12 Days
Duration
Leisurely, Tough
Physical Rating
Alotau, Papua New Guinea, Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
Location
14+
Age
February- November
Dates

(KOKODA – MILNE BAY)

This trek and tour of Kokoda and Milne Bay covers insights into their historical significance in WW2.

Begin in Port Moresby with a trip to Kokoda and trek from there back to Owers’ Corner. Tour actual battle sites from Kokoda to Imita Ridge before finishing with a Bomana War Cemetery visit where those who fought in both battles are buried. Spend a night in Port Moresby before travelling to Alotau, the provincial capital of the Milne Bay to tour battle sites from Ahioma to KB Mission, including war memorials at Goilanai and Alotau. Though a rather short battle, victory by the Allies marked a turning point against the seemingly unstoppable Japanese in the Pacific war. Overlooked by rain-clad mountains, the area receives over 5000 mm of rain annually which didn’t appeal to the Australians who fought there. While in Milne Bay, we get the opportunity for a bit of sightseeing to enjoy the province’s picturesque views before returning to Port Moresby.

DESTINATION Kokoda – Owers’ Corner
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TOUR TYPE Commemorative
MIN PERSON 8
TOUR LEADER Australian
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
 TOUR DURATION 12 Days
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
TOTAL TRIP DURATION  14 Days
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT See Plan Your Trip

What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority
  • Bilingual and experienced PNG 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 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
  • Daily social media and 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
  • Videos – capture your tour moments on a video
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Day 1: Kokoda - Deniki (approx. 3.5 hours)

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After a night at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express, we travel to the airport and catch our flight to Popondetta. On arrival, we meet our vehicle and travel by road to Kokoda to begin our trek. The drive takes us past the battle sites, but now villages of Wairopi, Gorari and Oivi. If we’re flying into Kokoda, we take a 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, 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. At Kokoda, we tour the battle site, memorials, and museum, before setting off. Our first stop is our campsite at Deniki. After setting off, the trek takes us past the villages of Kovelo and Hoi before reaching Deniki, a battle site located on a blunt nosed spur with breathtaking views of Kokoda and the Yodda Valley. Battle of Deniki, 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 camping for the night

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 2: Deniki – Con’s Rock (approx. 5 hours)

Today, we continue the climb to our next campsite at Con’s Rock. After breakfast, the trek takes us past thick rainforest, trickling jungle streams, choko fields, and postwar Isurava village destined for our campsite. Our first stop is Isurava Battlefield. The Battle of Isurava was the site of the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. We tour of the famous battle site, visit the local museum and take pictures next to 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 killed in action by an enemy sniper. After our tour, we continue to Con’s Rock, a prominent flat rock Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous used 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 before having dinner and getting some rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 3: Con’s Rock - Templeton's Crossing (approx. 8.5 hours)

After Con’s Rock, we trek to Templeton’s Crossing. Our first stop is 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 positions was heavily defended by the Japanese during the Australian Fighting Withdrawal, and Battle of Eora Creek. The sites is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has commanding views of Eora Creek on the southern side. Following the tour, we trek to Eora Creek, 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. We tour Eora Creek before continuing on to our campsite at Templeton’s Crossing, the site of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance later in the campaign. 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

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Day 4: Templeton's Crossing - Kagi (approx. 7 hours)

Our destination today is Kagi. After breakfast, we leave Templeton’s Crossing and trek to Dump1, the second crossing of the Eora Creek where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal early in the campaign. From the dump, we trek up the 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 along trail at 2190 m above sea level, before trekking past 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. From here, we continue past Kagi Gap with its beautiful vista of Brigade Hill, Kagi and Naduri villages, and onto Kagi village. 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

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Day 5: Kagi - Menari (approx. 7.5 hours)

After breakfast, we leave Kagi and trek to our next campsite at Kagi village. The trek past Kagi airstrip and down the precipitous slopes where hordes of Japanese with lanterns were seen coming down by the Australians defending Mission Ridge further south. This is the famous Japanese Lantern Parade.” We cross Efogi River and continue past Efogi 1 and 2, before making another climb past Mission Ridge and onto 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 the battle site before continuing to Menari. 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

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Day 6: Menari - Nauro (approx. 5 hours)

