enjoy breathtaking views of Nauro and the towering mountain ranges of Owen Stanley’s before continuing into camp. At rest stops in cleared areas, a quick survey of the perimeter will reveal Australian weapon pits from fighting along the range. Withdrawing Australians found a defensive position along the range before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese. The current Nauro village was relocated here after wartime village in the swampy valley to the north was abandoned due to dampness and mosquitoes.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: Nauro - Menari (5-6 hours)

Our destination today is the village of Menari where we’ll camp for the night. Its day 4 and we leave Nauro after breakfast and trek down and along the only swampy flats located along the Kokoda Trail before crossing Nauro River with the help of our porters. After the crossing, we head along the bank of the river to Augulogo village, before taking the steep climb up “The Wall,” which takes us up to a beautiful lookout where we enjoy scenic views of Nauro and the mountain ranges to the south. After the lookout, we continue and trek up to Menari Gap, before heading down and on to our campsite at Menari. Many Australian troops passed through Menari and one that’s more notable is “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, AMF, caught on camera by cinematographer Damien Parer, as they were being commended on parade by their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner, in the village following weeks of intense fighting at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava and Eora Creek. The village is situated next to a big creek so the afternoon is taken up with either a bath, sightseeing, or a rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: Menari - Kagi (7-8 hours)

After a night at beautiful Menari, trek past the past the airstrip, and cross Vaibuagi River, before making the unrelenting climb to Brigade Hill. Our destination is Kagi village, our campsite. At the top, we tour the battle site, say prayers, and lay poppies for those who served during the Kokoda Campaign. 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, forcing the Australians to retreat to Menari. After the tour, we continue past Mission Ridge, from where the Australians defending its razor-sharp ridges saw hordes of Japanese troops with lanterns coming down the precipitous slopes of Kagi to our north. This was the famous “Japanese Lantern Parade.” The trek takes us past to Efogi 1 and 2 villages before crossing Efogi River and making the climb to our campsite at Menari. No fighting took place at Kagi because of the open terrain but it was used as a dropping zone for supplies and was the site of the first air strike against the advancing Japanese. On arrival, we greeted by a rousing Fuzzy Wuzzy welcome from lovely locals with their war cries and charming village choir. In camp we have something to eat before enjoying the villlage’s surrounding and scenic views of the mountain ranges to the north and south.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Kagi – Myola (7-8 hours)

Today, it’s a short trek to Bombers Camp in the vicinity of Myola where we’ll spend the night. After an excellent time with the lovely locals at Kagi, we leave and we trek up to Kagi Gap, which provides a beautiful vista of Brigade Hill, Kagi and Naduri villages. After the lookout, the trek takes us to Myola turn-off which take us to our campsite for tonight. After settling in camp, we hike to tour Myola 1 and Myola 2, supply dropping zones for the Australians during the Kokoda Campaign. On the tour, we view the open and panoramic kunai grass plains that extend for kilometres used by the military’s C-47 aircrafts known as “biscuit bombers” for supply drops which alleviated loads carried by the natives during the Kokoda Campaign, including old war relics mainly aircraft wrecks and ordnance. Many Australian units camped at Myola during the fighting withdrawal early in the campaign. After the tour, we return camp at for some tea while we mingle and relax in camp before dinner is prepared by our lovely porters who are great cooks.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7: Myola – Templeton’s Crossing (7-8 hours)

After a night at the usually cold and wet Myola, we leave and head to Templeton’s Crossing, our next campsite. We head back on to the main trail and trek past 1900 Campsite before taking the climb to Mt Bellamy, the highest point on the Kokoda Trail at 2190 m above sea level, and on to Kokoda Gap (also known as the “Gap.”) which rises above the blanket of clouds over the mountain ranges on a cloudy day. The area between Myola turn-off and the Gap 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. From the Gap, we trek down the precipitous muddy drop to Dump 1, the first crossing of the Eora Creek, where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal. From Dump 1, we trek to our campsite at Templeton’s Crossing, the site of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance later in the campaign. We tour of the battle site before setting up camp. 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 a fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia. Templeton went missing during delaying actions near Oivi.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 8: Templeton’s Crossing – Alola (2-3 hours)

Today, our destination is Alola. After breakfast, we trek to Eora Creek where we stop briefly for a guided tour on the Battle of Eora Creek. Eora 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 south along the trail with their wounded following the battles of Isurava and Abuari. After Eora, we continue along the trail before taking a detour on to Eora Ridge to tour a Japanese defensive position which was heavily defended 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. After the tour, we trek to our campsite at Alola 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 9: Alola - Deniki (3-4 hours)

After Alola, our next destination is Deniki. After breakfast, we trek to Con’s Rock where we stop briefly for a tour. Con’s Rock is a flat rock used by Australian medical orderly, Constantine Vafiopulous as an operating table by to conduct an amputation on a digger. The rock is located next to 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. After Con’s Rock, we trek to Isurava Battlefield. The Battle of Isurava was the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians early in the campaign. We 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 Isurava, we trek to postwar Isurava village and onto Deniki. The Battle of Deniki was a relatively short battle between the Australians and Japanese following the battles of Kokoda before Australians withdrew to Isurava. We tour the battle site before setting up camp and enjoying breathtaking views of the Yodda Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 10: Deniki - Kokoda (3-4 hours)

This is our last day on the trek and this is the day we’ve all been waiting for. After breakfast, we leave Deniki and take the climb past Hoi and Kovelo villages, and to the finish at Kokoda, where we are urshered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters for completing the toughest challenge of our lives. Kokoda is the site of First Battle of Kokoda, and Second Battle of Kokoda, early in the campaign. Kokoda was strategically important for the Allies because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. We take a rest then tour the battle site, memorials, and museum, before travelling by road to Popondetta’s Girua Airport where we catch our flight back to Port Moresby. The drive takes us past the battle sites but now villages of Oivi, Gorari and Wairopi which spans the Kumusi River. If we’re flying out of Kokoda, it’s a short walk from the plateau to the airstrip to meet our plane. On arrival, we are met by the hotel bus and transferred to either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express where we spend a night before leaving PNG the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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