9 Days
Duration
Tough
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
Location
14+
Age
April – May
Dates

(KOKODA – OWERS’ CORNER)

Join this trek to commemorate ANZAC Day at the solemn and picturesque Isurava battle site along the Kokoda Track after setting off at the village of Kokoda. Under the expert leadership of an experienced, bilingual and fit Papua New Guinean tour leader, pay your respects at memorials and lay wreaths to remember servicemen who served and died during the Kokoda Campaign, and in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

As you continue the challenging trek along the rugged Kokoda Track, you’ll get to appreciate the contribution and suffering of those who had served in WW2. Take guided tours of famous battle sites from Kokoda to Imita Ridge, including areas of military significance which encompass the Bomana War Cemetery, the last resting place of over 2000 Australian soldiers who paid the ultimate price for our freedom during ferocious battles in the jungles of PNG. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and panoramic views as you make your way along the infamous war time trek bordered by virgin and pristine tropical rainforest. You’ll camp in villages inhabited by descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, native war carriers who helped with the Australian war effort carrying supplies, and the seriously wounded, thus, earning the name from their beneficiaries as an accolade for their angelic deeds and fuzzy hair.

DESTINATION Kokoda – Owers’ Corner
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby
TOUR TYPE Tough
MIN PERSON 6
TOUR LEADER Papua New Guinean
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
 TOUR DURATION  9 Days
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
TOTAL TRIP DURATION  11 Days
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What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority.
  • Bilingual PNG tour leader.
  • Experienced PNG tour guide.
  • Mid trek ANZAC Day dawn service at Isurava Battlefield.
  • 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 western-style and local 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.

You can Contact Us if you need assistance to Plan Your Trip

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.
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Day 1: Kokoda - Deniki (approx. 3.5 hours)

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We leave early today before sunrise and travel by road to Bomana War Cemetery to attend the ANZAC Day dawn service. After the service and tour of the largest war cemetery in the Pacific, we travel to the airport and catch our flight to Popondetta and onto Kokoda to begin our trek. On arrival at Girua, we receive a warm welcome from a traditional sensing group then travel by road to Kokoda. The drive takes us past the battle sites, but now villages of Wairopi, Gorari and Oivi. In Kokoda, we meet up with our porters and take a guided tour of the battle site, memorials and museum. Kokoda is the site of the First Battle of Kokoda and the Second Battle of Kokoda early in the campaign. Kokoda was strategically important because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna.  If we’re flying directly into Kokoda, it’s a short walk from the airstrip to the infamous plateau. We set off from Kokoda and trek past the villages of Kovelo and Hoi before reaching our campsite. Located on a blunt-nosed spur with breathtaking views of the Yodda Valley, Deniki was the site of the 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 – Isurava Battlefield (approx. 4 hours)

Today, our destination is Isurava Battlefield where we’ll camp for the ANZAC Day dawn service the following morning. After breakfast, we set-off and continue with the climb through thick rainforest, jungle streams, and choko fields which takes us postwar Isurava village, and onto Isurava Battlefield. 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 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 later killed in action by an enemy sniper.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 3: Isurava Battlefield - Templeton's Crossing (approx. 9 hours)

Day 3 is an early morning reveille for us for the ANZAC Day dawn service.  After a moving dawn service and the of laying of wreaths and poppie, we trek to Con’s Rock, a 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. After the rock, 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 sites is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has commanding views of Eora Creek on the southern side. After the tour, we continue 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 are take a guided tour of the battle site before continuing to our campsite at Templeton’s Crossing, the site of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance later in the campaign.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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

After breakfast, we leave Templeton’s Crossing and head to Kagi where we’ll camp tonight. The trek takes us past Dump1, the second crossing of the Eora Creek where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal early 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. From the dump, we trek up the muddy precipitous 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. From the highest point on the trail, we head down and past 1900 Campsite before reaching Myola track junction. The section of the trail between 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 here, we head down to Kagi Gap which has a beautiful panorama of Brigade Hill, and Kagi and Naduri villages before trekking to 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 before taking a nice cool bath and relaxing in camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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

Its day 5 and we’re rearing to go so our next destination is Menari village. We leave Kagi and 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.” After crossing Efogi River, we continue and trek past Efogi 1 and 2 before taking an unrelenting climb to Brigade Hill which takes us past Mission Ridge. 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 retreat further along the trail. We take a tour of the battle site before continuing along sections of trail some of the Australians withdrew along to Menari. The Australians vacated got to Menari but vacated the immediately for Nauro. Many troops passed through Menari like “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, 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. In camp, we take a bath in a nice creek before having a look around the village and having dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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

Its day 5 and we’re rearing to go so our next destination is Menari village. We leave Kagi and 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.” After crossing Efogi River, we continue and trek past Efogi 1 and 2 before taking an unrelenting climb to Brigade Hill which takes us past Mission Ridge. 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 retreat further along the trail. We take a tour of the battle site before continuing along sections of trail some of the Australians withdrew along to Menari. The Australians vacated got to Menari but vacated the immediately for Nauro. Many troops passed through Menari like “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, 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. In camp, we take a bath in a nice creek before having a look around the village and having dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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

After Nauro, we trek to Ioribaiwa. From the village, we head up Maguli Range and at the top, a quick survey of the perimeter at rest stops in cleared areas will reveal Australian weapon pits. The trek takes us 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. From the station, we trek for another half hour before reaching Ofi Creek. Many sites provided ideal ambush positions for the Australians and Ofi Creek was one of them. We continue past Ofi 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. From the battle site, we trek to Ioribaiwa village located on the southern slopes where we camp for the night. On a good afternoon, a beautiful sunset can be seen over the village.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 8: Ioribaiwa - Goodwater Campsite (approx. 6.5 hours)

After Ioribaiwa village, we are destined for Goodwater campsite where we’ll camp for the night. From Ioribaiwa village, we trek steep and muddy to Ua-Ule Creek, which we cross back and forth, around a dozen times. Dump 44 supply dump is located in its vicinity was abandoned and moved to Dump 66 near Goodwater following the Japanese occupation of Ioribaiwa. From Ua-Ule, we make another physically challenging climb 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, the trek takes us past the steep slopes of the “The Golden Stairs,” built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to Goodwater campsite located next to a good creek which will our home for the night

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 9: Goodwater – Owers’ Corner (approx. 2 hours)

Today is our last day on the Kokoda Trail. After breakfast, we bid farewell to Goodwater and trek along the section of the trail used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. We head past Dump 66 established after Dump 44 near Ua-Ule was abandoned before reaching the abandoned Uberi village, and Goldie River. We cross the river with the help of our porters before making the last and final climb to the finish at Owers’ Corner. At the finish, we’re 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 on to the Kokoda Trail in World War II. Tonight will be our last night at the hotel in Port Moresby before leaving PNG the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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