After a night at Menari, we leave and trek to Nauro where we camp for the night. The trek takes us past Menari Gap and past the steep slopes of The Wall, before reaching Augulogo village. After Augulogo, we trek along the bank of Nauro River, before crossing the river, and continuing along the only swampy flats located along the Kokoda Trail, before heading before reaching the campsite located on spur with its prominent red clayey soil. Wartime Nauro village was located in the vicinity of the river but due to dampness and mosquitoes it was relocated to its present location. Withdrawing Australian composite units, formed due to their reduced numbers from heavy fighting along the trail, continued the climb up range from Nauro, found a defensive position and camped, before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 7: Nauro - Ioribaiwa (approx. 5.5 hours)

After Nauro, our next destination is Ioribaiwa village. After breakfast, we trek up to Maguli Range which will take us to our campsite. A quick survey of the perimeter at rest stops in cleared areas will reveal Australian weapon pits from fighting along the range. We trek past Japanese Camp and Japanese Ladder, steps cut by Japanese troops cut 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. After the station is Ofi Creek. Many sites were chosen by the Australians as suitable ambush positions and Ofi Creek was one of them. From Ofi, we climb to Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance which brought them within sights of their objective, Port Moresby. It’s 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 head down to our campsite at Ioribaiwa village located on the southern slopes of the ridge. On a good day, we can watch a beautiful sunset over the village.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 8: Ioribaiwa - Goodwater Campsite (approx. 6 hours)

Our destination today is Goodwater campsite. We leave beautiful Ioribaiwa village and trek down steep slopes to Ua-Ule Creek, which we cross back and forth, around a dozen times, before making an unrelenting climb to Imita Ridge. Dump 44 supply dump is located in its vicinity before relocating to Dump 66 near Goodwater. 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 Ridge, we trek down the famous Golden Stairs, built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of the ridge much easier, to our campsite at Goodwater. We arrive in time for a nice cool bath in the nearby creek and a well awaited dinner on our last night on the trail.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 9:Goodwater – Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby (approx. 6 hours)

After breakfast, we make the final trek to the finish at Owers’ Corner along sections of the trail used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. The trek takes us past Dump 66 and the abandoned Uberi village, before crossing Goldie River, with the help of our porters. From the Goldie River, we make the final and last climb to the finish at Owers’ Corner. We are ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters for successfully completing the trek, before travelling back to Port Moresby where we’ll spend another night before travelling to Alotau.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 10: Port Moresby – Alotau (1 hour)

After a night back from the Kokoda Track, we continue on the second part of our tour to Milne Bay. After breakfast, we leave our hotel and travel to the airport where we get on flight to Alotau. We are met and arrival and transferred to our luxury accommodation at Alotau International Hotel. After settling in, we sit in on a presentation of the province in preparation for our tour the next day before kicking back and relaxing with a few drinks in view of panoramic Milne Bay. We have dinner then rest up for tomorrow’s activities.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 11: Alotau – Ahioma – Rabe – Goilanai – Giligili – KB Mission - Alotau (approx. 8 hours)

After breakfast, we travel to Alotau and begin our military history tour of Milne Bay.  We travel up to Red Hill from where we get a good glimpse of Milne Bay, before travelling to tour the Milne Bay War Memorial where we get an overview on the Battle of Milne Bay. After the memorial, our first stop is Ahioma, where we view the rusted remains of Japanese landing barges from the battle. After Ahioma, we head to Rabe, where we stop briefly for lunch in the village. After Rabe, our destination is Wahuhuba Bay, the site of more Japanese landings, then visit the John French VC Memorial at Goilanai, where we hear stories about the Victoria Cross recipient and other brave Australians, before travelling to Gilligili and KB Mission, to tour the sites of fierce encounters with the invading Japanese before winding up our tour at Turnbull War Memorial with its war relics, a befitting reminder of the ferocity and intensity. After Turnbull, we stop in town to grab anything we might need at the markets, supermarkets, and art and crafts shop before heading back to the resort in time for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 12: Alotau – Port Moresby (approx. 1 hour)

Our tour of Milne Bay comes to an end today. We pack our bags and farewell Milne Bay goodbye then travel to Gurney Airport where we catch our flight back to Port Moresby. We are met on our arrival and transferred to our 4-star hotel accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express before leaving the country the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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